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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. Registrations are accepted one month in advance and close 2 days prior to the workshop. Space is limited. To register, call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Dept. at 843-740-5854. 

2015 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

June 27, 2015 Freezer Paper Stencils: Customize a Tote Bag! with Allison Nadeau ● This workshop features hand printing on fabric with Allison Nadeau, of Ink Meets Paper. Participants will learn how to use freezer paper to make custom stencils for printing on fabric. Participants will use their original stencils to customize a tote bag or set of dish towels.

July 25, 2015 Watermark Dyeing with Susan Haynes Adult students will learn how to create watermark designs on fabric with glues and dyes using a technique that is similar to batik. Under the direction of instructor Susan Haynes, participants will apply this fun and inexpensive dyeing technique to create designs on bandanas. Susan Haynes holds a BA in Studio Art from Converse College and is an instructor in the Cultural Arts Department’s After-School and Summer Arts Enrichment programs.

August 22, 2015 Anything But Vanilla Manila Folder Journal w/ Jen Judd Adult students will use a variety of mark-making tools including dyes, paints, and stencils to create journal pages from repurposed manila folders.  Under the direction of Jen Judd, local artist and President of the North Charleston Artist Guild, students will also use dyed butcher paper to create a unique seam-reinforcing tape.  Finally, using basic book-binding techniques, participants will combine the folders into a fun, bright art journal that's ready to use!

September 26, 2015 Sweetgrass Basket Weaving with Sarah Edwards Hammond Adult participants will learn the basics of the historical art form of sweetgrass basket weaving with Sarah Edwards Hammond.  Hammond, one of the Charleston area's finest sweetgrass basket makers, 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. She is on the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Approved Artist Roster and on the board of directors of the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival.

October 24, 2015 Fusiform Felt Necklaces with Marlene Gruetter Designer, author, educator, and nationally exhibited feltmaker Marlene Gruetter will offer step-by-step instruction on how to make colorful spindle shaped felt forms. Participants will then assemble the felt pieces to create unique fusiform necklaces.

November 21, 2015 Oil Mixed Media with Madeline Dukes Challenge yourself to push the limits of texture, line, and rhythm in your work by utilizing cold wax, oil sticks, palette knives, and color shapers. Under the guidance of accomplished contemporary oil painter, Madeline Dukes, students will learn techniques to energize their paintings with playful experimentation and expression. Be prepared to play! Suitable for all levels of oil painters.

No workshop offered in December due to Holidays.

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: Performing Keyboard Ensemble
Children ages 9-14 will learn basic piano fundamentals including note reading and rhythms of music on electric keyboards.  They will learn to improvise and be able to “solo” with music in just 6 classes.  Fundamentals of recording and editing music on a computer using professional music software will also be covered.  Taught by Richard Moon, certified music teacher.  Materials are provided; bring your own I-Pad encouraged.  One adult parent or guardian is encouraged to take the class with their child at no additional cost.  Materials are provided.
Fee: $20 per student per class; Registration closes July 7. Call 843-740-5854.
Olde Village Community Building

4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston
Thursdays, July 9 – August 13, 2015


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. Registration forms are 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.

Visual Art Camps are under the instruction of the City’s current Artist-in-Residence. Drama and Dance Camps are under the instruction of local professionals. All camps are held at the Olde Village Community Building at 4820 Jenkins Ave. N. Charleston, and take place Monday through Friday from 9:00am to noon. Mid-morning snacks are provided. 



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North Charleston, SC 29419-9016


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