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Creative Arts Workshops

The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department invites adults to participate in Creative Arts Workshops held on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Olde Village Community Building in the Olde Village area of North Charleston (4820 Jenkins Avenue). Each interactive workshop is led by a different local artist and provides participants with a unique opportunity to learn new techniques in a relaxed atmosphere. Varying skill levels are welcome and the cost is $15, which includes most materials. Registration opens the first day of the month that the workshop takes places and closes two days prior to each workshop. Space is limited. To register, call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Dept. at 843-740-5854. 

2017 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

January 28, 2017 All About Wire-Jewelry Making with Michelle Rose Participants will learn wirework jewelry making techniques under the instruction of Michelle Rose. The basics of designing and beading your own earrings and rings will be covered. Michelle is a “Jill of All Trades,” with experience as a jeweler, fashion designer, makeup artist, set designer, stylist, and teacher.

February 25, 2017 Creating Texture with Acrylic & Cold Wax with Caroline Self The City of North Charleston’s 2016/17 Artist-in-Residence, Caroline Self, will lead participants through an exploration of texture in painting. Students will work with a cold wax medium and acrylic paint on a canvas board to create texture using a variety of techniques.

March 25, 2017 Pom Poms & Tassels with Camela Guevara Under the direction of local textile artist Camela Guevara, participants will learn how to make tassels and pom poms with multicolored yarn, as well as pictorial pom poms. These fun fiber pieces can be combined to make garlands, mobiles, bouquets, accents for gift wrapping, and more!

April 22, 2017 Sweetgrass Basket Weaving with Sarah Hammond Learn the basics of the historical art form of sweetgrass basket weaving with Sarah Edwards Hammond.  Hammond began learning this unique form of art from her mother at the age of seven and works to pass on the tradition to her own children, grandchildren and others in the community.

May 27, 2017 Intro to Pastel with Trish Emery Trish Emery, founder of the Pastel Society of South Carolina, will introduce participants to a variety of drawing techniques using chalk pastel. For beginners and those who already love to draw.

June 24, 2017 Shibori Dyed Scarves with Kristy Bishop Local textile artist and natural dye specialist Kristy Bishop will instruct participants in different Shibori dyeing techniques such as binding, folding, and stitching.  The final product will be a silk scarf dyed using one or a combination of techniques.


Quarterly Classes

The Cultural Arts Department hosts classes in a wide variety of art disciplines on a quarterly basis. Classes range from one-day seminars to 3-8 week sessions. Call the Cultural Arts Department at (843)740-5854 for more information or to register. A minimum number of participants must be met in order for classes to take place.

Class: Self-Publishing 101 with Nadine Johnson
Author and self-publisher of seven books, Nadine Johnson will lead an in-depth workshop for writers interested in the world of self-publishing. This class offers a detailed overview of the publishing industry, provides tips on how to start writing a manuscript, and advice on formatting a book. Participants will also learn printing terms and specifications, and how to avoid the many pitfalls of self-publishing. Attendees of this class will leave with the knowledge needed to publish their own high-quality book.
Fee: $15. Registration close at 5:00pm on Thursday, April 6. Call 843-740-5854.
Olde Village Community Building
4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston, 29405
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Class: An Intro to Learn Your Digital Camera with Douglas Carr Cunningham
This exciting course is meant to connect you with your DSLR camera for better photography. Participants will learn about controls, exposure, color, composition, and the how and why of taking good photos. This is a quick, crash-course for the beginner and amateur teen and adult photographer led by a working professional. Students must bring an adjustable digital SLR camera and lens with owner’s manual and memory card; laptop is suggested, but optional.
Fee: $45. Registration closes at 5:00pm on April 13. Call 843-740-5854.
Olde Village Community Building
4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston, 29405
Saturday, April 15, 2017                

Class: Felt Cloche Hat with Marlene Gruetter
Marlene Gruetter of Seni Studio will lead a day-long workshop on the basics of traditional felt making. Participants will manipulate fibers using a resist to create a one-of-a-kind, fashionable felt cloche hat. A resist is used in felt making as a way to create the 3D shape of the hat. Once the hat has been moderately felted, the resist is removed and additional felting is executed to shrink the wool. The hat can then be uniquely free formed and styled by the student. A $20 materials fee is required. All students must bring 3 towels for the workshop.
Fee: $65 + $20 for materials
Registration closes at 5:00pm on May 17.  Call 843-740-5852.
Olde Village Community Building
4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
Saturday, May 20, 2017



Teaching Opportunities

Teaching artists or arts agencies may submit proposals to present classes and workshops in visual arts, photography, crafts, music, dance, theater, and more. Proposal forms are available for download from the Applications & Registration Forms page.

Submit proposal by May 20 for Jul/Aug/Sept Class
Submit proposal by Aug 20 for Oct/Nov/Dec Class
Submit proposal by Nov 20 for Jan/Feb/Mar Class
Submit proposal by Feb 20 for Apr/May/Jun Class

Children's Summer Arts Camps 

Summer Arts Camps are offered in June and July for children ages 5-13. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. A minimum number of registered students are required for the camps to take place. Registration ends one week prior to each camp. The camp registration form is available for download from the Applications & Registration Forms page. For more information, or to request a registration form by mail, contact the Cultural Arts Department office at (843)740-5854.



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