The City Magazine Since 1975


August 2010
Charleston is brimming with ways to appreciate our lively local arts scene—not to mention opportunities to make our own creative contributions

Crafty Kids (Ages 3-5)

Photograph by Meghan Locklair

Prepare: Get inspired with Margie Hayes Richmond’s Look What You Can Make With Paper Plates, a book of easy crafts using household materials.

Go: Attend a puppet-making session at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry’s Puppet Parade. Listen to a story and make a paper-bag puppet.

Continue: Decorate a large piece of cardboard and secure it to a doorframe for an at-home puppet theater. Act out favorite stories with homemade puppets.

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
25 Ann St., Charleston
Cost: $7, free for ages 12 months & under
Times: Fridays in August, 10 a.m.
(843) 853-8962 •

The Story of Sweetgrass Baskets (ages 6-9)

Photo Courtesy of Charleston Area CVB

Prepare: Read Circle Unbroken by Margot Theis Raven to learn how sweetgrass basketmaking became an art form woven with stories passed from generation to generation.

Go: Stroll the Charleston City
Market and watch the basket makers do their handiwork, turning buckets of sweetgrass into coiled containers of all shapes and sizes.

Continue: Visit Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion at Mount Pleasant
Waterfront Park, stop at basket stands along Highway 17 North, and have some lunch at Gullah Cuisine Restaurant.

Charleston City Market
188 Meeting St., Charleston
Cost: Free
Hours: Daily, early morning - 6 p.m.
(843) 937-0920

Museum Masterpiece (ages 10-12)

Photo Courtesy of Charleston Area CVB

Prepare: Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn F. Kohl is an introduction to the masters, featuring brief biographies of the artists, descriptions of their work, explanations of art terms and techniques, and correlating art projects for each artist.

Go: Download the Family Guide from and use it as you visit the Gibbes Museum of Art. Learn about everything from miniature portraits to abstract art to living local artists such as Jonathan Green.

Continue: Stroll through the French Quarter and visit local art galleries. At home, delve into the museum’s website for virtual tours and “Gibbes Interactions” that give information about artists and artistic movements as well as feature games and activities.

Gibbes Museum of Art
135 Meeting St., Charleston
Cost: $9, $5 ages six - 12, free for ages five & under
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
(843) 722-2706

The Drawing Board

Draw to Music at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Let classical tunes inspire your
25 Ann St., Charleston
Cost: $7, free for ages 12 months & under
Times: Sundays in August, 2 p.m.
(843) 853-8962

Kids Capoeira Classes
Get your groove while combining dance, martial arts, and acrobatics.
James Island Recreation Complex,
1088 Quail Dr., James Island
Cost: $5 per class
Times: Saturday, 11 - 11:45 a.m.
(843) 795-5678

Once Upon a Ballet
Little ones can dress up in costumes while learning how to dance and act out fairy tales.
1956 Long Grove Dr., Ste. 3,
Mount Pleasant
Cost: Varies
Times: Classes start August 21,
call for schedule
(843) 216-6671

Community Day at the Gibbes Museum of Art
Take advantage of free admission as the Junior League of Charleston hosts a fun-filled day of family activities and special performances.
135 Meeting St., Charleston
Cost: Free
Time: Saturday, September 11,
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(843) 722-2706

Kiln’ Time Studio
Paint and decorate ceramics, creating functional artwork for the home or gifts.
1111 Bowman Rd., Mount Pleasant
Cost: Varies according to project
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday,
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
(843) 856-4811