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 either painting or pottery, we have a wide selection of age-appropriate projects for you to choose from. We bring the art, you bring the party!

Please contact us for details and available dates and click on our FAQ’s section for pricing and additional information



(Ages 4-7 & 8-12) (9am - 12pm)

$25 members / $30 nonmembers



MAY 13TH -



(Ages 21+) (6-8pm)

$30 members / $35 nonmembers





Summer Art Camp 2017 Schedule

Heidi Adler is a local artist and educator who has been teaching art for over 20 years.  Heidi received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a Masters of Art Education from the University of South Carolina. She is currently a visual art teacher at Sumter High School. Ms. Adler is very active in the Sumter Community helping to bring art to the public.  She is on the planning committee for numerous events the City of Sumter’s holds each year.  She is Superintendent of the art show for the Sumter County Fair. Art she has made such as mosaics and murals can be found in a number of elementary schools, doctor’s offices, and other places throughout Sumter.  Her student’s solo and collaborative artwork has appeared in local, state and national art publications. Heidi works in various media and continues to explore the range mixed media offers. She is currently working in fibers, ceramics, mixed media, painting, glass work and mosaics.

Jean Marie Brailsford, originally from Manning, S.C. has lived in Sumter for 17 years. She has been the Pastry Chef at Hamptons Restaurant for 7 years, and is well versed in all things sweet, fun, and pretty. She specializes in decorating all types of cakes and cupcakes, from fun to fancy. She is excited to share her experience with her students this summer.

Connie Brennan was born in Verdun, France in 1957 and devoted herself to art at a very young age. Air Force life in France, Japan and Africa broadened her artistic vision, and she studied art at the University of South Carolina and Illinois State U. Her dense, brightly-colored work explores the relationship between the spiritual and the natural and she is represented in many corporate and private collections.

Laura Cardello has taught pottery classes for youth and adults at the Gallery for 22 years and is a very popular instructor among her hundreds of happy students. She is the Curator for USC Sumter, the Division of Arts and Letters Galleries, is an accomplished ceramics artist and is past president of the Sumter Artists Guild. She is also a Reach Teacher for the gifted and talented art students for the school district. Laura has exhibited her work in several solo and group shows in South Carolina and throughout the Southeast.

Amanda Cox, the Gallery’s Art Education Director, has taught a wide variety of popular classes at the Gallery for the last 10 years. Ms Cox is a 2006 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in religious studies and also studied art education at the graduate level. She is an accomplished artist in a variety of media, from pottery to painting, textiles and photography.

Morgan Edwards (RYT-200) began her yoga journey in 2011.  Morgan felt, and continues to feel, the transformation that yoga provided her. As a result, she became inspired to share the gift of yoga with others.  Morgan’s goal is to support both first-time and experienced yogis in cultivating and piloting physical, mental and spiritual opportunities.  Moreover, she looks to bolster her knowledge and training with additional specializations as well as sojourns abroad to deepen her practice.  In addition to her yoga practice and teaching, Morgan is currently the Art Education Assistant with the Sumter Gallery of Art and serves as Marketing Director for Southern Bliss Yoga.  Furthermore, Morgan devotes her time volunteering with the Sumter Little Theater, the Sumter High Drama Club and the Cypress Gourd Patch.

Sylvester Hickmon has taught art for many years at Kingsbury Elementary School as well as at the high school level. He earned a BA in art education at the University of SC, and has exhibited throughout the US, receiving numerous regional awards and national recognition for his work. He is the co-author of the book Colored Pencil Step B Step and has been featured in national publications.

Trisha King is an active member of the Sumter Artists’ Guild and has received the Honorable Mention award for her photography in the 2014 Annual Guild Show. Although photography is a favorite medium, she is also recognized for her unique mixed-media “Trees of Life”, an artistic assemblage craft she began four years ago using buttons, coins, personal mementos, found object and other material embellishments. Trisha has designed dozens of her “Trees of Life” and is excited to work with students this summer to create these interesting and meaningful projects.

Kelly Melton, drama teacher at Sumter High School, has over 20 years of experience as an educator in Sumter School District. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Secondary Education from Boise State University and a Master of Arts in Theatre/Directing from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Under Kelly’s leadership, the drama department has placed first at the International Thespian Society One- Act Play Festival and the South Carolina Theatre Association One Act Play State Competition, has earned numerous Superior ratings at competitions, and has won best director, actor and actress awards. Kelly has taught many workshops at these festivals ranging from ballroom dance for the actor, set design, and playwriting to name a few. The most rewarding aspect of Kelly’s career in education is to see students apply what they have learned.

Cole Miller received his Masters of Fine Art from Florida International University.  Currently the curator at SCGA, he has taught summer camp through university-level graduate courses.  As an exhibiting artist, Miller’s fiber and ceramics have shown nationally, and been featured in several publications including Luxe Magazine.  His work resides in various private and public collections including the Frost Art Museum in Miami, Florida.

Deana Rennick is a sculptor who earned her Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from The Ohio State University and her B.A. in Studio Art and English from Hope College. She has a passion for art and art education.  Ms. Rennick believes in improving our community through art, and shows her own and her students’ artwork throughout the Midlands. She teaches Art 1 and all levels of Sculpture, from beginning to advanced, at Sumter High school, as well as elementary art education classes at USC Upstate in Sumter, and an occasional painting class.  She volunteers at the Sumter County Fair Art Show, and is involved in many community-based art events throughout Sumter.  Ms. Rennick works in a wide variety of media, and is especially interested in working with upcycled and non-traditional art materials.

Tara Schumacher is currently the Lower School Art Teacher at Wilson Hall School. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, she holds a BFA and a Masters in Art Education. Tara has been teaching since 1996. As an artist Tara focuses on mixed media and printmaking and has exhibited in Miami, Washington and Baltimore. “Ms Shoe,” as she is known to students, loves to work with children and loves to see the products of their incredible imaginations.

Mackenzie Sholtz has a life long love of fashion---clothes, shoes, hats and jewelry---all of it.   Starting out in theatre, she then worked for 10 years in the garment industry in San Francisco.  In 2000, she created her historic clothing pattern company Fig Leaf

Patterns.  Along with researching and drafting period garments, she has also made jewelry to complete many ensembles.  She loves the whimsical blend of ethnic and high fashion that combine textiles and traditional jewelry elements in her pieces.  Mackenzie holds a BA in Medieval Studies from Vassar College and a Certificate in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

Savannah Wolfe started out at the Gallery as a trusted volunteer, later becoming the Art Education Assistant and we are thrilled to have her on our teaching staff this summer during her college break. This is her 8th year with us at the Gallery. She is currently studying at Francis Marion University to become a nurse and is also interested in art therapy. Savannah has a passion for painting, drawing, and ceramics that shows in all the classes she teaches.

Ashley Womack is originally from Spartanburg, SC, where she received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Ceramics in 2010 at Converse College. She also completed her Masters in Teaching in Art Education at Converse College in 2013. She accepted an art position in Sumter School District in the summer of 2013 and is completing her fourth year of teaching middle school art.

Instructor Bio’s

Class Descriptions

Big, Bold Painting (Ages 4-7) Ashley Womack will work with students to develop basic painting skills and a love for painting, along with concepts like the color wheel, line, texture and value in this foundational painting class perfect for our youngest artists. Students will have a blast squishing, squirting and smushing paint onto canvas.

Cruising the Caribbean (Ages 4-7) Travel the Caribbean through the eyes of an artist. Miss Shoe will teach students about a variety of art practices implementing new painting techniques, drawing and collage using the sand, sea and sun as their inspiration. No passport required for this Caribbean Cruise!

Everyday a New Way! (Ages 4-7) Join Deana Rennick experimenting with mix and match mediums in this super sampler class featuring ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and more. Each day students will explore a fun new medium!

Fun in the Mud (Ages 4-7) In this beginner’s pottery class students will be introduced to different kinds of clay, the pottery wheel, a variety of hand-building skills and colorful glazes. Students will create and decorate all sorts of pottery and fantastic creatures.

Play with Your Food! (Ages 4-7) Don’t miss out on this first-time offering by popular art instructor, Heidi Adler. Students will play with a variety of foods and use them to create prints, paintings, ceramics and more. Whether your little one lives to eat or eats to live this class is sure to be a blast!

Storytellers (Ages 4-7) Storytelling helps students improve their language skills, instills a love of reading and stirs imaginations. Come explore art inspired by favorite childhood books. We will create play accessories and artwork to outfit the princess, pirate, superhero and creative spirit in your little one.

The Natural World (Ages 4-7) There are many different ways to approach the subject of nature in art. Art can open our eyes to the intricacy and beauty of the natural world. Join Deana Rennick in this fun and multi-faceted approach to art making. Art can help us become more conscious of our true relationship with nature. It is undoubtedly important to feel a connection to the natural world., this class explores that concept.

Creative Painting Techniques (Ages 8-12) Artist Connie Brennan will lead students in this inventive class bringing to life vivid, dreamlike images of butterflies, flowers, angels, lizards and much more through the use of rich, contrasting colors and textures along with precise stencils and a variety of other tools – an approach to painting that yields beautiful, unique results.

Modern Masters (Ages 8-12) introduces children to the wonderful world of Van Gogh, Cézanne, Dali, Chagall and Matisse. Using famous works of art to understand the artist’s styles, children reproduce their own artwork. These lessons are classic examples of how mixing art history with simple, foundational techniques can create the most beautiful works of art.

A Stitch In Time: Beginner’s Sewing (Ages 9 & up) In this introduction to textiles students will learn simple machine and hand sewing techniques. We will make a carry-all bag, learn about patterns and much more, A wonderfully fun and unique class offering that will teach students a variety of useful skills.

Artistic Assemblage (Ages 9 & up) Local artist Trisha King will guide this set of projects in which students will use stretched canvases and canvas boards as bases for their assemblages and will learn how to refinish a picture frame. Students will incorporate found objects, buttons and costume jewelry and a variety of mixed media to create works that convey meaning and highlight sentimental keepsakes.

Claymation 101 (Ages 8 - 13) In this class, young artists will explore the fascinating process of claymation as they learn the techniques necessary to make their own films. Experimenting with materials like wire armature, paper, fabric and clay, students will flex their creative muscles making a claymation flick that captures the storyline.

Color Pencil Drawing (Ages 10 & up) In this foundational drawing class, Mr. Hickmon will guide students in the use of Prismacolor pencils to create intensely colorful, life-like drawings through the application of color layering, blending and lifting techniques in addition to basic drawing instruction. This is a class for students who are serious about and dedicated to learning the art of drawing.

Fabulous Fibers: Stitch, Paint and Whimsy (Ages 9 & up) Join Deana Rennick in this NEW fiber art class as she teaches students simple hand and machine sewing techniques. Students will also experiment with fabric printing and dyeing. This class promises to be a rich creative experience!

Fabulous Fibers: Weaving and Dyeing  (Ages 9 & up) Students will explore multiple dyeing techniques using indigo, rust, and food coloring before learning to weave hand-dyed yarns into intricate tapestries embellished with vibrant colors and interesting materials that reflect each child’s personal touch.

Kid’s Kitchen: Cupcakes & Cookies (Ages 8 & up) Join Jean Marie Brailsford, Pastry Chef from Hampton’s Restaurant, as she teaches little bakers a new cupcake or cookie baking or decorating technique each day. We will look at artists like Wayne Thiebaud who used food as whimsical subjects for their art. Students will make both edible and non-edible art in this new class offering!

Pottery, Painting and Candlestick Making (Ages 8 & up) Join us in the pottery studio as we explore the ceramic process through hand building, wheel throwing and sculptural techniques to construct several finished, functional works of art. Each piece will take careful attention and time that will yield beautiful results.

The Art of the Yogi (Ages 8-12) Artist and Yoga Instructor Morgan Edwards will teach children simple postures that add up to a yoga sequence specifically designed to help increase creativity. We will spend time between the mat and the classroom making ceramic boho bells, mandalas, silk batik scarves, candle holders and more!

Youth Pottery (Ages 8 & up) In one of our most popular summer offerings, students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of making decorative and functional ceramic art using traditional hand-building techniques and throwing functional vessels on the potter’s wheel. Students will learn about glazing and surface decoration and all artwork will be completed with colorful, shiny glazes.

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