Wondering if your child has a special interest in art?

Our Second Saturday program is the perfect opportunity to help expose them to all the visual arts have to offer!


This program is perfect for students 4 – 12 years -of-age and will continue in the new year January 10th, February 14th, March 14th, April 11th, and in May you can join us at the Big Art Tent at the Iris Festival at Swan Lake Iris Gardens for free arts and crafts throughout the Festival. Drop off your young artists at the Gallery on those dates and they’ll spend Saturday morning (9 – Noon) exploring the world of art with one of our outstanding instructors. Cost is $20 for Gallery members and $25 for nonmembers, and all materials and a light snack are provided. With a maximum of 15 students, preregistration is encouraged.


January 10th

Shibori dyeing + Simple Sumi Painting

February 14th

Folk Art from the Heart


Let the Gallery host your child’s next birthday party, where we help them and their friends celebrate with a directed art activity. Choose from one of our themes: pottery, painting or printmaking, or let us work with you to develop a custom party tailored to your child’s interests.

We bring the art, you bring the party!

Please contact us for details and

available dates.

about us

The Sumter County Gallery of Art’s Elizabeth A. White School of Art is located upstairs at the Gallery in the brightly renovated classrooms of the old Haynsworth St. campus of Edmunds/Sumter High School. With classes running all year long and seasonal student exhibitions, there’s always something new to see or do. From free school tours to home school group programs and from Arty Parties to community outreach through involvement in events such as Accessibility, the Iris Festival, Shaw-Sumter Streetfest, ArtFields and a variety of other local events, we strive to bring the arts to everyone in our community.


Amanda Cox

SCGA Education Director




Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


DIY Refashion with Amanda Cox

The cycle of fashion brings new garments every season, which are soon out of fashion, and often end up in landfills. Refashioning eliminates the need to buy new, and also allows you to make something more unique than mainstream fashion. Join us for a two-day “Refashion” class where students will learn the basics of how to set up a sewing machine, basic construction and deconstruction skills and how to create a collograph plate for printing their own unique design onto fabric. These new skills will allow students to turn tired clothes into one-of-a-kind refashions!

Friday, March 27 &

Saturday, March 28, 4 - 6 p.m.

Open to Ages 9+

$45 for members,$55 for non-members

Mixed-Media with Frank McCauley

Assistant Director and Chief Curator for the Sumter County Gallery of Art, Frank McCauley returns to wow us with an eclectic mix of image transfer, printmaking and collage. Students will learn about specialized tools and techniques as well as composition, applying meaning to artwork, a bit of color theory and will come out with a meaningful and unique work of art in this two-day workshop.

Thursday, April 30 & Friday, May 1, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Open to Ages 13+

$45 for members, $55 for non-members


Spring Classes 2015
*this list of classes is incomplete at this time. We will have more class
offerings listed on this website in the next week,
thank you for your patience


Pottery with Laura Cardello
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., Ages 18+.
A perennial favorite, pottery Instructor Laura Cardello will teach new students the basics of creating and finishing ceramic works of art both in hand-building and on the wheel and will help experienced potters hone their skills and perfect new techniques!
Tuesdays 6–8 p.m.
6 weeks: January 6 - February 10
6 weeks: February 17 - March 31 with no class on 3-24
6 weeks: April 7 - May 12th
$120 for Gallery members, $135 nonmembers

Painting with MaryAnn Reames
Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m., Ages 13+.
We are excited to announce that acclaimed Sumter artist, MaryAnn Reames, will be joining us this Spring to teach one of our most popular classes, adult painting. Beginners and experienced painters are welcome, and the choice of watermedia or oil is yours! 
5 weeks: January 20 - February 17
5 weeks: March 3 - March 31
$105 for Gallery members, $120 nonmembers

Colored Pencil Drawing with Sylvester Hickmon
Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Ages 18+
Renowned artist Sylvester Hickmon will teach a long-awaited adult drawing class in which students will learn the basics of drawing as well as sophisticated layering and blending techniques to achieve lifelike intensity in their works. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to learn from an incomparable instructor!
6 weeks: February 26th - April 2nd 
$120 for Gallery members, $135 nonmembers


Youth Colored Pencil Drawing - Sylvester Hickmon
Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m. Ages 9-17
Renowned color pencil artist Sylvester Hickmon, also an art teacher at Kingsbury Elementary, will bring his expertise to bear in an intensive five-week drawing class for motivated students. Sylvester will guide students in basics of drawing as well as in the use of colored pencils to create depth and reality to their drawings using color layering, blending and lifting techniques.
5 weeks: February 23rd - March 23rd
$100 for Gallery members, $115 nonmembers

Youth Pottery - Laura Cardello
Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m Ages 8-17
Laura Cardello will teach two five-week sessions for younger students this fall. Laura will work with students as they learn basic hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic techniques and hone their existing skills while creating some awesome projects! Come get started with pottery or take your work to the next level. All materials included.
5 weeks: January 29 - February 26
5 weeks: March 5 - April 2
$100 for Gallery members, $115 nonmembers

Fridays, 4 - 5:30 p.m., Ages 8 - 12.
Children will learn about painting on stretched canvas and wood using acrylics and on paper using watercolors. They will be inspired as they learn about the style and vocabulary of such artists as Piet Mondrian, Amedeo Modigliani, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Sam Doyle.
5 weeks: April 17 - May 15
$100 for Gallery members, $115 nonmembers

Teacher Resources:

Pre or Post-visit lesson plan for

SC Watermedia Society 37th Annual Exhibition

Useful links: scwatermedia.com

Click on image to download lesson plan