Native son returns to mentor next generation of artists
Charles Williams, a professional artist who grew up in Georgetown, has now returned to help local students who are interested in art as a career.
He is offering selected students the opportunity to take part in the C.E. Williams Collaborative at Waccamaw Intermediate School with help from Christie Weaver, art teacher at the school.
Formerly an art teacher at Kensington Elementary School in Georgetown, Weaver was one of Williams’ influential teachers. Now she is learning from him.
“I taught him in second grade and now we are colleagues,” Weaver said. “Now I go to him for suggestions about techniques.”
This intense art program currently teaches about 25 Georgetown County middle and high school students about visual art mediums, including his specialties, watercolor and oil painting.
He also teaches them how to build a portfolio, how to talk to gallery owners and how to sell their artwork.
“A lot of it they would learn through experience, but I want to save them the hustle and bustle of it all,” Williams said.
“I want to provide them with the tools, and take them step by step so there are less bumps in the road as an artist.”
Williams came up with the idea when he served as an artist in residency at the four Waccamaw schools earlier this school year and last year.
“During my residency at the schools, I saw there wasn’t enough time to really get one-on-one with the students or to delve into the more technical aspects,” Williams said.
“I thought back to all the people who helped me in school and I decided to provide student artists with some of the opportunities I was given.”
Now that he is a full-time professional artist, he thought about how he got to this point — doing what he loves and making money.
“I felt like there was a missing link from public school to college, if going into art is what you are inspired to do,” Williams said.
Weaver said this new program is great for aspiring artists.
“I think it is absolutely wonderful that we have a class where students can literally build a portfolio,” Weaver said. “They also get a real fundamental background in drawing and painting on a college level. Charles has so much to offer the students that they can’t receive in a high school setting.”
Parents who are interested in having their children in the C.E. Williams Collaborative Program at Waccamaw Intermediate School can contact Weaver at the school at 843-237-7071, or send an e-mail to Williams at email@example.com or Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charles Williams is a professional contemporary realist painter and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga., with a bachelor’s degree in fine art.
From utilizing oils for the basis of landscapes, each painting captures his reflection of human emotions in response to and in sync with the natural environment.
Recent achievements and awards include a Hudson River Landscape Fellowship, featured work in the Artist’s Magazine’s 28th Annual Art Competition, honorable mention from Southwest Art Magazine’s 21 Emerging Under 31 competition, 2012 Winner of the Fine Art Category from Creative Quarterly and featured cover artist of Composite and Professional Artist Magazine.
Williams’ works have been shown in American Art Collector, Empty, Charleston Magazine, Grand Strand, Studio Visit, Bluecanvas and other national publications.
He was recently interviewed and broadcast on ETV/ NPR station on a program entitled “Nature Through the Eyes of an Artist.”
His contemporary landscapes have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in galleries in New York, Vermont, California, Georgia, South Carolina and others.
For more information, or to view Williams’ artwork, go to cewpaintings.com.
By Clayton Stairs
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