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OUR PHILOSOPHIES

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We Are a Classroom Community

Our studio spaces and the time we spend together are an extension of the larger community outside of our doors.

Our varied age groups and abilities are work together in the studio classroom. We strive for our students to learn how to both be leaders and how to follow and receive guidance and inspiration from others. We believe in fostering communities where everyone can learn from each other. 

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We Believe in Upward Learning

Students should have a variety of experiences that come easily as well as those that require more thought, time, and perseverance in order to grow. We nurture and guide students, offering support when they need our assistance, and also encourage independent thinking and problem-solving. Our students are offered opportunities to explore new materials in interesting ways, a variety of 2D and 3D projects, and the art of other cultures. We encourage a positive, “can do” attitude and respect for self and for others every day.  We “teach up” so that students can grow and build self-esteem from their accomplishments. 

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We Encourage Art for Self-Expression

We believe that art making is important for self-expression. Art is more than just materials, skills, and techniques.  At TC Artworks, we believe as much in process as we do product. Through our projects, the environments we create, and the conversations we encourage, students also acquire an appreciation for the ideas and beliefs of a variety of other cultures and the power of their own ideas and choices. When a student learns how to communicate about the works of others, they can fortify their decision-making skills, and learn about their own unique ideas and perspectives. There is no “right” or “wrong” art-making outcome at TC Artworks.  

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A love for teaching art = rewarding experiences

“My first love is teaching art. Art has transformed my own life. I felt a calling to bring the fulfillment and self-empowerment of creativity into the lives of others. Beyond the traditional “art school” setting that is often rigid and strict, I knew there was a huge need for a nurturing, encouraging, and positive approach to artistic self-expression. I enjoy sharing my passion, knowledge and love of art with my students. Every day is a joy seeing the enthusiasm of my students.”  

– Tamara, Owner and Instructor, TC Artworks 

 

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Meet Tamara

Tamara Clary Clark received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an Art Education Certification from Meredith College.  She has attended numerous teaching workshops in Art Education, decorative finishing and business management.   

For several years she served as a K-12 art teacher for Wake County Public School, Mecklenburg County Public Schools, and Charlottesville City Public Schools. 

Tamara formed her company TC Artworks in 1995, and then in 2016 opened her studio location TC Artworks in Raleigh.  From 1995 – 2016 Tamara worked with thousands of clients creating beautiful decorative finishes on ceilings, walls, floors & cabinetry for commercial & residential properties. Tamara also transformed over 53 commercial spaces serving as a commercial interior designer & contract manager.  Her work was featured on Extreme Makeover TV Show, American Biker TV Show, seen in local newspapers and magazines.

During the past 21 years Tamara has also taught children and adults in numerous Art workshops and Art camps.  

Thousands of happy youth have enjoyed TC Artworks over the years. 

Meet Stephanie

Stephanie Shively earned a BFA in Photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina.
 
Stephanie’s artwork is fueled by her personal experiences as a woman, mother, and military spouse, which she transforms into a universal visual language through a variety of mediums including photography, printmaking, collage, books arts, and installation. 
 
She has ten years experience working with children and teens ages 5-18 as an art instructor and substitute teacher. For the last five years, she has taught photography and art appreciation at the University of South Carolina, Jefferson Community College, and Wake Tech Community College.
 
In 2016, Stephanie opened an art studio and gallery, Stitches and Pics, in New York, where she curated exhibitions and taught a variety of workshops and classes including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and fiber arts, to children, teens, and adults. After her husband transitioned out of the military in 2018, she closed Stitches and Pics, and relocated to North Carolina to be close to family.
 
Stephanie is so excited to join the TC Artworks team!  
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Meet Lu

Tamara Clary Clark received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an Art Education Certification from Meredith College.  She has attended numerous teaching workshops in Art Education, decorative finishing and business management.   

For several years she served as a K-12 art teacher for Wake County Public School, Mecklenburg County Public Schools, and Charlottesville City Public Schools. 

Tamara formed her company TC Artworks in 1995, and then in 2016 opened her studio location TC Artworks in Raleigh.  From 1995 – 2016 Tamara worked with thousands of clients creating beautiful decorative finishes on ceilings, walls, floors & cabinetry for commercial & residential properties. Tamara also transformed over 53 commercial spaces serving as a commercial interior designer & contract manager.  Her work was featured on Extreme Makeover TV Show, American Biker TV Show, seen in local newspapers and magazines.

During the past 21 years Tamara has also taught children and adults in numerous Art workshops and Art camps.  

Thousands of happy youth have enjoyed TC Artworks over the years.