Triangle ArtWorks strives to include as many schools and classes in as many creative disciplines as possible, and, obviously, this list is far from complete. If you are involved in an organization or business that offers some form of creative class, please send the relevant information to our email. Thanks for helping us keep this list as complete and up to date as possible!
Triangle ArtWorks provides these class listings as a convenience and makes NO endorsement or recommendation regarding any of the businesses or organizations listed. Be sure to review their websites and other sources independently before you patronize them.
Arthouse – Classes focus on teaching artistic creativity through the combination of sensory stimulation … sound through music, sense of touch, smell, taste and sight. ARTHOUSE stimulates creativity through various mediums ranging from watercolor, paint, pastels, pencil and recycled found objectsA unique curriculum has been created to balance the study of art through awareness to form, tone, color, pattern, line and shape. Each student is taught artistic projects, according to their appropriate skill and age level, in an intimate small-class setting. ARTHOUSE allows children to experiment with self-expression and creates an environment where the boundaries of artistic creativity can constantly be pushed. Through the stimulating atmosphere and projects, students become curious, confident, independent and creative decision makers. 716 W. Hargett St. Raleigh, 27603. 919-821-2212, Email, Website
Artopia (A division of Jerry’s Artarama)- At Artopia, we take visual arts instruction to a new level. Art education is an opportunity to engage the whole person and to expand students’ horizons. Creating visual art is a process that involves critical thinking, introspection and problem-solving. Our programs and instructors help students develop skills that transcend the classroom. Our youth and aftercare art programs are led by a staff of enthusiastic, highly-trained instructors. Classes are designed to emphasize the connection between the arts and culture, while allowing students to explore new art styles and hone their fine arts technique. Artopia is a safe, encouraging environment—ideal for fostering creativity and new friendships! We offer track-out camps, after school art immersion classes, open studio, birthday parties, special events and high school portfolio development classes. 6109 Maddry Oaks Ct, Raleigh, NC 27616. 919-307-8144 Website
Artspace – Educating the public about art and artists is at the core of the Artspace mission. For this reason, Artspace is an important partner in the region’s educational system. Artspace challenges students through award-winning and innovative programs, for kids, youth and adults, including a vibrant summer program. 201 East Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, 919-821-2787, Email, Website.
Arts Classes at Town of Cary Arts Centers -The Town of Cary offers a wide array of classes in the visual arts, including ceramics; oil, acrylic and watercolor painting; fiber arts; jewelry and more. Classes feature parent/child experiences for toddlers and general classes for all ages. Specialty classes include those on history and heritage, plus a week-long clown camp and a month long youth video camp where students learn the ins and outs of documentary film-making. Much more can be found through the Town of Cary’s program brochure published three times a year. Contacts: Robbie Stone at Cary Arts Center (Email, 919-469-4069); Kris Carmichael at Page-Walker Arts & History Center, (Email, 919-460-4963); Mail: P.O. Box 8005, Cary, NC 27512, Website.
Jewelry Design and Making Course with Vivi Blanco – A complete course with a very hands-on approach, that seeks to spark creativity and expression in every student and allows to start creating their own jewels from the very first day of class! The course has a maximum of 4 students per class, allowing each one of them to receive a very personalized and focused learning experience. The techniques taught and the tools used in the course allow the student to continue making jewelry in the comfort of their own house. No previous experience required. Located near NC 55, Cary. Website
Get Creative – Children ages 7-14. All Art Camps and Classes are based on the successful Art Curriculum developed and taught by professional multi-media artist & teacher, Carolyn Howard. Ms. Howard teaches children through adults the basic building blocks of creating excellent visual art in every media for several years. Student maximum per class is small, 6-8, allowing individual guidance, resulting in students’ ability to create artworks which are worthy of framing. Each student will create a watercolor, a pastel and a wood-carved print. Critical creative thinking is built into the curriculum, resulting in confidence, curiosity, and independent critical thinking skills which carry over into life skills. Clayton, NC. Email<
KidzArt – KidzArt is the place to have fun, learn to draw and experience creativity building exercises. By using our simple drawing method, certified instructors help students create original works of art beyond what they thought possible. We are a drawing based program offering on-going classes for preschool, elementary age, teens and adults. Our new Palette Up™ Adult Art Soiree is a fun creative evening out for adults. These fun-filled painting and mixed media events offer an opportunity to relax, have a beverage and make art with your friends. The KidzArt Studio is located in historic downtown Apex. 919 274-0030. Website.
Art Class with Lucy Gardiner – I teach drawing, painting and printmaking in my studio in the North Hills area. I offer classes in small groups of 5 to 8 students for ages 6 through adult. Teaching in small groups enables me to discern my students learning style and recognize how and when to challenge them. Lessons are designed to teach techniques and principles of design while allowing students the opportunity to be creative and develop a personal style. Classes for children have a narrow age range so that motor skills and intellectual maturity will be similar. Adult classes are more loosely structured with each student following a personal curriculum designed for their skill level and area of interest. Visit by appointment 919 410-2327. Email. Website.
NCSU Craft Center – The Crafts Center at NC State University functions as an art school specializing in crafts. Classes are offered each semester in various craft media such as pottery, sculpture, photography, woodworking, fiber arts, lapidary, glass, jewelry, metals and more. Classes are offered for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Campus Box 7320, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, Website.
Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery – Nicole’s hosts art classes/workshops for adults from beginner to advanced with local to nationally acclaimed art instructors. After 15 years it has evolved into the #1 gallery in NC for teaching art classes. Classes range from painting your first oil on canvas to multiple day workshops with nationally recognized art masters. The workshops generally take place over a one day or partial day period in our beautiful gallery setting. Topics cover everything from, oil and acrylic on canvas, palette knife, figurative, landscapes, painting live or from photos, pastels, still life, drawing, abstracts and more. Local Instructors include award winning; Nicole Kennedy, Dan Nelson, Cathy Martin, Kim Maselli, Diana Coidan. National instructors include; John Poon, Dan Beck, Lori Putnam, David Dunlop, Rick McClure, Peggi Kroll Roberts, Dawn Whitelaw and other guest artists. 719 N Person St, Raleigh. Website.
Noah’s Art – Noah’s Art is Raleigh’s only art studio specializing in visual art for children specifically ages 2-10. Noah’s Art is an exciting studio with the purpose of nurturing children’s individual creativity through themed based classes and flexible 8 week sessions. At Noah’s Art every child is an artist and we will work to help them find the joy and excitement that come from using their creativity and imagination. We will offer a wide variety of class choices along with track- out camps, parents night out events and birthday parties. We are also looking to partner with different schools in the community to support art programs through different opportunities such as coming into the school for after- school classes and sponsoring different art events throughout the year. 1141 Falls River Avenue, Suite 120, Raleigh NC 27614. 919-480-7880. Website.
Photography Workshops – Diana Bloomfield has been an exhibiting photographer for over 30 years. She specializes in and teaches 19th century (‘alternative’) photographic printing techniques in her studio, located in downtown Raleigh. These techniques include gum bichromate; platinum/palladium; and cyanotype. Website Email.
Pullen Arts Center – Office of Raleigh Arts – Pullen Arts Center offers a variety of classes for children, teens, and adults in drawing and painting, fiber arts, glass, jewelry-making, pottery, and printmaking, for beginners and for experienced artists and craftspeople year-round. 105 Pullen Road, Raleigh, NC 27607. 919-996-6126. Email. Website.
Arts Instruction by Artist, Rebecca Rousseau – Acrylic painting classes are offered by Professional Artist Rebecca Rousseau in her Cameron Village studio. Adults and Teens-painting with acrylics on canvas and paper. $65 for two hours, all supplies provided. Children under 16 years old- 2 hour minimum, $20/child/hour. All supplies included. Available for one session, or as many as you like. Email. Website.
Sertoma Arts Center – Office of Raleigh Arts – Arts center operated by the City of Raleigh, Office of Raleigh Arts, offers classes and workshops in painting, drawing, photography, pottery, performing arts and more, along with exhibitions, studio spaces, group support and community outreach. 1400 West Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27612. 919-420-2329. Email. Website.
Printmaking and Drawing classes by Artist, Susan Soper – Susan teaches classes in Printmaking and Drawing to Youth and Adults at local art centers and does small group and individual instruction at her Artspace studio in CityMarket. Visit her website for current list of classes. Email.
TC ARTWORKS – TC Artworks is an Art Teaching Studio in North Raleigh. We offer a plethora of Art Classes: Kid’s Track Out Classes (ages K – 15), VINO & VINTAGE classes for Adults, Fine Art Painting and Drawing Classes, Small Furniture Workshops (Beginner & Advanced), Decorative Finishing Workshops and Pre – School Fun (Mommy & Me). We offer Private Parties for Corporate Team Building, Kid’s Birthday Parties etc. Instructor/ Artist & Owner Tamara Clary Clark is a former Art Education Teacher and has worked as a Decorative Finisher, Cabinet & Furniture Refinisher, Muralist, Corporate Interior Designer and Fine Artist for over 2 decades. Located in Leesville Towne Center, 13220 Strickland Rd. Suite 188, Raleigh, NC 27613. Website
Time for Art Kids – Time For Art Kids specialize in professional art classes to children ages 6-11. We offer track out camps, art birthday parties, face painting, ladies night out and special events. We are located in Cary, NC at the Lochmere Pavilion. Call 919.602.8908. Website.
Vinita Jain Art Studio – Weekly art classes by a professional artist for adults and kids age 7 and up. The focus is on Drawing and Color. The students develop the observation skills and move from basic to complex work in both black/white and color. They learn to draw and paint with more accuracy and confidence and develop the artistic skills needed to express themselves. Variety of mediums and subject matter are taught. Classes are held in the artist’s studio in Cary area. Email. Website.
ArtsCenter – ArtSchool at The ArtsCenter is Orange County’s most comprehensive non-profit resource for continuing education in the arts on a non-degree, community basis. Opportunities abound for students of all ages – toddlers to seniors – to try their hand at a variety of artistic media or to increase their skills in intermediate/advanced classes. ArtSchool serves as a resource for many of the area’s professional artists, who experience teaching as a way of sharing their expertise, while keeping their own work continually challenged. Fall, Winter/Spring and Summer sessions are scheduled annually. 300-G E. Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510, 919.929.2787, Email, Website.
Alia Fine Art Studios is a beautiful, new teaching studio in Raleigh that helps students of all levels gain real skills to draw and paint the human figure and portrait. You will learn classical methods through a contemporary approach to representational figurative art. AFAS offers monthly classes, one day intensives and nationally acclaimed invited artist and expert workshops. For more info on current offerings visit the Classes tab our website.
Claymakers Studio– Claymakers is a nonprofit arts community dedicated to pottery and the clay arts. With classes and workshops for everyone from novice to professional, Claymakers seeks to support individuals in developing skills and finding creative expression in clay. A regular offering of pottery wheel throwing, hand building, and sculpture classes is complemented by special topics courses and workshops, which change throughout the year. An active and vibrant arts center, Claymakers Studio offers open studio hours for students, community studio rentals and kiln rentals for the public, and individual artist studio spaces. Claymakers is located in the rapidly developing Central Park section of Downtown Durham, close to the Farmers’ Market and the Durham Athletic Park. Claymakers, 705 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701. Email Website
Liberty Arts, Inc.- Liberty Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit educational sculpture studio and art casting facility located in downtown Durham’s Central Park District serving North Carolina and the Southeast region. Liberty Arts’ mission is to Transform the Triangle through Art by encouraging and supporting the creation, promotion and placement of sculpture in public and private spaces. Liberty Arts offers public bronze pouring demonstrations, sculpture-related classes for the community, affordable short-term studio space and instruction for artists, and is available for commissioned works. 923 Franklin Street, Durham, NC 27701, Website. Email.
PERC Photography School- PERC provides practical education in digital photography and related software applications through online webinars, field workshops and classroom instruction at our Raleigh, NC facility and other Triangle area venues. PERC offers a Digital Photography Certification program for professional and semi-pro photographers and non-certificate instruction for amateurs. PERC also rents studio space and provides a multimedia Resource Center for photographers in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Website Email.
Community Music School – The school provides an opportunity for children from low-income families, ages 6-18, to receive individualized instruction and guidance from area professionals and instructors in most orchestral instruments in addition to piano and guitar. Each half-hour lesson costs the student only one dollar. Whenever possible and when a need exists, the school also provides and repairs instruments for the students to use free of charge for the duration of their enrollment. 919.832.0900, Email, Website.
Girls Rock NC – Girls Rock NC is a nonprofit organization that runs programs that encourage girls to be confident, creative members of their communities. Girls make bands, have workshops in teamwork, body confidence, zine-making, DIY clothing, recording, Tech Talk, songwriting and more, and are supported as they speak up and share their experiences as girls. We’re part of the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance, helping each other stay true to our mission–empowering girls! Close to 1,500 girls around the globe will have the rock camp experience in 2011–and we also have a women’s ‘Rock Camp’ to raise money so more girls can attend camp through scholarship funds. P.O. Box 3431, Durham, NC 27702, Email, Website.
Live Oak Chamber Music Workshop – Live Oak is a week long workshop for adult amateur string players. The workshop is held in July at Meredith College and is taught by Meredith faculty. Email. Website (follow links to Camps). Facebook.
Musicians Learning Center – The Musicians Learning Center is Raleigh’s largest private music school. Currently offering lessons in Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, and Music Therapy. 9420 Forum Dr, Suite 105, Raleigh. Email Website
Actors Training Ground – Actors Training Ground’s mission is to bring professional training to actors of all levels. We offer Acting, Character Development, Voice for the Actor, Dialects, Scene Study, and Audition Technique. We also have a 10-week Acting Intensive Program during the summer. A variety of techniques are used in our Acting classes including Meisner, Hagen, Strasberg, and Stanislavsky. The International Phonetic Alphabet is the base of the Dialects class and our voice class uses the approach taught at Actors Studio Drama School: Voice and Speech for the Stanislavsky Actor – Building the voice and sound through proper alignment and support. Our primary goal is to help adult and young actors prepare for the acting industry by giving them the tools to succeed as an actor. Private coaching is also available. Our classes are designed for both beginning and advanced levels of acting. Actors Training Ground teaches classes at different venues in the Raleigh/Triangle area and offers actors the opportunity to explore themselves, push their limits, and hone their craft to enrich their acting skills and character development. Classes are offered for ages 17 – Adult and run 8 – 10 weeks at a time. Currently classes are held at Raleigh ACT in North Raleigh, and Sonorous Road near NCSU. Website Email
Burning Coal Theatre Company – Burning Coal is a small professional theatre located in downtown Raleigh at the historic Murphey School auditorium. We offer Summer Theatre Conservatories for both middle and high school students each summer, as well as adult classes in playwriting, advanced playwriting, understanding Shakespeare and Acting (Uta Hagen approach) throughout the year. 224 Polk Street, Raleigh NC 27604; (919) 834-4001; Email; Website.
Moonlight Stage Company– Moonlight Stage Company, located in North Raleigh has a full drama school for youth and adults. Over 20 classes are offered including Acting (For Stage and Screen), Improv, Singing/Songwriting, Playwriting, Clowning, and in the spring also Stand Up Comedy. The faculty is made up of current working professionals who have their finger on the pulse of the industry and also teachers who have worked at the highest levels of the entertainment industry. 1304 Paddock Drive Raleigh, NC 27609, Website
North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre – North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre is a non-profit, community-based performing arts center, created to enrich the cultural life of the North Raleigh community. We provide a creative outlet for all ages and openly invite community involvement. Along with providing instruction in the performing arts, we seek to promote the traditions and values of the theatre and to produce quality entertainment in a community-oriented atmosphere. We offer classes for all age ranges as well as summer camps and track-out camps. 7713 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27615-4805; (919) 866-0228; Email; Website.
Raleigh Little Theatre – Raleigh Little Theatre is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enrich, educate, and entertain our community by providing a superior theatre experience. Raleigh Little Theatre is a community theatre that produces 11 full productions annually and maintains a comprehensive youth and adult theatre education programs. 301 Pogue St, Raleigh, NC 27607-7267; (919) 821-3111; Email; Website.
Walltown Children’s Theater – Durham residents Joseph Henderson and Cynthia Penn founded Walltown Children’s Theatre to serve as a “Door of hope and place of opportunity for all children”. Walltown presents touring performances in schools and other venues, as well as classes, camps, after-school programs. 1225 Berkeley Street, Durham, North Carolina, 27705, 919-286-4545, Email, Website.
Ward Acting Studio – The Ward Acting Studio is a professional actor-training program with over 20 years of expertise in the Meisner Approach. Studio Director Wendy Ward founded the school in New York City in 1996 and recently opened a new studio in Durham, North Carolina. Our signature program is the Six-Week Intensive, a challenging course of study offered six times a year in Durham and once a year in New York City. Actors can also study part-time during day and evening hours and in weekend workshops. 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham, NC 27707. Email. Website.
Young People’s Performing Company – YPPC provides classes, workshops and performance opportunities in the dramatic arts for children and teens from kindergarten through high school. Since 1985 YPPC has been granted class, rehearsal and performance space in the Durham Arts Council building at 120 Morris St., downtown Durham. Email, Website.
City Ballet –City Ballet is a dance school offering training in ballet, pointe, modern, character, jazz, hip hop and tap to all levels of students. City Ballet’s goals are to nurture a love of movement, music and performance while training dancers through a structured syllabus that builds their technical expertise and their physical strength, All ballet students are trained following the Cecchetti method, an internationally recognized method of classical ballet instruction. Students have two performing opportunities: a full-length, professionally staged Nutcracker, and a professionally staged spring show. Candy Fuller, 7440-17 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615; 919-844-9799; Email, Website
Duke University Dance Program: -Dance at Duke encourages the total union of our physical, intellectual, and expressive capabilities. The student dancer develops skills of perception, analysis and expression that benefit many fields of endeavor beyond the dance world. The Program in Dance provides a wide choice of classes for everyone from the highly trained dance technician to the absolute beginner. Beyond the three main areas of emphasis in ballet, modern, and African dance, other courses including jazz, swing dance, floor-barre, tap, Flamenco and classical Indian dance are offered on a rotating schedule. Extensive full credit courses include areas of study in history, choreography, kinesiology, world dance cultures and dance writing. Website; 107 Bivins Building Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708; (919) 660.3354; Email.
Infinity Ballet Conservatory and Theatre – Infinity Ballet Conservatory is an instructional studio for students of Classical and Contemporary Dance. Infinity Ballet Theater is a related nonprofit organization committed to building theatrical arts in the community by offering high quality dance instruction with performance opportunities for young dancers to express themselves and grow as artists. 3462 Apex Peakway, Apex, NC 27502. 919-303-1105. Email. Website.
Triangle Dance Studio – The studio is known throughout the dance community for its wonderful dance space and because of its variety of dances taught by some of the areas best dance teachers. Triangle Dance Studio makes it space available to all who need space to practice dance or teach dance classes or any other program deemed as educational or of interest to our creative community. 2603 S Miami Blvd, Durham, NC, 27703, (919) 274-3265, Email, Website.
Arts Together – Arts Together is Raleigh’s only non-profit multi-arts school. Arts Together offers a rich blend of classes in art, dance, drama, voice, Pilates and yoga for ages 3 through 18 and adults. Arts Together offers a daily preschool designed around the arts as the basis for kindergarten readiness. As Raleigh’s community school for the arts, Arts Together also has the distinction of nurturing the only area dance program focusing its curriculum around modern dance, with offerings for preschoolers through dance professionals. 114 St. Mary’s St. Raleigh, NC 27605, Phone: (919) 828-1713, Email, Website.
Cirque de Vol Studios – Cirque de Vol Studio’s offers professional instruction for both kids and adults in aerial dance, acrobatics, yoga and the flow arts of traditional cirque theatre. These practices inspire personal fitness for the whole body, mind and spirit. We offer a creative and safe community atmosphere in which to learn and explore the art of flow and body movement while building and conditioning the physical body’s core strength. Our goal is to inspire healing and growth in our community through art, dance, and creative movement that strengthens the mind-body connection. Cirque de Vol Studios is located on the corner of Hargett St and Dawson St in the ground floor of the HUE building, nestled in the blossoming warehouse district of downtown Raleigh. Come see what makes Raleigh great! Website.
Chatham Arts – The Chatham Arts Council, offers Summer Youth Arts Camps and classes in improv acting, dance, art history, painting, drawing, screen printing, voice, book illustration and publishing. They also offer artist residencies in Chatham Public Schools and a Youth Documentary Filmmaking Program at SAGE Academy. PO Box 418, Pittsboro, NC 27312, 919-542-0394, Website.
Durham Arts Council School – The Durham Arts Council School is a vibrant community education program for visual, performing and literary arts which provides over 700 courses each year to more than 3,400 adults, teens and children in drawing and painting, dance, clay, sculpture, theatre, photography, digital arts, writing, fiber arts and more. DAC offers intersession and summer camps and intensives for K-12, individual music lessons for all ages, and ballet classes in a partnership with Triangle Youth Ballet. DAC offers special classes in a partnership with Triangle Youth Ballet and provides a multitude of opportunities for students outside the classroom. Four sessions are offered per year. Catalogue and registration are online at: Website. For more information call 919-560-ARTS.
Expressions in Rhythm Studio – Our studio was born out of a love for the arts and our passion for community service. But what makes E.I.R Studio unique is the fact that we are the only full service performing arts studio in Raleigh. We offer expert instruction in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, creative movement, African dance, and Djembe drumming. Our motto is “Don’t fit in. Stand Out” and we encourage our students to do just that by being the best versions of themselves that they can possibly be. Website
Hayti Heritage Center – The St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc. (SJHF), founded in 1975, is an African American cultural and educational institution deeply rooted in the historic Hayti community of Durham, North Carolina. SJHF is dedicated to advancing cultural understanding through diverse programs that examine the experiences of Americans of African descent – locally, nationally and globally. Among other things, the Hayti Center offers classes and youth programs in various creative disciplines, as well as a venue for dance, music and other performances. 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27701; 919-683-1709, Email; Website.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke University – Offers an extensive program of courses for adult learners, including offerings in the performing arts, fine arts, crafts and architecture, and special activity groups including photography and musical performance. Box 90700, The Bishop’s House, Durham, NC 27708. 919-684-2703. Website
Skill Pop – SkillPop is a community-based business that believes the best learning happens in-person and strives to create environments where trying a new skill is social, accessible and engaging. SkillPop offers classes from watercolor to social media all taught by local professionals. Website.
Sonorous Road Productions – At Sonorous Road we hope to inspire you to become a complete artist. Our goal is to provide a nurturing and safe environment where artists can unleash their creativity and grow stronger as people. Whether you want to learn about acting, directing, costume and makeup design, or the technical aspects of filmmaking, we hope to support you on your journey. We are currently offering several weekly classes along with summer camps starting in June. 209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27605. Phone: (919) 379-5776. Website.
The Scrap Exchange – The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. Offers creative classes for adults and children that emphasize recycling and reuse. Also includes an open studio for art-making on an hourly basis. 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707. 919-688-6960. Website.