July classes and events at the Canvas

Here’s a look at what the Canvas community Art Studio & Gallery is offering this month.


Swing Dance (drop in): 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday, July 5-26. Lindy Hop, Charleston and East Coast. Details at Southeast Swing on Facebook or email southeastswing@gmail.com. Free, donations benefit the Canvas.

Magnificent Obsessions with Paul Shore (3 classes): 6:30-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, Thursday, July 7 and Tuesday, july 12. Is art making obsessive? Activities that affirm this question will be the focus of this workshop. Beginning through advanced students. $105

Portrait Drawing: Alternatives & Collaboration with Paul Shore (3 classes): 6:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 6, Monday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 13. Students will explore portraiture and drawing techniques using pencil, charcoal, gesso and pastels. Beginning through advanced students. $105

Hip Hop with Kim Andree (drop in): For teens 10-18, 4-5 p.m., Friday, July 8. Every second Friday. All levels. Pay as you can. For adults: 6-7 p.m., Friday, June 29. Every last Friday. All levels. Pay as you can.

Raku Workshop with Louise Kuntz-Tadda (3 weeks): 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays, July 9-23. Learn about Raku pottery, create, fire and glaze your own pieces. Some experience with pottery necessary (minimum one beginning class). $210.

Kids Portraits: Paper & Clay with Katie Coughlin & Paul Shore (3 classes): 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, July 12-14. Students will explore drawing techniques using pencil, charcoal, pastels and clay. Kids 7 and up. $85.

Porcelain Pitchers with Katie Coughlin (5 weeks): 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, July 13-Aug. 10. Learn about working with porcelain clay in this 5-week wheel class, focusing on on sauciers (pitcher with bowl). Need experience working with porcelain. $185.

Leaf Platters with Louise Kuntz-Tadda (2 weeks): 1-4 p.m., Sundays, July 17-24. Build a large platter or several small stacking leaf platters, using inspiration from nature. $85.

Kids Cupcake Containers with Katie Coughlin (2 weeks): 10 a.m.-noon, Mondays, July 18 and 25. Kids will create a special storage vessel with a lid, disguised as a cupcake. Kids 7 and up. $55.

Kids Outdoor Art (one day or all week): 12:30-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, July 18-22. Teaching artists will take kids into the field to explore the elements, creating installation art pieces on site exploring mud, wind, water, sand and fire. With ORCA. Kids 8-18. $125.

Music from Zimbabwe: Various classes and times (see website for details). Zivanai Masango, Helen Masvikeni and Tendai Muparutsa are offering classes for children and adults in marimba, drumming, dance and mbira.

Exploring Large Scale Painting with Chris Taylor (7 weeks): 6:30-9 p.m., Tuesdays, July 19-Aug 30. Students will work from a photographic reference of their choice, and will begin the paintings in acrylic and complete them in oils. $245.

Capoeira (one class): 6-8 p.m., Monday, July 25, Capoeira is a martial art from Brazil that combines song, dance, and fight. Shoes optional. Beginners welcome. Suggested donation $5.

Lithophane with Katie Coughlin (one class): 6-9 p.m., Friday, July 29. Learn to use a carved plaster slab to create a translucent porcelain relief tile in this one day pottery workshop. All levels. $45.

Kids clay and adult wheel throwing classes: Various classes and times (see website for details).


Saturday, July 2: Art in Motion, 10 a.m.-noon, the Canvas. Art projects especially for tots (ages 2-5) in the parking lot.

Wednesday, July 6: Artist talk in the gallery with Paul Shore, 12:15-1 p.m., the Canvas. Visiting New York artist Paul Shore will present a slideshow of his work. Bring your lunch.

Saturday, July 9: Play with your Food: Paul Shore, 3-5 p.m., the Canvas. Stack, carve, crush, mold and model your way to create works of art made entirely of food. Pay as you can.

Sunday, July 10: Music street party, noon-4 p.m., Seward Street. At this free event there will be a performances by Njuzu, a local marimba band, all sorts of wild and crazy music making, art and more.

Friday, July 15: Woosh Kinaadeiyí Poetry Slam with NaMee & Na Haan, 6-8:30 p.m. at Marine Park. Every third Friday of the month.

Sunday, July 17: Concert: Music from Zimbabwe, 4-5 p.m., The Canvas. Celebrate marimba, mbiri, percussion and song with guest musicians Zivanai Masango, Helen Masvikeni and Tendai Muparutsa. $10 suggested donation.

Friday, July 22: Canvas Film Festival, 7 p.m., the Canvas. REACH artists share their music videos in this showcase. $5 suggested donation

Every Tuesday: Haiku on the street with Christy Eriksen, noon-1 p.m., in front of the Canvas. Instant, customized poem on a topic of your choice. Pay-as-you-can.


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