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Fall/Winter semester classes are open for registration!

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 beyond painting 

   9.21 - 12.31.2023   

#smallmuseumbigart

Spartanburg Art Museum's mission is to advance contemporary visual arts by inspiring and engaging diverse audiences through exhibitions and education.

Located in the heart of downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina, Spartanburg Art Museum is the only contemporary art museum in the Upstate region. General admission to our contemporary art exhibitions is always free for everyone.
  • Starts Nov 9

    40 US dollars

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The Colors Collab (formerly COLORs Youth Outreach) provides adolescents ages 15 - 18 with career preparedness through real-world experience, working with professional artists and creative businesses.

group tours

Schedule a curator-led tour for a school field trip, group activity, and more

A photograph of a group of school children in a museum looking at two pieces of art, on the left is a large drawing of a tiger and on the right, a drawing of a woman with long hair.
A detail image of an abstract geometric painting by Mike Childs. The shapes are in various shades of grey, peach, pink, and dark green.

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exhibits

Contemporary art exhibitions, curated in-house - even better, admission is free!

events

We offer over 40 free and low-cost events throughout the year. See what we've got coming up!

art classes

Drawing, painting, ceramics, calligraphy, photography, jewelry making, needle felting, and more!

rentals

Rent the main gallery or our art studios for your special day!

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  • Sep 25, 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
    Start your week off right with a mindful Vinyasa-inspired yoga practice at SAM with Alix Refshauge (she/her) RYT 500. All levels welcome, some experience preferred. Please bring your own mat (props optional). $10 cash/check/Venmo, all proceeds split with SAM. Questions? Email alixr1@gmail.com
  • Sep 25, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    You're invited to join us and celebrate the restoration of "The Girl with Red Hair", a painting by artist Robert Henri of his wife, artist and illustrator Marjorie Organ Henri. This event is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Sep 30, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    $140 | ages 18+ | limit 10 students Design a beautiful one-of-a-kind scarf or shawl that can be worn year-round, using nuno felting techniques where wool fibers are felted through an open weave fabric such as silk. No experience necessary; all materials and supplies included.
  • Sep 30, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
    $40 | ages 18+ | limit 6 students Learn to construct your own ceramic serving platter out of a single slab of clay. No experience necessary; all materials and supplies included. Trays will be glazed, fired, and ready for pickup in 3 - 4 weeks.
  • Oct 07, 9:00 AM – Oct 08, 12:00 PM
    $115 | ages 18+ | limit 7 students Learn how to draw the human head from life using correct facial proportions and direct observational skills. Model fee is included in the class price. No experience necessary; supply kits can be purchased in SAM's online store. This is a two-day workshop.
  • Oct 14, 12:20 PM – 12:25 PM
    $10 | all ages | limit 16 students Take a mess-free approach to your spooky decor this year and paint a pumpkin instead of carving! No experience necessary, all materials and supplies included.
  • Oct 21, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
    $40 | ages 14+ | limit 6 students Make and customize your own pottery mug using slab-built techniques. No experience necessary; all materials and supplies included. Mugs will be glazed, fired, and ready for pickup in 3 - 4 weeks.
  • Oct 21, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    $40 | ages 21+ | limit 12 students Join Virginia McLean with Spartanburg Creative Reuse Art Project (SCRAP) to make some old-fashioned snail mail! Repurpose old magazine, catalogs, calendars, and more into a set of unique cards. No experience necessary; all materials and supplies included.
  • Oct 28, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    $70 | ages 18+ | limit 8 students Start with the basics of crosshatching, progress to a simple still life, then spend the rest of class developing a portrait of your choice. No experience necessary; supply kits are available for purchase in SAM's online shop.
  • Nov 04, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    $70 | ages 18+ | limit 8 students Learn bookbinding techniques used since the 12th century Italian Renaissance and create an attractive, durable, hard-backed journal or sketchbook with custom cover. No experience necessary; all materials and supplies included.
  • Nov 09, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    $40 | ages 18+ | limit 6 students Learn the basics of 3D printing including what a 3D printer is, choosing a 3D model, preparing it for printing, and then how to print your model. No experience necessary; all materials and supplies included.
  • Nov 18, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    $80 | ages 18+ | limit 8 students This workshop focuses on learning to letter your holiday cards with modern calligraphy styles, plus how and where to get your cards professionally printed. No experience necessary, all materials and supplies are included.
  • Dec 06, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    $45 | ages 18+ | limit 8 students Bring your art to life with Adobe Fresco on iPad! Learn the principles of animation and fundamental techniques to animate your illustrations. Students are welcome to bring their own iPads and Apple Pencils, otherwise you may borrow an iPad.
  • Dec 16, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    $70 | ages 7+ | limit 12 students Customize a stocking, appliqué a special motif to an ugly sweater, or 3D felt a fuzzy ornament with colorful New Zealand wool. No experience necessary, all materials and supplies included.
  • Dec 17, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    $50 | ages 18+ | limit 12 students Choose from a variety of colors for your marbled papers and make multiple sheets--no two are exactly alike! No experience necessary, all materials and supplies included.
  • Dec 17, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    $50 | ages 14 - 17 | limit 12 students Choose from a variety of colors for your marbled papers and make multiple sheets--no two are exactly alike! No experience necessary, all materials and supplies included.
  • Jan 06, 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    $55 | ages 18+ | limit 12 students Learn different drawing techniques with a variety of ink pens. From tiny fineliners to large felt-tipped brush pens, you can make your illustrations pop! No experience necessary, all materials and supplies included.
  • Jan 06, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    $55 | ages 14 - 17 | limit 12 students Learn different drawing techniques with a variety of ink pens. From tiny fineliners to large felt-tipped brush pens, you can make your illustrations pop! No experience necessary, all materials and supplies included.
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