M.A.K.E. & TAKE Arts Workshops April 13, 2019 at 9:00am

M.A.K.E & TAKE Arts Workshops (M.ontgomery A.rts K.reative E.vent) Saturdays @ The Armory Learning Arts Center: April 13, July 20, October 5 2019, 9:00am - 12:00pm. Supplies* & snack included in fees listed. Register & Pay online! Beginners to experienced, all levels are welcome. Limit 15 per workshop (ages 16+*). A signed certificate of completion of the three hours of participation and instruction will be provided for those interested in submitting for PD or CEUs. (*unless otherwise noted in details below)

Saturday April 13th Workshop Options: 

Abstracted Landscape – Alisa Koch

Modern Mosaics – Enid Probst

The Raku Experience – Chris Greenman

Thorn of the Rose Basic Self-Defense – Debbie Baxter Robison

pdf catalog of April 13, 2019 workshops: Make And Take Workshops 4 19

1. Abstracted Landscapes
Alisa Koch
$75 / 3 hour workshop
Meets in 2nd floor art studio (elevator access)

Have you ever tried to make an abstract painting, but did not know the fundamentals to make it work?  I will teach you how to make a successful abstract landscape painting in a few easy steps.  Starting with taking inspiration from reference photos, you will learn how to use an underpainting to establish the shapes of your abstract painting.  Then using methods to establish the values, color, mood, and composition of the scene, you will get to form the subject and loosen up your painting style as you go.  Beginners to experienced levels are welcome.  Bring an adventurous spirit!  Instructor will provide photo references.

About the instructor: Alisa Koch is a native Alabama artist finding her residence in Montgomery after graduating with a Fine Arts Degree from Huntingdon College in 1994.  She has served as the Executive Secretary for the Montgomery Art Guild for the past 4 years.  Alisa was sponsored by Winsor & Newton, Arches and Liquitex for two years which allowed her to travel to 5 states teaching her unique palette knife technique and promoting their oil paints, paper and palette knife products. Her work is represented by Stonehenge Gallery in Montgomery, Leigh & Paige Fine Art Gallery in Columbus and Red Hill Gallery at Lake Martin. Besides being juried into local art competitions, she has also juried them. She currently is working on her next exhibition at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy this summer which will showcase her minimalist impasto style of the southern landscape.  Online: www.oilandturp.tumblr.com

2 . Modern Mosaics
Enid Probst, PhD
$85 / 3 hour workshop
Meets in basement pottery studio (no elevator access)

This class will cover the very basics of making a mosaic such as how to choose a design; how to prepare the substrate; the appropriate adhesive to use; and how to cut the tiles.  Participants will also receive suggestions on choosing and mixing colors.  All this will be done in a casual, fun atmosphere.  Participants will make and take a mosaic work of art!

About the instructor: Enid Probst’s art reflects her interest in merging classical and contemporary themes as well as contrasting textures and luminosity.  The beauty of nature, scenes of everyday life and spiritual expression are her inspiration.  While enjoying the close work of individual pieces, she is drawn to the challenges of large installations such as floor and wall mosaics as well as sculpture.

Originally self-taught, Enid has refined her understanding of mosaic art by training with master mosaic artists in the United States, Italy and Mexico.  Currently, she is completing a Certificate of Mosaic Arts from the Chicago Mosaic School.  Her work can be seen at several public installations in the River Region, including two community mosaic projects as well as a wall mosaic completed in 2015 for Jackson Hospital.  In addition, she has numerous private installations and fine art pieces in residences in Alabama, Florida and Colorado.

Enid enjoys teaching mosaic art and received artist-in-residencies from both the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, Auburn to work with children in the fabrication and installation of a bench and pathway mosaic, respectively.  She is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, the British Association of Mosaic Arts, the Montgomery Art Guild and regularly shows work at juried exhibits. Online: www.emmosaics.net

3. The Raku Experience
Chris Greenman, PhD
Cost: $100 / 3 hour workshop
Meets outside (parking lot between The Armory and the Curb Market)*

A workshop to glaze and fire Raku ceramics.  Participants will Raku fire and take home a finished work of art.  This workshop is for all levels – beginners who have never done ceramics but would like to learn how to Raku fire, to individuals who have ceramics experience but would like hands-on workshop experience to add Raku firing to their ceramics techniques.  Raku supplies and snack are provided; please be prepared to purchase a bisque fired clay vessel to Raku fire at this workshop, there will be several to choose from (around $12/each).  If you bring your own piece to fire it should be a “raku” clay body and bisqued.  *This workshop is held outside, and is therefore weather-dependent.  Dress accordingly.  If the workshop is canceled due to severe weather, participants will be notified via the email provided at registration, and a refund will be issued.  

About the instructor: Dr. Greenman received his BA in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University and his MEd and PhD in Art Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in galleries and museums and has taught art since 1987. His chosen medium is ceramics in which he seeks to create functional works that rich from the processes of making and firing. Seeking to enrich his vision he travelled to Japan in 2009 and attended the International Workshop in The Ceramics Arts In Tokoname, Japan (IWCAT). Recently Dr. Greenman was awarded a Alabama State Council on The Arts Fellowship and The Alabama Art Education Association Higher Education Teacher of The Year.  Online: https://www.facebook.com/green... 

4. The Thorn of the Rose Basic Self-Defense
Debbie Baxter Robison
Cost: $125 / 6 hour course (2 x 3 hour sessions, 2-day workshop Saturday 9-12 and Sunday 1-4)
Meets on the 3rd floor (elevator access)
Ages 8+*

Debbie has developed self-defense classes, online courses, and seminars that cover many different areas including hand-to-hand self-defense, as well as how to defend against or use weapons, outdoor survival, and her forte', the nonphysical, such as dealing with bullies or domestic violence. You will be surprised at what you can learn to help keep you safe!  “I look forward to teaching you that “YOU HAVE A CHOICE” in your everyday safety!”


  1. Must attend all six hours of training over a two day span.

  2. Be able to demonstrate 3 “scenarios” of how you would defend yourself in different situations.

  3. Pass instructor-given test.

About the instructor: Debbie is a certified teacher of Personal Self-Defense.  She has a 2nd degree Black belt in Bujinkan Ninjutsu, but is no longer teaching martial arts.  Debbie is concerned with the everyday safety of ourselves and those we love.  Debbie started her training in 1988, was vice president of a martial arts school for eight years, and has continued teaching after she closed it in 1998.  Debbie has recently moved back to her hometown of Columbus, GA where she has opened Thorn of the Rose Self-Defense School, which is dedicated to the education of self-defense.  The school motto is “You Have a Choice” in your personal safety.  Online: www.thornoftheroseselfdefense....

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