One of the best art schools in Charlotte, Holt School of Fine Art, is celebrating their 10th anniversary this month and they want YOU to join in on the fun. On September 6th, 6-8PM, owners Holt Cleaver and Kate Stewart invite you to their Southend studio (118 E Kingston Ave.) to join the festivities during the Southend Gallery Crawl. Attendees will be invited to help paint a collaborative 10th Anniversary mural, tie-dye t-shirts, enjoy a free photo booth, and enter a raffle for a free 6-week session of classes (must be present to win).
We are SO lucky to have such an amazing art school in QC – they foster talent from young to old. A big Smarty congrats to them!
A little bit about Holt School of Fine Art
Holt Cleaver started the Holt School of Fine Art in 2009 where it was originally located in Green Rice Gallery of Noda. In 2011, she relocated her personal art studio and Holt School of Fine Art to its current location at the Dilworth Artisan Station in the up and coming neighborhood of South End. In January 2019, a second studio was launched in Pineville, NC.
Holt School of Fine Art teaches adults, teens, and children ages 8 & UP and focuses on giving them the foundations needed to draw and paint for a lifetime. Their classroom is a traditional studio environment with each student working at an easel or drawing horse. They aim to give their students the highest quality of art education by staffing the studio with trained instructors who have a degree in art or are pursuing a degree in art. The teacher to student ratio is kept low at 1:6 so that each student is able to have their individual needs met. This intimate environment enables the school to tailor their program to help them achieve their personal artistic goals. Students typically attend a 90-minute class once or twice per week or attend our week-long summer workshops.
The program is built on a foundation in drawing; the more confident one feels with drawing, the better they can conquer any other art medium. Once they have a basic knowledge of drawing, they experiment with watercolors, charcoal, and eventually oil painting. Holt provides its students with the tools they need for success, including quality materials and skill-specific challenges in the classroom.
Teens who have completed their foundations courses are encouraged to study portraiture and attend their live model workshops during the summer. Students are also invited to expand their artistic experience beyond the classroom through art shows, community murals, and art competitions.
Co-owners Holt and Kate both hold degrees in art and are also practicing oil painters. The studio is located in the Dilworth Artisan Station in Southend.
Take a look inside a Holt classroom!