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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 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.

2021 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

January 23, 2021 Painting Birds of the Lowcountry with Katherine Hester Adult participants will learn the foundation of drawing and painting common Carolina marsh birds, such as heron and egrets, with former North Charleston Artist-in-Residence Katherine Hester. Hester grew up on her father’s nature preserve and loves incorporating her love of local ecology in her paintings. Participants will use acrylic paint on stretched canvas to create paintings of herons and egrets with a marsh scene in the background.

February 27, 2021 Linocut Prints with Christopher Dotson Learn the basic of linoleum cut printmaking with local artist and educator, Christopher Dotson. Student will learn to transfer an image to a linoleum block, as well as techniques for carving, inking, and printing the block to paper using simple tools. No experience is necessary. This is a great class to learn how to make unique and homemade cards year-round!

March 27, 2021 ● Black Line Drawing with Meyriel Edge Join local artist, book illustrator, and educator Meyriel Edge for a morning exploring fundamental drawing techniques. Learn how to utilize a pen to create realistic drawings through line, shape, form, value, texture, and no erasers! Adult participants will spend time on how to create effects like depth and form, then work on creating an image. Anyone interested in illustration could take

April 24, 2021 ● Designing Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) with Stephen Herchak The Easter holiday may have passed, but maybe you’re ready to consider something different for next year rather than the “standard” egg dying we’ve come to know. Or maybe you’re looking for a creative way to celebrate Spring. Local artist Stephen Herchak will guide participants through techniques for creating Ukrainian Easter eggs known as Pysanky. These eggs are decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method like batik.  The verb pysaty means “to inscribe,” describing how the designs are not painted onto the egg, but rather drawn onto the surface in melted beeswax with a stylus called a kiska. Participants will be able to take their wax and stylus home.

May 22, 2021 ● Wire-wrapped Pendants with Sherrie Nesbitt Join local, award-winning artist Sherrie Nesbitt for a hands-on lesson in jewelry making. Adult participants will learn basic wire wrapping jewelry techniques to create their own pendant. No experience is necessary.

June 26, 2021 ● Exploring Layers with Mixed Media on Canvas with Melissa Meverden Join local artist and educator Melissa Meverden for a playful exploration of the elements of balance and negative space by creating a vibrant, mixed media work on canvas. Students will create an abstract base with many colors and elements, and then strategically add layers of acrylic paint to bring a subject to the foreground.

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 – Needle Felting for Beginners with Hannaf Lamb
Join local artist and educator Hannah Lamb and learn the basics of how to needle felt an image on canvas. Participants will be guided through choosing colors for a balanced composition, needle felting techniques, and stretching their finished product onto a frame. Leave the class with a new skill and a finished product ready to hang and bring joy to your home! Materials provided.
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Fee: $30. Registration opens on April 15 and closes at 5:00pm on Thursday, May 13. Call 843-740-5854 or visit http://bit.ly/NChasArtsTix to register online (service fee applies).
Park Circle Gallery, 4820 Jenkins Avenue, North Charleston


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