July 6, 2017
Getting Crafty on Hatteras Island
Island is well known for its exuberant art culture. Of course, with the
mesmerizing sunrises, sunsets, and endless natural inspirations, who
would think otherwise?
you are an artist, hobbyist, or someone yearning to dabble into the
artistic waters, there are options for you on Hatteras Island. There
are so many art workshops, classes or just walk-in opportunities that
are available throughout the different villages.
Blue Pelican located in Hatteras village offers a couple of different
workshops. On Tuesdays from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. you can take a metal
stamping class with Jenn Johnson. The cost for this class is $25 which
includes all needed materials. On Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. they
offer a fiber arts workshop. The cost is $20, not including the cost of
supplies. The gallery also offers the opportunity to hold private
parties during open hours or after. The private party project allows
you to get a group of friends together to paint and decorate ceramic
mermaids. The cost of the private party is $25 per person. All the
classes take a maximum of six people. Please call to reserve your spot,
and when stopping in, be sure to ask about the Art Tour Card.
Images Art Studio located in Frisco village offers many painting
classes each week with Trish Dempsey. Enjoy learning how to paint with
step-by-step instruction while you sample some gourmet chocolates from
The Blue Lagoon! There is also an option for a child’s class.
Children’s classes are recommended for children ages 5 and older. Adult
classes are recommended for ages 9 and up. Class size is limited to 12.
The cost for the class is $25. You need to reserve your spot, and you
can do so by calling, checking out Facebook, or stopping into The Blue
Lagoon where you can pick up a new list of different paint options each
week. There are also opportunities to hold private parties if
Beads of Paradise in Frisco village, you can stop by during hours of
operation and make your own jewelry. There is no appointment needed and
the price varies depending on your choice of beads for your jewelry
piece. You can even bring in your own beach glass or shells that you
collected on the beach and they will drill holes in them for you.
Sheila Jackson also offers a unique option at her shop - If you want to
bring home a keepsake from your vacation or you are looking for a
special one-of-a-kind gift, you can bring a shell or other item choice
to the shop and the local artist will hand paint it for you. Prices
vary. Hair wraps and henna tattoos by the artist herself are also
12 located right on the main highway in Avon village offers a wide
variety of artistic options. They have scheduled classes that you can
reserve a spot for and some walk-in activities if you wake up to a
rainy day and just need something to do. On Tuesdays at 4 p.m. you can
Paint a Beach Scene on Pottery with Carolyn Schena. The cost of the
class is $15 plus the cost of your pottery of choice. On Wednesdays,
you can make Glass Fushion Sun Catchers at 10 a.m. On Thursdays, Tissue
Paper Seascapes is taught by Deobrah Tucker at 4 p.m., and you can make
some Sea Glass Pendants with Laura Howard at 10 a.m. on Friday.
Wednesday through Friday classes cost $39 and include all materials.
Classes are recommended for ages 7 and up. Private parties are
available. You can also walk in anytime to do pottery painting and
mosaics which make great gifts or keepsakes, while you enjoy some
coffee or smoothies. Prices vary based on your selection of materials.
Clay a quaint little gallery located off what Antionette Mattingly
calls “the beaten path in old Avon village” - also known as Kinnakeet -
allows you to get real crafty and make your own pottery from wet clay.
On Tuesdays at 10 a.m. they offer a Make a Mug or Bowl workshop. On
Wednesdays, they offer their newest workshop at 10 a.m., Make a Wall
Fish. Then on Thursdays, Make a Fairy House at 10 a.m. All skill levels
are welcome and the classes are recommended for ages 4 and up. Ages 4-6
should have an adult helper. Classes are $40 per a person, plus
shipping. Reservations are needed with room for up to 8 people. Private
classes are available along with other time slots. It is important to
know that since this is wet clay, there is a process it must go
through. Once you have created your art and painted it, they must dry
it, put it through bisque firing, glaze it with your choice of glaze,
and then glaze fire it. This is a 3-week process and is the reason why
the artwork will be shipped to you. If you live locally, you are
welcome to pick it up at the shop when the process is completed. How do
you choose between these workshops? “Keep in mind that the Fairy House
and the Wall Fish allow for more creativity, while the Mugs and Bowls
account for a grasp of functionality,” says Trisha Cutler. When
visiting Kinnakeet Clay, make sure you ask about the Art Tour Card.
are two options for jewelry making in Avon village. You can visit Uglie
Mugs or The Glass Bead and Java Junction. Both shops allow you to come
in any time during the hours of operation and make your own jewelry
while you enjoy coffee, smoothies, and a wide variety of baked goods.
They will assist you if needed. Prices vary based on choices of
material and level of difficulty. Hair wraps are also available.
Cosmic Octopus offers Tie-Dye Classes every Tuesday and Thursday at
noon. This is a hands-on class that takes place on the deck. All the
supplies and step-by-step instruction are included. The class includes
a T-shirt, but you are welcome to bring something of your own, or you
can upgrade to another selection from the shop for an additional cost.
Advance registration is $17.50 and drop-in is $20. Classes are good for
up to 7 people. Private classes are available.
Gallery in Avon and Hidden Treasure Gallery in Salvo are sister stores.
Each gallery allows you to walk-in anytime during of the hours of
operation and make your own sun catcher or ornament. The Sea Glass
Driftwood Sun Catcher costs $30 and the Keepsake Ornament costs $12.
For this cost, you receive all the materials necessary to make your
creation. You are welcome to add on to your creation with more items
for an additional fee.
There are so many options available to us!
the next time there is a rainy day, or even a day when the kids are
mentioning how bored they are, get the family out and bring them to one
of these wonderful places and get the creative juices flowing. Have
some fun and make some memories.