Classes & Workshops





To register for classes, please return the registration form and the release and waiver form (for students under 18) to the Cherokee Arts Center with a check made out to Cherokee Arts Center (94 North Street, Canton, GA  30114).  You can register in person with cash, check or credit-card, or you can call 770-704-6244 to register with a credit-card.  




*Registration for all Classes and Workshops should be at least one week in advance.  Classes start first week of the month and are billed on a 4 week cycle unless otherwise indicated.  Please check our Newsletter tab to see which classes are being offered each month.




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Abstract Painting Workshop

by Juanita Bellavance

More dates coming soon!



Watercolor Basics 2-Day Workshop by Dylan Pierce

February 23rd and 24th, 2018

Friday and Saturday at 10AM - 5PM

Total Cost: $200 ($50 non-refundable deposit to reserve a seat in the class)


We will pack into 2 days as much as we can about the basics of watercolor. This class is perfect for those who’ve never painted watercolor or have only played with it a little. There will be lots of demos and time for you to paint with one on one help. We will go over the fundamental techniques to teach you how to control watercolor,

such as...

  • gradual washes 

  • transparent layering

  • losing edges

  • matching wetness

  • wet into wet

  • dry into damp

  • complementary grays

  • negative painting 

  • and warm to cool color theory

  • juxtaposing colors

 We will paint a small, simple painting to incorporate all these techniques.


“For an additional $25, students may use supplies made available by the instructor.”


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 - Introduction to Clay Sculpture - Part I

Instrutor: Julie Bradley Nunn

Experience Level: All levels - ages 14+

$100 plus $25 supply fee

Fridays 12:30PM - 2:30

Starts Feb 2 - 23, 4 week course


 - Intro to Clay Sculpture - Part II

Instrutor: Julie Bradley Nunn


Fridays 12:30PM - 2:30

Starts April 6 - 27, 4 week course

Bring clay to life in the ways only you can imagine through sculptural objects. Explore form, scale, proportion, surface treatments and various sculpting techniques while quietly, listening to inspirational music. This class is a great opportunity to learn some basics for making clay sculptures and three-dimensional art which will ultimately enhance your clay making skills. Broken into two 4-week classes with a month in-between, you will experience sculpting from beginning to end. The first 4-week class will concentrate on the creation of your sculpture. The month in between the two classes will be spent slowly drying your piece, preparing it for firing. The second 4-week class will focus on firing, decoration and finishing. The $25 supply fee covers your clay and tool usage. A list of recommended additional supplies can be purchased off-site.

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Oil Painting from Photographs

 by Kristina Laurendi Havens

Ages 16+ years, All skill levels welcome

Wednesdays @11AM - 1:30PM - $125 for 4 weeks

Starts March 7


Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to join this class, which will focus on successfully developing the necessary skills to plan, compose, prepare, and execute an oil painting.

Kristina Laurendi Havens earned an MFA in Painting from Texas Christian University in 2001, and ever since she has been focusing on three aspects of her art career: developing her own work,  creating custom work for private and corporate clients, and teaching a wide variety of classes including Figure Drawing, Portrait Painting, and Oil Painting.

Kristina’s main focus when it comes to teaching is Problem Solving.  From the initial decision of what to paint, to selecting a surface, to understanding your palette and brushes, Kristina encourages her students to make conscientious and well informed decisions that will lead to successful paintings.

By working with each student individually and also providing frequent class demonstrations and brief lectures, Kristina’s goal is to help every artist utilize the necessary tools of drawing, color theory, and painting language to develop their skills.

A foundation of drawing is highly recommended for the class.  This will be an oil painting class only, no acrylic.  Subject matter is open to the student, but the instructor may guide the student on the best images to work from.

Only All Natural Orange paint thinner will be permitted.

A full supply list is available upon request.


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Exploring Painting through Watercolor

by Anita Huddlestun

Dates TBA 

Students will focus on uncovering one’s intention in creating an image, in order to focus, strengthen, and/or free the skills and energy we bring to its surface. We will use the medium of watercolor(s) and paper/rag, as an efficient medium to complete images that address individual needs in color collage, still life, landscape, portraiture, and other forms that empower and improve one's skill, process and movement through the work.  

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Meditation on Twin Hearts

Instructor: Melissa Oliver

Ages: 16+ years old

Every Tuesday at 6PM

Cost: A minimum donation of $10 per session

Meditation on Twin Hearts is a guided meditation blessing the earth with loving kindness, peace and
good will. In return, we reap the amazing benefits of inner harmony.

       Benefits include: Reduces stress/Increases peace, love and compassion/Improves physical health/Expands mental clarity/Enhances spirituality/Improves relationships.   

Come as you are - no mats or special attire required.

*Warning for participants, the meditation is not recommended for severe hypertension, those with severe heart ailments, patience with glaucoma, pregnant women, heavy smokers or those that are under 16 years of age.  If you have questions if this is right for you, please consult your facilitator prior to attending.*

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GARY CURTIS Watercolor Classes:


 Wednesdays, March 28 at 12:30PM - 4:30PM


Cost: $40 per student/per class


Beginners & Intermediate levels are welcome.


Students will learn how to control watercolor, which is commonly thought to be elusive with a mind of its own.  Whatever skill level you are at, you will see your work grow as you discover new directions in color & composition.  Through demonstrations, lecture, and individual critique you will experience a different approach to this provocative medium.








Potter's Wheel & Fun Handbuilding Class

Instructor: Barbara Murphy


Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:00PM  (4 week course)

Starts March 6

Age Groups: Teens 14+ years and Adults

Cost $100 + $25 Supply Fee

Beginners and Intermediate levels are welcome.  Limited Space so sign up now!


In this course you can learn the basics of both handbuilding and wheel pottery.  In handbuilding, you will learn about methods of forming clay such as slab, coil, and pinch pots.  In wheel, you will learn beginning throwing, how to wedge and center clay.  This will be a fun class where you can play with the clay to see what it can do.  



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Introduction to Weaving Class

Instructor: Jane Wimmer



Adults & Teens - $150 for 6 weeks with a $10 supply fee directly paid to the Instructor

Wednesdays @ 2:00 - 5:00PM,  Starts March 7

Limited Space! Register now!

This class provides an unusual focus on individual interests and learning.  The focus of this class for individual students will be either learning to dress a loom and work out a full project or learning on one of the looms already warped and looking more at variations in weaving.  




Basic Digital Photography Class

Instructor: Kim Bates



Thursdays - 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Due to a couple of Snow Days in January we've have to push the schedule back a week so the upcoming session will carry into the next month. 


March Session: Runs March 8, 15, 29 & April 5 (NO CLASS MARCH 22)

April Session: Runs April 12, 19, 26 & May 3

$90 for 4 week session


This is an eight hour photographic learning experience featuring a "Hands On" approach to helping students to understand basic photographic principles, composition, exposure, lighting, creativity in photographic art, and their own digital camera. The course is divided into four - two hour sessions and will include assignments to practice what has been taught in each lesson. The emphasis will be to get the camera off of "Auto" and explore the creative possibilities in the amazing world of Digital Photography.

Please bring your digital camera, camera manual, 4-6 recent photos printed or on your laptop and your creative mind.



Teen Drawing Class

Instructor: John Horne




Saturdays  -  12:35-2:30pm

Class Schedule:

 - March 3, 10, 17, 24

 - April: March 31, April 14, 21, 28 (*No Class 4/7 for Spring Break*)

 - May 5, 12, 19, 26

$90 for a 4 Week Course

Young artists of all levels are encouraged to explore various mediums with
hands - on demonstrations & examples by interactive instruction.

A progressive drawing class focused on teenage artists of all levels and an excellent choice for high school AP Studio & Portfolio Preparation students who need to develop their work, focus skills and are looking to experiment w/their portfolios. Highly recommended for junior and senior high school students. Students work in a project-based format to create 3 & 4 dimensional drawings! The basic tenets/principals of drawing and rendering are incorporated within the process & each project moves students further along in their development. Initially we work mostly from photos - theirs or instructor provided. Beginner to intermediate students draft outlines w/grids to better learn and create proportional perspective. We will work large (18x24), initially in graphite/charcoal (vine & compressed) to build a good understanding of value, then we move onto color.



Oil & Acrylic Painting Class

Instructor: Linda Maphet



Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Starts March 1 and April 5

Adults & Teens  (4 weeks)      

$100 for class lesson with $10 Supply Fee directly to the Instructor             

The great masters believed in the importance of drawing skills as the foundation for a good painting. Linda's class is a traditional approach to acrylics & oils painting beginning with improved drawing skills and continued personal guided instruction.  For the first couple of classes, students will start with the foundation in drawing so pencil and paper will be provided ($10 Supply Fee). 




Memoir Writing Class: I've Got a Story, You've Got a Story - Getting Yours Down on Paper

Instructor: Peggy Corbett


$85 for 5 week session - Looking for Students! 

Fridays at 11am - 12:30pm

Starts February 2 - March 2

This workshop will assit you as you craft your life story.  Over the course of 5 weeks you will identify those incidents that shaped your life, figure out the major themes of your life, mine your memory for moments that were life altering and stitch it all together in a compelling story for your children to enjoy for years to come.  Each week will include activities designed to spark your creativity and provide a focus for your writing between sessions.  Bring a bag lunch and enjoy fellowship of other writers who are plumbing the depths of lives well lived.

Materials needed: A composition book and/or a laptop (optional)