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 July – September

At ArtWorks, we are very proud of the many diverse and unique opportunities to experience art that we are able to bring to Oriental. In our new show, we boast new work by 29 artists from across the United States working in 17 different mediums!

Come be mesmerized by the glass sea creatures of Frank Welles of Virginia Beach, VA.  Appreciate the significance of a working waterfront with award winning national Plein Aire artist, Jeff Williams from Stillwater, OK.  Enjoy the ripples of the sea in the watercolors of Ellie Moniz of Huntingdon Valley, PA, or be a landlubber through the subtle beauty of the countryside with New Hampshire artist, Meg McLean. Immerse yourself in old world traditions with local artist, Terry McCotter and Joan Bontempo of Knoxville, TN, our featured artists of the month.

Calling Kid Artists to help create a Town Mural   

Starting Tuesday, July 6 and continuing through the summer.

Our theme will be “In My Perfect World I See…” What do you like best about living in Oriental? What is your favorite thing? Where is your favorite place? Do you have a favorite neighbor? Are the people of Oriental helpful and kind? What interesting things would you draw to make Oriental an even better town to live in or visit? Think about what you would like to draw and come add it to our mural at ArtWorks!

Starting July 6 and continuing throughout the summer, our mural will be available to artists to add their special masterpiece touch.

All supplies will be provided by ArtWorks. Just bring your creative self and ask for the mural and supplies inside ArtWorks.

Daily 10a – 5p at ArtWorks Oriental. Sundays 12 – 4p.

No need to register, just bring your creativity.

Acrylic Pour with Shelly Gayring

  • Beginning Class: Saturday, August 7, 10 AM  – 1 PM
    Beginning Class: Sunday August 8, 10 AM – 1PM NOW OPEN

Shelly Gayring is once again teaching acrylic pouring at ArtWorks!  This time, however, she will be teaching both an advanced class as well as a beginning class.

During these hands on classes, you will learn how to measure, tint, and work the resin to safely and successfully create your own 5×5 beach scape. You will also learn tips and tricks to working with this medium.  In the Advanced Class, special techniques for enhancing your work and further exploring acrylic pouring are the focus.  PLEASE NOTE:  You must have completed the Beginning Acrylic Pour Class with Shelly Gayring to enroll in the Advanced Class.

The resin does need to cure, so participants should plan to pick up their creation the following day.

Please note that participants will be working with Resin/Epoxy, a potentially hazardous material that causes allergic reactions for some individuals. Please do not register for this class if you have a known allergy.

Classes are $50. Enrollment in each class is limited to 5 people, 18 years old or older, so sign up quickly by clicking below.

August 14: Introduction to Round Weaving with Julia McDonald

Creativity for this classic artisan craft starts with participants picking out their favorite colors in the form of fabric strips. Students will learn how to assemble warp strips onto a round loom in a bicycle spoke fashion.

Expert weaver, Julia McDonald, will then teach how to twine the weft strips around the warp strips to create a woven round pad large enough to be a trivet and perhaps even a chair pad. Finally, finishing the pad edges and removing from the loom are skills that will be taught at this basic weaving class.

Julia will also share design tips as well as share ideas for moving to a larger round loom such as a hula hoop or traditional rectangular loom.

Class size is limited to six students and will include all materials.  18 years & older. This will be a three hour class and cost is $50 per student.

Saturday, August 14, 10a – 1p

Register for this course by clicking here.

August 21: Jewelry Making Class with Lori Yarrow – Saw Piercing & Cold Connections

One of the foundations of jewelry making is mastering the technique of using the jeweler’s saw. Learn proficiency with this important tool as you learn to make jewelry with Lori Yarrow.

With the piercing saw you are able to create many intricate shapes, and cut holes and shapes within the metal. This gives you endless possibilities and the chance for you to get really creative at the bench.

In this class, we will practice sawing out shapes, texturing the metal, filing, sanding, and final polish. We will also explore riveting which is the technique of connecting two pieces of metal together without using heat. Some of the tools that will be introduced will include the flex shaft, drill bits and burs, hammers and stamps. Students will leave with at least two pieces of jewelry.

Class size is limited to six students 18 years & older and will include all materials. This will be a three hour class and cost is $75 per student.

Saturday, August 21, 10a – 1p

Register for this course by clicking here.

August 28 & 29: Colored Pencil Techniques with Donna Slade

ArtWorks is thrilled to have Donna S. Slade, a charter and signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, coming to instruct intermediate to advanced students in August!

This 2-day workshop is designed to introduce basic colored pencil techniques and terminology through exercises that demonstrate pencil pressure, cross-hatching, modeling, grisaille, blending, color mixing and layering. Various grades/brands of pencils and different types of paper will also be discussed.

Please note:  Though this class is presented as colored pencil instruction, the techniques and principles being taught easily inform other mediums where an understanding of color, shading, and realism are necessary.

On the second day, participants will complete a simple painting using the techniques practiced in the exercises. No prior-colored pencil experience is needed. Some drawing would be helpful.

ArtWorks is assembling a class kit for this class that students may purchase.  If, however, you are already working in colored pencil, please contact us for the list of very specific pencils and other supplies you must use for this class.

$200 plus class kit of $57 (kit optional, see above). Class is limited to 12 people. Saturday & Sunday, August 28 & 29, 10a – 4p each day.

Register for this course by clicking here.

September 18th ArtWorks is proud to bring David Edgar to Pamlico County!

DAVID EDGAR is a highly respected, pioneering environmental artist and author who utilizes post-consumer recyclable plastics (laundry detergent bottles!) to create one of a kind art sculptures. David has exhibited his Plastiquarium (c) artwork at over 50 museums and cultural venues across the United States and Europe. A graduate of the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, Edgar previously worked as an Artist Preparatory with the Imagineering division of the Walt Disney World company and as Executive Director of The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach Florida. Edgar’s Plastiquarium (c) artwork is represented internationally in corporate, institutional, and notable private collections.

On Saturday, Sept 18 from 10 AM – 3 PM, David will be “teaching the teachers” as well as all interested members of the public at large.  During this five hour class, using recycled laundry detergent bottles, participants will learn “the anatomy of a bottle”.  They will learn basic engineering techniques for creating their own plastiquarium designs.  Participants will also explore environmental science in a useful way in the classroom and everyday life.

$85  Class is limited to 12 people. Saturday September 18, 10 Am – 3 PM

Register for this course by clicking here.