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Exploring Painting- (Evening Class for adults) $225, 6-8pm 6 weeks, 2 teachers, 5 plus styles of painting. Explore new techniques, tools, and methods. Next Session August 24th

Painting for Painters Who Aren't Painting- $150, 3-5pm. Next session Tuesdays starting July 18th. This is a class for painters who aren't painting- a coaching session to cure painter's block. This class is also available as a series of private appointments. Please call to schedule private or click on the title for the sign up.

Creative Endeavors for Kids 4-8th Grade- $150, Tuesdays 4-5:30pm. Starts August 22nd 4 weeks. Students will use a variety of art supplies while exploring many different ways of drawing and painting in this mixed media class. 

Creative Endeavors for Kids 1-3rd- $150, Wednesdays 4-5:30pm. Starts August 23rd 4 weeks. Same high quality as our Artistic Endeavors class but this class is specifically designed for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. 

Exploring Painting DAYTIME Class for Adults- $225, 10:30am-12:30pm 6 weeks, 2 teachers, 5 plus styles of painting.  Explore new techniques, tools, and methods.  Next Session: August 24th

We are planning to use our Exploration format to offer new classes.  Ideal for people who have taken Exploring Painting or who already paint, but want to make better drawings to paint, work out spacial issues,                     and take paintings to the next level. Drawing: perspective, contour, and value. Elements and Principles: composition and space, value and contrast, form, light. 

Portfolio Prep Classes

We are here to help

· assess needs   ·teach skills   ·coordinate projects    

·guide production  ·construct the portfolio

 ·practice for the test   ·prepare for interview   

·write recommendations


We know that Charleston students and parents have their hearts and minds set on the educational opportunities offered at the highly competitive arts infused schools. The process can be overwhelming and frustrating.

Our classes are taught by art teachers who are also professional, practicing artists. We know what it feels like to create meaningful work, share, then face judgement and rejection. We also have experienced the sheer joy of creativity, acceptances, and successful careers.

Our mission is to educate the whole child, facilitate life skills,
and preserve the inner artist.

What does this mean

Educate the whole child- For many, art is a way of life and learning, not just a hobby or a vocation.

·      strive for personal best

·      foster a strong work ethic

·      practice authentic self-assessment

Facilitate life skills- Students learn best when information is presented visually and in a hands on manner which is why arts infused schools have a higher success rate in producing critical thinkers. The creative economy is the way of the future by contributing to job opportunities and building thriving communities.

·      organization

·      observation

·      technical skills

·      critical thinking

Preserve the inner artist- The spots available are far less than the acceptance rate.  We want students to stay interested in art     even if they aren't accepted to the school.

·      create high quality products of which to be proud

·      gain new ways of looking at art that will last forever regardless of outcome.

·      retain the joy

How Do we Do it - a 5 step process:

-Step 1 - Each student is given a complementary assessment interview. We discuss readiness, assess needs, and plan a strategy to fill the gaps. By appointment. please call or email.

-Step 2 - Students will take the first course, Practicing for Portfolio. 4 week sessions,   $320

(Choose from ONE SET of the four options below)

  • Thursdays 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14 4-6pm
  • Saturday 9/9. 9/16, 9/23, 9/30 2-4pm
  • Tuesdays 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 4-6pm
  • Wednesdays 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11 4-6pm

Students will experiment with a variety of materials and techniques to see what might be the best mediums to pursue for the best possible presentation.  After this course is completed, students will take step 3.

-Step 3 - There will be 3 group classes based on the standard portfolio requirements.  (Dates to be announced soon)

  • The Still Life Class 2 weeks for 2 hours. $160
  • The Landscape Class 2 weeks for 2 hours. $160
  • The Portrait Class with Meyriel Edge.  $240                                                                                                                                                       4 weeks for 1.5 hours each week with mandatory drawing assignment homework.

-Step 4 - Drawing Test Study Group Practice for the test in a group setting. Critique of work after. To be scheduled for late   January and February. $75 .

-Step 5 - Students will need a few private sessions to polish projects and presentation.  $40 per hour. 

All materials are supplied.