Art Schools & Classes

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.

Visual Arts for Adults and Children

Wake County 

art:city – art:city summer camps offer young artists ages 11-14 the chance to become fully immersed in the experience of being a working artist. We visit artists’ studios, galleries, tour the downtown area to see landmarks and public art, and learn about the business of being an artist. Participants transform their inspiration from morning excursions into works of art during art:city’s afternoon pop-up studios. Our pop-up studios introduce contemporary art-making techniques, encourage skill development, and use diverse media. Find more information on their website and on Facebook.

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, EmailWebsite

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 Jordan Hall 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.

ClayCreate Pottery Studio - Located in North Raleigh, ClayCreate offers a wide variety of ceramic programs for children and adults.  We offer hand building classes and wheel classes for children as young as seven.   After school programs as well as track out camps and summer programs provide an excellent opportunity for kids to explore every aspect of the art.  Classes for adults are offered throughout the week during the day and in the evenings.  We have special events and 2-3 day classes running throughout the year as well as an introduction to pottery class for all ages.  In addition, ClayCreate Pottery Studio has programs specifically developed for children with special needs.  Open studio hours and studio cards are available to those with experience who wish to work independently of a class.  Website.

Crea.te – Crea-te believes that creativity comes in many forms and that there is a creative spark within each of us.  Our mission is to provide spaces and experiences that will nurture, encourage and grow that spark through track out camps, and adult and multi-age classes. Email,  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.

Laranjillzart Studio – “Enlightened art instruction”- Art classes for children ages 4 and up. Summer camps. Open Studio and instruction for adults.Principals: Lara Visser and Jillian Goldberg, 131 Maldon Drive Cary NC 27513 Visits by appointment only, Website, Email.

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.

Ornamentea – Located in downtown Raleigh’s Glenwood South district, Ornamentea offers beginning and advanced classes in metalsmithing, beading, fiber and paper arts and craft business. Classes are offered throughout the year and are taught by local and visiting artists and teachers. The shop also features in an in-store work table where visitors are invited to bead,craft and meet seven days a week. Staff are on hand at most times to offer technical advice and assistance. Basic beading and jewelry construction techniques are demonstrated for free. Class and program information can be found on their website.

Pullen Arts Center – 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.  We offer classes for beginners and for experienced artists and craftspeople year-round.  Join our creative environment.  Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday: 9am – 10pm, Friday: 9am – 1pm, Saturday: 10am – 3pm, Sunday: 1pm – 5pm, 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. EmailWebsite.

Sertoma Arts Center – 1400 West Millbrook Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27612, Jill Brown, Director, 919-420-2329, Email, Website.  Hours:  M-TH 9:00am – 10:00pm, F 9:00am – 1:00pm, Sa 10:00am – 3:00pm, Sun 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

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.

Chapel Hill/Carrboro

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.

Clayton

Eye of the Eagle Arts Center – Offers classes for kids and adults, as well as “arts nights” for adults and families.  131 E 1st Street (Off Main),  
Clayton, NC 27520-2440, Email, Website.

Wake Forest

Sunflowers – Offers art classes for children and paint party classes for adults. 214 East Jones Avenue, Wake Forest, N.C. 27587.(919-570-0765),  EmailWebsite.

Visual Arts – Adults

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. Email, 919-682-2673, 538, Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701,  Website.

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.

Music Programs

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 NCGirls 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.

Theater Programs

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; EmailWebsite.

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;  EmailWebsite.

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, EmailWebsite.

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. EmailWebsite.

Dance Programs

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.

Natya Academy - Since 2006, Natya Academy has been providing instructional South Asian dance, music, and vocal classes to students across the Triangle. Natya offers classes to all students, ranging from ages 4 to adult. Natya also offers entertainment packages that include various dance styles, music, singing, and dj/lighting services.  Natya Academy’s teachers are internationally acclaimed, experienced, and accomplished; for more information about them and the classes they offer. 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.

Multi-Discipline Programs

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.

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.

Stars Theater & Arts Center- Stars Theater and Arts Center’s mission is to encourage the development of self-confidence through the arts; we offer a variety of classes and camps to build acting skills, speaking skills, leadership abilities, creative thinking, confidence, and self-esteem.  The classes we offer include (but are not limited to) Visual Arts, Improvisation, Acting 101, Create-A-Play, Glee, Production Classes, Homeschool Drama, Preschool Ballet, and various Track-Out and Summer Camps.  123 East Vance Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 Phone: (919) 557-8271 Email Website.