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Pocosin Arts has something for everyone, no matter your experience level! Space is limited, so register now!

Scholarships available - call (252) 796-2787 or email info@pocosinarts.org to apply
Jan. 17 - Feb. 21
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Meets Weekly on Tuesdays
Jan. 19 - Feb. 23
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Meets Weekly on Thursdays
Friday, Feb. 10
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Metalsmithing: Jewelry and more

Pottery: Wheel throwing and Hand building

Try It Night: Pottery

Learn the fundamentals of metalsmithing with Mikayla Dennison! This class will teach you to use simple tools to make objects out of copper, brass, and more. These techniques can be used to make your own jewelry or small sculptures for yourself or as gifts. Students with some experience may work on their own projects in class.

Explore the possibilities of clay with Chrystal O’Boyle! Students will learn to use both the pottery wheel and hand-building to make cups, bowls, boxes, and more. Whether you have never worked with clay before, or you already have some experience, there is something for everyone!

Try your hand at pottery and perhaps find a new hobby, or just have a good time learning something new. If you think you might be interested in clay but don’t want to commit to a longer class, this is the class for you! Work from this event won’t be fired, so there’s no pressure to make something “perfect”. You can apply what you learn in a longer class if you get hooked!

Participants in this event must be 18 years or older.

Friday, Feb. 17
6:00 - 8:00 pm
April 25 - May 9
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Meets Weekly on tuesdays
May 4 - 18
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Meets Weekly on Thursdays

Try It Night: Silver Rings

Rings with Stone settings

Painting Animals in Watercolor

$65.00 including materials
$65.00 including all materials

This one-night class will let you try making custom jewelry, and you’ll leave with a silver ring for yourself or to give as a gift. You’ll try the basic tools of metalworking including sawing, filing, hammering, soldering, and polishing. If you like it and want to learn more, sign up for our three-week class in May!

Participants in this event must be 18 years or older.

Learn to make a silver ring, and take your creations to the next level by adding basic stone setting! You will explore different techniques and styles, and create one-of-a-kind rings that you didn’t know you could create. No previous experience needed!

Tyrrell County is full of inspiration for painting animals, whether it’s local wildlife or your own pets! In this class you will learn how to approach painting a realistic animal in watercolor, and explore techniques that can be used for other subjects. Students will complete several exercises to learn techniques, and as a final project they will create a painting from reference photos of their choosing.


Chrystal O'Boyle

Chrystal has had a lifelong love of the arts. Born and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Chrystal attended the School of Art at the University of Arkansas and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in art education. In 2018 she became a teaching artist at the Community Creative Center, instructing classes in ceramics, painting, and glass fusing. In the past year, she completed her post-baccalaureate at the University of Oklahoma studying ceramics. While in Oklahoma she also worked as a studio school instructor at Oklahoma Contemporary. When she isn’t in the studio she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Mikayla Dennison

Mikayla Dennison earned her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from Maine College of Art in 2020. Dennison also earned a BA in Expressive Arts from Burlington College in 2016, where she studied psychology, art therapy, and studio arts. While there, she focused on multimedia sculptural paintings and her fascinations in child development and human behavior. Now, making metal objects that facilitate unconventional human interaction, Mikayla is dedicated to an Expressive Craft practice that highlights aspects of identity and the human experience.