Meet our 2020 Summer Teaching Artists


April Wilkerson is a graduate from the Savannah State University and Howard University where she received her bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work. She is a former Elementary School teacher for over ten years, and continues to provide fun, age-appropriate craft workshops for Georgia communities.





Stephen Armstrong is a graduate of West Georgia Technical College with a primary focus on portrait and cinematic photography.  Having attended Shutterfest and Professional Photographers of America Conference just recently, Stephen shares his love with others and help them capture unforgettable moments with the touch of a button.




Kristie Brooks Paige is a graduate from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She majored in Fashion Illustration and had her first one-woman exhibition at the age of 21 in Roanoke, Virginia. After moving to Georgia she became an Apparel Graphic Designer and is the owner of The Art Host, a mobile paint party business.





Joseph Falligan is an expert and professional drawing artist as well as medical and comic book illustrator. He also illustrates for video games and animations. He studied at the New York School of Visual Arts and Jersey City State University with a focus on medical and biological illustration.




Elizabeth Mobley studied under Master Glass Artisan, Miriam de Fior, of Glass Fusing in Italy. Her work has been featured at the CAC, Carrollton Arts Center, and the Spruill Center for the Arts. She has also participated in the Decatur Arts Festival, Taste of Marietta, and Mable House of South Cobb Arts Alliance. She is currently the president of the Atlanta Glass Art Guild.





Latisha Johnson attended Johnson and Wales Culinary School and has had a love for baking since she was a little girl watching her grandmother. She currently has her own baking business entitled Cupcakes By D’signz .




Keith Wilson  earned his degree in landscape design and fine arts from Atlanta College of Art. He also operates Lamdan Designs, an artistic services company that creates custom art products. Mr. Wilson’s work has been exhibited locally and has won awards in several portrait drawing contests.




Ben Thrash graduated from the University of Georgia. His work has been published in Stillpoint Magazine, he has work on permanent display at the State Botanical Gardens, and he has been an artist-in-residence at the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.




 Yvette Johns has won 31 ribbons and a plaque at the Georgia National Fair in Perry Georgia. She has taught classes at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, Carroll County Schools, and Community events. She is passionate about working with children to help develop flexibilities of the mind such as mathematics, social interaction, and building self-esteem.




Heather Petero is an Atlanta-based vocalist, pianist, bandleader, educator and worship leader. She is the leader of The Tin Roof Band. She maintains a roster of students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds, covering everything from piano to singing to audition prep and artistic development.






Want to Teach an Arts Class?

Artists or craftspeople interested in teaching a class or workshop are encouraged to Contact Us. We are interested in one-session workshops, short-term classes, and semester-long classes. We are interested in theater, dance, literary, musical, visual art and craft disciplines.  Contact our Program Coordinator at: for additional questions.