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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 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, 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. 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).

2020 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

January 25, 2020 Fundamentals of Figure Drawing with Stephen Herchak Adult participants will learn fundamental lessons of drawing and apply the universal principals of perspective and proportions to figure drawing using a live model with Stephen Herchak.  Herchak is a Charleston native, artist, art instructor, and tour guide. Realistic in style, his artwork focuses on local subjects and historic themes. No drawing experience necessary.

February 22, 2020 Creating Realistic Waves in Acrylic Paint with Katherine Hester The process of painting ocean waves is dependent on the use of value to create illusions of foam and texture in the sea. Learn to paint waves with depth and movement, incorporating important elements of refraction and reflection, with 2019/20 North Charleston Artist-in-Residence Katherine Hester. Adult participants will use acrylic paint to depict waves on canvas under Katherine’s guidance. No painting experience necessary.

March 28, 2020 Intro to Gelli Plate Printmaking with Melissa Meverden Join local artist and educator Melissa Meverden for an exploration of gel plate printing. Gelli, or gel plate printing, is a fun, accessible way to quickly create unique mono-printed papers and art. By using a variety of stamps, stencils, and found objects, artists can create an amazing range of effects. This addictive medium is great for fostering imagination, discovery, and experimentation.

April 25, 2020 Soap Making 101: Melt & Pour Edition with Andrea Davis of Motherland Essentials Make and take home your very own custom soap! Under the instruction of experienced soap maker and owner of Motherland Essentials, Andrea Davis, adult participants will learn basic soapmaking techniques. Students will put these techniques into action to create their own signature soaps using a soap base, pigments, botanicals, and scents. No experience necessary

May 23, 2020 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.

June 27, 2020 Let’s Draw with Colored Pencil with Pam Smith There is an artist within you! Goose Creek Artist Guild member Pam Smith will provide instruction on a few basic drawing techniques, then guide adult participants through the creation of a colorful pencil drawing suitable for framing. For beginners and those who already love to draw.


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.



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. 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.

Registration for 2020 Summer Arts Camps opens March 2!
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.