About Us

Under the direction of Dr. Shawn Bland, the ACWI offers both painting and drawing classes for adults and students ages 5 and up!   We also offer camps and workshops throughout the year as well as paint parties for any occasion! 

Our teaching philosophy allows every painter to progress at their own pace and choose their own compositions. Whether you are brand new to painting or an accomplished artist looking to take your skills to the next level, the ACWI is the place for you.

We look forward to creating beautiful works of art with you!  


Art Center Staff

Dr. Shawn Bland, owner of the Art Center, has over 35 years of teaching experience. She specializes in both acrylic and oil painting, and has mastered the essential techniques involved in the painting process.


Susie Glauner

Susie is a long time Art Center painter turned team member, and she is essential to the daily running of the Art Center. Susie writes our promotional material and handles the majority of our PR, while also helping run events and parties. She is also teaching a series of DIY craft classes.


Elaine Brinson

Elaine is the studio’s community outreach coordinator, and she helps spread the word about all of our programs to our neighborhood! She also assists with our children’s programs and helps keep the studio running smoothly.


Mere Gehres

Mere is our newest instructor here at the Art Center. She has background in ceramics, sculpture, glass blowing and fusing, painting, drawing and mixed media. She loves sharing art with people. Mere is joining us to teach both adults and kids drawing and painting. Welcome!


Kip Rogers

Kip joins the ACWI in 2019 from the northern Atlanta area. He and his wife relocated to be closer to their college-aged sons attending SCAD and Armstrong. He holds a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and has been teaching for more than 30 years at art centers in Atlanta. He specializes in portraits, but has also been commissioned to complete murals, paintings and specialty workshops. He will be teaching open painting for adults Tues. and Thurs. mornings, and an All-levels, Intro to Portrait Drawing Class on Fridays at 10 am. Welcome, Kip!


Emily Carrier

Emily is a SCAD graduate and enjoys a variety of mediums for her own artwork. She has been teaching art to adults and kids since she left SCAD. She currently teaches watercolors and printmaking for the Art Center, and her instruction is top-notch. We are so excited to have her with us!