School’s in. Relax with classes and workshops for hands-on art.

When I was little, I couldn’t bear to see a swimming pool without getting in.  Lots of grownups are like that about art when they visit Hilton Head Island.  Art is such a living part of the Lowcountry that we can’t stand back and just regard it.  Some folks prefer to take part.  All around Hilton Head Island there are plenty of opportunities to do that this summer.

Classes and workshops fit vacation time.

Classes in everything from drawing for beginners to advanced studies of line and color to firing ceramics and even making jewelry are here.  Their timing and affordability make it easy for anyone to join in.

It doesn’t matter if you “can’t draw a straight line.”  Art is another way people relax, reflect and recharge here.  Just bring yourself, your desire and imagination.  The tools, materials and encouragement await you.

Hands-on art is for all ages.

Young folks from 5 to 14 blossom at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in a variety of five-day Art Camps spanning late June to early August.  Most consist of two-hour groups on consecutive days – perfect for a family on vacation.  The Camps are grouped by age, so everyone is comfortable and competent.  And each Camp has the option of two sessions, so they’re here when you’re here.

Puppets speak volumes to their makers.

At the Arts Center this summer, Visual Arts Camp explores the work of masters and gives children from 5 through 12 the chance to make their own.  Performing Arts Camp involves them in music, dance and theatre, with Patti Maurer and Jen Washburn from the cast of Shout! The Mod Musical.  Theatre Camp immerses them for five days in every aspect of their own production, from scripts and characterization to sets and costumes.  And in Kids ‘N’ Clay Camp they get their hands on ceramics from hand building to glazing and decoration.

Inside and behind the scenes.

Camps aren’t the only way for children to get up to art at the Arts Center.  Workshops there this summer range from The Drama of Puppetry, by a local treasure and master of the form, Yostie Ashley, to Art In The Garden, A Day At The Beach, and sessions on Broadway Choreography and on Hair & Makeup Through The Decades.  The mysteries behind the curtain are here to be learned, and there’s something for every age among these two-hour, one-day workshops.

For schedules and information – or to register – contact the Education Office at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina at 843-686-3945, extension 233, or email

Theatre Camp: 5 days from script to curtain.

The Art Academy of the Art League of Hilton Head offers classes and workshops five days a week from June to September.  Most of them take place in their headquarters at 106 Cordillo Parkway, just off Pope Avenue between the Sea Pines Circle and the beach.

On any weekday, all summer, you can experience such an amazing range of learning there, from “Anyone Can Draw” to “Animals And Birds In Oil Or Acrylic,” or even “The Art of Seeing.”  There are classes for children, too, and for work in different media, such as printmaking or batik and tie-dye.  It’s really a variety in which anyone can find an interest.

Choose yours and register with Judy Pizzuti at the Art Academy, 843-842-5738 or email

Take the plunge this summer.  Enrich your visit to Hilton Head Island with some hands-on art!