Studio 345 Summer Program

The Studio 345 Summer Program allows for rising 8th – 12th grade students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg to gain relevant arts-infused knowledge from our team of professional teaching artists and community partners.

Unlike our academic year program, the Summer Program is a series of six week artistic projects that are being created for organizations throughout the community. Students will get hands-on experience while also being exposed to all aspects of project management – from planning and research to production and execution of the project.

Who can participate?

The Summer Program is available to any rising 8th – 12th grade student. *Registration is closed.

What are the dates and times?

The 2017 summer program runs Monday through Thursday the following weeks:

  • June 19-22, 9 am – 1 pm
  • June 26-29, 9 am – 1 pm
  • July 10-13, 9 am – 1 pm
  • July 17-20, 9 am – 1 pm
  • July 24-27, 9 am – 1 pm
  • July 31 – August 3rd, 9 am – 1 pm

Students should plan to attend all six weeks of the program, if possible. Projects will span the whole six weeks. Priority will be given to student who can attend all six weeks.

Why should students participate this summer?

  • Why not?
  • The program is free!* We’ll even provide bus passes for transportation via CATS system. Light breakfast snack and lunch will be available each day.
  • Where else will you get the opportunity to work side-by-side with talented artists creating projects that will make a difference?

*$135.00 per week for students residing outside of Mecklenburg County.

Where does the program take place?

Studio 345
Spirit Square
345 North College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Registration is closed.

Course Descriptions

Rising 8th – 9th grade students will participate in the following Studio 345 classes, providing an overview of the academic year program. 

Music & Podcasting

Studio 345 summer participants will be introduced the fundamentals of singing and songwriting. With the help of teaching artists and complimentary state-of-the-art technology, these young creative artists will learn how to transform ideas into original songs using Garageband. The podcasting portion of the summer program is designed to provide students an audio outlet to express their views on music through the medium of podcasting. We’ll discuss topics that relate to their craft.

Photo & Film

Over the summer, participants will be introduced to the art of photography and filmmaking. The studio will divide the six week program teaching photography the first three weeks culminating with film lessons. Using Canon DSLRs for both lessons students will learn techniques that include studio and natural lighting, set placement, and stop motion photography. Students will also recreate their favorite movie scenes as their final project. Come join us in learning the magic behind the lens.

Community Project

Students will help maintain the First Ward Creative Arts Academy Sense and Science Garden over the summer.

Rising 10th – 12th grade students will learn project management and digital media arts skills while completing community-based projects.

Graphic Design

Participants will learn how to use state-of-the-art design programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator on supplied Apple MacBook Pro computers. Students need no prior experience in computer-based design programs, only a desire to learn and be creative. Instructors will walk them through the basics of graphic design and train them in how to use some of the key components of the Adobe Creative Suite to create dynamic informational graphics focused on youth mental health and support.

Mixed Media/Screen Printing

This summer join us in boosting our community’s knowledge of our environment. Our ecosystem is a delicate system, we need to do our best to preserve our land, and do as little harm as possible. Working with the nurseries and gardens around Charlotte, we will create informative and inspirational works of art to share with the community. Through screen prints and a mural at Spirit Square we hope to spread the knowledge of the dangers of some plants, as well as the benefits of others.

Studio News

Hot off the press! Seeking students to participate in Studio 345 newest endeavor – Studio News. Seeking Graphic Designers, Photographers, Writers, Illustrators, anyone interested in being a part of our publication. We will take thoughts, views, ideas, and transform them into a tangible view of what goes on at Studio 345. Learning about the world of Book Art/Zine art we will take a creative approach to the yearbook. We will make a limited edition of booklets, with all of the original content we create to share the amazing things that we do.


Photographs are more than just snapshots. When taken the right way, they become dramatic personal statements with the power to last forever. They can transport you to distant landscapes, capture fleeting emotions, recall cherished memories, reveal the beauty of daily life, and even change the world. This summer students will be working with the Levine Museum of the New South on a photographic project about the progress of civil rights. Students will learn studio lighting, photo and video editing, and camera techniques that will advance their skills as an artist. Taking students out into the street, this course is a chance to learn, in a way anyone can grasp, the basic insights and hidden secrets of photography.


Filmmaking is a powerful way to tell a story.  This summer, students will team up to shoot a narrative film to submit to the 100 Words Film Festival. Students will create a script, shoot the film with Canon DSLRs, and use industry-standard software to complete a dynamistic story. The film must be scripted using exactly and only 100 words. To learn more about the festival visit

Podcasting & Music

Are you a victim of being stereotype? Or do you stereotype peers, neighbors or groups you encounter daily. Stereotypes are a generalization, usually exaggerated or oversimplified, used to describe or distinguish a group. This class utilizes podcasting, spoken word and music to bring together a multitude of media’s creating a powerful and relevant conversation covering the topic of stereotypes. Using Garageband and FL Studio, students will be introduced to recording, editing, and producing soundscapes, as well as producing an original podcast from start to finish.

For more information contact

Janice Tucker, Advocacy & Engagement Coordinator, Studio 345, 704-247-2386 or

Angela Grauel, Program Coordinator, Studio 345, 704-247-2386 or email