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Studio 345

Studio 345 is a free out of school youth development program that uses Digital Photography, Digital Media Arts, and Multimedia Design to educate and inspire students to stay in school, graduate, and pursue goals beyond high school. Providing unique experiences for high school students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Studio 345 fosters a sense of belonging and interconnectedness. Taught and mentored by professional working artists, students gain invaluable experiences enabling them to become creative risk-takers and craftsmen while growing emotionally, intellectually, and artistically.



A Proven Model

Based on Bill Strickland’s belief that environment shapes behavior, classes are held in contemporary studios and equipped with state-of-the-art technology and complimented with experiences in the community, workplace, and higher education. Since 1972, Manchester Bidwell, founded by Strickland, has attracted national attention for its youth development program.

Location

Spirit Square Center for Arts & Education
(Former Clayworks and Barber Paint Studios)
345 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Hours, Sessions, & Transportation

  • Studio Classes: 3:30-5:30pm, Monday-Thursdays (classes will be either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • Open Studios: 3:30-5:30, Fridays only
  • Trimester Sessions (10 weeks each):

    • 1st Trimester: (Course Catalog)

      • Classes run: September 16-November 21, 2013

      • Celebration: November 21, 2013
    • 2nd Trimester: (Course Catalog)

      • Enrollment night: November 21, 2013
      • Classes run: December 2, 2013-February 27, 2014
      • Celebration: February 27th, 5:30-7:30pm
    • 3rd Trimester: (Course Catalog)

      • Enrollment night: February 27, 2014
      • Classes run: March 17-May 29, 2014
      • Celebration: May 29th, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Public transportation (to and from the site) will be offered at no cost to the students (CATS transit passes).

       

Student Participation Requirements

Students are expected to participate through commitment, attendance, performance, and citizenship.

  • Commitment - Show up during studio hours and participates in student activities.
  • Attendance - Come to Studio 345 when scheduled.
  • Performance - Maintain good work habits and uses time and resources effectively.
  • Citizenship - Respect self, peers, instructors, materials, equipment, and learning environment.

 

Core Artistic Principles & Social Values

Engagement in the arts will provide a pathway for students to learn life skills in communication and leadership development. Studio 345 is driven by the following principles and social values.

  • Balance and passion
  • Creativity and responsibility
  • Expression and integrity
  • Intuition and meaning

 

Eligibility & Selection Process

Studio 345 is open to all Charlotte-Mecklenburg School students in Grades 9-12 who are motivated and committed to develop skills in Digital Photography, Digital Media Art, and/or Multimedia Design.  All students are welcome to attend enrollment nights and place their name in the lottery system for the course(s) of their choice.  There is also a recruitment process that includes information sessions at schools and nominations from parents, teachers, counselors, & others.  The overall goal is to serve 120 students per trimester.  There is no interview or portfolio process, students ultimately self select for the program by attending enrollment night and registering for the course.

Sponsors and Partners

 

Image & Video Gallery

For more information on Studio 345, contact:
Barbara Ann Temple, Ph.D.
VP Education
barbara.temple@artsandscience.org
704-335-3263

Our Staff

Sean Beck

Digital Photography & Video Studio

Introduced to great music and film early in life, Sean developed a passion for what he currently does today. At the age of 2, Sean was placed in the arms of Robert Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin, for a photo op. Legend has it that he became infused with magical music powers as a toddler, thus leading to his appreciation of many different instruments and genres over the years. Mildly changing gears, he dove face-first into film at Western Carolina University and has since gained an invaluable experience in the industry. He’s since remained focused on the art of photography, the chaotic world of filmmaking, and the harmonious path of music.

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Allyson Burke

Multimedia Design Studio

After receiving BFAs in Painting and Fibers from Savannah College of Art and Design, Allyson Burke started working for her alma mater in the exhibitions department. As an art preparator there she studied and practiced contemporary art handling and museum standard conservation while working with noted artists such as Jane Alexander, Trenton Doyle Handcock, Kiki Smith, Ju-Yeon Kim and many more. She recently moved to Charlotte North Carolina and works for the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art as the Collections Associate. For the past 9 years she has been an operational freelance artist completing murals and smaller works for restaurants, fitness facilities, libraries, private homes, and courthouses. Her own works, specifically The Wrestlers, focus on manipulating gender stereotypes and the masks humanity either chooses to wear or feels forced to bear. Her cows are more of a self-portraiture series in that they exist in places Allyson has either dreamt, traveled, or are emotions she has felt. They evoke relatable human experiences and feelings. She views repeat patterns as a fine art form and attempts to avoid design tips/rules when creating them. Her use of color and quirky perspective are the identifying factors that make her work so inimitable.

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Nicole Driscoll

Digital Photography & Video Studio

Nicole Driscoll is a quirky and offbeat filmmaker from Boston, Massachusetts. After moving to Charlotte in 2005, Nicole found a passion for telling stories of insecurities through humor. Nicole attended The Art Institute of Charlotte, graduating with a BA in Digital Filmmaking in 2011. Since then, Driscoll’s films have played in local and national film festivals. Nicole is working currently as a freelance videographer/editor in and around Charlotte.

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Amy Herman

Digital Photography & Video Studio

Amy Herman is a photographic artist born in Detroit, Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from Michigan State University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. She currently lives and works in Charlotte. Amy’s work has been exhibited in international galleries and museums. Herman’s work can be found in several prominent permanent collections including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts.

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Lisa Holder

Digital Photography & Video Studio

Lisa Holder is an artist living in Charlotte, NC. She graduated with a BFA from The University of Colorado, Boulder and an MFA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been teaching photography at Myers Park High School since 2003 and is IB and National Board certified. Lisa was an Art Teacher in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art, and has taught Photography for them, as well as The Light Factory, UNCC, and CPCC. She enjoys cooking, live music, and hiking and camping with her family.

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Emily Pfahl

Multimedia Design Studio

Emily Pfahl is a classic example of Graphic Designer meets Book Artist. She delves into many mediums to create her work. She makes books, movies, photographs, screen prints, and photomontages with found images, as well as personal travel photographs. She was born and raised in Charlotte, NC where she attended Northwest School of the Arts. As a student at NWSA she traveled to Spirit Square to take art classes. Following graduation, she ventured to NC State University where she received her BA in Graphic Design. While living in Raleigh, she had the opportunity to travel abroad to Florence, Italy to study at Studio Arts Center International (SACI). This is where she was introduced to Screen Printing and Book Arts. She fell in love with both processes; she even loves to mix the two. After returning from Italy she looked for a school that offered these mediums, and found The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There she received her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking. When she is not making art she is working on her graphic eye, as Graphic Design is a huge passion. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passions with the students at Studio 345, in the same building as her first Graphic Design class, and as a teacher she hopes to open the eyes of students to the vast possibilities of digital and traditional ways of making artwork.

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Herman Nicholson

Digital Photography & Video Studio/Multimedia Design Studio

Herman Nicholson is a photographic artist who was born in Midland, North Carolina and educated at Savannah College of Art & Design (BFA, 2006) and Columbia College Chicago (MFA, 2009). He recently moved back to the Charlotte, NC area after a four year stay in London UK where he worked as a commercial and fine art photographer. His work has been extensively exhibited and published both in the USA and internationally, including at The National Portrait Gallery in London, Ring Cube Gallery in Tokyo, and the Umbrella Arts Gallery in New York.

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Jerrard Polk

Multimedia Design Studio

Jerrard K. Polk is an Artist, Illustrator and Author of the upcoming book “Welcome Home Pops – The Story of Louis Armstrong,” a picture book biography. Jerrard has been drawing all of his life. He holds a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Charlotte. He has a love for design and a passion for illustration, especially drawing caricatures. Since 1997, he has drawn thousands of people at malls, parties and corporate events in North Carolina, South Carolina and Bermuda. As owner of POLKFUN.COM, he became an entrepreneur at age 16. In recent years he has delved into the fields of film editing and animation, a venture which he enjoys sharing with others.

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Eddie Schneider

Digital Media Arts Studio

Eddie Schneider is a visual artist as well as a musician. He is based out of Charlotte, NC. He went to Appalachian State University where he earned a BFA in Painting and Fibers. Soon thereafter, he abandoned painting to focus mainly on music. Since then, he has made a lot of music for odd projects and various bands in the area. Although interested in the zeitgeist, Eddie has a hearty distaste for Tumblr, and he doesn't totally understand Twitter.

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Nicole Shaver

Multimedia Design Studio

Nicole Shaver is a painter and printmaker from Port Washington, WI. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art, during which her work was exhibited nationwide, including Sarah Moody Gallery of Art and Yellow Bear Gallery. She has participated in several national print portfolios including the Veteran Print Project and Coming Home Print Exchange. She has recently relocated to the Charlotte area.

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Chris Thomas

Digital Media Arts Studio

Chris Thomas is a multimedia artist and musician from Davidson, North Carolina. He uses tactics that depart from commercial/narrative filmmaking. His initial work was facilitated with little more than 16mm film-stock in spring-loaded cameras. Chris received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Afterward, he worked with directors to assist in the production of the HBO series,  The Neistat Brothers in New York City. He went on to work for the Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization The Buckminster Fuller Institute. Now living in Charlotte, Chris works as a freelance artist and audio engineer. He performs and produces music with multiple bands and enjoys bike riding.

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