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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).

2022 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule:

(subject to change)

January 22, 2022 Jewelry Making: Bead and Button Rings with Michelle Rose Experienced jewelry designer Michelle Rose will instruct participants in how to incorporate small found objects, beads, and/or buttons into rings. Learn the basic techniques of ring making using the tools the professional use. Participants will leave with one of a kind handmade ring.

February 26, 2022 Create a Gel-Printed Mini Book with Melissa Meverden In the first half of this workshop, local artist and educator Melissa Meverden will guide participants in the creation of one-of-a-kind mono-printed papers using gel plates, acrylic paints, brayers, and textured items. As the papers dry, Meverden will then offer instruction in how to fold and paste the papers into concertina books that fit into the palm of your hand. These tiny creations are perfect for showcasing beloved quotes, lyrics, affirmations, and more. Feel free to bring copies of a favorite song, poem, verse, etc. to include in your books. Previous experience with gel-plate printing is helpful but not required.

March 26, 2022 Designing Pysanky (Ukranian Easter Eggs) with Stephen Herchak Easter is just around the corner and maybe you’ve been considering doing something different than the “standard” egg dying we’ve become used to. Or maybe you’re just looking for a creative way to celebrate Spring. Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter eggs, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist method like fabric batik.  (The verb pysaty is “to write” or “to inscribe,” since she designs are not painted on, but drawn onto the surface in melted beeswax with a stylus called a kiska.) All supplies are included. You’ll be able to take wax and stylus home.

April 23, 2022 Chalk Lettering with Jasmine Mullins Chalk isn’t just for sidewalks or classrooms! This popular medium is perfect for learning lettering without stress. Local artist Jasmin Mullins will offer instruction on how to choose lettering styles and design principles for a layout, how to draw several different letter forms, how to add embellishments, flourishes, banners, and dimension to a design, and other fun lettering techniques using chalk and chalk markers. Participants will leave with a lettering guide developed by Jasmine and a display-worthy chalkboard.

May 21, 2022 (3rd Saturday due to Memorial Day weekend) The Pure Color of Pastel with Tammy Papa Tammy Papa is an experienced painter and pastel artist with a recognizable impressionistic style. Join her for a beginner’s introduction to the medium of soft pastel. Participants will explore the various types of soft pastel, pastel papers, substrates, and supplies. Paint a Lowcountry landscape using saturated, vibrant, and harmonious color and discover the beauty of the pastel medium.

June 25, 2022 Portrait Basics with Christopher Kyle Join local artist Christopher Kyle as he offers an introduction to the basics of human portraiture. By breaking down each facial feature into parts, participants can walk away with a realistic looking portrait rendered with both charcoal and graphite. Participants are asked to bring a reference photo of a face that interests them.


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