• Visual and Performing Arts

  • Dr. GoughnourDr. Shelly Goughnour

    Assistant Director

    Visual & Performing Arts

    75 Calhoun Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
    General Questions: 843-937-6423
    Gifted & Talented Artistic Programs: 843-937-6456


  • Visual & Performing Arts in Charleston County School District

    CCSD strives to provide Visual & Performing Arts opportunities for every student in their areas of interest in the Visual and Performing Arts through the instruction of highly qualified Arts educators.

    CCSD offers many opportunities for students in the Visual & Performing Arts. Opportunities to participate include Band, Choir, Orchestra, General Music, Piano, Guitar, Steel Drums, Visual Art, Dance, and Drama. 

    Students not only learn about the Arts but also participate in performances and showcases both within their schools, as well as within the community and beyond.

    We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments in the Arts as they continue to be a part of award-winning Visual & Performing Arts programs.

    Our emphasis in the Visual & Performing Arts Department is on building awareness of the tremendous impact the Arts have on the many children and young adults we serve. Our teachers use the College and Career Ready Standards for South Carolina Visual and Performing Arts to guide their instruction. 

    Artistically Gifted & Talented Program

    As part of the opportunities we offer in the Arts for students, we administer the Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) nomination, adjudication, and notification process for students in grades 3 through 8. 

    Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) Identification Process Timeline


    February 20-24, 2023:

    Notification letters will be mailed to parents with the adjudication results.


    March 13, 2023 at 5:00 AM:

    Summer SMAART Registration Opens


    April 28, 2023 at 12:00 Noon:

    Summer SMAART Registration Closes


    June 12-30, 2023 - Proposed Dates for Summer SMAART (Student packet pick up will be June 9)


    To access the Nomination Packet with Screening Tasks and Required Forms, please click HERE.

    If your child is already GTR Identified and you are looking for Spring Semester class registration, please continue to the next section.


    After School Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) Programs 

    For students who have been identified as Artistically Gifted and Talented, the Charleston County School District offers a slate of after school programs each semester in Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Art. Class offerings, dates, and locations vary depending on the availability of teachers as well as student interest. Information about these classes and registration forms are shared with families of eligible students in the fall and winter prior to the beginning of each class session.  

    After school program registration for Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) students for the second semester (Spring 2023) will begin November 29, 2022 at 6:00 AM and remain open until December 9, 2022 at 4:00 PM. Classes will meet once a week and run from the week of January 23 through the week of April 24 (with the week of April 10 off for Spring Break). These classes are open to students who have already been identified as Artistically Gifted & Talented.

    Please note the art area and grade level for each class to make sure that your child is eligible to enroll in the course. Please also note that the Tackling Textiles class at Lucy Beckham High School meets one day a week, but has two days/sections available.

    To register your child for one of the after school GTR programs next semester, click HERE.

    Please note that your child may only register for classes in the art area(s) where they have been previously identified as Artistically Gifted & Talented (Dance, Drama, Music, or Visual Art).

    Information about Gifted & Talented Artistic Programs for Spring 2023


    Theatre Club

    Heather Todd-Schlieper
    Cario Middle School (Grades 4-8)
    Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    Theatre Club comes alive with fun improvisation games and characterization techniques! Learn new skills such as juggling and dance choreography as well as scene studies and line memorization tricks!



    Charleston Children’s Chorus

    Shelly Goughnour & Anna Reid
    School of the Arts (Grades 4-12)
    Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

    The Charleston Children's Chorus consists of vocalists in Grades 4-12 from across the Charleston County School District. In addition to a concert in the spring, the group often performs at area community events, as well. Students can still join Charleston Children’s Chorus if they were not in the group last semester. For more information about the Charleston Children’s Chorus, please contact our office at (843) 937-6456. 

    District Orchestra

    Ian Errandonea, Natalie Burr, Dominik Fields, Amory Fout, & Rachel Wetz
    School of the Arts (Grades 4-12)
    Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

    The Charleston County District Orchestra consists of three performance ensembles made up of Orchestra students in Grades 4-12 from across the Charleston County School District:

    - Preparatory Orchestra
    - Intermezzo Orchestra
    - Honors Orchestra

    Ensemble members must be on at least a beginner level with the following instruments:

    - Violin
    - Viola
    - Cello
    - Bass

    Students can still join District Orchestra if they were not in the group last semester. For more information about District Orchestra, please contact our office at (843) 937-6456.  

    Visual Arts

    2D & 3D Art (CLASS FULL)

    Julianna McRae
    St. Andrews School of Math & Science (Grades 4-8)
    Tuesdays, 4:15 - 5:30 PM

    Students will work on abstract and realistic drawing techniques in 2D and 3D. The final class in April will be a small art exhibit to showcase what students made during the club.


    Art Explorations (CLASS FULL)

    Kate May
    Laing Middle School (Grades 4-8)
    Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    This course is designed for students with a strong interest and talent in visual art. Students will explore a variety of art materials, develop art techniques, and use their creative problem-solving skills to produce meaningful and unique two and three-dimensional artwork.


    Drawing Human Figures & Faces

    Heather Carey
    A.C. Corcoran Elementary (Grades 4-8)
    Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    Students will explore learning how to draw the human figure and face realistically and also dive into some character drawing.

    Drawing with Charcoal: Contrast, Form, and Expression

    Meredith Bennett
    Montessori Community School (Grades 4-8)
    Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    Charcoal is an inexpensive medium and a striking addition to any art portfolio. In this class, students will be introduced to charcoal gestural drawing and figure drawing, as well as create a portfolio-worthy still life and large-scale portrait.


    Pottery and Sculpture (CLASS FULL)

    Krista Wilson
    Sullivan’s Island Elementary (Grades 4-5)
    Tuesdays, 3:15 - 4:45 PM

    Explore the world of 3D art. We will be experimenting with lots of different types of media in this class to build different types of sculptures. Pottery, recycled materials, paper mache, and more!

    Tackling Textiles

    Angelica D’Antonio
    Lucy Beckham High School (Grades 4-9)
    TUESDAYS, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    Students will learn traditional textile mediums such as embroidery, crocheting, knitting, yarn painting, and more!

    Tackling Textiles

    Angelica D’Antonio
    Lucy Beckham High School (Grades 4-9)
    THURSDAYS, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    Students will learn traditional textile mediums such as embroidery, crocheting, knitting, yarn painting, and more!

    For more information about our District GTR Classes, please contact the Visual & Performing Arts Office at 843-937-6456


    SMAART (Students Mastering the Academic Arts) Program Information

    The SMAART Program is a three-week intensive program that takes place during the summer. Students can register for various Arts courses of their interest. Past course options have included Orchestra, Chorus, Visual Art, Playwriting & Acting, Choreography and Dance, Music Studio/Music Composition, Digital Graphic Design, and Steel Drums. The SMAART experience culminates in a day of performances where students showcase their work.

    Important Note: Students must be identified as Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) through the nomination process described above in order to be eligible to register for the SMAART Program. 

    Students who have been identified as Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) are not automatically enrolled in summer SMAART. Each student must reapply to attend the summer program when the registration form becomes available in early March. Space is limited, and is filled on a first come, first served basis.

    Limited transportation is available for this program. Students needing transportation may indicate so on the registration form.

    Summer SMAART information and registration for Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR)  identified students will be communicated in late February specifically to those who have been identified as Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR).

    For more information about the summer SMAART program, please contact the Visual & Performing Arts Office.


    When does registration start?

    March 13, 2023 at 5:00 a.m. Classes fill up fast, so please be prepared to register as early as possible.

    What Grades is SMAART for?

    This summer's SMAART program is for rising 4th through 12th Grade students (current 3rd through 11th Grades). 

    What are the days and hours of SMAART?

    SMAART runs Monday through Friday. Each day runs from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm.

    How will I know which Major class my child got accepted into?

    You will be notified within two weeks of registration to let you know which class major your child has been accepted into. There will be a packet pickup on June 9 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm for you to pick up your child's schedule and other materials needed for the camp.

    What is the cost of SMAART?

    The full cost of the program is $200. If CCSD transportation is needed, that is an additional $100 (please see below for question and answer about requesting transportation). Fees can be paid online with a link that appears on the registration form, and can be paid in full at once or in installments. All fees are waived for students who attend Title I schools.

    My child is not identified as Gifted and Talented in the Arts yet. Can they still sign up to attend SMAART?

    SMAART is only for students identified as Gifted and Talented in the Arts. Your child will need to go through the process to be identified (see timeline above) in order to be eligible to attend SMAART. We will be accepting nominations to be identified again starting in September. 

    What are the classes available?

    A class list will be available later in the school year. If a class does not appear on the registration form, that means the class is full. If there are no classes available in your child's identified arts area, you are welcome to choose a class in a different arts area if that is of interest to your child.

    How many classes can my child sign up for?

    Students take one "Major" class in the mornings, and rotate through two "Minor" classes in the afternoons (with the exception of SMAART Band and Strings. Those are day-long classes). When registering, students select their top three choices, and the VPA office will notify parents of the class that their child will be registered for based on availability within two weeks of registration. Afternoon rotations are created by the SMAART program leaders and are designed to give students other experiences outside of their selected choices. Students rotate into two different afternoon classes each week, for a total of six afternoon class experiences.

    If my child signs up for SMAART Band or SMAART Strings, can they borrow a school instrument in order to participate?

    Yes. If your child has been borrowing a school instrument to participate in band or strings at their school and they would like to participate in either of these classes, we will provide a school-owned instrument for their use for the summer.

    Does my child need to sign up for a class in their Gifted and Talented Artistically designated area, or can they choose any class?

    Students attending SMAART for the first time need to choose a class within their identified arts area. If this is not a student's first time attending SMAART, then they can choose classes outside of their identified arts area. If there are no classes available in your child's identified arts area, you may choose a class in a different arts area.

    We will be gone on vacation this summer and my child will miss some of SMAART. Can my child sign up for SMAART anyway?

    If your child is going to miss more than three days of the camp, we ask that you allow the opportunity for other students to sign up for the program. SMAART is intensive, and students who miss more than three days will have a difficult time catching up, and may hinder the collaborative work that takes place with other students in the SMAART classes.

    How do I sign up my child for transportation for SMAART?

    The registration form has a section where you will select if you need transportation for your child or not, and you will be asked to select the CCSD school location that is most convenient for you. We will work with transportation to plan a bus route that will likely include your selected location so that your child can have the transportation needed to attend SMAART.

    What is the bus schedule for SMAART?

    Once registration closes on April 28, we will be working with our transportation department to work out a schedule for transportation. We will be in touch with you with those details once everything is worked out. Students will need to be on campus by 8:45 am, and classes end at 3:30 pm.


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    Visual & Performing Arts Office

    (843) 937-6423


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