Gertrude Hebert’s mission is to provide visual art opportunities and develop art awareness and appreciation in Augusta. Olivia Herbert founded the institution in 1937, and today, it is Augusta’s only independent nonprofit visual arts school and art gallery for local and showcase artist events throughout the year. The Federalist-style building once served as a studio for well-known local painter, Ed Rice, whose art works occupied the attic at the top of the architecturally curved floating staircase.

The Institute provides several youth classes with skilled instructors starting in late February. See website for individual class schedules, pricing and registration:


Stop Motion Mania
February 22 – March 14
10 – 11:30am
Instructor: Tori Bell
10 – 14 years old
Storyboarding, writing and planning out a film from the classic zoetrope, flip book and cel methods to learning various styles of shooting.

Drawing Basics Through the Portrait
March 21 – April 18
10 – 11:30am
Instructor: Hasani Sahlehe
13 -15 years old
Basic drawing skills focusing on the portrait.

Fantasy Creatures: Colored Pencils
March 21 – June 13
10 – 11:30am
Instructor: Tori Bell
9 – 12 years old
Learn how to draw fantasy creatures while creating your own. Colored pencil techniques explored and taught.

Literature Inspired Art
March 18 – April 15
4:30 – 6:00pm
Instructor: Heather Farris
5 – 8 years old
Listen to fun stories and then create a work of art.

Spring Clay: Handbuilding Techniques
March 18 – April 22
4:30 – 6:00pm
Instructor: Michael Bryan
7 – 10 years old
Basic handbuilding instruction for creating a finished ceramic tile.

Photo courtesy of

Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.