Meet our 2021 Winter Teaching Artists

 

Penny Treese earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art and Graphic Design and began as an advertising Art Director. She returned to creating fine art and studied under masters in a Fine Arts Workshop Atelier program. She currently leads retreats and instructs internationally and has award-winning works in numerous galleries and private collections.

 

 

 

 

Ashley Reyes recently graduated from Georgia Southern University as a Bachelor in Public Health. She found her passion for art in middle school and has focused on woodwork and calligraphy. She is often commissioned to create wedding pieces, decorative art, and everyday farmhouse style gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Armstrong is a graduate of West Georgia Technical College with a primary focus on portrait and cinematic photography.  Having attended Shutterfest and Professional Photographers of America Conference just recently, Stephen shares his love with others and help them capture unforgettable moments with the touch of a button.

 

 

 

 

Kristie Brooks Paige is a graduate from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She majored in Fashion Illustration and had her first one-woman exhibition at the age of 21 in Roanoke, Virginia. After moving to Georgia she became an Apparel Graphic Designer and is the owner of The Art Host, a mobile paint party business.

 

 

 

 

 

Wanda Cox always loved watercolor paintings but never dreamt she would be able to paint one.  After taking a short watercolor class 15 years ago, she began to teach herself how to paint watercolor portraits. For the past 12 years she’s been teaching beginning watercolor classes and watching other students accomplish their goals in painting.

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Falligan is an expert and professional drawing artist as well as medical and comic book illustrator. He also illustrates for video games and animations. He studied at the New York School of Visual Arts and Jersey City State University with a focus on medical and biological illustration.

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Mobley studied under Master Glass Artisan, Miriam de Fior, of Glass Fusing in Italy. Her work has been featured at the CAC, Carrollton Arts Center, and the Spruill Center for the Arts. She has also participated in the Decatur Arts Festival, Taste of Marietta, and Mable House of South Cobb Arts Alliance. She is currently the president of the Atlanta Glass Art Guild.

 

 

 

 

 

Latisha Johnson has been teaching children for over four years. She has taught at Wills Park Recreational Center in Alpharetta, was a three-time winner at our very own Taste of Douglasville, and took “Best Dessert” in 2017 for her Pina Colada cupcake. Her love of baking grew from watching her grandmother bake and as a teen in high school attended a Summer apprenticeship program at Johnson & Wales while living in Charleston, SC., where she grew up.

 

 

 

 

 Yvette Johns has won 31 ribbons and a plaque at the Georgia National Fair in Perry Georgia. She has taught classes at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, Carroll County Schools, and Community events. She is passionate about working with children to help develop flexibilities of the mind such as mathematics, social interaction, and building self-esteem.

 

 

 

 

Victoya Venise is an artistic voice within her community, having many years of experience as a graphic designer, art curator, and self-empowerment speaker. She is also a proud board member of a social intervention group with Columbia University.

 

 

 

 

 

Carrie Roberts is a long-time crafter who paints in acrylics and spends her free time making burlap wreaths for friends and family. Professionally, Carrie is a public Procurement professional who currently works for the Atlanta Public Schools District.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Williams is a homeschool graduate with ten years of piano instruction. She started teaching piano in 2017, working with children and seeing their love for music grow. In addition to her love of music she enjoys theater and is a volunteer on the Executive Committee at Southside Theatre Guild in Fairburn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurie Summey holds an art degree from the University of West Georgia. She taught art for five years at a local private school and continues to paint everyday. She is the owner of Brushstrokes Mobile Art Studio, and actively works with the community to offer crafting workshops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to Teach an Arts Class?

Artists or craftspeople interested in teaching a class or workshop are encouraged to Contact Us. We are interested in one-session workshops, short-term classes, and semester-long classes. We are interested in theater, dance, literary, musical, visual art and craft disciplines.  Contact our Program Coordinator at: Brittany.Gilbert@artsdouglas.org for additional questions.