Nestled in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem is a building with a unique design. If you look at the roofline, you’ll see it almost appears as if someone has laid the hand saw of a giant on its back, with the teeth pointed towards the sky. Inside this building today, creative minds meld and learn in amazing ways. But when it was first built, the building housed creativity and ingenuity in a totally different manner.
Originally known as Shamrock Knitting Mills, the building was constructed in 1900 under the direction of John Wesley Hanes, and focused on the production of socks for men and boys. The very design of the building was forward-thinking as the roofline was more than just an aesthetic decision, but uniquely allowed natural light into the factory floors in the days before electric lighting. By 1914, the name of the mill was officially changed to Hanes Hosiery Mills.
Sawtooth Art Gallery
Today, you can visit the building, now called the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, at 251 North Spruce Street in Winston-Salem. When you visit, be sure to both browse and purchase artwork from local artists in the Gallery and Shop or to take a variety of classes in visual art. I’ll include just a few of the upcoming classes and workshops below to get you thinking about how you might tap into this gem of an organization that proudly represents the City of Arts and Innovation.
Classes are designed for all ages and skill levels, with instruction from passionate professional artists and craftsmen and small class sizes to ensure maximum learning and attention for each student. The School even offers art camps for youth during the summer months and workshops that run just a few hours and focus on creating a take-home piece of art! There truly is something for everyone at Sawtooth!
The first step is to consider what area you’d like to explore. Sawtooth offers classes in ceramics, drawing and painting, fibers, glass, metals, photo, printmaking, and wood crafting. Regular classes are usually one or two nights per week for a series of six to eight weeks. As I shared above, class sizes are kept small so that individual progress and attention are maximized, so check out the complete schedule and sign up early to ensure your place in upcoming courses.
The School also offers special access to studios and the photographic dark room for a separate fee. Call the School to get details on special access to work on your own designs and pieces outside of classes.
Taste of Art 1-Night Classes
Perhaps an ongoing course is a bit too much to dive into right now. If so, then the school’s Taste of Art series just might be a perfect fit! Taste of Art is designed to give you an intense, yet fun experience with a project that is completed in one afternoon or evening at the school.
Taste of Art Upcoming topics include:
- Silk Scarf Dyeing: Friday, June 2; 6-8pm
- Ceramic Iced Tea Tumbler Pair: Friday, June 9; 6-8:30pm
- Jewelry Making: Friday, July 7, 6-8pm
- Glass on Glass Mosaic: Friday, July 21, 6-8pm
- Acrylic Landscape Painting: Friday, September 8, 6-8pm
You can see more of theTaste of Art upcoming schedule and register here.
A Hidden Artistic Gem With Something for Everyone
The Sawtooth School for Visual Arts is a unique mainstay of the Winston-Salem building line. With a fun history and even more engaging ways to test out your artistic side, the school offers many ways to enhance living and expressing yourself as a part of the Winston-Salem community.
Winston-Salem is a city with so much to offer residents and visitors alike and Sawtooth is one experience not to be missed! When you are ready to buy or sell property in the Winston-Salem region, give me a call at 336-575-7249 and let’s discuss how I’ve helped clients over the past two decades to find the perfect fit for their needs and how we can work together to find you the perfect property for your needs.
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