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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).

2019 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

July 27, 2019 Make Your Own Yarn with Stephanie Ondo Join Stephanie Ondo, local artist and owner of Slo Fiber Studio, for an introduction to creating yarn. This class is for anyone interested in making unique yarn from prepared fibers. Participants will learn the physics of twist, the park and draft technique, and discuss the importance of the fiber’s staple length. Stephanie will offer guidance in spinning yarn using an ancient tool called a drop spindle. Bring any fiber you may already have. The instructor will have a selection of wool and other fibers to choose from. Tools provided.

August 24, 2019 Explore Drawing Hands with Meyriel Edge Hands on! Local artist Meyriel Edge will lead participants through using loose contour drawing as a vehicle to draw hands from all angles. By using different drawing media – charcoal, pastel, pen, graphite – participants will discover the expressive quality that a hand drawing can possess.

September 28, 2019 Indigo Dyeing with Arianne King Comer Participants of this indigo dye workshop will learn the wax-resist dyeing technique of batik under the direction of renowned fiber artist Arianne King Comer. Designs will be created on scarves with wax using a free-hand method and stamps, and then dipped into an indigo vat. Participants will also explore the manual resist dyeing technique of shibori, which produces patterns on fabric similar to tie-dye.

October 26, 2019 Polymer Clay Jewelry Techniques with Shannon Tabor Enjoy exploring an ancient Japanese technique typically used in metals, translated into art-grade polymer clays with local artist Shannon Tabor. Participants will learn to create beautiful abstract patterns using fun and surprising tools, while also receiving hands-on instruction in creating unique earring designs and how to finish clays properly for the ultimate artistic and professional appeal.  Depending on time, students will either cure their clays in the class or take home with directions.  There will be leftover patterns in the clay veneers to take home to explore further!

November 16, 2019 (3rd Saturday due to Thanksgiving) Intro to Darning with Camela Guevara Want to get more wear out of your garments? Learn sewing techniques to repair holes, tears, and worn areas in fabric to make your most-loved articles of clothing good as new! Fiber artist and former North Charleston Artist-in-Residence Camela Guevara will offer hands-on instruction in how to darn and repair garments using only a needle and thread. No sewing experience necessary.

No workshop offered in December due to Holidays.

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 2019 Summer Arts Camps opens March 1!
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.

2019 Summer Arts Camps