Chatham Artists Guild Commitment to Education
The Guild is committed to providing educational activities and events that develop and enrich awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in Chatham County and beyond. We have a number of educational programs currently in progress. Please email us if you have questions about any of these programs.
Chatham County Student Art Show
Every year, generally for the month of December, the Guild collaborates with Chatham County Schools to put on the Student Art Exhibition. The exhibition showcases the work of student artists from K-12 programs across Chatham County. Year to year, and as the time approaches, information will appear in the Guild Newsletter, on social media, and on the Events page of the Guild website.
Chatham County 4-H Leatherworks Club
Working in partnership with the Chatham County Agricultural Extension and 4-H Programs, the Chatham County 4-H Leatherworks Club started in January, 2022. The Club teaches Chatham County youth aged 11 to 18 years the basics of leatherwork. Nine youth attended the first official meeting, but 13 to 15 are expected to participate in the first year. Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8pm. Currently meetings are held in the Agricultural Conference Center in Pittsboro. For more info or to join, phone or text Liz Mauney, 4-H coordinator for the club, at (919) 279-5843.
Calico Makers Market Art Activities Booth
CAG presents a hands-on art activities booth at the semiannual Calico Makers Markets. Activities are open to people of all ages, all materials are provided, and art media changes with each Makers Market. This year. we’ll have block-printing and weaving.
Chatham Artists Guild/Calico Makers Market Emerging Artist Program
Co-Sponsored by Calico Makers Market
Beginning in 2022, Chatham Artists Guild is partnering with Heather Washburn of Calico Makers Market to launch a new “Emerging Artists Program” for all eligible visual arts high school students in Chatham and Orange counties and Carrboro-Chapel Hill City Schools. The objective is to provide aspiring artists with hands-on experience interacting with the public and marketing, displaying, and selling their artwork as professional artists do. The program culminates with a free display space in the juried Emerging Artists Booth at the Calico Makers Market on Smith Level Road in Chapel Hill. The Market is hosted at the Calico Studios property, and showcases local artists and offers live music and art activities. Current information about upcoming Makers Markets can be found at Facebook @calicostudioNC or Instagram @calico_studio.
- Mentoring by a Chatham Artists Guild professional artist in the participant’s 2-D or 3-D area of interest.
- 10-Hour Service Requirement – 5 hours with CAG events and 5 hours at a Calico Makers Market (one weekend in the Spring or Fall). Hours may be recorded on the “LetServe” website (Orange County) or through the CAG (Chatham County).
- Free space in the juried Emerging Artists Booth at one of the 2022 Calico Makers Markets where artists set-up, exhibit and sell their work.
Student Application Requirements:
The Application is free and must be submitted to Calico by the deadlines announced early each year. Accepted applicants must volunteer at a Calico Makers Market in order to be eligible to exhibit at the next Makers Market. Further information can be found at Facebook @calicostudioNC or Instagram @calico_studio.
Applicants must first complete and submit the following documents to participate:
- Visual Arts Teacher Recommendation
- CAG/CMM Consent & Release Agreement
- Emerging Artists Program Application
How It Works:
CAG pairs each mentor with an individual student artist. NOTE: All in-person meetings with student must include more than one adult. When possible, use Zoom or Facetime instead. Once a CAG member is designated a mentor and assigned a student artist, the mentor will:
- Contact their student artist and attends a group Zoom “Welcome To the Emerging Artists Program” Q&A session.
- Support students in the program from start to finish (5 hour minimum).
- Provide advice and guidance. This might address art techniques, but is particularly focused on preparation, display, pricing and marketing of the student’s artwork.
- Advise student on works to submit for the juried Emerging Artists Booth at Calico Makers Market.
- Help student select work and submit forms to be entered in the annual December CAG Student Artists Exhibit.
- Encourage student to attend CAG events and participate in CAG’s Educational Outreach programs via email.
- Provides student with access to links, services and educational workshops offered on the CAG website.
Emerging Artists Service Hours Requirement:
These hours may also count towards the service hours needed for graduation in certain school districts and will be an asset on college applications and resumes.
- 5-hour minimum with CAG including time with the mentor and help with any CAG event.
- 5 -hour minimum at Calico Makers Market including working a shift at one of the bi-annual markets helping vendors set up or take down their tents, or working alongside Guild members in the Art Activities Tent.
Emerging Artists Booth at Calico Makers Market:
- To apply for space in the Emerging Artists Booth student must complete the 10-hour service requirement.
- Calico Makers Market is a juried event for all artists – including students in the Emerging Artist Program. All work submitted for consideration is judged by select members of Calico and the CAG for entry.
- If juried in, student receives free space in the booth to display and sell their work. The booth accommodates 4-5 artists and is outfitted with tables as needed
- All student work is sold through the CAG. At the end of the market, student sales are totaled and CAG issues individual checks to students, minus a 10% commission fee. Commissions are part of the “business” process of being a working artist, charged for work sold in almost all galleries, exhibitions, etc.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
If you have questions, please call Heather Washburn, Market Coordinator, at the Calico Office: (919) 537-9659.