CPCC Painting Students Visit McColl Center Artist Beverly McIver

Isaac Payne’s Painting II students had the opportunity to spend some time with McColl Center resident artist Beverly McIver recently. Ms. McIver welcomed the students into her McColl Center studio and discussed her work in detail during the visit.

Painting II students during a private studio visit with Beverley McIver, during her Residency at the McColl Center. Photo by Haris Vehabovic


Studio Visit : Painting I with Isaac Payne

Students working hard in Isaac Payne's Spring 2014 Painting I class.

Korky Yang completes her self-portrait as Gustave Courbet in Isaac Payne's Spring 2014 Painting I class.

Painting I investigates a number of introductory painting methods, materials and concepts. Drawing I (Art 131) and Design I (Art 121) are strongly recommended before registering for Painting I–students will get the most out of the class if they have this solid foundation to build on. If you have questions about the the Painting program at CPCC, please contact painting instructor Isaac Payne at Isaac.Payne@cpcc.edu

CPCC Ceramics Instructor Paula Smith at Lark and Key Gallery’s “Home Grown-Home Thrown”

Paula Smith, "White Fig Leaf Teapot with bird"

Paula Smith, CPCC full time ceramics instructor will be participating at a Lark and Key gallery function called “Home Grown-Home Thrown”, the theme is “dessert”, (Paula’s favorite subject). The gallery will have specialty local food vendors with samples of their desserts and coffees while myself, Jen Mecca, and Julie Wiggins will be demonstrating various ceramics building methods, (both hand building and throwing on the wheel).

All are invited:

Where: Lark and Key Gallery

128 East Park Ave. Charlotte, NC 28203 704-334-4616


When:  Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:30-9:30pm

Paula Smith at Lark and Key Gallery

Portfolio Day with Winthrop University, November 7, 2014 at 10AM

Great News!

The chair of Winthrop University will visit on Friday, November 7 at 10AM to review student portfolios.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • in-state tuition may be possible for CPCC students
  • scholarship opportunities are available
  • even if you haven’t considered Winthrop University, it’s a good opportunity to get feedback on your portfolio AND get more info about a good, local school.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • organize your portfolio:
    10-20 works, neatly presented; can be actual works or digital
    Choose work that show how you’ve met the objectives of the courses you’ve taken
    Choose your best work. Avoid incomplete projects, if possible.
    Be able to self-assess. Know your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Ask your instructor for help selecting, if needed.
  • sign up for a slot by contacting Carolyn.Jacobs@cpcc.edu or stopping by Overcash 152.
  • if you can be here on Nov. 7, but want your portfolio to be considered, make arrangements to leave it with Carolyn Jacobs.

If you’d like a digital copy of Carolyn’s Portfolio Workshop lecture, email Carolyn.Jacobs@cpcc.edu to request it.


Are you getting ready to transfer, and need some advice
on how to prepare your portfolio?


  • what to include
  • how to present
  • how many images
  • how to photograph your work
  • how to write an artist statement

OVERCASH 155 10-11:00AM

Sign up sheet for Preliminary Review on Overcash 152 (Carolyn Jacobs’ office door) or contact Carolyn.Jacobs@cpcc.edu to sign up).  

Study Art History and Painting in Italy with CPCC!

CPCC Art Department is headed to Rome! Florence! Sienna! Pisa!

Travel Dates:  May 20- June  2015

Application Deadline: January 23, 2015
(but we’d love to have you on board by the end of October!!)

Do you want to explore the art, food, landscape and culture of Italy? This program takes students to Florence and Rome, with other cities visited on day trips.  Participants are able to see some of the most renowned works of art in their original settings, explore the architecture and time period of their creation and explore their own creativity through drawing and painting.

Costs:   Projected Program Fees: $3800

What is included:

Roundtrip Airfare

  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Site-seeing and Cultural Activities

What is not included:

  • Passport Fees – visit the State Department website for information
  • CPCC registration (cost of painting materials included)
  • Some meals
  • Personal Incidentals and gifts

 Course:   Students will receive 3- 6 credits

Art 114 and/or Art 115: This program will give the student the opportunity to see works of art in person as we discuss them.  There are many works of art that should be viewed in their original setting, such as a church or a private home, which cannot be seen in a book.  This adds to the understanding of the works of art as well as the art period during which they were created. There will be pre-departure meetings.

Art 240, 241, 288: The studio portion of this study abroad program will immerse students in the rich tradition of drawing and painting first hand, with instructor demos on-site, museum visits, impromptu sketching, and plein air painting.  Most sketching sessions will be held in the morning, but students are encouraged to carry a sketchbook at all times.

Students must sign up for the appropriate course(s) when summer courses become available for registration in April 2015. 

Mary Kilburn  (Art History) mary.kilburn@cpcc.edu/Overcash 156
Carolyn Jacobs (Painting) carolyn.jacobs@cpcc.edu/Overcash 152

For more information: Contact the Instructor or the Global Learning Office at
Nadine Russell (nadine.russell@cpcc.edu ), 704-330-6167, or visit us in Overcash 303 Central Campus.

John Singer Sargent watercolor of gardens at Villa Borghese

Visual Arts Club Meets on First Fridays

Join the Visual Arts Club at 12:30pm on the first Friday of each month for regular club meetings, and look for special events, workshops and service opportunities to be posted here and in the ARTWing of the Overcash Building and the Center for ARTS Technology Building.

Contact club advisors Carolyn.Jacobs@cpcc.edu and Isaac.Payne@cpcc.edu for more information.

CPCC Painting Students Collaborate with Center City Partners

CPCC Drawing and Painting Faculty member Carolyn Jacobs is leading a collaborative Service Learning project with Center City Partners this semester. If you’ve made your way through the Art Wing of the Overcash Building on Central Campus, chances are you’ve been greeted by a dozen six foot tall Nutcrackers!  Jacobs’ Painting I class submitted around thirty designs to Center City Partners and eleven were selected to be painted. Students will earn Service Learning credit as well as a project grade. These eleven, which will be auctioned for charity, will go on display Friday, Dec. 6th at 7th Street Market, 5-9PM.  However, feel free to come by the Art Wing and see them in progress!!

Video Game NutcrackerVideo Game Nutcracker

Hipster NutcrackerHipster Nutcracker

Nutcrackers in progressNutcrackers in progress

In case you’re wondering about that 12th Nutcracker, we’re painting it for the Arts and Science Council—a very traditional looking Nutcracker—look for it on their Thanksgiving Day Parade float!!
Traditional Nutcracker