The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art offers quarterly studio art classes and workshops for youth, teens, and adults in all skills levels in a variety of different art media, including ceramics, drawing, fiber arts, painting, sculpture, and much more! New classes, interdisciplinary workshops, and visiting artists always add to the range of learning possibilities in the studios.

As the region’s oldest independent nonprofit art school, the Institute remains a vital resource for visual arts education and appreciation throughout the region and beyond. The Institute’s preeminent programming offers opportunities for community members of all ages and backgrounds to participate in visual arts on a continual basis. GHIA always strives to maintain the highest standards of educational excellence. Our goal is to foster your creativity, enhance your visual awareness, and improve your technical skills in your chosen medium. Classes are intentionally small in size, to ensure that each student receives ample individual attention.

There are so many ways to enjoy the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and our campus, so whether you are a beginning student, a serious amateur, or a returning artist, we invite you to enroll.

Art Education is the heart of the Institute. GHIA invests over half of its operating resources directly in arts education for children and adults. Our education initiatives include:
  • Studio Art Classes and Workshops for Youth and Adults
  • Professional Learning for Georgia and South Carolina Visual Arts Educators
  • In-school and afterschool art education outreach programming
  • Family Programming
  • Outreach and Engagement of Underserved and Diverse Populations
  • Extensive Educational Tour Programming for all ages
  • Exhibition collaborations with higher education institutions and secondary schools
  • Partnerships with area arts and cultural groups and much more!


1 —— BEGINNER: students who required a basic foundation in the subject or medium.
2 —— ADVANCED BEGINNER: students with some formal experience in the subject or medium.
3 —— INTERMEDIATE: students with moderate formal experience, comfortable in the subject or medium.
4 —— ADVANCED: students with significant formal experience, proficient in the subject or medium.

= —— ALL: indicates class is open to all skill levels.

A —— Adult
T —— Teen
Y —— Youth
F —— Family


Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Your place is held only upon receipt of payment in full; payment must be received at least five business days prior to the start of the class. The institute reserves the right to change schedules, feels, class locations, and instructors when necessary.

Three easy ways to register:

Printable Registration Form

By mail or Walk-in (Administrative offices are on the first floor of Ware's Folly)
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
506 Telfair Street
Augusta, GA 30901


Fax your completed registration form to 706.722.3670


The Institute is not responsible for classes missed due to absence. Please discus unavoidable absences with your instructor to ensure curriculum continuity.


Unless otherwise noted, students are required to supply some or all of the materials they will be using. A list of supplies will be mailed upon registration for such classes.


Unless otherwise noted, all studio classes are held in the Walker-Mackenzie Studio, 509 Fifth Street (directly behind Ware’s Folly, the Institute’s administrative building). The Walker-Mackenzie includes access for people with disabilities.


The decision to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment will be made two business days before the first lesson.


Refunds will be made ONLY if the student notified the Institute of his intent to withdraw at least five business days before the class begins. A 10% processing fee will be retained by the Institute. A full refund will be made only in the event that the class is canceled.


Members of the Gertrude Herbert save 10% or more on classes. Individual memberships begin at $30; family membership are as low as $50. Call 706.722.5495 or visit Support to join when registering.


To receive a scholarship application form, please contact the Institute’s offices at 706.722.5945 or via email at ghia@ghia.org.