• Gifted & Talented After School Programs

  • Registration for Artistically Gifted & Talented (GTR) classes during the Spring semester is now closed. For students who were recently identified (February 2024), the first SMAART Program they will be eligible for is this year's Summer SMAART program. More information can be found here.

    Please email Nick Nafpliotis (nicholas_nafpliot@charleston.k12.sc.us) if you have any questions.


  • 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.  

    Classes will meet once a week and run from the week of January 29 through the week of April 22 (with the week of April 1 off for Spring Break). These classes are open to students who have already been identified as Artistically Gifted & Talented. Before registering your student for a class, please note its art area and grade level to make sure that your child is eligible to enroll.

    If your child has not been identified as Artistically Gifted & Talented and you are interested in them being nominated/tested, please click here.

  • Gifted & Talented After School Course Offerings (Spring 2024)

  • DANCE


    Fundamentals of Dance

    Instructor: Heather Merritt
    Location: North Charleston High School
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 4-8
    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    The Fundamentals of Dance program is designed to empower gifted and talented students within CCSD by providing them with a platform to enhance and polish their dance technique. Our classes delve into the realms of choreography and creative expression, offering advanced instruction in jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and ballet. Over the span of twelve weeks, this course aims to instill foundational principles that enable young dancers to enrich their artistic language and elevate their proficiency in dance.

     

    DRAMA


    Monologues, Movement Improvisation, and Theatre Games! (CLASS FULL)

    Instructor: Heather Todd-Schlieper
    Location: Thomas C. Cario Middle School
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 4-8
    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    Study and perform an individual monologue that suits your style! After warming up with some fun theatre games, students will work in groups to bring scenes to life using improvisation skills.

     

    MUSIC

     
    Charleston Children’s Chorus 

    Instructors: Joshua Wald & Anna Reid 
    Location: West Ashley High School
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 4-12
    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 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

    Instructors: Ian Errandonea, Adrienne Counes, Dominik Fields, and Jessica Zhou Seymour
    Location: Charleston County School of the Arts 
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 4-12
    Day/Time: 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 one of the following instruments: 

    - Violin
    - Viola 
    - Cello 
    - Bass 

    For more information about District Orchestra, please contact our office at 843-937-6456

     

    VISUAL ARTS

     

    Art Explorations (CLASS FULL)

    Instructor: Kate May
    Location: Laing Middle School
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 5-8
    Date/Time: Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    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. 

     

    Art Exploration in 2D

    Instructor: Schai Emanuel
    Location: Memminger Elementary
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 4-6
    Date/Time: Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    Artists will explore traditional and contemporary methods of drawing and painting. Projects will be student-led with the goal of providing more opportunities for choice, authentic growth, and creative engagement in the art-making process. 

     

    The Artist Sketchbook (CLASS FULL)

    Instructor: Mimi Tierney
    Location: West Ashley High School
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 4-8
    Date/Time: Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    Over the course of the semester, students will create their own sketchbooks while learning how master artists use sketchbooks to enhance their work. They will explore a variety of media formats, including watercolor paint, pen & ink, research collages, printmaking, and advanced processes like en plein air. Students will also utilize 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. 

     

    Ceramics: Hand Building Techniques

    Instructor: Tracy Harler
    Location: W.B. Goodwin Elementary School
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 4-6
    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    In this class, we will be reviewing and learning hand building techniques and ways we can apply them. Students will then apply what they've learned in coming up with their own creations. Students will glaze their ceramic pieces after their work has been fired in a kiln. We will hold an exhibition on the last day of class.

     

    Drawing with Graphite and Painting in Watercolors

    Instructor: Timothy Brown
    Location: Camp Road Middle School
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 6-12
    Date/Time: Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    This course will explore traditional techniques in drawing and painting. We will begin with graphite exercises that will lead to completed black and white works. As the class moves toward color, we will practice a variety of watercolor techniques which will culminate in individual paintings.

     

    Explorations in Jewelry, Metals, and Ceramics (CLASS FULL)

    Instructor: Julianna McRae
    Location: St. Andrew's School of Math & Science
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 4-6
    Date/Time: Tuesdays, 4:15 - 5:30 PM

    Students will explore jewelry-making techniques with paper, found objects, metal, and clay. Planned projects include bead making, wire sculptures, ceramic pendants, and brooches. 

     

    Landscape Painting with Oil and Pastels (CLASS FULL)

    Instructor: Jennie O'Dell
    Location: Ladson Elementary School
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 4-7
    Date/Time: Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:30 PM

    Students will create landscape paintings on canvas using water-soluble pastels. 

     

    Mixed Media Exploration

    Instructor: Scobey Thompson
    Location: West Ashley High School
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 4-8
    Date/Time: Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    This class will explore different ways artistic media can be combined and allow for experimentation, choice, and play. Students will be introduced to a variety of media such as bookmaking, monoprinting, relief, paper making, fiber art, collage, drawing, and more!

      

    Tackling Textiles Session 1

    Instructor: Angelica D’Antonio
    Location: Lucy Beckham High School
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 4-9
    Date/Time: WEDNESDAYS, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    Students will learn traditional textile mediums such as embroidery, crocheting, knitting, yarn painting, and more! Please note that this is one of two sessions that are offered for the same class due to high demand.

     

    Tackling Textiles Session 2

    Instructor: Angelica D’Antonio
    Location: Lucy Beckham High School
    Eligible Grade Levels: Grades 4-9
    Date/Time: THURSDAYS, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

    Students will learn traditional textile mediums such as embroidery, crocheting, knitting, yarn painting, and more! Please note that this is one of two sessions that are offered for the same class due to high demand.

     

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