Newberry Arts Center

The Newberry Arts Center was established in 2014 and is operated by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. In less than a year a solid arts program was established that includes programs for all ages. The mission of the Newberry Arts Center (NAC) and Newberry Arts Program is to provide quality arts experiences to all interested citizens and increase support for working artists while creating appreciative current and future art patrons by involving the diverse population and fostering local economic growth while enhancing the quality of life for all residents. The NAC also established and hosted the first ever South Carolina Clay Conference, an annual conference for clay enthusiasts held in Newberry each year.



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FALL Painting Parties for All Skills!

These one night parties are a fun way to experience art for a few hours with friends over drinks.

Fall Painting Party Dates– Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 6, Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 2, Nov. 13

Parties begin at 6pm and are $25 per person. All materials are provided, but please bring a drink or snack of your choosing. To view the subject matter for the painting party click on the party date.

After School Pottery and Art


Students will work in clay as well as experience some other art forms. All materials for projects are included in the class fee.

Fall Semester- Tuesdays 9/26/17- 11/28/17 3:15pm-4:30pm

* City Residents- $175.00 or 3 payments of $60.00


$185.00 or 3 payments of $63.25

Watercolor for All Levels– FALL Sessions

6 weeks with Anne Hightower-Patterson White (for adults ages 16+)

Each session is for anyone beginner through advanced.

Fall Session I—10am-1pm Tuesdays, 9/19, 26, 10/3, 17, 24, 11/7, 2017

Fall Session II—10am-1pm Tuesdays, 11/14/17-12/19/17 $180 fee* - students must provide their own materials, however some materials are included in the class fee.

Oil Painting for All Levels– FALL Sessions

6 weeks with Marjorie Huwa (for adults ages 16+)

Each session is open to multilevel abilities. Class will cover mixing oils, color theory, and basic principles of art.

Fall Session I—10am-1pm Wednesdays, 9/20/17-10/25/17

Fall Session II—10am-1pm Wednesdays, 11/1/17-12/6/17

$180 fee* - students must provide their own materials, however some materials are included in the class fee. 

Quilting Class– FALL Session

6 weeks with Sandy Shaffer (for adults ages 16+)

Students will complete 2 projects– a medium size quilt (37”x49”) and a tote bag. Students will learn to cut fabric with rotary cutter and mat, stitch layers of fabric and bind the quilt. Class will discuss how color plays a role in the finished quilt.

6:00pm-8:30pm Tuesdays, 9/19/17-10/24/17

$180 fee* - all materials for project #1 and some materials for project #2 are included in the class fee. 

Beginning-Intermediate Pottery– FALL Session

6 weeks with Paula Riddle (for adults ages 16+)

For students who want to try pottery or who haven’t worked with clay for a while and need a refresher course.

6:00pm-8:30pm Tuesdays, 9/19/17-10/24/17

$160 fee* - includes 25 lbs. clay, all firings, glazes and open studio time.

Intermediate-Advanced Pottery– FALL Session

6 weeks with Marquerite Palmer (for adults ages 16+)

For students who have completed one or two of the NAC Pottery courses, OR who have taken pottery recently from other studios. 6:00pm-8:30pm Thursdays, 9/14/17-10/19/17

$160 fee* - includes 25 lbs. clay, all firings, glazes and open studio time.


*City of Newberry Residents receive a $10 discount on course fee ONLY when City of Newberry Utility Bill is presented at registration

To download the registration form for any of these classes click the class name/title. Return the completed form with your payment to the City of Newberry Parks, Recreation, and Tourism office at 1323 College Street, Newberry, SC (cash or check only payment please). Questions? Call 803-321-1015.

All of our classes for adults, teens, and children are given by professional instructors. After School Art programs are offered for the Fall & Spring semesters. We also host 6-week courses for adults in oil painting, watercolor, and pottery in Spring & Fall. Meet our instructors below:

Oil Painting Instructor Marjorie Huwa Watercolor Instructor Anne Hightower-Patterson White

Pottery Instructor Paula Riddle

 Pottery and Teen Instructor Marquerite Palmer


All classes and workshops must meet a requirement for a minimum number of participants. Be sure to register early to ensure that the class of your choice will run as scheduled. Refunds and make up classes will not be provided due to student illness, unexpected travel, or reasons not the responsibility of the faculty or NAC. Students ages 16 and 17 may take adult level classes with parental permission.  Use of studios solely for commercial production work is not permitted. NAC reserves the right to refuse enrollment to individuals with a history of unacceptable behavior.