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Heritage Arts at Southport Center

Beautiful Brunswick County is home to an expanding community of studio-based, creative artisans — reflecting the role of the arts, entertainment and tourism in the economic development of North Carolina. Trending increasingly towards the arts over the last four decades, quaint coastal Southport supports your creativity. It is an exhilarating time and we invite you to join us for arts and crafts classes at the Brunswick Community College Southport Center.


To schedule a site tour, please contact Director, Barbara McFall by phone at (910) 755-6500 or by email at mcfallb@brunswickcc.edu.

Registering for Classes

With dozens of courses (see below), we have something for everyone. Take a look and register for your favorites today. Simply click on the REGISTER ONLINE button below and enter the course name in the Search field for course dates, times, and locations.

You may also view the latest PATHWAYS catalog (see link on right). For more information or to inquire about other courses, contact Barbara McFall at mcfallb@brunwickcc.edu or the OneStop Center at onestop@brunswickcc.edu.

Spring Classes

Our spring class schedule is out and better than ever. Pick your favorites and register today!

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Fabric

Fabric Quilt Beginning

This class is designed for beginners or former quilters who want a refresher course. We will explore the versatility of the half-square triangle and create a small quilt top, table runner or table topper. Skills to be covered include fabric and thread selection, machine operation, piecing techniques, sandwiching a quilt, and stitch in the ditch and quarter inch quilting. Machines are available at the school. Classes meet in Room 103.  Instructor Marilyn Ridgeway.

Fabric Quilt One Block – Students will make a One Block Wonder quilt using a single fabric that has a 12” or 24” repeat. Panels could also be used. Skills to be learned: piecing techniques, cutting, design, quilt as you go. Design board required. Classes meet in Room 103.  Instructor Marilyn Ridgeway.

Fabric Quilt Walking Foot.  This class is for students who want to move past stitch-in-the-ditch. Students will produce sample blocks of various walking foot stitch patterns. Students will then will apply those skills to a project. Walking foot and machine provided. Classes meet in Room 103. Instructor Marilyn Ridgeway

Glass

Glass Fused
Explore the creative potential of kiln formed glass with a variety of techniques including kiln carving, slumping and jewelry.  Projects are finished by firing in the glass kiln to fuse the materials.  Glass kilns onsite.  Students are encouraged to register with an open mind and ready to experiment. Class meets in Room 106. Instructor: Gina Poppe.

Glass Lampwork Beads – Students will learn the basics of creating beads with soft glass, including torch work and kiln use. Class meets in Room 106. Instructor Leslie Rohrdanz.

Glass Mosaic
Amaze your friends and family with an ancient art form.  Even beginners can soon craft gorgeous products from small pieces of colored glass and grout.  Students will provide their own materials. Class meets in Room 106. Instructor: Jane Freach. 

Glass Stained
Apply lessons learned from the history of stained glass in America to the design and execution of your own pieces.  Includes pattern making, knowledge of glass types and properties, cutting and polishing techniques, and use of copper foil/lead solder to complete several projects.  Multiple sections, beginning-advanced. Class meets in Room 106. Instructor(s) Deborah Appleby and Jane Freach.  

Glass Stained Nights
Designed for those who need or prefer an evening offering.  Suitable for all levels. Class meets in Room 106. Instructor: Deborah Appleby

Jewelry

Jewelry Polymer Clay
Introduction to polymer clay properties, caning, color blending, Skinner blends, kaleidoscopes, and surface techniques.  Veneers will be designed to make a variety of beads and small bowls.  Basic jewelry assembly and finishing techniques will be covered. Class meets in Room 105. Instructor: Christine Noble.

Jewelry Silver Beginning
Basic metalsmithing and jewelry hand fabrication techniques will be taught through demonstration and hands-on activity.  Includes texturing, sawing, piercing, cold connections, simple forming, cold forging and soldering, etc.  Class meets in Room 105. Instructor Elyse Clark. 

Jewelry Silver Intermediate
Pre-requisite Beginning Silver or instructor’s permission.  Intermediate students will continue to hone skills learned in the beginning class through a series of completed projects. They will also add a variety of new techniques to their repertoire, generally including enameling, etching and casting. Class meets in Room 105. Instructor: Aleah DeMore Smith.

Jewelry Silver Advanced
Expand and improve your fabrication and soldering skills; form hollow objects, including beads; practice advanced stone setting; introduce precious metal clay, specifically bead making. Class meets in Room 105. Instructor Elyse Clark. 

Jewelry Silver Nights
Suitable for all levels, the instructor will support individual development in a wide variety of techniques in this studio-based format.  Class meets in Room 105. Instructor: Aleah DeMore Smith.


Jewelry Wire Wrap & PMC
These specialty techniques will stretch the repertoire of both beginners and more advanced students.  Delicate traceries in copper, bronze and silver wire make exquisite bangles, earrings and pendants.  Precious metal clay (PMC) is comprised of salvaged precious metals ground to a fine powder and mixed with a natural binder and water.  The binder burns away when fired, leaving a finished item (copper or 99.9% fine silver) that is smaller and has sharper detail than the original. Class meets in Room 105. Instructor: Joan Masters.

Metal

Basic Knife Making – This course will take students through the steps of making a basic hand- constructed knife using only common hand tools, vise, hammer, files, etc.  Some equipment purchase will be required.  A list of basic tools and safety equipment will be provided to each student. Each student will complete a finished knife. Class meets in Room 120-121. Instructor: Ed VanHoy.



Metal Sculpture
Master a wide variety of metal working techniques as you get creative with various forms of new and scrap metal. Suitable for all skill levels.  Materials purchase required.  The results will amaze you. Class meets in Room 120-121. Instructor: Spence Hayden.

Music

Music Guitar Beginning
Learn to play popular songs with/for your friends and family. This class is taught through group instruction in an organized progression to introduce the fundamentals of guitar playing at a pace you can enjoy. Bring your acoustic guitar. Ideal for the true beginner. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Faris Harton.

Music Guitar Intermediate
Pre-requisite Guitar 1 or prior experience. This class builds upon the fundamental skills to further develop your expertise in a variety of techniques and genres and expand your repertoire. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Faris Harton.

Music Recording & Production
Gain a working knowledge of computer software for recording (Cubase), through a general approach to recording, mic-ing, and editing, while applying some history of recording as a base line for technique. Includes hands-on experience in recording, editing, refining, experimentation, and mixing. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Jamie Hoover.



Songwriting
Learn to generate song ideas; create lyrics, hooks and titles; and work with other writers. Co-writing sessions will include lessons and examples for setting music to lyrics, as well as discussion on storytelling, finding our songs, and working to get them prepared for performance. After the lessons you will work in your groups to write and prepare your songs for presentation. Finally we will present our songs, have discussions on common issues, and share our experiences. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor Chris Luther.

Painting

Drawing
Learn to observe the world as an artist – breaking subject matter down into simple shapes through lights and darks. Gain confidence in brave mark-making using traditional materials and techniques to render responsive likenesses. Class meets in Room 104. Instructor: Donna Moore.

Painting Acrylic
This class welcomes all levels of acrylic or oil painters.   I will share my experience with the acrylic medium as well as drawing/painting techniques, composition, values, and color. Students will work from photo references and will be encouraged to develop their personal expression. Class meets in Room 104. Instructor Rachel Sunnell

Painting Expressively
Use your own expressive energy to experiment with new ways of translating any subject matter. Achieve dynamic compositions by pushing techniques in a variety of mediums. Class meets in Room 104. Instructor: Donna Moore.



Painting Watercolor
Suitable for all levels of expertise.  We will discuss watercolor materials, painting procedures and techniques while producing fabulous pieces in this medium. Multiple sections offered. Class meets in Room 104. Instructor: Terry Harrison.

Painting Pastels – Enjoy painting with soft pastels.  Working from life and photos, we will explore a variety of subject matter and techniques with an emphasis on bold color and expressive mark making. Class meets in Room 104. Instructor Carol Yaquinto.

Painting Realist
Become the artist you wish to be.  Apply time-tested artistic methods to improve drawing, color, value and composition.  Work in all media, from life as well as from photography, to further develop your own very distinctive style. Class meets in Room 104. Instructor: Terry Harrison.

Pottery

Pottery Beginning
This course introduces pottery making for potters, including clay preparation, hand building as well as wheel throwing and trimming, surface decoration and glazing, kiln loading and firing, and safety issues.  Upon completion, students should be able to prepare clay: center and throw basic forms; trim mix and apply basic glazes; and load and fire bisque kilns.  No pre-requisites. Multiple sections. Class meets in rooms 107-108. Instructor(s) Kimberly Caroon, Carla Edstrom and Lou Ann Hadlock.     



Pottery Intermediate
Pre-requisite Beginning. This course covers the important elements of designing and producing utilitarian pottery, including wall thickness, balance and proportion, surface decoration, and glazing and firing techniques. Topics include bowls, mugs, plates, casseroles, stemware, and bottles, with emphasis on safe glazing and supervised firing. Upon completion, students should be able to produce a variety of functional pots, apply a glaze, and load and assist in firing a kiln. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor Kimberly Caroon, Carla Edstrom and Lou Ann Hadlock.     

Pottery Alternative Firing – Pottery Alternative Techniques focuses on design, advanced surface preparations and applications primarily used in alternative firing practices. Students will hone their artistic design skills and clay work as well as learn how to fire and manage a small Raku kiln and reduction situations. Raku glazes, Naked Raku slip, Saggar techniques, Horsehair and Pit Firing will be explored. No experience necessary. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor Carla Edstrom.

Pottery Production Techniques
Successful production potters have developed the expertise to control their output. Skill, speed and consistency are critical. This class explores techniques to refine those variables with a focus on executing a select number of craft skills predictably well. Prerequisite Pottery Beginning and Intermediate or instructor approval. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor: Kimberly Caroon

Pottery Style Development
Collectible artists/craftsmen are instantly recognizable by the style of their pieces. While much of this personality develops organically as an expression of your own unique way of working, there are also choices along the way that shape the course of development. This class explores the diversity of the craft with an eye toward selecting and refining personal preferences. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor: Kimberly Caroon.



Pottery Sculpture
This more advanced class builds on techniques learned earlier with hand building and throwing.  Basic forms are combined, sculpted, embellished and finished to more fully express artistic concepts. Greater expertise is developed in complex hand building and the firing of large pieces.  Prerequisite Pottery Beginning and Intermediate or instructor approval. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor: Spencer Hayden.

Pottery Advanced Special Topics Offered for Advanced Potters, these classes feature a revolving menu of more difficult and/or complicated projects and techniques including larger forms, surface embellishment, complex glazing, alternative clay bases and specialty firing techniques.  Current offerings are listed individually each semester. Prerequisite Pottery Beginning and Intermediate or instructor approval. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructors: Kimberly Caroon, Carla Edstrom and Spencer Hayden.

Pottery Nights
Suitable for all levels. In this class, the instructor works with students on an individual basis to provide an accessible and supportive experience for working students and others for whom night class is the best option.  Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor: Carla Edstrom or Linda Drye.

Woodturning

Woodturning Beginning
Through lecture and hands-on sessions, students will learn the basics of using a wood lathe. On completion, students will be able to: identify the parts of the lathe; carefully observe and apply the American Association of Woodturners’ safety guidelines; identify the basic woodturning tools and learn sharpening procedures. Students will purchase personal safety equipment and a few personal tools. Wood will be available for purchase on site. Class meets in Room 118. Instructor: Dawn Greenberg.

Woodturning Intermediate
Pre-requisite Beginning or instructor permission. This course assumes a knowledge of basic woodturning techniques, tools and safety precautions. Through practice students will further perfect their skills in the craft, delving into hollowing, live and natural edge bowls, turning thin, inlay, etc. Students will learn to harvest and prep their own wood and to problem solve, including repairing splits, gouges, chipping, etc. Advanced tools will be covered. For more adventurous students, independent study projects may be proposed and discussed with instructor. Class meets in Room 118. Instructor: Doug Haas.

Woodturning Free Turning – Pre-requisite beginning or instructor permission. This course assumes a knowledge of basic wood turning techniques, tools, and safety precautions.  For more adventurous students to work independently to complete unfinished projects and explore new projects.  Students will provide their own personal safety equipment, tools and wood for projects. Class meets in Room 118. Instructor Dawn Greenberg.

Cultural Heritage

African Legacy in Coastal NC
This course focuses on Black heritage in Southport, North Carolina as well as in the surrounding coastal towns and cities in Brunswick County. Two of the eight classes will be on site visits in the city of Southport and distinctive regions of Brunswick County. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Patrice Frink

Coastal Carolina Heritage I Explore the heritage of North and South Carolina heritage and culture using historical facts, local stories, folklore, old photographs, religious traditions, local arts and artifacts to create a sense of time and place. Topics range from the Scottish immigration of the 1700’s to the Gullah culture and stories of Native American tribes.  All contributed to the culture of our region.  Includes 3 site visits to local areas of interest and counts toward the Heritage Guide Certificate Pathway. Instructor Rebecca Long.

Coastal Carolina Heritage 2 Further explore the six townships of Brunswick County through their unique stories, historical sites, architecture and artifacts, and natural environment. Includes 3 site visits to local areas of interests and counts toward the Heritage Guide Certificate Pathway. Instructor Rebecca Long.

Creative Writing Beginning
A professional mystery writer will guide you through the process of finding story ideas, developing a plot, creating characters, writing dialogue, and finding the right voice.  Through lecture, discussion and project work, you will find quiet time, feedback and support to develop a successful literary project.  Instructor Alan Woodruff.

Creative Writing Intermediate
This studio style session is framed to advance literary works-in-progress at all levels. Published writer(s) will share insights and expertise as needed to keep your projects moving forward. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Alan Woodruff.

History and Architecture of Brunswick County
Further explore the six townships of Brunswick County through their unique stories; historical sites, architecture and artifacts, and natural environment. Includes 3 site visits to local areas of interests, and counts toward the Heritage Guide Certificate Pathway. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Rebecca Long.

Photography

Photography Beginning
Composition, lighting, angles, color, black and white and more…. We will explore the basics in and outside of the classroom.  Southport is our backdrop with so many alleys and areas to go explore.  Equipment required – Digital camera…iPhones and smart phones are becoming the digital world standard. Class meets in Room 101. Instructor Wanda Kowal Pennell.

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