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RCAC Classes & Workshops

  • Children's Art Classes with Margaret Bearden - Monday and Tuesday 5-6:30pm
  • Pottery with Paul Craighead - Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm; Wednesday10-11:30am and 6:30-8:30pm; Thursday 10-11:30am and Quarterly Saturday workshops
  • Oil Painting - Beginning and Intermediate: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs with James Hill and Saturday workshops or private classes with Beverly Culver
  • Beginning Drawing - Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs with James Hill
  • Felting Workshops with Hillari Knight
  • Fused Glass Workshops with Elizabeth Mobley
  • Alcohol Ink Workshops with Margie Monde
  • Silk Hoop Workshops with Margie Monde
  • Mixed Media Workshops with Elaine Southerland
  • Paint Parties with Merari Morales-Rivera
  • Polymer Clay Workshops with Anita Kennerley
  • Sculpture Workshops with Susan Waters
  • Vintage Paint Parties - July - December with Tina Lanier
  • Whittling Walking Stick Class with Alvin Mallicoat
Meet Our Instructors and Studio Artists:  

Anita Kennerley
Anita Kennerley is our Polymer Clay instructor. Anita works in metals, fiber and polymer clay. Her Saturday workshops are full of fun projects and lots of laughter.
Contact Anita at
Beverly Culver
Beverly Culver is our Intermediate Oil Painting instructor and is one of our Studio Artists. Sign up for a private or group class or one of her monthly Saturday oil painting workshops. Contact Beverly at or 770-289-1837.
Elizabeth Mobley
Elizabeth Mobley is an experienced glass artist in the fine arts industry. She continues to learn the nature of fusing glass by experimenting, observing, and creating. She studied at The Glass Fusing Art School in Italy, and under several prominent glass masters. She is a resident artist at Rockmart Cultural Arts Center where she teaches fused glass classes. She also teaches at several other art centers. She has been the president of the Atlanta Glass Art Guild and is an education board member for Rockmart Cultural Arts Center. She offers private and group classes as well as Saturday workshops. Contact Elizabeth at or 770-851-4431.

Hillari Knight
Hillari Knight is our Needle Felting instructor. She is also the Cedartown High School Art teacher. 
She teaches fun Saturday felting classes during the year. Contact Hillari at
James Hill
James Hill is our Beginning Drawing and Painting Instructor and one of our Studio Artists. He is also our Visual Arts Committee chairperson and helps hang artwork at the Arts Center, repair frames, and does art restoration.
He was born in Alabama and lived all over the U.S. He has lived in Rockmart since 1992 and used to have a carpet cleaning and restoration company as well as doing sheetrock and general repair work. Repairing carpet and more gave him an eye for matching color and details. He got interested in art in 1985 and after his wife died in 2011 he really got serious in painting and became affiliated with RCAC. To sign up for a class, contact James at 770-355-1535.

Lee Simpkins
Lee Simpkins is one of our Studio artists. He is a woodcarver and painter and has won numerous awards. You can see him at work in his studio carving angels, Santas, and much more. 

Margaret Bearden

Margaret Bearden is an artist, Rockmart resident, and former Elementary School Art teacher who has been teaching young artists since 2006. "Mrs. B", as she is known to her students, loves to inspire children to make art in fun, creative ways  such as transforming recycled items into art, or mixing many techniques and materials in a single lesson. Her classes for children start at age 4-6, "Little Hands, Big Art!" is a hands-on creative experience including lots of paint, stories, sensory play, and more! Her 7-12 year old classes are a great way for budding artists to enhance their drawing and painting skills, while also working in other media including paper mache, fiber arts, recycled materials, and collage. For more information, please email Margaret at

Margie Monde
Margie Monde is our Alcohol Ink, Silk Hoop and Egg decoration instructor. Margie is art faculty of Art at Shorter University, where she teaches painting, drawing, 2D design, digital art, graphic design, and art appreciation. Monde holds a Master's degree with a concentration in Studio Art from Cumberland Univ., near Nashville. She studied oil painting in Italy. Her professional experience includes graphic design, digital art, photography, and illustrations for NASA, and for NATO in Italy. Margie has worked as an assistant art director for a large printing company owned by a Native American tribe; and as a graphic designer and illustrator for an advertising agency. Her artwork has won many awards on a local and national level, and has appeared in numerous exhibitions and publications throughout the U.S. and internationally.
To sign up for one of her Saturday workshops, contact Margie at or 706-767-5139.

Merari Morales
Merari Morales is our Paint Party instructor. 
Paul Craighead
Paul Craighead is our Pottery instructor. He teaches Open Studio Pottery on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays and offers occasional Saturday workshops and Raku workshops. To sign up for one of his classes or workshops, contact Paul at or 770-843-5302.

Peggy Cline is the Director of the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center since September 2018. She also teaches RCAC's summer art camps and enjoys working with all the artists in our community. She grew up in the Atlanta area and her family has lived in Rockmart since 1995 on a small farm. She received her BFA from UGA, worked in advertising, then received her Art Education degree from GSU. Since 1990 she has taught K-12 Art in the Atlanta area in public schools, home school groups, art centers, and museums. Email her for more information on RCAC programs, events and classes at

Susan Waters
Susan Duke Waters is our Papier Mache sculpture and Oil painting instructor. Susan was born in Bath, UK. She uses a variety of media, working in oils, watercolor, acrylics as well as clay and papier mache. Lately, she divides her time between painting portraits/figures and painting Plein Air - on location with oil paint. Her "O Holy Night" life size nativity has been popular with visitors. She also exhibits many of her paintings in our exhibits and Gift Shop. See more of her artwork on her website:

Tina Lanier
Tina Lanier is our Christmas Tree and more pottery painting instructor.
She is also owner of Now and Then of Rockmart.

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