Lowcountry Arts Adventures registering now

After school at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center is registering now. 

Children 6 to 16 can make and learn about art in Beaufort's creatively-equipped community arts center. Each class is $50 per seven week session, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Family discounts are available and scholarships are supported by a private family foundation are awarded to students who qualify for free/reduced price lunch.

Classes begin Tuesday, September 13!

Educator Heather Denardo is teaching the Explorations in Theater class, which still has a few spots left. "The class is designed to give young students a hands-on stage experience," she explained. "Each day we will be learning different relaxation, focus, and warm-up exercises. The first class will be devoted to learning all about the stage - stage directions, enunciation, projection, following direction, etc. The following classwill be all about improvising stories onstage. To get the students even more engaged, they will choose the stories, outline the plot, and then I will cast and direct them— they will be mini-productions. In the final class, each student will have a chance to BE the director. They will choose a story, cast, and direct their own mini-production. Students can expect a very hands-on experience where they will learn the basic foundation if they want to do theater in the future."

Artist Jada Gray is leading the Clay Sculpture Class, teaching kids 11-4 how to shape clay with their own hands into through hand-building, coil and pinch methods in order to create beautiful, three-dimensional display pieces that will show off their skills and imagination. Artist Kim Keats, who is a SC Craft Fellow, and highly collectible, is teaching the Artmaking in the Afternoon class for students 10-15; her class will include her signature weaving pieces (and she's offering a class for adults too.) Lisa Rentz is offering a creative writing class focusing on Lowcountry Adventure Stories— characters have to get around by anything but car, and materials include lots of maps. Tina B. Fripp, who is well known for her drawings, will lead the Nature Art class, emphasizing pencil techniques and observations of the natural world, for students 6 to 9. 

Jean Norton-Torjussen, who is a resident artist at ARTworks, is offering "Mandalas and More" for ages 9-12. Mandalas are geometrical designs, kind of like what you see in a kaleidoscope. Students will work with pen and ink and watercolors. "The history of mandalas goes back through Navajo, Tibetan, Hindu, and Islamic cultures, and are throughout the contemporary world," Torjussen explained. "I was looking for a good project for pen and ink with kids, and everything was free form, you had to be someone who draws well. The Mandalas solve this problem of setting out a design that looks great, that everyone can do."

Students will also view and contribute to the Mandala Project, which is world wide. 

ARTworks applies the many creative tools of The Arts to strengthen artists, and enrich audiences, collectors, and visitors through high quality arts experiences and arts education programs 365 days a year.http://www.artworksinbeaufort.org & 843-379-2787.