Art Workshops Recap: “Cross-training for your creative brain”

On a cold Saturday morning, McColl Center hosted two art workshops in Charlotte which allowed participants to warm up their creativity. 

In the Color Theory Basics workshop, McColl Center alumna artist Felicia van Bork prompted critical thinkers to order cool and warm colors and challenged participants to create drawings that accurately represented objects both in light and in shadow. 

Color Theory Basics art workshop participants at McColl Center.
Color Theory Basics art workshop participants at McColl Center.

New and experienced potters, led by Charlotte-based artist Kristen van Diggelen Sloan in the Functional Ceramics workshop, shaped clay using hump and slump molds. Potter’s needles, wooden modeling tools, sponges, and a potter’s wheel gave participants ways to craft inspired and ornate pieces. Some of the participants chose to have their pieces fired in McColl Center’s kiln.

Functional Ceramics art workshop participant at McColl Center.
Functional Ceramics art workshop participant at McColl Center.

Workshop participant Lauren Bolshakov shared her excitement on Instagram:

We’re still talking about how much fun we had taking a functional ceramics class this weekend at the @mccollcenter! It was like cross training for my creative brain, I love it! There’s something so special about getting your hands dirty and physically molding beautiful things!!

Functional Ceramics instructor and artist Kristen van Diggelen Sloan (left) and art workshop participants at McColl Center.
Color Theory Basics instructor and alumna artist Felicia van Bork (left) and art workshop participant at McColl Center.

Ready to create your own art? No experience is necessary to jump in. Find a workshop that speaks to you and sign up today!