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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.

What is the Young Artist's Workshop?

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 UofSC 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.

How do I register my child?

Applications must be printed, completed, and signed by the parent or guardian, and turned in or sent to the YAW Coordinator at the School of Visual Art and Design. The cost is $100 per student (reduced rate of $90 for children of USC faculty, staff and students. 

Register for Spring 2020 [view application]. 

Class Offerings

Classes are held for seven Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in McMaster College, located on the corner of Senate and Pickens streets in Columbia (1615 Senate Street, Columbia). 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.


Fall 2020 Virtual YAW

Young Artist's Workshop will be held virtual in Fall 2020. YAW students who were enrolled in Spring 2020 and did not have an opportunity to complete the program will be offered a chance to attend the virtual program and apply their leftover credit to cover the cost of the program this semester. If new students would like to enroll, they will pay a fee equivalent to the credit. Contact Professor Minuette Floyd for more information ( Parents will be able to pick up art supplies for their student from the School of Visual Art and Design before the program begins.

Fall 2020 YAW will be conducted live using Zoom. Zoom is free to use on any computer and requires a download. The recorded YAW sessions will be emailed to parents so that they can continue the lessons after the session ends.  Each session will last about 45 minutes to an hour.

Fall 2020 Virtual YAW Dates: October 9, 16, 23, 30
Afternoon class times will be announced.

Virtual Exhibition: November 6


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.