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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)

January 26, 2019 Sweet Grass Basket Weaving with Trudy Hicks Adult participants will learn the basics of the historical art form of sweet grass basket weaving with Trudy Hicks.  Pastor Hicks, one of the Charleston area’s finest sweet grass basket makers, was taught this unique form of art at an early age and works to pass on the tradition to her own children, grandchildren and others in the community. No experience necessary.

February 23, 2019 Basics of Acrylic and Watercolor with Quintin Chaplin Learn the basics of acrylic and watercolor paint with 2018/19 Artist-in-Residence Quintin Chaplin. Chaplin will focus on painting portraits in the two mediums. Participants will learn how to get started with preparing a canvas as well as gain experience in mixing colors, values, and developing composition. No experience necessary.

March 23, 2019 Make an Artist’s Book—An Intro to Journal Practice with Kit Loney Join local artist Kit Loney for a morning of making sketchbooks. Loney will introduce attendees to a variety of art journal practices, show examples of artist journals, and will demonstrate pamphlet stitch, a basic bookmaking technique. No experience necessary. Participants will use paste, paint, and collage to design the covers of their journal, so old clothes or an apron recommended. Optional: Bring any special, interesting papers you may wish to use for collage purposes, and/or your favorite pair of scissors.

April 27, 2019 Fun with Alcohol Inks with Susan Irish Curious about Alcohol Ink as an art form or clever crafting path? It’s mesmerizing, satisfying, and a little bit addictive.  Join local artist and owner of Fabulon Art, Susan Irish for an introduction to alcohol inks that will be both process and project oriented. Susan will share tips and techniques that can also be transferred to other mediums. The projects can be decorative, functional, and fashionable, as well as art just for the creative aspect. No painting or drawing skills needed, but the class is also appropriate and engaging for practicing artists.

May 25, 2019 Art Nouveau Botanicals in Gouache with Kristine Peterson Oh my gouache!  Kristine Peterson, North Charleston teaching artist and art director at Black Tie Music Academy, will guide participants through an exploration of gouache paint. With its matte finish and vibrant colors, fast-drying gouache is perfect for painting beautiful botanicals, especially in the Art Nouveau style  that was popular at the turn of the 20th century. In addition to exploring gouache paint, students will learn basic color theory and how to create the bold outlines of the Art Nouveau style.  Art history, technique, and botany will converge and you’ll leave with your own 5×7” botanical gouache painting.  No experience necessary.

June 22, 2019 Composition Do’s and Don’ts: Landscapes in Pastel with Trish Emery Join local artist and founder of the Pastel Society of South Carolina, Trish Emery, in this pastel workshop focusing on avoiding common mistakes in landscape composition. Participants will work in both hard and soft pastels. This workshop is suitable for beginners and intermediate students in the medium, and will offer great tips to approaching compositions that can be applied to other mediums.  Participants are encouraged to bring an apron or old t-shirt to use as a smock.

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.

Class: Introduction to Wet Felting with Angela Turner of the Felting Farm
Join local artist, educator, and Palmetto Fiber Art Guild member Angela Turner of the Felting Farm for a workshop on wet felting. This is a basic felting class for students with little to no experience or knowledge of wet felting. Students will create an original 12”x12” piece of felted fabric which s/he can transform into an item of his/her own choosing (small purse/bag, wall hanging, eyeglass case, coaster, etc).  Topics will include a brief history of wool and its use in felting, how felting occurs, and the felting process using the wet felting technique. This class is open to teens and adults. All materials are provided; however, students may want to bring an apron and towel.
Fee: $55. Registration opens on January 2 and closes at 5:00pm on Thursday, February 28. Call 843-740-5854.
Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston
Saturday, March 2, 2019


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.

2018 Summer Arts Camps