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Dayton Colie

Biography

Colie

- Fine Arts Department Chair  
- MMA, NBCT, AP Studio Art Certified, Mary Whyte Award Winner
- Started Teaching at R.B. Stall in 1999
- Teaches  AP Studio Art,  Art 1, Art 2, Art 3, Art 4,

Dayton Colie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatrical Design from the College of Charleston in 1996.  After graduating he developed his painting skills at the suggestion of a professor, and began selling prints of his work within a year.  He spent the three years between college and full time career living the life of an artist - selling and distributing copies of his paintings, freelancing for multiple groups such as The Have Nots, Jump Little Children, Piccolo Spoleto, and worked as an interior designer/event decorator for multiple clubs downtown.  He began a foray into the movie industry in 1998 while working on the TBS film C.S.S. Hunley.  The completion of the film brought multiple offers for employment on other projects across the country, but Mr. Colie preferred to stay in Charleston.   

Mr. Colie’s  career as a Visual Arts Teacher began in August of 1999 at R.B. Stall High School.  After a few years of teaching he  realized that in order to better teach students he had to grow (more) as an artist.  Seeing the value and trend of art being combined with technology, Mr. Colie decided to further his knowledge of Media Arts and enrolled in graduate school at the University of South Carolina in 2004.  After graduating in 2006 he piloted multiple courses on graphic design, film production, and electronic music production and recording.   His integration of digital media into the world of visual art education contributed to his winning of the Mary Whyte award in 2009.  He became a National Board Certified art teacher in 2010 after transitioning from the original site of the school to the state of the art facility that exists today.   Mr. Colie earned AP certification for Studio Art at the AP institute in 2011. This experience reminded him of the importance of creating a body of work that was unified by a centralized theme.  He felt that one of the best ways to get his students to create in this fashion was to do it as well.  Mr. Colie’s  first major show  took place in March of 2013 at the North Charleston City Gallery.   Band of Blue consisted of multiple watercolor portraits that celebrated the musical culture of R.B. Stall High School.  His next show Shared Circles will be on display in November 2019 at the Saul Alexander Gallery in downtown Charleston.   Mr. Colie’s artwork is in multiple private and public collections - including the permanent collection of the city of North Charleston.  He constantly strives to improve himself as both an artist and art educator so that he can provide the best possible level of art instruction to every student that enters his classroom.  As the Fine Arts Department Chair Mr. Colie has facilitated the growth of the department into the vibrant creative culture that exists at R.B. Stall High School today.  

Contact Information

Email: dayton_colie@charleston.k12.sc.us

Phone: (843)764-2200

Office Hours: Weekday Mornings 7:45a.m. - 8:15 a.m. and Thursday afternoons 3:30pm- 5:00pm

classes taught

- Art One
- Art Two
- Art Three (Honors)
- Art Four (Honors)
- AP Studio Art - 2D Design
- AP Studio Art - Drawing

favorite quote

Pablo Picasso "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." 
Henri Matisse "Creativity takes courage." 
Banksy "Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable." 
Bob Ross "Ever make mistakes in life?  Let's make them birds.  Yeah, they're birds now."
Pablo Picasso "Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."