Every Wednesday, 5-9 p.m.
Creative Forces Open Studio
What We Do
The Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts hosts free, weekly art studio time for service members, veterans, and their loved ones. No prior art experience, equipment or commitment required. Come anytime on Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m. and create in a relaxed, social and creative environment. Each session is led by a local artist/mentor who has experience working with service members and their loved ones. Bring your own artwork or create with our supplies and learn new skills/techniques or collaborate on group projects.
Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the state and local arts agencies. This initiative serves the special needs of military patients and veterans with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, as well as their families and caregivers. Administrative support for the initiative is provided by Americans for the Arts.
Learn the basics of clay sculpture and the tools involved with basic clay techniques with artist, Robin Griswold-Ott!
The sessions are every Wednesday in August and September 4th, from 5-9 p.m. Participants are encouraged to be present for all sessions in order to experience the full benefits of Robin’s expertise and create a completed sculpture.
*The last session is after a month to two months during which all class sculptural pieces have dried completely and have been bisque fired to cone 05. Participants will learn to clean and glaze their sculpture which will be finished after firing their final piece to cone 6.
*The final date is TBD.
Who We Are
Creative Forces Liaison & Council for the Arts Executive Director
Noah has had a lifelong love of the Arts in all forms and has always longed for a career to utilize his combined skills in art, accounting, and community service. He believes It will take teamwork to achieve success because the Council belongs to the community! Noah has an open door policy and looks forward to input from the artists, our members, our Board of Directors, and the community at large to determine the best course of action to reach a successful outcome of building community through cultural arts.
For any who may be interested in connecting with Creative Forces please reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna K. Pasquale
Creative Forces Resident Artist
Anna K. Pasquale is a self-taught mixed-media artist and writer with a decade of experience in creating art and facilitating classes both in person and online. Her artwork ranges from figurative to abstract in mediums that can include acrylic paint, paper clay and, more recently, embroidery and pyrography. Nothing makes her happier as an artist than finding an intriguing combination of media and/or techniques to tell stories unless it’s helping other artists do the same in their own creations. As the Creative Forces Artist in Residence for the open studio sessions hosted by the Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts, she is able, and fortunate, to do this on a weekly basis.
In the Studio
A glimpse into the Open Studio
Acrylic Pour Workshop
Charlett Akerman exploring acrylic pouring taught by Creative Forces member, Lorraine Massey.
Anna Owens enjoying exploring watercolor techniques.
Illustration by Robert “Shrek” Harrell in ink and watercolor.
Found poetry on a painted background by military spouse, Nicki Padilla.
Working with the NC Arts Council
Member Bugsy Ackerson chatting with NC Arts Council’s Director of Operations & Arts Learning, Vicki Vitiello, at a recent site visit.
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826 New Bridge St. Jacksonville, NC 28540
Tuesday - Friday: 10am – 5pm
Weekends & Holidays: Closed