Laurel Posey

Creative Arts Workshop – Create a Secret Room Book with Kit Loney

Local artist, poet, and educator Kit 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. All other materials provided. Fee: $20. Registration opens on Nov. 1 and closes at 5 p.m. Nov. 18.  

Laurel Posey

Teacher Retreat: Exploring World Cultures Through Music and More!

November 12-13, 2021 at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. Led by Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Imani Gonzalez, this teacher retreat will begin by exploring the cultures of Cuba and Africa through children's songs, rhythms, stories and artifacts. Teachers will then learn how to immerse their students in Jazz by tracing its musical and cultural roots. Teachers will leave this retreat with free lesson materials to take back to their classrooms, including CDs, books, and resource guides that align with the workshop content. While the focus of the workshops is music, material can be easily adapted to any classroom setting. Workshop content is best suited to grades 3-6, but teachers of any grade level are welcome to attend. Free ($50 deposit with registration refunded upon completion of the workshop). Registration deadline: October 21, 2021. Event: November 12-13, 2021.

Laurel Posey

Creative Arts Workshop – 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 8x10” stretched canvas. Participants will leave with a finished painting and a rounder knowledge of painting wildlife. Materials provided. Fee: $20. Registration opens October 1 and closes at 5 p.m. October 21. Call to register, or register online (service fee applies).

Laurel Posey

Workshop: The Power and Beauty of the Female Figure with Richard Blake

This workshop will stress the governing principles which facilitate sculptors creating a reclining and seated female figure. Richard Blake is the Fall Sculptor in Residence at Brookgreen Gardens. He will share his insights into the figure, the female anatomy, and the spotting of color to create a dynamic sculptural composition. Students will be encouraged to see and think of the body’s landscape in terms of juxtaposed forms, weights, rhythms, and balance in capturing the character and expression of the model. He will demonstrate the punctuation of lights and darks in creating a sculpture or, to quote Rodin, “The Art of the Hole and the Lump.” The class will work from a live model. These sessions will be augmented by illustrated lectures and hands-on demonstrations.

Laurel Posey

NC Writers’ Network 2021 Fall Conference

The North Carolina Writers' Network (NCWN) 2021 Fall Conference is a full weekend of sessions and programs on the craft and business of writing. Tyree Daye (poetry), Marianne Gingher (nonfiction), and Mesha Maren (fiction) will lead master classes; NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the Keynote Address. The weekend includes faculty readings, open mics, and meetings with agents and editors.

Laurel Posey

Creative Arts Workshop: 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. Materials provided. Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m. 12 p.m. Fee: $20. Registration closes September 23 at 5 p.m.; call 843-740-5854, or register online (service fee applies).

Laurel Posey

Creative Arts Workshop – 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. Materials provided. Saturday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration opens Aug. 2 and closes Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.

Laurel Posey

Art Class: Colored Pencil Drawing

Learn how to add color to your drawings using pencils in this one-day workshop. Explore the types of colored pencils, paper, and techniques that make adding color to your drawings a fun and successful experience. Taught by local art educator Mary Hendrix, who holds a bachelor’s degree in art from East Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in teaching from UofSC. Ages 15 and up. All materials included.

Laurel Posey

Art Class: Experimental Digital Photography

In this two-part class, students experiment with various photographic techniques including multiple exposure and physical print manipulation to create works inspired by the photography on view in the exhibition The Ironic Curtain: Art from the Soviet Underground. Ages 15 and up. Participants must provide their own digital camera. Taught by CMA Senior Multimedia Producer Drew Baron.  Baron graduated from UofSC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in media arts. His photography has been used for publication locally and internationally, and he is a member of the South Carolina Arts Commission's S.C. Arts Directory.

Laurel Posey

Creative Arts Workshop – Intro to Embroidery with Camela Guevara

Learn the basics of embroidery with local artist and seamstress Camela Guevara, Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 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. Materials provided. Fee: $20. Registration opens on July 1 and closes at 5 p.m. on July 24. Call 843-740-5854 or visit http://bit.ly/NChasArtsTix to register online (service fee applies).