February 2019

Art and Environment After Hours: Thursday - 5 PM - 7 PM

Author: CH2 Press Release

The Coastal Discovery Museum has announced a new series of hands-on, after hours classes for the Spring. You will learn about local art, culture, and environment – from the experts – AND take home something that you helped create. Classes are appropriate for ages 10 and older (unless otherwise noted in the schedule). Reservations are required and may be made by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223.

Art and Environment After Hours
Thursday – 5 PM – 7 PM
$15 per person – additional materials fee may apply, depending on the program.

These hands on, after hours classes are NEW in 2019! Programs will vary seasonally. Come learn about local art, culture, and environment – from the experts – AND take home something that you helped create.

Classes scheduled for the spring include: Indigo Exploration, Sweetgrass Basket Workshop, Herbarium Workshop, Build a Bog, A Day at the Beach, Horseshoe Crabs: A Living Fossil, Paint Party with Amiri, the Art of Flintknapping, and Spring and Summer Birds of the Lowcountry.

Appropriate for ages 10 and older (unless otherwise noted in the schedule).
Minimum of 6 participants, maximum of 20 for all programs.

Only registered paid participants will be admitted into this program. If participants are planning to bring a child, chaperone, spouse, driver, etc. they must also register. At least one adult must accompany each group.

Programs will be held in the Discovery Lab at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.

March
7- Indigo Exploration – $15 per person

Journey to the past and “meet” Eliza Lucas Pinckney. In 1739, when Eliza was just 17 years old, her experiments with indigo resulted in a very profitable industry for the colony of South Carolina. Hear her unique story, learn how indigo dye was made, and make your own indigo tie-dye t-shirt to take home. This family friendly educational experience is fun for all ages.

Only registered paid participants will be admitted into this program. If participants are planning to bring a child, chaperone, spouse, driver, etc. they must also register.

Museum will provide t-shirt sizes child medium to adult XL (one per person).

Presenter: Peggy Pickett

14- No Class this week.

21- Paint Party with Amiri – $45 per person ($15 program + $30 materials)
All ages are welcomed at this workshop hosted by artist Amiri Farris at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Sit with us a while and enjoy the company of other budding artists as we take a step-by-step adventure into the world of painting! Well-known artist Amiri Farris will guide you along the way as you create your own masterpiece.

We will be painting with acrylics, which will dry quickly, so you will be able to take your painting with you to show all your friends and family, and to serve as a reminder of what a wonderful day you spent making new friends and discovering your inner artist! 

All materials are provided.

Presenter: Amiri Farris

28- The Art of Flintknapping – $15 per person (over 14 only)
For 10,000 years Native People in the Americas crafted beautiful tools from obsidian, chert, flint, and other glassy stones by carefully removing stone flakes from a chunk of rock.  You will learn the techniques behind making these tools and how to identify chipped stone tools found in this area.  You will leave the program with your own chipped stone tool and a lot of appreciation for how difficult it is to craft a thin and symmetrical arrowhead or spearpoint. 

This program requires some hand and arm strength, but the ability to make a tool is more related to proper technique than brute strength.  You will be making a spear point using obsidian (volcanic glass) by knocking flakes off with stone and antler hammers.  Although gloves and eye protection will be provided, this is an activity that, by its very nature, may result in cuts or other injuries and is not appropriate for children under 14.

All materials are provided.

Presenter: Rex Garniewicz

April
4- Horseshoe Crabs: A Living Fossil – $15 per person

With its tough, helmet-like body and long, pointed tail, the horseshoe crab is one of the most intriguing and misunderstood marine invertebrates found in our marine waters. Dive in with us as we explore the horseshoe crab and investigate the life cycle and adaptations of this living fossil. Take a closer look at some live horseshoe crabs, feel their tough exoskeleton, and watch them chew their dinner with their legs! Participants will decorate a shadow box and receive a horseshoe crab molt to display and remember the importance of these fascinating creatures.
All materials are provided.
Presenter: Dawn Brut

11- Indigo Exploration – $15 per person

Journey to the past and “meet” Eliza Lucas Pinckney. In 1739, when Eliza was just 17 years old, her experiments with indigo resulted in a very profitable industry for the colony of South Carolina. Hear her unique story, learn how indigo dye was made, and make your own indigo tie-dye t-shirt to take home. This family friendly educational experience is fun for all ages.

Only registered paid participants will be admitted into this program. If participants are planning to bring a child, chaperone, spouse, driver, etc. they must also register.

Museum will provide t-shirt sizes child medium to adult XL (one per person).

Presenter: Peggy Pickett

18- Heritage Classic Parking on site this week – no program this week

25- Sweetgrass Basket Workshop – $65 per person ($15 program + $50 materials)

Learn about the history of the Sweetgrass basket, one of the Lowcountry’s best known art forms, from a local 7th generation Gullah basket maker.  Then, try your hand at starting a basket of your own using locally found natural materials. 

All materials are provided.

Presenter: Daurus Niles

May
2- A Day at the Beach – $15 per person

Explore the beach…without actually going to the beach. Discover the wide variety of fascinating critters that you can find on the beach. Learn about what lives in those beautiful shells you find. Investigate the lives of beach visitors like sea turtles and horseshoe crabs. Discuss the importance of the beach habitat and how you can protect our local beaches. All participants will receive a picture frame to decorate with your own beach treasures. Bring your own beach treasures to use…other decorating supplies will be provided by the Museum.
Participants should bring their own shells, etc. if possible. The museum has a limited supply of shells. Frames and other materials will be provided.

Presenter: Dawn Brut and Rebecca Shannon

9- Build a Bog -$15 per person

Learn about the different groups of carnivorous plants present in the Lowcountry and walk away with your own carnivorous plant bog garden. Join Carlos Chacon, the Manager of Natural History at the Coastal Discovery Museum, for this unique opportunity to build your own bog garden. The Lowcountry is home to different groups of plants that have independently evolved carnivorous habits. From tiny sundews, to large pitcher plants, butterworts, aquatic bladderworts, and the unique Venus Fly Trap – hear how these incredible plants defy the odds by outsmarting insects and other prey.

Museum will provide clay pot, required soil, and an assortment of carnivorous plants.

Presenter: Carlos Chacon

16- Herbarium Workshop – $45 per person ($15 program + $30 materials)

An herbarium is a systematically arranged collection of mounted, dried plants that can be used as a reference. In this workshop, join 3 local artists to create your own decorative and educational herbarium using locally found materials, hand-made paper, illustrations, and poetic prose.
Materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own plant material to use.

Presenter: painter Mira Scott, conceptual illustrator and paper artist Mary C. Leto and writer/poet Elizabeth Robin will lead the class. 
CDM Staff: Natalie

23- Paint Party with Amiri – $45 per person ($15 program + $30 materials)

All ages are welcomed at this fun, hands-on workshop hosted by Amiri Farris. Sit with us a while and enjoy the company of other budding artists as we take a step-by-step adventure into the world of painting! Well-known artist Amiri Geuka Farris will guide you along the way as you create your own masterpiece.

We will be painting with acrylics, which will dry quickly, so you will be able to take your painting with you to show all your friends and family, and to serve as a reminder of what a wonderful day you spent making new friends and discovering your inner artist! 

All materials will be provided.

Presenter: Amiri Farris

30- Spring and Summer Birds of the Lowcountry – $15 per person

Join Naturalist Jill Kombrink for an overview of spring and summer birds of the Lowcountry. This presentation is a great introduction to year-round and migrating songbirds, shorebirds and all those in between. End the evening with a fun suet making activity and recipes to attract more feathered friends to your yard.  

All materials will be provided.

Presenter: Jill Kombrink

The Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.

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