Art

face jugs

Face jugs attributed to a slave potter in Edgefield, South Carolina, about 1850. Courtesy of Encyclopedia Smithsonian.

Learn about art styles and folk art that have been popular in South Carolina.

Be sure to also check out the South Carolina Artists page for more about painters, folk artists, and other artists.

Interact with Art!

Ever wanted to be an artist? Now you can try your hand at many different kinds of art styles. You can also learn about many South Carolina artists throughout history.

Artopia

Art

Be an art critic, make art, meet South Carolina artists, and watch videos about several different media. You can discover more about theater, sculpture, dance, music, painting, and media arts.

Digital Traditions

Baskets

See South Carolina folk traditions like quilting, pottery, basketry, communal foodways, and folk music through audio, video, and photography

Gibbes Museum of Art

Gibbes Museum of Art

Explore a signature work of art from the Gibbes Museum of Art collection. 

Just for Fun

  • The Charleston Story  
    Print out this book of activities and explore the many kinds of art made by Charleston artists!
  • Face Jugs
    Learn more about pottery that looks back at you.

South Carolina Art Styles

Learn about several art styles that have been popular in this state.

Basketry

Sweetgrass baskets have been made in Charleston and along the coast for more than 300 years. Slaves from West Africa brought this art with them and have passed the tradition on from generation to generation.

Pottery

Edgefield potter Stephen Ferrell
Edgefield potter Stephen Ferrell Courtesy of PRT.

The Edgefield region of South Carolina was known for making stoneware pottery. David Drake, or Dave the Potter, was a slave in the region who wrote poems on some of his works, despite it being illegal to teach slaves to read and write.

Home & Gardens

Discover South Carolina’s most famous architect, a topiary artist, and one of many beautiful gardens across the state.