Joanne M Hernández
professional artisan jeweler and metalsmith
Spruill Center for the Arts
Want to see what students have created? Images of student work is within the class description galleries.
The Spruill Center for the Arts is located in the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center in Dunwoody GA. Spruill isn't just one of the largest community art center in Georgia, it also shares the building with the Dunwoody Public Library, Stage Door Players and the Chattahoochee Hand weavers Guild. Spruill provides over 800 visual arts classes annually to more than 5,000 students of all ages and skill levels. Disciplines taught at the Spruill Center include Ceramics, Decorative Arts, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Mosaics, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. Our Education Center offers state-of-the-art, advanced equipment and stellar instruction by top artists from Metro Atlanta, nationally and internationally.
Spruill, run and managed by a wonderful and talented staff, offers great programming by amazing instructors at affordable prices in a comfortable, community environment.
5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd
Atlanta, GA 30338
(within the North Dekalb Cultural Center)
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00 am - noon
I teach 7 classes weekly, both daytime and nighttime, and lots of 1 & 2 day workshops every quarter, all year at the Spruill Center for the Arts in Dunwoody, GA.
I also occasionally teach specialized jewelry technique workshop outside the state of Georgia for organizations like the Florida Society of Goldsmiths.
I love teaching and sharing my knowledge with my students. I strive to be supportive, approachable and fun while balancing the need for focused instruction and demonstrations. I teach up to 80 students weekly in both of the Spruill Jewelry rooms. I am very lucky to say I have awesome students- some are new to the jewelry arts and so many more that have been taking classes from me for many years.
I am also the Jewelry Department Coordinator for the Spruill Jewelry Metals Department. I order and maintain tools and equipment, order and restock all replenishables in the studios/classrooms, and make sure both classrooms have what they need for a great classroom experience for both the students and instructors alike.
The Jewelry and Metalsmithing rooms at Spruill are fully outfitted with all the tools and equipment needed to learn and execute beginning through advanced skills.
Students do not need to purchase ANY tools to enjoy a jewelry class- Most schools require students to purchase all basic tools to take their first beginning class.
Students only need to purchase the materials they will work with- metals, gemstones and materials for their class projects
Spruill Jewelry rooms have stones available for purchase in a large variety of options and costs.
Spruill also has visiting gem dealers come to Spruill to sell.
I strive to keep additional materials available around for "cost" for my students, both for convenience and continuity during class time.