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Workshops, Classes & Camps

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 Park Circle Gallery 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 $20, materials provided. Registration opens the first business day of the month that the workshop takes places and closes two days prior to each workshop. Space is limited due to social distancing safety measures*. To register and pay by phone, call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Dept. at 843-740-5854. Visit http://bit.ly/NChasArtsTix to register online (service fee applies).

*At this time we are limiting workshop sizes to meet CDC recommendations for social distancing. There will be no sharing of materials. Hand sanitizer will be available to all participants and the workshop space will be cleaned before, during, and after the workshop. We ask that all participants adhere to the 6′ social distancing policy and highly encourage wearing a mask.

2021 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

January 23, 2021 Painting Birds of the Lowcountry with Katherine Hester Adult participants will learn the foundation of drawing and painting common Carolina marsh birds, such as heron and egrets, with former North Charleston Artist-in-Residence Katherine Hester. Hester grew up on her father’s nature preserve and loves incorporating her love of local ecology in her paintings. Participants will use acrylic paint on stretched canvas to create paintings of herons and egrets with a marsh scene in the background.

February 27, 2021 Linocut Prints with Christopher Dotson Learn the basic of linoleum cut printmaking with local artist and educator, Christopher Dotson. Student will learn to transfer an image to a linoleum block, as well as techniques for carving, inking, and printing the block to paper using simple tools. No experience is necessary. This is a great class to learn how to make unique and homemade cards year-round!

March 27, 2021 ● Black Line Drawing with Meyriel Edge Join local artist, book illustrator, and educator Meyriel Edge for a morning exploring fundamental drawing techniques. Learn how to utilize a pen to create realistic drawings through line, shape, form, value, texture, and no erasers! Adult participants will spend time on how to create effects like depth and form, then work on creating an image. Anyone interested in illustration could take


Specialty/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.

Visual Art Class Series – The Journey of Indigo: Exploring Dyeing Techniques, Natural Fiber Processes, and Elements of Design with Arianne King Comer
This four-part series provides a unique, hands-on opportunity to work closely with the indigo plant and explore its extraordinary uses. Participants will meet for a 4-hour session once a month (first Saturday of Feb-May) to learn the history of indigo, how to maintain a vat, and examine & discuss original fiber art pieces under the guidance of renowned fiber artist Arianne King Comer. Topics will include indigo dyeing, shibori/adire techniques, batik & free-hand drawing/stamping with wax, and how to add color overlay to organic fiber. The series includes teacher-led and self-directed portions and is ideal for participants who have worked with indigo on at least 1-3 occasions. All materials are provided, and participants will have a four-yard cotton bolt to work on throughout the series.
Part 1 of 4: Getting to Know Indigo – The first class in this series serves as an in-depth introduction to traditional indigo dyeing techniques, including an overview of indigo’s history. Arianne will offer instruction on how to maintain an indigo dye vat and guide participants through shibori/adire dyeing techniques and processes using organic cotton. Option to batik.

Part 2 of 4: Elements of Design – The second class will focus on creating color overlay on cotton. Participants will have the option to learn to work with granulated hues, building upon light hues to gradually create darker pigments. Stephanie Ondo of Slo Fiber Studio will join Arianne to lead a section on other high quality natural dyes that have been used consistently for at least several hundred years in some cases, and thousands of years in others.

Part 3 of 4: Care & Maintenance – Participants will continue working on their previous designs by adding color, hand stamping, batiking, and utilizing shibori/adire techniques. Arianne will lead a section on how to properly care for and unwax the batiks, as well as discuss ongoing maintenance and conservation of naturally dyed fiber pieces. **POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBD.**

Part 4 of 4: Open Studio – This closing session and celebration is presented as a component of the 2020 North Charleston Arts Fest! Participants will wrap up any in-progress designs using processes and techniques learned in Parts 1-3 and display any already completed works. Arianne will be available for one-on-one guidance and critique. Participants’ family, friends, and the public are invited to view the work completed during the class series, as well as see an indigo vat and dyeing techniques in action. (Free admission for spectators.) **POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBD.**

Fee: $250 for full series (4 classes), or $55 for single class. Registration opens on January 2 and closes at 5:00pm on Thursday, January 30, for full series or Part 1; 5:00pm on Thursday, March 5, for Part 2; and 5:00pm on Thursday, April 2, for Part 3.  Participation for Part 4 is open only to students that enrolled in all 4 sessions by January 30. Call 843-740-5854 or visit http://bit.ly/NChasArtsTix to register online (service fee applies).
Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Ave.
Saturday, February 1, 9:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, March 7, 9:30am-1:30pm
Saturday, April 4, 9:30am-1:30pm **POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBD.**
Saturday, May 2, 9:30am-1:30pm **POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBD.**


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 10 for Jul/Aug/Sept Class
Submit proposal by Aug 10 for Oct/Nov/Dec Class
Submit proposal by Nov 10 for Jan/Feb/Mar Class
Submit proposal by Feb 10 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. All camps take place from 8:30am-5:00pm at the Olde Village Community Building at 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405. The fee per child is $100 per camp, which includes lunch and 2 snacks daily. For more information, contact the Cultural Arts Department office at (843)740-5854.

2020 Summer Arts Camps are CANCELLED.