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Young Artist's Workshop

Our Young Artist's Workshop is not only a wonderful resource for the Midlands community, but an excellent place for our students to put what they've learned into practice by teaching and inspiring the next generation of artists.

The Young Artist's Workshop (YAW) is an enrichment program that teaches the production, evaluation, and appreciation of art to local youth. All classes are taught by USC Art Education students and align with South Carolina Visual and Performing Arts Standards. Classes are offered for children ages 5-18 and are designed to meet the needs of students in public, private and home school environments.


The Details

Cost is $100 per student ($90 for children of USC faculty, staff and students), and classes are held for seven Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Classes are held in McMaster College, located on the corner of Senate and Pickens streets in Columbia.

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Class Offerings

These are subject to change, based on availability.

Students will develop perceptual and motor skills by drawing from observations and using their imaginative skills, while experimenting with a variety of media such as pencil, marker, paint and clay.

Students will use hand-building techniques to create functional and nonfunctional art works of clay, learn about the kiln firing process and use various glazes and slips on their finished works of art.

Students will explore print processes using techniques on a variety of surfaces. Students will also use drawing, painting and dyeing techniques on fabric surfaces. Fiber arts may include learning about the ancient art of Batik, a dyeing and waxing process.

Students will learn the basic operations of Adobe Photoshop and other computer art software. This knowledge will be used to create works of art and additional art media may be used to enhance computer images.

Students will be encouraged to combine traditional art making processes with contemporary or non-traditional art forms using different painting and drawing media and techniques.

Students will use a wide variety of media to construct three-dimensional relief and freestanding artworks.


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.