2022 Class/Events Calendar


2022 Cumming Arts Center Class Schedule
Kris Straukas   


Instructor: Kris Straukas

Private Drawing Lessons are available for the advanced beginner to advanced student, ages 13 years old to adult. Lessons are tailored to each student. 

Please Click Here to contact kris for complete private lesson information, questions, and registration payment form




Drawing Studio sessions will allow artists to work on their drawing projects with support of an instructor to help achieve their artistic goals.

One of the most difficult tasks artists complain about is scheduling a dedicated time to work on their art. Drawing Studio is the perfect opportunity to carve out some quality time, work among fellow artists, help inspire one another, and get the creative juices flowing!  The instructor will be available to help with composition, transferring, layout, studio tips and ‘tricks of the trade’, along with demonstrations of pencil techniques and different drawing products.

Artists will have the option of using their own photo references, or collaborate with the instructor and fellow artists to creating still-life set ups. Artists will bring their own drawing supplies, snacks and beverages,  and/or iPad/Tablet for photo references.  Drawing Studio is available for ages 13yrs thru adult. It is highly recommended to have completed a basic drawing class or mastered basic drawing skills prior to attending Drawing Studio.  Click Here for Kris’ Artist Bio.        

Cost: $20.00 Per Two Hour Session
Drawing Studio – Evening Sessions: Every Tuesday – 5:30PM to 7:30PM  –  FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT CLICK HERE
Drawing Studio – Evening Sessions: Every Wednesday Canceled until further notice – FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT  CLICK  HERE 



This class will teach you the basics in Encaustic painting. Learn how to melt the medium and keep it within a safe working temperature, tools required and safety precautions to get you started. Experiment with different materials to create an 8 x 8 collage. All materials are included. What is Encaustic Painting? The word “Encaustic” is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in”. Encaustic medium is made of natural Beeswax and Damar Resin (crystallized tree sap). The beeswax and resin is melted, pigment can be added, and applied in layers to a porous surface with brushes and other tools. Wax layers are then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer. Encaustic mediums and paints are a versatile, spontaneous medium. They can be re-melted to create different effects, layered in opaque or translucent layers, modeled, textured, scraped, sculpted, polished, or combined with a variety of materials to create collage works. Unlike other paints, encaustic is never wet or dry – it goes from a liquid to a solid state and back again in seconds, allowing additional layers to be added immediately.


Dates Available:
Friday, April 21st – 10AM to 3PM
Friday, May 12th – 10AM to 3PM
Cost: $145.00 – Materials included.



What is Amigurumi? Amigurumi is a Japanese term that refers to the beautiful and artful technique of crocheting stuffed whimsical animals, dolls and other 3-D objects.

This three-hour beginner class will provide instruction to learn basic Amigurumi stitches and create a baby bird key chain or baby Chick. Workshop will include pattern, with detailed instructions and pictures. It is recommended that students are familiar with the following basic crochet stitches: single crochet, slip stitch, chain stitch, double and triple crochet stitch.  

This class is perfect for Parent/Child class! Minimum age for children is 10 years old.


Time: 10AM to 1PM
Cost: $40.00 per person

For more information,  online registration and payment click Here.



Amigurumi Crochet Workshop – Belle the Bunny


What is Amigurumi? Amigurumi is a Japanese term that refers to the beautiful and artful technique of crocheting stuffed animals, dolls and other 3D objects.

This workshop is for the advanced beginner/intermediate level student that is familiar with basic Amigurumi and crochet stitches; the magic ring, single crochet stitch, slip stitch, the increase stitch and invisible decrease stitch. Kris will teach you how to crochet ‘in the round” using the Magic Ring and a series of increase and decrease stitches to create Belle the Bunny! Workshop will include pattern, with detailed instructions and pictures. If you are unable to finish your bunny during the workshop, there will be an opportunity to attend a free open studio session for any additional help needed.  Minimum age is 10 years old, but please note: This class is a bit more complex for children so it is highly recommended the Amigurmi Crochet for Beginners class is completed.

Material List: Click Here.

If you need to learn the basic Amigurumi stitches, Kris is holding a beginner workshop where you will learn how to make a baby bird keychain or baby chick.


TIME: 10AM to 3PM

COST: $55.00 per person

For more information,  online registration and payment click here.

Demonstration & Dialogue for the Beginner Oil Painter

Instructor – Ruby Bagby

Students will learn the very basics to start building their skills in this two-hour class. The instructor will cover topics from paints to palettes and beyond in this forum type class. Each student will walk away with a little more knowledge of the how and why of the exciting world of oil painting.  During the demonstration students are encouraged to ask questions. Please note that there will be a small amount of open, but clean chemicals during the demonstration.  

Date:  March 16th         Time:  11:00AM to 1:00PM       Cost: FREE 

Materials: Notepad and pen or laptop/tablet to take notes.  Instructor will have handouts available.



Instructor – Hal Schwab


Watercolor Painting Studio will allow beginning level students, to work on their painting projects with the support of an instructor to help achieve their artistic goals. One of the most common fears is the lack of control of the media and not being able to paint detail. A small, simple start along with constant practice will lead the student to achieve results in watercolor they never imagined!  Students will bring their own supplies, snacks and beverages, photo references or collaborate with the instructor and fellow artists to create still-life set ups. 

Watercolor Painting Studio is available for ages 18yrs thru adult.  Click Here for Recommended Material List.  Click Here for Hal’s Artist Bio.


DATES: Every Saturday & Wednesday (Unless Noted)                                                                                                                       

TIMES: Two Hour Sessions – Saturdays: 1:00PM to 3:00PM or 3:00PM to 5:00PM. Wednesdays: 3:00PM to 5:00PM                                   

COST: $30.00 Per Two Hour Session                                                                                                          



Digital Art for Beginners with Procreate Workshop

Instructor – Abby Hermes

This Course covers the basics of drawing in the Procreate App for the iPad. Students will learn the basics of the program such as:

1) How to draw using various techniques with digital brushes, layers, filters, masks, etc.
2) How to create brushes and use shortcuts for a smoother drawing experience.
3) How to structure & export your work for Print and Social Media.
4) And organizational tricks of the trade to keep your App tidy and easy to sort through.

*Some drawing experience is preferred but not required for this class.
*Students must own an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and the Procreate App prior to class start.

Date: April 15th         Time: 12:00PM to 2:30PM

Level: Beginner   Ages 13 thru Adult       Cost:  $55.00 per person


Click HERE for Abby’s Artist Bio

Sea Shell Decoupage Workshop

Instructor – Janet Bates


This workshop will help you create your own unique one-of-a-kind decorated oyster seashell or other various sea shells.  You will learn how to clean shells, prep for various mediums, bake, paint, trim and embellish a gorgeous shell to keep or give as a gift.  They make wonderful gifts for a teacher, friend, special neighbor or for someone just to say thank you!

Creative seashell design workshops are a fun mother/daughter, friend,  grandmother/granddaughter, or neighbor activity.  This workshop is for ages 12 thru adult. All shells will be supplied, cleaned and painted white so you can start applying your design immediately. Various designs, colors and seasons as well as animals and lots of sea life of napkins are available to choose from.  Many paint colors and jewels and embellishments are available as well. If you have a special napkin at home that you might like to use bring it with and we can make it work.  Also, if you have your own glue gun and glue it would be helpful if you brought it with you as well, however I do have some for use.

Each student will have the option to complete 2 shells or 3 shells during one class.  

Look forward to Shelling with you soon!

Click HERE for Janet Bates Artist’s Bio


TIME: Choice of 10AM to 12PM – Two Shells or 10AM to 1PM – Three Shells                                                                                                         

COST: Two Shells – $50.00 per person

             Three Shells – $60.00 per person

             Material Fee of $12 per person paid on day of class


Fine Art Drawing Workshop For Children

Instructor – Elizabeth Porcel



Each workshop will consist of an art history moment, demonstrations of technique and completion of one to two formal exercises. The children will also let their creativity run with a free draw at the end where they can choose to incorporate some of the techniques we’ve practiced.

We will alternate through Three thematic workshops. Each workshop will feature new components every time it’s taught so, children can build their skills. We will explore each concept through a variety of drawing materials including graphite, charcoal, alcohol markers, acrylic paint markers and watercolor. It’s recommended for children to wear play clothes or a smock over their clothes – just in case.

Click Here for Elizabeth’s Artist Bio.

DATES: Mondays through May 22nd. Each class will alternate the following themes: Abstraction & Mark Making; Sighting & Perspective; Portraiture

TIMES: 4:30PM to 6:30PM

COST: $30 per person ($25 per person if you register for two or more classes)

             $5 Material Fee per class (paid directly to the instructor day of class)



Instructor – Tom Slavicek 

                            Tom Slavicek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Click Here for Tom’s Artist Bio

Students will have time to make a leather shoulder bag of your choice or choose any project from the following: Leather Belt; Passport Wallet; Journal; Phone Pouch with Braided Strap; Drawstring Pouch; Clutch Purse; and more. Depending on the project you choose you may have time to make another one. You will be able to learn techniques of cutting leather and stitching styles. If desired, you can learn how to use a wood burning tool to inscribe a design directly on to the leather and colorize it. All leathers, materials, tools and instructions are provided, along with templates. No artistic ability is necessary, nor is any previous leather working experience. This is a one-day workshop and typically runs from 10:00am to 4:30pm and for beginners to advanced level students 16 yrs to adult. You do not need to bring anything except lunch, enthusiasm, and your desire to make something beautiful! Be sure to indicate which project you want to work on when you register.


Four Dates to Choose From:                                                                    

Saturdays:  April 8; May 13th; June 3rd; August 26th                                                                              

Time: 10:00AM to 4:30PM

Cost: $95 per person (Materials Included)

Click Here for Registration and Payment