SOA Visual Artists

SOA Visual Artists


Hello Art Students! The VFW Patriotic Art contest deadline is March 31, 2020. We would love to have entries from School of the Arts! Find the entry form here and contact us ([email protected]) with any questions!
SOA Class of 2026 ~ Charleston has been created for any parents/caregivers who have a rising 6th grader planning on attending School of the Arts! Please join & share 😊
My new series of watercolors with gold leaf is officially available for viewing and purchase, as are my much anticipated hand made valentines!!! Please visit the Orange Spot to see my work, based on aerial landscapes and wabi-sabi: the embracing and acceptance of the imperfect and impermanence. 💖

*all works are framed and range in price from $5 to $75. PM me for more details, and show some love! XO
To all High School Visual Art parents:
The Showcase for March 28, 2018 at 4:30 has been rescheduled due to an unexpected scheduling conflict. SOA will be hosting a Regional Band event that will take over the lobby of the Theater until 7pm on the night of our event.
New Date and Time: May 1, 2018 @4:30
Tanosha Jenkins(VABC Treasurer)

We are the VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT at Charleston County School of the Arts. We hope to keep you infor Visit our website at:

Charleston County School of the Arts (SOA) offers students rich and intensive instruction in eight art majors in a unique sixth through twelfth grade setting. Students may apply and audition for two areas, and once accepted into a major, spend one-fouth of their day with dynamic teachers in that art area. This page is designed to connect the community of families and students within the Visual Art

Operating as usual

Photos from CCSD Fine Arts Office's post 11/09/2022
Photos from SOA Visual Artists's post 10/27/2022

Thank you parents for coming out tonight and attending our Fall Fine Arts Exhibition.
Ms. Cimballa’s 10th and 11th grade visual arts students, really worked hard to demonstrate their technical skills using anatomy as their subject matter. They also learned a new media…colored pencils!

Also a big thank you to the 11th grade AP candidates who were on hand to answer questions about AP and show their work.


Congratulations Amelia!


Several of our High School Visual arts students won awards in Charleston Artist Guild's annual Senior Art Show. The quantity of winners from SOA is numerous, so I'm going to ask you to select the link and scroll through. Charleston Artist Guild awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship money to each major winner. The award winning student work is amazing, and the nurturing of future artists by CAG has us awestruck. Please make sure to support this group when you make art purchases.


Congratulations are in order for 7th grade Visual Arts major Quinn Powell. She created the winning design for the 2022 Charleston Youth Marathon T-shirt! 7th grade Visual Arts majors Susan D**g came in second place, and Brooklyn Kleinschmidt came in third. Way to go!


SOA Visual Arts Majors have had an amazing December! We'll start with a shoutout to sixth grader Fenya Connor and 7th Grader Violet Messenger. They took First (Fenya) and Second (Violet) place in the South Eastern Wildlife Exposition Youth Photography Competition (2022). Way to go!


All of SOA's award winning artwork from the 2021 Coastal Carolina Fair is currently on display in the administration hallway (where the front office is). We will move a significant portion of it to the RMMT on December 6th for the Taste of SOA event. We hope to see you there!


We are hosting Auditions for Grades 8-12 on March 20th and 21st. I've outlined the times below. This year we need help checking students in outside in the hall before they enter the studio space for the drawing test. Please let me know if you're able to offer some of your time, and thank you all in advance for being involved in our program.

Friday March 20th 4:30-5:30
Saturday March 21st 10:00 and 12:00

Please let us know ASAP if you can volunteer for any shift! Email Ms. Cimballa at:

[email protected]


Just a quick peek at some of the amazing art experiences our students are having at SOA.

10th Grade Visual Artists experience Timed Figure Drawing using live models!


Stop by Park Circle this holiday season and see the gorgeous ornaments the VA kids created for our sponsor tree! Coastal themed hand drawn bulbs. We are tree #65


More amazing artwork from our VA students!


Just a few pieces of art that were submitted for this years Coastal Carolina Fair. All were created by SOA 8-12 grade Va students. Be sure and stop by the Arts and Crafts exhibits when you’re at the fair!


Can you spare an hour or two to help mount & frame prints of our students’ awesome work?

SOA has been nominated for a Palmetto Gold Award and we want to show off their amazing talent to the judges!

Come ANYTIME during school hours this week or next week. Ms. Richardson and Ms. Cimballa will show you what to do. Super easy, no experience needed!

Contact either one of our teachers and let them know you can help.

[email protected]

[email protected]


A quick peek at the awesome artwork your students have been working on!


Fall is here! VA students have been drawing/sketching beautiful fall centerpieces created by our amazing teachers. Ask you child if you can see their sketchbook.


VA HS students had their first day in the ceramic studio on Monday. They created hand built mugs while learning basic fundamentals about working with clay. It was a great day!


SOA VA art teachers are in need of “room parents”!

Ideally, each grade needs a parent(s) that can come in and help the teachers with various jobs. Jobs might include organizing art supplies/closets, mounting artwork, assisting in contest admissions, etc. This is a very part time position, and any help would be greatly appreciated!

Please contact the teachers directly, if you can help out in the art department.

Anne Cimballa
[email protected]

Barb Richardson [email protected]

Thanks so much!


Canceled due to Mandatory Evac. Will reschedule as soon as kids are back in school.

September 3rd (High School) &/or September 4th (Middle School) will be our next BOOSTER Club meeting!

We will be having the meeting both nights to assure the 8th grade VA parents and High School VA parents have an opportunity to attend.

Stop in the ceramics department after you visit your child’s ART teacher and see what is planned for the year!

Also get a sneak peek at all the upcoming classes and workshops we will be offering the students AND their families!!!

Light refreshments will be served.



Woo Hoo! We have a winner!

Shimmikka Brave

I’m sending you an email and your child can pick up the basket of art supplies in her art class on Tuesday!



Ceramic studio is almost ready for students! We are so lucky to have such a beautiful space at SOA!


Our wonderful art teachers are in a local art show! Hopefully you can pop in and support them!


Stop by the HSVA registration desk and enter for a chance at our art bag full of supplies!


Timeline Photos


Thank you to all the students and their families who came out to the HS VA Mixer on Friday night. It was so great to chat, meet, create and enjoy our time together. The HSVA Booster Club will be organizing more outings and activities, to engage the kids, teachers and our SOA families.


A “quick peek” into the HSVA department this morning.


Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

This year, SOA is beyond thrilled to announce the winner for office of our representative, Joe Cunningham, is 10th grade Visual Arts major Enrique Boyd.

Enrique received a phone call from Mr Cunningham, personally, who told Enrique that his artwork was amazing, but the story behind his piece was what held his attention and he can't wait to meet Enrique in D.C.!

Please join us in celebrating Enrique's accomplishment. His award winning drawing, done in colored pencil and graphite, is attached.

Have a great weekend!

Anne and Barb


Our students artwork was recently featured at the North Charleston Youth Art Exhibit!


Visual ARTS Department still has Earth Day shirts for sale!

Stop by The Art Place Studio, in Mount Pleasant and purchase a shirt for just $10!

Earth Day is this Monday and you will look so awesome wearing one of our student designed shirts.

Plus, all proceeds go to the VA Booster Club which is also awesome!

Be a shirt!


Here’s a big shout out for a fun night at the Spring Showcase. Thank you to the wonderful art teachers for creating such a welcoming and impressive display at the hallway and in the classrooms. Thank you to the students that worked so hard on all the beautiful artwork. Thank you to the kids that sold shirts, painted faces and henna or sold their artwork. Thank you to the parents who stopped by and purchased for the booster club. Finally, thank you to the parents that volunteered your time and energy to make tonight such a success.


Don’t forget to purchase your 2019 Earth Day shirts from the VA department!

They are just $20 and the proceeds will benefit the art department!


Please note! High School Visual Arts will exhibit April 17 (not April 4 &5) during the SOA Spring Showcase


Save the date.....


Self Portraits from 9th grade students. The kids usEd mirrors and the media of their choice.

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