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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. 

2016 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

July 23, 2016 Watercolor Gifts with Muriel Lanciault Participants will be led through basic watercolor techniques to create cards (birthday, thinking of you, etc.) and miniature watercolor paintings, which make great gifts. Muriel is a retired educator who has studied under several locally and nationally acclaimed artists. She is an exhibiting member of the Charleston, Summerville, and Goose Creek Artist Guilds.

August 27, 2016 Intro to Drawing with Pam Smith In a few steps Goose Creek Artist Guild member Pam Smith will guide participants through the creation of a monochromatic or color pencil drawing suitable for a notecard or framing.  For beginners and those who already love to draw.

September, 2016 Simply Felted Vessel with Marlene Gruetter ● Designer, author, educator, and nationally exhibited feltmaker Marlene Gruetter will offer step-by-step instruction on how to create a seamless felted 3-D vessel using colorful fine merino wool.

October 22, 2016 Intro Into Acrylics with Deborah Meyer Learn the basics of painting with acrylic on canvas board in this introductory painting workshop. Local artist and Charleston Artist Guild member Deborah Meyer will guide adult participants through a number of basic color mixing and application techniques.

November 19, 2016 (moved up one week due to holiday) Alcohol Ink Scarf with Belle Anderson Create your own wearable masterpiece on a 60” scarf with the vibrant colors of alcohol ink. Local award-winning artist, Belle Anderson, will guide participants through the unique process of using this fluid medium. 

No workshop in December due to holiday

Using various drawing tools, learn the beginning basics of perspective and proportions from a still life subject.  Herchak is a Charleston native, artist, art instructor, and tour guide. Realistic in style, his artwork focuses on local subjects and historic themes.


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.

Workshop - Flower Arranging:  The Secret Language of Ikebana
Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, is considered an art form in its own right alongside painting and sculpture. It is a representation of the Japanese spiritual philosophy that stresses harmony between man and nature. What distinguishes ikebana from Western forms of flower arrangement is the heavy reliance on negative space to create an asymmetrical, lively composition. Under the instruction of Kathy Huang, participants will complete two arrangements to take home: one in the ikebana style and one in the free style. Influenced by her grandmothers, who were master gardeners in Asia, Kathy Huang has unique training in cut flower arrangements of the Japanese Ikebana style.  She has been inspired by her adventurous travels while living and working in the United States for the past 30 years and has studied under ikebana masters in Asia. Materials are provided.
Fee:  $40 per workshop (materials included)
Registration closes Monday before each workshop.  Call 843-740-5854.

The Olde Village Community Building
4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405

First Thursday of each month, 6:00-8:00pm
July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1, 2016


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, music, and Dance Camps are under the instruction of local professionals. All camps take place Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to noon. Mid-morning snacks are provided. 



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Cultural Arts Dept.
PO Box 190016
North Charleston, SC 29419-9016


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