New classes begin at Monroe Center for the Arts

Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts  Shop hours:
Tuesday – Thursday 11 – 4 | Friday & Saturday 10 – 5
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NEW Class starts in July: Photography for beginners
Saturdays from 10 – noon.
Starts July 11
This is an on-going weekly class – jump in anytime!
Instructor Jessica Simao.Learn the functions of your camera, photo techniques, lighting and basic editing. Must bring your own camera.

Adults and ages 14+

More info online – must preregister 48 hours in advance online HERE or at front desk.

We have our first week of Summer Camp starting Monday, June 15.  Pottery Camp is sold out, but Donna’s Mixed Media Camp still has a few spots open – please register by TONIGHT for this camp!

Class size is limited to allow for distancing; camps may therefore fill early. We will be following cleaning protocols and other best practices to help ensure a fun and safe camp.  Parents will receive our policy guidelines upon registration or you may request a copy by emailing

Registration is not complete until payment is received. Please register by the FRIDAY before each camp.

Camps run Monday – Friday of the weeks listed from 9 am – noon.

•    THREE SPOTS OPEN Mixed Media Camp with Donna Coffman — June 15 – 19ages 5 – 8 – register by emailing Donna Coffman, our Education Chair

•    SOLD OUT Pottery Camp June 15 – 19 – Clay Camp

•    FIVE SPOTS OPEN Mixed Media Camp with Donna Coffman —  June 22 – 26ages 9 – 12 register by emailing Donna Coffman, our Education Chair

•    SOLD OUT Mixed Media Camp July 13 – 17 —  ages 8 – 12

•    SEVERAL SPOTS OPEN Mixed Media Camp with Donna Coffman and Donna Guntharp — July 27 – 31 — TWO GROUPS: ages 5 – 8 and ages 9 – 12– register by emailing Donna Coffman, our Education Chair

•    Member $135
•    Non-member $145
•    Supply fee per camper: $25, The supply fee is required as each camper will have their own supplies and tools to use during camp.  Each camper will take his/her supplies home at the end of camp. For pottery camp, this fee covers clay and glazes.

MORE INFO and get on our CAMP email list: email Donna Coffman

Another NEW Class: Art Lab
Art Lab is a series of summertime workshops.  Donna and Sarah will stretch your child’s imagination and teach art techniques based on creating, drawing and painting fun and fantastical creatures. Class will be divided into two age groups: ages 5 – 8 and ages 9 – 12.Instructors: Donna Coffman and Sarah Scott.

Held the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 am – noon.

Email for more information.

Email Donna at to register.  Pre-register by 24 hours before class.  Registration will close when the class fills or by 24 hours before class.

Make your own garden gnome at home with video help from our pottery instructor, Rebecca Braswell. Order your kit HERE .  Fun for all ages!!

Pick up your kit, follow along with Rebecca on her instructional video, then bring it back to us to finish up firing. You’ll pick up your gnome two weeks later.

We will email you the link for the video with your completed order!


Sip and Paint
June 19 from 7 – 9 pm
Painting: Cherry blossoms
Come join Donna for a night of positive, encouraging, uplifting creative fun!!

As usual all supplies plus a glass of Vino is included. If you feel extra festive bring snacks!

We are following all state-mandated cleaning protocols, class size and distancing requirements.

Email Donna to reserve your spot.

Everything will be okay …
Here are some stats for May that I thought might interest you all:

  • 35 artists received checks for works sold in the shop
  • Compared with May of 2019, we sold almost *3x* as much art in May 2020 – the online shop (check it out!!) is doing great and we’re having more in-person shoppers, too. Our community loves us.

Our camps are filling. Our pottery classes are almost full again. Sip & Paint and Paint & Pizza have started back. We have new classes starting this month and in July. We are planning a Saturday Soiree for August 15. We are also offering an online creative writing class, have held ZOOM Walton Writers meeting (another coming up in July) and offering at-home art kits.

Donna and Rebecca report that kids and adults are SO HAPPY and relieved to be back here in a place they love doing things that bring them joy and fulfillment.

We’re painting the gallery and shop and it looks fabulous!!

We are following safety guidelines as required by the governor’s order.

We will be okay – we have a sign out front made by our member, Sandy Blanchard, that says we will be!      Have you seen it?

Thanks for hanging in there with us.

Short Fiction Workshop via Zoom
Wednesday evenings through July 8 from 7:00-8:30, via Zoom.
Instructor: Jessica Hudgins, Founder & Director, Georgia Writers’ Project
REGISTER HERE$12/class for members, $15 for non-members.

It’s not too late to jump in – her students are loving this class!!
“A writing exercise that pulled two stories out of me that I hadn’t realized were there. I will sign up for the rest of the series.”  ~~ Genie Bernstein

This short fiction workshop is for writers who are currently working on a novel or on a short story collection.

Registration required 24 hours in advance.

Hosted by our Literary Arts Chair, Barbara Barth, this Facebook group — Magical Muse Moments — is for creative souls to share the magic of painting, writing, and everything that falls under the phrase “Art For All”.

Be sure to join and engage with this fun group!!  Join HERE.

Thank you to these visionary and generous business sponsors!
In times like these, we have extra-special reasons to be grateful to our business sponsors.

These businesses appreciate the good we are doing in our community and have said an enthusiastic “YES!” to our 2020 Business Sponsor Campaign with tax-deductible donations.  Please support these businesses and thank them for their sponsorship.

BIG THANKS, also, to the City of Monroe for the thousands of ways they help and support us.

Your business can also become aligned with our positive message of the beauty and healing nature of art and our mission of bringing ART FOR ALL!  Learn more HERE.

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