classes & events
Enjoy meet-you where-you-are, beginner-friendly art, craft, and writing classes here in lovely downtown Monroe! Since 1993 MWCA has offered quality creative classes at a great value to our community. Try something new! YOU are welcome here.
Here at MWCA, our goal is to give you and your children the tools to enjoy a lifetime of art.
We are a technique-based teaching arts center. You can be assured of classes taught by master artists who are also awesome and experienced teachers. You will leave our courses, not just with a painting or a bowl, but with the knowledge and skills to continue a lifetime of life-enriching (and stress-reducing!) creativity!
Our classes are usually small enough that our instructors are able to teach you, no matter where you are as a student -- brand-new beginner or intermediate or advanced.
Please read our policies at the bottom of this page - thank you!!
classes for adults, teens and children
special events and free gatherings
for writers and readers
- Please read each class description and follow individual class/workshop registration instructions. Also take note of any supplies you must bring or supply fees due at class.
- Pre-registration: Because seating is limited and materials must be prepared in advance, most of our Classes or Creative Workshops require reservations at least 24 - 48 hours in advance. Sign up for Summer ART Camp at least a week in advance. Some classes and camps sell out
- Payment required: Registration is not considered complete until payment is received.
- All skill levels welcome: Unless otherwise noted, our experienced instructors take students of all skill levels and meet you where you are – beginner to advanced.
- Join anytime: Weekly classes can be joined throughout the year.
- TRY IT, you might like it: Many weekly classes offer a “TRY IT” class (pay for one class). Multi-week bundles, if offered, will save you money.
- Save money: Note that, while not required, joining as a Member will save you money on many of our classes plus offers other benefits as well.
- Supply fees: if there is a supply fee, please pay that amount in cash directly to the instructor at the time of class.
- Bad weather: In case of inclement weather, we will follow Walton County school closings. Please check local radio or TV stations for updates. We will update Facebook if we are closed, if possible.
- Reach out: Always feel free to visit us or call us for more information or registration assistance at 770-207-8937.
- Many of our classes fill early and your spot is reserved which means that others will not be able to attend if you cancel at the last minute; also, your teacher is preparing materials for you.
- Please understand that our workshop/class fees are non-refundable if you cancel less than three days before your class. Example: if a workshop is held on Saturday, you must cancel via email to BOTH your teacher and to the director (email@example.com) by or before the Wednesday before your class.
- For weekly (bundled) classes only:
- If you are registering for a weekly/on-going class, please note: let your instructor know any date(s) that you cannot attend. We ask that you give your teacher a minimum 24-hour notice if you cannot attend a weekly class. Teachers will often let you make up a missed class, when possible, and this is handled on a case-by-case basis.
- Thank you for understanding and respecting the time and care our teachers put in to creating fabulous workshops for our community.
If discipline or behavior issues arise, at MWCA’s teacher’s discretion, we may request that a parent or other responsible adult attend class and assist with the student’s instruction. Our art classes are a step above what is commonly offered and are technique-based. Very often, fine art supplies and tools are used (not craft-level). As such, concentration and attention to instruction is needed; disruption cannot be an on-going concern. When necessary, MWCA reserves the right to refund any unused class fees and suspend the student from further participation. Students are expected to behave in an age-appropriate manner, sit in a classroom setting, take instruction and handle art supplies and equipment with care and respect. Thank you for understanding.
What does this mean? All students are expected to:
- pay attention
- stay in the room
- be respectful
- ask politely if they have questions or need help
- treat the supplies with care
- keep personal talk to a minimum so the teacher can teach and other students can concentrate on their work.
- help us to create a peaceful, calm environment for all our students.
ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED FOR A CLASS:
- Here are just a few things to keep in mind before your class:
• See details about supplies to bring or supply fees to be paid at the time of the class – if any. This information will be found in your confirmation email. If there is a supply fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class, cash is preferred, please.
• Leave all your worries at the door! Come in ready to relax and create.
• You are welcome to bring a snack or drink.
• Please watch your emails as some of our teachers use emails to update.
• Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you won't mind getting messy (for painting, woodturning or pottery classes)!
• Note that some classes are held upstairs or in the basement (most pottery classes). If mobility is an issue, please contact your teacher to find out where the class is taught if it is not listed in the class description. We do not have an elevator.
QUESTIONS about your class:
If you have questions, please email your teacher. Emails for our instructors can be found HERE.
Interested in teaching a class or workshop? Fill out this Class Proposal worksheet!