School of Visual Arts

The Carriage House, home of our School of Visual Arts studios.


Young painters in the Memorial Garden at Callanwolde!

Looking for visual arts classes in Atlanta? Callanwolde’s School of Visual Arts provides quality educational opportunities for children and adult students with a passion for making art.  Small classes and dedicated, professional instructors allow for the personal attention and encouragement crucial to the development of creative ability and confidence.

Our courses of study include:

Foundation Certificate programs are offered for beginning students who seek structured, intensive instruction in any of these areas. Specialized courses are for those seeking instruction beyond the Foundation level.  For details, click on any of the subject areas above.

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Our Facilities

Callanwolde’s historic Carriage House is the location for many of our Visual Arts classes, including our darkroom – one of the only locations in Metro Atlanta outside of a college setting to learn the traditional method of black and white printing; our Jewelry studio, with work space for 8 students, acetylene hand torches, a hydraulic press, and many other features; our Weaving studio, with two rooms containing multiple looms and different working themes each quarter; and two Painting and Drawing studios are outfitted with ample room, many easels and tables, and natural light.

Our Pottery and Ceramics facilities include a Wheel studio in the basement of Candler Mansion, along with a detached Handbuilding studio next door.  Firing methods include cone ten reduction, cone six electric, Raku, salt, and soda.  Students are free to practice off-hours in our Pottery studios at no extra cost.

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The Callanwolde Gallery

The Callanwolde Gallery opened in the Candler Mansion in 1975.  The Gallery provides supportive professional opportunities for emerging and established Atlanta area artists, presents innovative contemporary art, and stimulates audience understanding of and dialogue about new art.

For more information about the Gallery and upcoming exhibitions, click here.

Scholarship Assistance

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center awards scholarships based on financial need and/or merit. Please visit our main Scholarships page here for scholarship applications and additional information.

About Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Callanwolde was built in 1920 by Charles Howard Candler, eldest son of The Coca-Cola Company founder Asa Griggs Candler. The estate is located in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 12 acre estate contains a magnificent Tudor Revival style mansion, lush gardens, and several outer buildings. Click here to learn more about the history of Callanwolde.

Today, Callanwolde is owned by Dekalb County and is the home of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is a cultural community conservatory of the arts on a 12 acre campus. Callanwolde offers classes in the performing arts (music, music recording, dance, dance fitness), visual arts (painting/drawing, pottery, weaving/textiles, jewelry/metalsmithing, photography), writing, yoga, horticulture, culinary arts and more to students of all ages.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
980 Briarcliff Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30306

980 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 | (404) 872-5338 | Contact