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Manning Williams

Oyster Roast, 1985-86, by Manning Williams (American, 1939–2012). Oil on canvas, 71 ¼ x 142 ½. Collection of the Charleston County Aviation Authority.© Image Courtesy of the Williams Living Trust.

Manning Williams’s paintings are rooted in the history, traditions, and terrain of the South Carolina Lowcountry. A Charleston native and lifelong resident, Williams (American, 1939—2012) earned degrees from the College of Charleston and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His highly personal approach to realist painting emphasized storytelling and was fueled by an interest in portraying subjects that he found on the periphery of the city and along the barrier islands. Western subjects also commanded Williams’s attention, and during the later years of his career his concern with narrative was expressed in a more abstract style.

Williams’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with solo shows in Charleston, New Orleans, Washington, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Art and the Greenville Museum of Art.






Cardboard circle 3.5 in" wide

Glue (hot glue works best)

Dowel (or pencil)


Print the template

Cut out the template

Fold the template pieces in half and glue the together

Cut out the white strips in between the black rectangles

Draw a sequence of 10 images, 1 in each section of the white layer

Glue the templates to the cardboard circle, with the black on top and the white on the bottom, and the drawings should face inward.

Insert dowel into the center of the cardboard circle, glue if necessary.



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