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Workshops & Classes

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 . 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).

* 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.

2021 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

July 24, 2021   Intro to Embroidery with Camela Guevara ● Learn the basics of embroidery with local artist and seamstress Camela Guevara. Participants will learn about materials and everything needed to get started stitching. Learn several stitches and best practices and leave with a finished hoop to display your new favorite hobby! No experience necessary.

August 28, 2021  Kumihimo Cordmaking with Kristy Bishop ● Join local artist and educator Kristy Bishop for an intro to kumihimo. Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese technique for making cord.  Participants will learn how to weave/braid multiple colors of embroidery floss into a spiral pattern. The cords can be made into bracelets, anklets, chokers, or necklaces.

September 25, 2021 ● Cray-Pen Botanicals with Estrella Creates, LLC ● A Cray-Pen is a colored wax painting tool that allows the user to easily blend and build layers of vibrant, high-gloss color to achieve effects of oil painting that dry in seconds. Estrella Creates, LLC will guide participants through the basics of utilizing this unique tool to create an original botanical wax painting from crayons. Participants will complete an original postcard sized painting that can be used as a designer notecard or displayed in a frame.

October 23, 2021 ● Painting Backyard Birds with Katherine Hester Join veteran artist and teacher Katherine Hester in learning to paint common birds you can find in your backyard. Students will begin by studying the characteristics of a chickadee. Then, using space, texture, and color, students will render their own backyard bird using acrylic paint on an 8×10” stretched canvas. Participants will leave with a finished painting and a rounder knowledge of painting wildlife.

November 20, 2021 (3rd Saturday due to Thanksgiving) ● Create a Secret Room Book with Kit Loney ● Local artist, poet, and educator Kathryn B. Loney will offer instruction on the creation of an easy book structure with infinite “scope for the imagination” (to quote Anne of Green Gables). Participants will learn the basic folding and cutting technique to construct a book with a pop-out surprise “room” and then begin a personal exploration using collage, watercolor, color pencil, and optional embellishments of fabric, lace, stickers, feathers, etc. Participants are encouraged to bring any keepsake items they may want to incorporate into their book, such as magazine pictures, decorative papers, family photos, ephemera, or doodads.

No workshop 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.

No classes scheduled at this time


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