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-12:30pm at The Meeting Place at 1077 East Montague Avenue in the Olde Village area of North Charleston. 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, which includes most materials. Registrations are accepted one month in advance and close 2 days prior to the workshop. Space is limited. To register, call the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Dept. at 843-740-5854.
2013/14 Creative Arts Workshop Schedule: (subject to change)
July 27, 2013 ● Clay with Erik Johnson ● Clay is one of the simplest, most enjoyable materials used to create sculptures. Learn about the fundamental tools and techniques for sculpting with clay.
August 24, 2013 ● Calligraphy with Natasha Lawrence ● Participants will learn the fundamental techniques of calligraphy in the classic Italian Italics lettering style to address wedding invitations or greeting cards, write in journals, make gift tags, or for personal correspondence.
September 28, 2013 ● Sweetgrass Baskets with Sarah Hammond ● Participants will learn the basics of the historical art form of sweetgrass basket weaving.
October 26, 2013 ● Fabric Notecards with Tamie Ward ● Participants will learn the easy craft technique of fusing shapes to a note card, and also design a unique easel card to display fabric Yo-Yo creations. Embellish with a few buttons and brads, yarn, ribbon or maybe even a little bit of bling to make your handmade cards extra special!
November 23, 2013 ● Polymer Clay Pendants with Tina Arnoldi ● Participants will use polymer clay to create canes, which are long tubes that can be sliced off and used in various jewelry projects such as pendants. In this session, students will use several colors in their canes. The cans will be layered then baked to produce a finished pendant. A necklace cord will be provided for each student and there will be enough clay in the created pattern to make additional pieces at home.
No workshop in December due to holidays
January 25, 2014 ● Papier-mâché with Deborah Meyer ● Experience the joy of sculpting and create your own small sculpture in one sitting. Students will use wire armature and papier-mâché to capture a figure in motion.
February 26, 2014 ● Exploring Color & Texture with Watermedia with the City’s 2013/14 Artist-in-Residence, Charlynn M. Knight ● Participants will learn about the color wheel and methods of mixing colors and creating textures with watercolors and/or acrylics to maximize painting success.
March 22, 2014 ● Beginners’ Watercolor with Redux Contemporary Art Center Artist, Camela Guevara ● Participants will learn and practice the fundamental techniques of watercolor, and then apply that knowledge to create small vignettes from natural items.
April 26, 2014 ● Linear Perspective with Stephen Herchak ● Regardless of media, understanding the fundamentals of perspective and proportion enables artists to create compositions more easily. This workshop will help participants sharpen their skill and gain confidence in their ability to draw or paint what they see. Previous drawing experience not necessary.
May 24, 2014 ● Children’s Book Illustrations with Erin Bennett Banks ● This workshop is an introduction to children's book illustration, the role of the illustrator, and the publication process. Participants will learn to develop thumbnails and concept sketches utilizing techniques that are common to the industry. Participants are encouraged to bring any ideas and sketches they may already have brewing!
June 25, 2013 ● Hand Printing on Fabric with Ink Meets Paper’s Allison Nadeau ● Learn to plan a design from initial sketches and brainstorming to final sketches and color choices. Participants will customize a set of cotton dish towels using the freezer paper stencil method and by printing with common household objects.
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.
Painting Workshop w/ Deborah Meyer
Adults ages 18 and up will focus on design to expand painting knowledge using visual references selected by the teacher. Students must bring their own materials: paints, brushes, canvases, easels (if use of table is not preferred). Registration closes one week prior to day of workshop.
Fee: $28 per workshop or $125 for series of 5 workshops
The Meeting Place, 1077 East Montague Avenue
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - Still-Life
Studio Session w/ Deborah Meyer
Adults ages 18 and up will receive one-on-one assistance to develop and refine paintings that students have in progress or that are ready to be tackled. Students must bring their own materials: paints, brushes, canvases, easels (if use of table is not preferred). Registration closes one week prior to day of session.
Fee: $25 per session or $120 for series of 5 sessions
The Meeting Place, 1077 East Montague Avenue
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
NxLevel for Creative Entrepreneurs
Creative production and service requires a great deal of flexibility in pricing, marketing, and product development. While appropriate for traditional business development, this class is designed to provide those in nontraditional businesses with the ability to develop sustainable enterprises, improving our economic community here in the Lowcountry. The class provides students with the necessary understanding to develop a successful business plan, while providing examples of creative businesses in our region. Throughout the program, students will be introduced to a broad variety of successful creative entrepreneurs in various fields. This program is made possible by a partnership with Lowcountry Local First and Clemson University.
Fee: $149. Call 843-740-5852 to register.
The Olde Village Community Building, 4820 Jenkins Avenue
Tuesdays, October 1-December 10, 2013 (no class November 26); 6:00-8:00pm
Under the instruction of Tina Arnoldi, participants ages 18 and up will learn to weave a bracelet using seed beads, creating a pattern that is a reflection of their unique style. Some familiarity with beadweaving is helpful. Materials are provided.
The Meeting Place, 1077 East Montague Avenue
Saturday, October 5; 10:30am-12:30pm
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 20 for Jul/Aug/Sept Class
Submit proposal by Aug 20 for Oct/Nov/Dec Class
Submit proposal by Nov 20 for Jan/Feb/Mar Class
Submit proposal by Feb 20 for Apr/May/Jun Class
North Charleston Farmers Market Art Demonstrations
The 2013 North Charleston Farmers Market opens April 18 and takes place every Thursday through October 31 on the grounds of the Felix Davis Community Center at 4800 Park Circle. The market offers an abundance of fresh, locally grown produce, and features art & craft booths, food vendors, and entertainment. Enjoy visual art demonstrations by local artists every 2nd Thursday. The market is open from 12:00pm to 7:00pm; art demonstrations take place from 4:00-6:00pm unless otherwise noted.
2013 Farmers Market Art Demonstration Schedule:
Special performances presented as a component of the 2013 North Charleston Arts Festival: 3:00-4:00pm Skop Sullins (acoutis guitar), 4:30-5:50pm Book Art Demo by Sarah Bandy, 6:00-7:00pm YeeHaw Junction (bluegrrass)
Yarn spinning demonstration by Eileen Cahill
North Charleston Artist Guild
Screenprinting demo w/ Redux Contemporary Art Center
Painting demo with members of the Goose Creek Artist Guild
Knitting demo with members of the Flowertown Knitting Guild
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. Registration forms are 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.
Visual Art Camps are under the instruction of the City’s current Artist-in-Residence. Drama and Dance Camps are under the instruction of local professionals. All camps are held at the Olde Village Community Building at 4820 Jenkins Ave. N. Charleston, and take place Monday through Friday from 9:00am to noon. Mid-morning snacks are provided.