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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 $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.

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. **CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19**

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. **CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19**

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. **CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19**

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.

July 25, 2020 Watercolor Basics with Christopher Dotson Local artist Christopher Dotson will guide participants through selecting materials and utilizing simple techniques to form a good foundation with watercolors. Focusing on landscapes, students will gain experience with composition, mixing colors, and value ranges (working from light to dark). No experience necessary. Participants are encouraged to bring a photo of the beach as a reference.

August 22, 2020 Intro to Gelli Plate Printmaking with Melissa Meverden Join local artist and educator Melissa Meverden for a morning exploring 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.

September 26, 2020 Decorative Hand Lettering with Andrea Glover Under the direction of local artist and graphic designer Andrea Glover, participants will discover their own hand lettering style, employ the basics of color theory, and learn a variety of illustration and embellishment techniques. The result will be a hand lettered painting on canvas ready to hang at home. Students should come to the workshop with their favorite phrase (five words or less) and ready to learn! A graduate from SCAD, Glover is a professor of graphic design at CSU and an original designer for Spartina 499.

October 24, 2020 Macrame Plant Hanger with Pam Shanley Learn to make a basic macramé plant hanger with Pam Shanley of the Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild.  Macramé is a knotting technique, wildly popular in the early 1970’s but experiencing a resurgence in popularity in recent years.  It is fun and easy to master.  From plant hangers to elaborate wall hangings, macramé is very versatile! Adding texture, color, and design to your home décor is very easy with this fiber technique.

November 21, 2020 (3rd Saturday due to Thanksgiving) Watercolor Portraits with Quintin Chaplin Quintin Chaplin, current art teacher at Hanahan High School and the Cultural Arts Department’s 2018/19 Artist-In-Residence, will offer participants step-by-step instruction on creating a watercolor portrait on paper. Participants should bring along a photo of the person they would like to paint.

No December workshop 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.

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.