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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A Firm Foundation in Watercolor with Elly Hobgood, GWS

October 18, 19 & 20, 2018


This 3-day popular, comprehensive and successful class is designed for adults who want to the learn the basics and for those with experience who want to get better results and expand their knowledge about painting - in a comfortable, non-competitive atmosphere. This is a no-intimidation zone!


Through a series of simple, but fun paintings and exercises, you’ll learn how to get the most for your money and avoid wasting money on supplies. You will gain skill in brushwork, color and value, pigment behavior and personality, mixing color, washes and all sorts of resources. Texture techniques, composition & design, perspective, planning a painting and handling different subject matter are among the many concepts included. 


No experience in drawing (or watercolor) is necessary – really! 


Cost: $285 Total Class Fee (Supplies not included)

A supply list will be provided.





Find Your Hand Lettering Style Workshop

by Madison Beaulieu

Dates: TBA

Cost: $45 and $20 supply fee paid directly to instructor



In this fun and interactive workshop, students will explore several styles and techniques for hand lettering before creating a personal lettering guide for future work. We will spend time discussing the basic structure of type, tools, type psychology, layout, composition, and how to effectively use type in your work. 

Students will leave class with the skills to plan and outline hand lettering projects, a collection of pens, papers and tools curated by Madison. Students will also leave with a workbook chock full of resources for cultivating their hand lettering practice.

Materials Fee: $20: Unique lettering tools will be provided and are yours to take home and practice!

Madison's Bio:

Madison Beaulieu is an illustrator and graphic designer with a background in content creation and marketing. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Art Marketing, Madison took on a variety of roles with local agencies and nonprofits before diving into her freelance career. She and her husband Dusty run a design shop for nonprofits and purpose driven brands called Mad & Dusty. Along with creative direction and styling, Madison creates lettering, screen prints, and encouraging hand lettered circle paintings. Find her work in shops across the southeast. She lives, works and learns new things in Woodstock, GA with Dusty and their dog, Murphy Blueberry. 


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Abstract Painting Workshop

by Juanita Bellavance

More dates coming soon!


Watercolor Workshop by Dylan Pierce

2018 Dates and info coming soon!







SUMMER COURSE: Shadows and Light, Adult Drawing (Beginner to Advanced)

by John Horne

Tuesdays 11AM - 1PM - Cost $100 for 4 weeks

Class Schedule: 

- August 7, 14, 21, 28 

Treat yourself to a fun class & learn to 'sculpt' with pencils & 'paint' with charcoal, in a class geared to multiple levels, beginners through advanced. Learn the "8 essentials To Good Art" & discover a world of exciting, dynamic, drawing. This class will focus on: light, white shadows, composition, perspective, structure, value, construction, proportion, mixed media & more and presented in a progressive format, each session builds on the last so you can join anytime! Initially students will draw from either instructor -or- student provided photographs (Portrait, Model, Architectural, Landscape) using a wide variety of media. This is your time to express yourself while focusing on creating 3 & 4 dimensional drawings while you rediscover the dynamics of drawing. Work in black/white & color. A group critique will be incorporated into each class.



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 - Intro to Clay Sculpture - Part I

Instrutor: Julie Bradley Nunn

Cost: $100 + $25 supply fee/person

Fridays 12:30PM - 2:30

4 week course - Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28


 - Intro to Clay Sculpture - Part II

Instrutor: Julie Bradley Nunn

Cost: $100/person

Fridays 12:30PM - 2:30

4 week course - Dates: November 2, 9, 16, 30 (NO CLASS Nov. 23)


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.

 ***Must be available for both months of Part I & Part II.***

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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

Class Dates: - August 8, 15, 22, 29 (4 weeks) ***UPDATED DATES***

                     - September 5, 12, 19, 26 (4 weeks)

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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GARY CURTIS Watercolor Class:


 Wednesday, August 15 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


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

Class Dates: August 7, 14, 21, 28 (Tuesdays)

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 Back August 15

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


 Class Dates - September Session: 6, 13, 20, 27

- October Session: 4, 11, 18, 25

$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




FALL Class Schedule:

***IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to a staff shortage, we are having to cancel the August evening Teen Drawing class.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope that you'd sign up for the September session.***


- September 1, 8, 15 & 29 (NO Class on 9/22)

(Regular Schedule of Saturday 12:45-2:45 pm)


$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

Class Dates:

 - September 6, 13, 20, 27

- October 4, 11, 18, 25


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! 


Beginners CourseTuesays at 11am - 12:30pm

Dates: TBA

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) 


Intermediate Course: Tuesdays at 12:30 - 2pm

Dates: Starts TBA

This class is designed for the writer who has already begun the memoir writing process and is ready to work on the concrete skills of effective story telling.