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Heritage Arts at Southport Center

Beautiful Brunswick County is home to an expanding community of studio-based, creative artisans — reflecting the role of the arts, entertainment and tourism in the economic development of North Carolina. Trending increasingly towards the arts over the last four decades, quaint coastal Southport supports your creativity. It is an exhilarating time and we invite you to join us for arts and crafts classes at the Brunswick Community College Southport Center.

To schedule a site tour, please contact Director, Barbara McFall by phone at (910) 755-6500 or by email at mcfallb@brcc.bbdevsite.com.

Registering for Classes

With dozens of courses (see below), we have something for everyone. Take a look and register for your favorites today. Simply click on the REGISTER ONLINE button below and enter the course name in the Search field for course dates, times, and locations.

You may also view the latest PATHWAYS catalog (see link on right). For more information or to inquire about other courses, contact Barbara McFall at mcfallb@brunwickcc.edu or the OneStop Center at onestop@brcc.bbdevsite.com.

Fall Classes

Our fall class schedule is out and better than ever. Pick your favorites and register today!
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Fabric Quilting SkillsTechniques for beginning and intermediate quilters.  Beginning students will piece a quilt top using several different piecing techniques, will develop design concepts, construct a quilt top, sandwich a top, use quilt as you go techniques, and learn stitch in the ditch.  Intermediate students will focus on using the walking foot to create quilting patterns, and on free motion quilting. Machines are available at the school for beginning quilters. It is suggested that intermediate students bring their own machines if they have the ability to drop the feed dogs. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Marilyn Ridgeway.Fabric Quilting Thread Techniques Learn the basics of thread sketching, thread painting, free motion quilting and utilizing non-traditional sewing methods to create art and decorator items.  Bring your own sewing machine capable of straight and zig zag stitching (quilting or darning foot necessary. You will learn how to set up your machine, what needles and thread to use, along with fabric/materials selection to complete several projects.  Prior experience/knowledge of your sewing machine, sewing basics, and some quilting basics is necessary. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Carolyn Tabarini.


Glass Fused
Explore the creative potential of kiln formed glass with a variety of techniques including kiln carving, slumping and jewelry.  Projects are finished by firing in the glass kiln to fuse the materials.  Glass kilns onsite.  Students are encouraged to register with an open mind and ready to experiment. Class meets in Room 106. Instructor: Gina Poppe.Glass Mosaic
Amaze your friends and family with an ancient art form.  Even beginners can soon craft gorgeous products from small pieces of colored glass and grout.  Students will provide their own materials. Class meets in Room 106. Instructor: Jane FreachGlass Stained
Apply lessons learned from the history of stained glass in America to the design and execution of your own pieces.  Includes pattern making, knowledge of glass types and properties, cutting and polishing techniques, and use of copper foil/lead solder to complete several projects.  Multiple sections, beginning-advanced. Class meets in Room 106. Instructor(s): Jennifer Bellini and Deborah Appleby.Glass Stained Nights
Designed for those who need or prefer an evening offering.  Suitable for all levels. Class meets in Room 106. Instructor: Deborah Appleby


Jewelry Polymer Clay
Introduction to polymer clay properties, caning, color blending, Skinner blends, kaleidoscopes, and surface techniques.  Veneers will be designed to make a variety of beads and small bowls.  Basic jewelry assembly and finishing techniques will be covered. Class meets in Room 105. Instructor: Christine Noble.Jewelry Silver Beginning
Basic metalsmithing and jewelry hand fabrication techniques will be taught through demonstration and hands-on activity.  Includes texturing, sawing, piercing, cold connections, simple forming, cold forging and soldering, etc. Class meets in Room 105. Instructor: Aleah DeMore Smith.Jewelry Silver Intermediate
Pre-requisite Beginning Silver or instructor’s permission.  Intermediate students will continue to hone skills learned in the beginning class through a series of completed projects. They will also add a variety of new techniques to their repertoire, generally including enameling, etching and casting. Class meets in Room 105. Instructor: Aleah DeMore Smith.Jewelry Silver Advanced
Expand and improve your fabrication and soldering skills; form hollow objects, including beads; practice advanced centrifugal casting utilizing lost wax techniques; introduce precious metal clay, specifically bead making. Class meets in Room 105. Instructor: Spence Hayden.Jewelry Silver Nights
Suitable for all levels, the instructor will support individual development in a wide variety of techniques in this studio-based format.  Class meets in Room 105. Instructor: Aleah DeMore Smith.Jewelry Wire Wrap & PMC
These specialty techniques will stretch the repertoire of both beginners and more advanced students.  Delicate traceries in copper, bronze and silver wire make exquisite bangles, earrings and pendants.  Precious metal clay (PMC) is comprised of salvaged precious metals ground to a fine powder and mixed with a natural binder and water.  The binder burns away when fired, leaving a finished item (copper or 99.9% fine silver) that is smaller and has sharper detail than the original. Class meets in Room 105. Instructor: Joan Masters.


Basic Knife Making – This course will take students through the steps of making a basic hand- constructed knife using only common hand tools, vise, hammer, files, etc.  Some equipment purchase will be required.  A list of basic tools and safety equipment will be provided to each student. Each student will complete a finished knife. Class meets in Room 120-121. Instructor: Ed VanHoy.

Metal Sculpture
Master a wide variety of metal working techniques as you get creative with various forms of new and scrap metal. Suitable for all skill levels.  Materials purchase required.  The results will amaze you. Class meets in Room 120-121. Instructor: Spence Hayden.


Music Guitar Beginning
Learn to play popular songs with/for your friends and family. This class is taught through group instruction in an organized progression to introduce the fundamentals of guitar playing at a pace you can enjoy. Bring your acoustic guitar. Ideal for the true beginner. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Faris Harton.Music Guitar Intermediate
Pre-requisite Guitar 1 or prior experience. This class builds upon the fundamental skills to further develop your expertise in a variety of techniques and genres and expand your repertoire. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Faris Harton.

Music Guitar Advanced
Pre-requisite Guitar Intermediate or prior experience.  Designed to go beyond strumming, this class will introduce more technique and theory as well as diverse styles of playing the guitar.  Students will learn to perform both as individuals and as a group. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Chris Luther. Music Recording & Production
Gain a working knowledge of computer software for recording (Cubase), through a general approach to recording, mic-ing, and editing, while applying some history of recording as a base line for technique. Includes hands-on experience in recording, editing, refining, experimentation, and mixing. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Jamie Hoover.

Learn to generate song ideas; create lyrics, hooks and titles; and work with other writers. Co-writing sessions will include lessons and examples for setting music to lyrics, as well as discussion on storytelling, finding our songs, and working to get them prepared for performance. After the lessons you will work in your groups to write and prepare your songs for presentation. Finally we will present our songs, have discussions on common issues, and share our experiences. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor Chris Luther


Learn to observe the world as an artist – breaking subject matter down into simple shapes through lights and darks. Gain confidence in brave mark-making using traditional materials and techniques to render responsive likenesses. Class meets in Room 104. Instructor: Donna Moore.Painting Beginning All Media
A gentle introduction to all things painting, this course is designed for the true beginner.  Join us for a lighthearted and joyful hands-on experience. Class meets in Room 104. Instructor: Kristia Merriam.Painting Expressively
Use your own expressive energy to experiment with new ways of translating any subject matter. Achieve dynamic compositions by pushing techniques in a variety of mediums. Class meets in Room 104. Instructor: Donna Moore.

Painting Watercolor
Suitable for all levels of expertise.  We will discuss watercolor materials, painting procedures and techniques while producing fabulous pieces in this medium. Multiple sections offered. Class meets in Room 104. Instructor: Terry Harrison.

Painting Realist
Become the artist you wish to be.  Apply time-tested artistic methods to improve drawing, color, value and composition.  Work in all media, from life as well as from photography, to further develop your own very distinctive style. Class meets in Room 104. Instructor: Terry Harrison.


Pottery Beginning
Handbuilding is the focus for this introductory class. Using a variety of slab, extrusion and coiling techniques, students will learn the properties of various clays as well as simple glazing techniques and basic firing techniques with electric kilns. No pre-requisites. Multiple sections. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor(s): Kimberly Caroon or Carla Edstrom.

Pottery Intermediate Handbuilt or Wheel
Pre-requisite Beginning or instructor permission.  These classes are designed for students with basic hand-building skills who are ready to take the next steps toward perfecting their craft.  Multiple sections. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor: Kimberly Caroon or Carla Edstrom.Pottery Intermediate Glazing
Pre-requisite Beginning or instructor permission. Building upon introductory basics of glazing introduced in the beginning classes, this intermediate class further explores the wonderful range of surface embellishment and glazing techniques. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor: Kimberly Caroon.Pottery Production Techniques
Successful production potters have developed the expertise to control their output. Skill, speed and consistency are critical. This class explores techniques to refine those variables with a focus on executing a select number of craft skills predictably well. Prerequisite Pottery Beginning and Intermediate or instructor approval. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor: Kimberly CaroonPottery Style Development
Collectible artists/craftsmen are instantly recognizable by the style of their pieces. While much of this personality develops organically as an expression of your own unique way of working, there are also choices along the way that shape the course of development. This class explores the diversity of the craft with an eye toward selecting and refining personal preferences. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor: Kimberly Caroon.

Pottery Sculpture
This more advanced class builds on techniques learned earlier with hand building and throwing.  Basic forms are combined, sculpted, embellished and finished to more fully express artistic concepts. Greater expertise is developed in complex hand building and the firing of large pieces.  Prerequisite Pottery Beginning and Intermediate or instructor approval. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor: Spencer Hayden.

Pottery Raku
An intermediate/advanced class covering the history and the many different types of alternative firing (using propane gas) techniques including, but not limited to, Saggar, Horse hair and Raku glazes.  All work will be created in class and specifically for this class.  A total of 3 pots per student will be fired outdoors during the last two class periods.  Materials for this class are unique and will require $20 materials fee to be paid on day one of class (to cover glaze materials, slips, terra sig, etc.).  Clay will also be paid separately and can be supplied if needed as we use either Raku or Phoenix Clay only. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor: Carla Edstrom.

Pottery Advanced Special Topics Offered for Advanced Potters, these classes feature a revolving menu of more difficult and/or complicated projects and techniques including larger forms, surface embellishment, complex glazing, alternative clay bases and specialty firing techniques.  Current offerings are listed individually each semester. Prerequisite Pottery Beginning and Intermediate or instructor approval. Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructors: Kimberly Caroon, Carla Edstrom and Spencer Hayden.

Pottery Nights
Suitable for all levels. In this class, the instructor works with students on an individual basis to provide an accessible and supportive experience for working students and others for whom night class is the best option.  Class meets in Rooms 107-108. Instructor: Carla Edstrom or Linda Drye.


Woodturning Beginning
Through lecture and hands-on sessions, students will learn the basics of using a wood lathe. On completion, students will be able to: identify the parts of the lathe; carefully observe and apply the American Association of Woodturners’ safety guidelines; identify the basic woodturning tools and learn sharpening procedures. Students will purchase personal safety equipment and a few personal tools. Wood will be available for purchase on site. Class meets in Room 118. Instructor: Dawn Greenberg.Woodturning Intermediate
Pre-requisite Beginning or instructor permission. This course assumes a knowledge of basic woodturning techniques, tools and safety precautions. Through practice students will further perfect their skills in the craft, delving into hollowing, live and natural edge bowls, turning thin, inlay, etc. Students will learn to harvest and prep their own wood and to problem solve, including repairing splits, gouges, chipping, etc. Advanced tools will be covered. For more adventurous students, independent study projects may be proposed and discussed with instructor. Class meets in Room 118. Instructor: Doug Haas.

Cultural Heritage

African Legacy in Coastal NC
This course focuses on Black heritage in Southport, North Carolina as well as in the surrounding coastal towns and cities in Brunswick County. Two of the eight classes will be on site visits in the city of Southport and distinctive regions of Brunswick County. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Patrice FrinkCreative Writing Beginning
A professional mystery writer will guide you through the process of finding story ideas, developing a plot, creating characters, writing dialogue, and finding the right voice. Through lecture, discussion and project work, you will find quiet time, feedback and support to develop a successful literary project. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Alan Woodruff.Creative Writing Intermediate
This studio style session is framed to advance literary works-in-progress at all levels. Published writer(s) will share insights and expertise as needed to keep your projects moving forward. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Alan Woodruff.History and Architecture of Brunswick County
Further explore the six townships of Brunswick County through their unique stories; historical sites, architecture and artifacts, and natural environment. Includes 3 site visits to local areas of interests, and counts toward the Heritage Guide Certificate Pathway. Class meets in Room 103. Instructor: Rebecca Long.
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