Kip Rogers Kip has his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and has been teaching at Metro Atlanta recreation centers for 25 years. He teaches a variety of painting and drawing for children and adults. Kip takes each adult student and works at their level creating a positive and laid back environment for learning. With his kids classes, he teaches a step by step approach to break down processes and help them learn techniques that can last a lifetime.
Misha Kantartzis Michele Kantartzis (Misha) is an artist and children's art instructor who has been teaching since 1996. She holds an Associate's degree in Art and worked at a cutting edge private school as an Art Specialist teaching infants up to 7th grade. She enjoys teaching art to children because as a child herself, there were no opportunities to take lessons and she had to teach herself. She is constantly updating and adding to her art curriculum. She resides in Acworth with her husband, daughters and granddaughter
Vanessa Sebastian For 15 years, Vanessa has been a freelance graphic designer, web designer, and illustrator. She obtained an associates degree for 3D animation from the Art Institute of Atlanta after initially receiving her bachelor degree in chemical engineering. She has also been teaching character drawing classes and camps aimed at young students for about 8 years and recently started a traditional drawing class as well. Vanessa hopes her students learn valuable art techniques while being entertained by the drawing process. She often jokingly tells her students "Failure is the path to success!" which reinforces the idea that constant practice, including all the mistakes made along the way, are what ultimately makes a successful artist. In her spare time you can find Vanessa watching Japanese anime, reading comics, playing video games, or teaching a martial arts class.
Emily Knapp www.ekstudioart.com The inspiration for Emily's art comes from her love of all things natural - animals, nature and her farm. While interested in all artistic media, she is known for her ceramics and jewelry. Each piece is handmade in her Georgia studio and emphasizes her strong design and attention to detail.
Jessica Durrant www.jessicaillustration.etsy.com Jessica Durrant is a freelance illustrator and art instructor from fabulous Las Vegas. She now resides in the beautiful Atlanta area. She studied Illustration at Southern Utah University where she received her Bachelors. Jessica specializes in fashion, travel and lifestyle illustrations. Jessica's work has been seen at Target, One Kings Lane, Rue La La, Gilt, Z Gallerie, ELLE Australia, Marionnaud, BBC 1's DYI SOS, QVC.com, Glamour.com, Marie Claire.com, Westfield Malls, Country Living Magazine, Rue Magazine, REVLON UK, Livingetc Magazine, Matchbook Magazine, 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty New Zealand,The Little Green Notebook, ELLE Brazil, The Glamourai, IN London magazine, SHOP til you drop magazine Australia and other publications worldwide.
Christy Hayes www.christyhayesfineart.com Christy Hayes lives in Marietta with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She graduated from UAB, in Birmingham, Alabama, with a B.S. in English and Fine Art. She earned a second degree in Education, from Georgia State University. She taught Middle School Language Arts, until her children were born. Painting was a hobby while her children were young, but when they started school, it became her "day job"! In the last 16 years, Christy has lived in Northern California, Connecticut, Alabama, and Georgia. Through this time, she has experimented with acrylic, watercolors, paper paintings, oil paintings, and lately, poured acrylic abstracts. She is inspired by Norman Rockwell, American Impressionist painters, designer color combinations, moments, and personal photographs.
While living in Connecticut, Christy was a member of the West Hartford Art League, and was exhibited in a juried Canton Artist Guild show, and two juried West Hartford Art League shows. Recently, her work was shown at the Marietta Museum of Art as a part of the Trilogy Show. She continues her art education through classes and workshops, and regularly tries to learn something outside of her usual mediums, in order to improve her craft. Christy has been a member artist at Gallery 4463 in Acworth, Georgia, and is currently a member artist at the Marietta Square Artist’s Attic, in Marietta, Georgia.
David Batley David Batley’s passion for photography began while serving in Southeast Asia with the military in the late 1960’s. He is recognized as a great teacher and has many years of experience passing on this passion and enjoyment to hundreds of students for over the past 15 years. As a photographer, he uses his skill to create unique images of all types, including fine art, commercial, event, or journalistic work. David holds a Masters degree in communication and design. He prides himself in sharing the challenge and fun of learning to develop a personal perspective for students.
Camille Morgan www.byCamilleDesigns.etsy.com Camille is a Jamaican born artist who enjoys creating. . . whether it be needle felting, painting, sewing, crocheting or knitting. She holds a BFA in Computer Art and Animation from The Savannah College of Art and Design where she attended aided by a portfolio scholarship. She has taught various subjects over the years and has run a busy Etsy shop since 2008. She currently teaches Art in the ASP program at various elementary schools and resides in Powder Springs with her daughter and two bunnies.
Ally Carswell www.allycarswell.weebly.com Ally Carswell is an artist and art teacher native to Clarkesville, Georgia. In this small country town, Ally was surrounded by many who are involved in fiber and folk arts, which influence her artistic identity. Since Ally’s childhood, her primary female family members have made a wage from their textile works from quilts to garments, which has helped shape Ally’s love of all things textiles, her preferred art medium. Ally graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Kennesaw State University in December of 2015. She now resides near the Marietta Square with her husband, daughter and two dogs.