Art Schools & Classes

Triangle ArtWorks strives to include as many schools and classes in as many creative disciplines as possible. Please email us any updates or suggestions for addition. Our goal is to keep this list as complete and up-to-date as possible.

This list is provided as a service to the community. Triangle ArtWorks makes no endorsement or recommendation regarding 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 

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)- Closed January 2018.  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.

Bella Vista Photography – Mary Louise Ravese, owner of Bella Vista Photography since 2000, is an award-winning professional photographer and experienced photography instructor who has trained hundreds of amateur photographers. She teaches both the technical and aesthetic aspects of picture making. From 2 hour private sessions to week-long workshops in photogenic locations across the US and overseas, she provides a range of offerings to suit the beginner to advanced photographer. Discounted lesson packages and gift certificates are also available. Locally she is offering a weekend “Digital Photography Essentials” class in downtown Raleigh. 571-594-2390. Email. Website.

Champion Art Academy – An art studio that encourages every student to learn the basic fundamentals of drawing and painting to build a skill set that will maximize their potential for life-long creative expression in a supportive studio environment. The studio’s imaginative curriculum was developed by professional artists and exceeds the National Standards for Visual Arts Education. Each talented instructor brings their own unique, creative voice to the classroom.  106 Pheasant Wood Court, Morrisville, NC 27560. 919-388-1739. Olivia Ouyang, Owner. Email. Website

D H Bloomfield 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. Email. 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. 919-699-2633. 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. 100 West Chatham Street, Apex, NC 27502. 919 274-0030. Website.

Art Class with Lucy Gardiner – I teach drawing, painting, ceramics, 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 Crafts 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. 919-515-2457. Website.

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.

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. Artspace Studio 103, 201 East Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, 919-840-8727. Email. Website.

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

The Centerpiece – The Centerpiece offers fine art workshops at all career levels. We bring in only the highest quality local and national instructors, guaranteeing an amazing, enriching experience for participants. The Centerpiece welcomes artists interested in teaching workshops to email the Gallery. EmailWebsite. 

The Devilish Egg – This arts & crafts studio that offers group craft classes in a fun and energetic environment. They provide all the materials, so all you have to do is bring a friend, your own bottle of liquid inspiration, and a sense of adventure and we’ll take care of the rest!  They offer crafts that everyone at any skill level can make and be proud to take home and specifically tailor crafts to be easy to understand and create so you can relax and enjoy a fun night out with friends. 1310 A Fairview Road, Raleigh, NC 27608, 919-626-8585  Email. 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 North Raleigh area. Email. Website.

Zentangle Drawing Workshops – Zentangle is an easy to lean, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This meditative and mindful drawing is open for everyone! No art background required, no competition, no right or wrong, no mistakes!  WebsiteContact

Wake Forest

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

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.

James Carter Studio/School of Jewelry Arts – James Carter Studio and School of Jewelry Arts has been offering jewelry making and metalsmithing to students since 2006. Most of the classes are taught by renown metalsmith and enamellist James Carter, but guest instructors are also invited to teach. Classes range from Jewelry I, II and III ending in a certificate of completion to advanced cloisonne enameling and silversmithing. Classes run 1 to 4 days and are small (maximum of 8 students) which allows for individual attention and creative direction. Each student works at a bench complete with individual torch, Fordham tool and bench light. All other tools are also provided. In addition, the studio offers private lessons and Open Studio sessions for intermediate and advanced students who need a space to work. James Carter Studio is located in Carr Mill Mall.  Website Email

Johnston County

Artmosphere Community Arts Center – Artmosphere Community Arts Center (CAC), housed in the historic Walter R. and Eliza Smith Moore House repurposed into an arts center, offers art classes/lessons for adults, teens and children with varying instructors in multiple mediums. You will find classes in photography, painting, drawing, alcohol inks, watercolor, textiles, soap making, candle making, yoga, writing, mosaics, fundraising projects and much more. Artmosphere CAC offers children’s art weekly classes, birthday art parties and summer camps. The space is available to be rented for studio space, meetings and events of all sorts,  including weddings. CAC also has gallery space with shows and openings for local artists. 3919 Raleigh Rd. Clayton NC 27520 Email–  Website


Visual Arts – Adults

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.

ColourWheel – ColourWheel Art Class offers fun, creative, art courses for adults to learn new skills, make new friends, and create beautiful art. If you think you can’t draw or paint, you’re in for a surprise! You’ll learn the right skills, tricks of the trade, and experiment with the right tools. You will soon be well on your way to producing work you never thought you would. Email  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 is an arts collective located on Pearl St in Durham with a foundry in downtown Durham at Durham Central Park. Our mission is to enrich our community with arts experiences that inspire, empower, educate, and entertain. We: facilitate the creation of quality, saleable works of art; attract innovative and accomplished artists; educate aspiring artists and incubate their careers; inspire enthusiasm in our community for the arts; and provide easy access to skills associated with the industrial arts. Our spaces are available for rent on a long-term basis at very affordable prices. Becoming a Liberty Arts Artist is also a commitment to a community. Our artists serve on committees and volunteer their time to support the mission of the organization and make the collective function and grow. Mail: PO Box 25491, Durham NC 27701 Physical: 918 Pearl St, Durham NC 27701. 919- 294-8006.  Website. Email.

Painting Miles – Offers multi-day art related workshops for adults taught by nationally and internationally known artists. Classes include a refresher course in painting fundamentals; a very unique Open Studio is available almost every Tuesday morning.  1401 S. Bloodworth St. Raleigh, NC 27610.  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.

Music Programs

Artmosphere Community Arts Center – Artmosphere Community Arts Center (CAC) is housed in the historic Walter R. and Eliza Smith Moore House, repurposed into an arts center. We offer music lessons in guitar, piano, voice and violin. 3919 Raleigh Rd. Clayton NC 27520 Email–  Website

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 501c3 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! 2210-D East Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC 27703, 919-627-3087. 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.

Musical Empowerment – Through free, one-on-one music lessons, Musical Empowerment nurtures meaningful relationships between collegiate mentors and children in under-served communities based on a shared love of music and learning that builds a foundation of confidence, creativity and self-discipline to create successful individuals. Musical Empowerment has chapters at NC State University and UNC-Chapel Hill serving Wake County and Orange/Durham County k-12 students. Please see our website or email us for more information and applications.

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

Theater Programs

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. WebsiteEmail

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.

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;  EmailWebsite.

Theatre Academy Productions – TAP, in Cary, strives to cultivate and instill in children a passion for theatre and the performing arts through self-exploration, teamwork, creativity, and play. Through theatre, we empower children to explore their own potential. The children collaborate with peers and professionals to create engaging and challenging theatre experiences. TAP believes that every child has unique gifts and should be given the opportunity to explore them. TAP educates children in theatre and the performing arts, while encouraging them to explore their gifts and talents, to entertain and bring joy to their audiences. 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. 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 downtown Durham Arts Council building. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham, NC 27701, 919-560-2745. 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.   Rubenstein Arts Center, Suite 209, 2020 Campus Drive, Box 90686, Durham, NC 27705. 919- 660-3354. Website.  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.

Multi-Discipline Programs

Art Therapy Institute – The Art Therapy Institute (ATI) is an organization of mental health professionals dedicated to the healing power of the arts. We provide clinical art therapy services to diverse populations, empowering clients to develop their identities through the art-making process. We also offer training to allied professionals and seek to raise awareness in the general community about our profession and the benefits of arts-based therapy. 200 N. Greensboro Street D-6, Carrboro, NC 27510. 919-381-6068. Website. Email.

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. 300 West Hargett Street, Suite 40, Raleigh, NC 27601. ​919-615-2484 Website. Email.

Chatham Arts Council – The Chatham County Arts Council, is a not for profit organization that supports and presents the arts and artists in our community. The Council encourages community participation in the arts to enrich the quality of life of the county’s residents. The Council fosters arts awareness and education, and encourages the use of arts as a tool for economic development. ChathamArts offers classes, camps, events, a gallery, and organizational grants, among other services. Cheryl Chamblee, Executive Director.  PO Box 418, Pittsboro, NC 27312, 919-542-0394. Email. 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 Hayti Heritage Center is a cultural arts and arts education venue that opened in 1975 under management by  St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 non profit. Hayti is an African American cultural hub rooted in the historic Hayti community of Durham, North Carolina. Hayti’s mission is preserving and advancing the heritage and culture of historic Hayti and the African American experience through programs that benefit the community locally, nationally and globally. The Center offers visual and performing arts, and arts education programs and classes, facility rentals and tours year round. 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC  27701; 919-683-1709, Email; Website.

Arts and Crafts courses at Lifelong Learning with Community Schools – Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) offers a program for ages 16+ where you can enjoy a variety of creative courses, including oil and watercolor painting, calligraphy, jewelry, soap making, photography, photo editing, web design and cake decorating. There are seven Lifelong Learning sites in Wake County. Check out the Adult Evening Education catalog published three times per year (fall, spring, and summer) available in libraries, schools, community centers, and select businesses throughout the county. Website Email.

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.

TheGifted Arts, Inc. – TheGifted Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving youth in Raleigh, Garner and the greater Triangle of North Carolina. We aim to influence academic outcomes and help build confidence with our students, by utilizing character building techniques and arts access, such as through: dance, music, fashion and drama, as a means of both creative expression outlets and social personal development. Classes include dance, hip-hop, creative movement, vocal expression and songwriting. 103 West Main Street, Garner, NC 27529. Email. 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.