Participants have the opportunity to explore various forms of art with experienced instructors, & have something to take with them – from artworks to certificates of completion, CEUs / PD**. Beginners to experienced, all levels are welcome!
Heirloom Embroidery Basics
Instructor: Susan O’Connor
Meets on 2nd floor music studio, elevator access available from the lobby.
In this workshop, you will embroider a 4”x 6” piece of fabric using your choice of thread and colors. We will learn the outline stitch, back stitch, daisy (or chain) stitch. French knots will be demonstrated, and if time permits, other stitches will be introduced. All materials will be provided. This is a wonderful opportunity to participate with a grandchild or make it a girls’—or GUY’s morning out! (Of course, we know Rosey Grier wasn’t afraid to do needlework!)
About the instructor: Susan O’Connor is a Montgomery native with more than fifty years of embroidery experience. She holds a MS from Auburn University in Early Childhood Education. Susan taught in the Montgomery Public Schools for 26 years. She enjoys painting in oil and watercolors.
Tango Immersion – Fundamentals Workshop
Instructor: Lynda Wilson, Tango Salon
Fee: $30 per person
Meets in the front dance studio, through the Auditorium
No partner or dance experience needed! This workshop is for those brand new to Argentine tango and for those tangueros wanting more confidence and clarity in the basics. We will cover tango techniques, floor craft, and basic vocabulary. Participants will receive a coupon to attend an upcoming tango party! Shoes: smooth-soled, closed-toe shoes, with medium to low heels are recommended for this workshop.
About the instructor: Lynda Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in sculpture, and has studied different dance forms – including modern, ballet, jazz, and ballroom. For over a decade, she has focused extensively on Argentine tango, with masters in the U.S. and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She teaches locally and nationally. She views dance as “moving sculpture”, and tango as “a conversation without words”. Phone: 334-328-8185 online: https://tangosalon.com ; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets in 2nd floor art studio, with elevator access available from the lobby.
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 email: email@example.com
“Fall” In Paint Project
Instructor: India L Wilson
Meets in 2nd floor fitness studio, with elevator access available from the lobby.
Max: 10 students
Join us as we welcome the autumn season while engaging all of your senses creatively! In this class we'll paint a fall themed work of art while sipping a complimentary warm, tasty beverage. We'll bring the coffee, cider, hot chocolate and everything else! Simply sign-up today and "Fall" in!
About the instructor: Montgomery native, India Wilson’s love of art started at a very young age. She attended Booker T. Washington Magnet High School and is an award-winning artist. India attended Fisk University and the University of Pittsburgh, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a Finance concentration, and an MBA in Marketing & Strategy. India recently decided to pursue her artwork full-time while seeking community volunteer opportunities. She specializes in murals, portraits, and hopes serve as a consultant to artists in their business ventures. India is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Leadership Montgomery’s Torchbearers Class XI.
Please stay tuned for updates on India’s existing platforms (IG & FB) as she migrates her works of art
and craft projects. She looks forward to sharing her journey as a professional artist, her online portfolio, and opportunities to create and collaborate together!
Clay Fairy House Facades
Instructor: Tara Sartorius
Meets in the basement pottery studio, no elevator access at this time
Max: 12 students
Make your own textured ceramic Fairy House Façade to hang on the wall. We will experiment with textures and unusual objects to make your fantastic fanciful design come alive. Bring along your favorite “fairy” leaf or a piece of fabric to make impressions. This is a great way to become familiar with the joy of clay while making friends with your inner artist. A variety of finishing options will be presented from which you may choose. All tools (for borrowing), materials (for keeping) and firing (for finishing) are included in this workshop. Beginners are welcome!
About the instructor: Tara Cady Sartorius
Tara Cady Sartorius, artist and art educator, is interested in connecting people, images, objects, materials and words. Sartorius has a BA in Studio Art, Ceramics, and Art Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her MFA is in Sculpture and Art Criticism from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Sartorius served as Curator of Education at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts for twenty-one years, and was an adjunct professor of painting, 3-D, and 2-D design at Huntingdon College. As Program Director for the Alabama Arts Alliance, she designs and teaches arts-integrated lessons and workshops.
Sartorius continues to create in fused glass, painting and ceramics. Her two large public architectural tile murals in Montgomery are at the Riverfront Amphitheater, and in the ARTWORKS Gallery of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
GO FISH! Tie a Fly Fishing Lure
Instructor: Jeromy Shade
Meets: 10am to 12pm
Meets on the 3rd floor studio, elevator access available from the lobby
Do you enjoy fishing? Have you accepted the challenge of fly fishing? Let’s take your fly fishing experience to the next level by pairing your artistic skills with your passion for the outdoors—and TIE a FLY! You will learn about the tools, materials, and different techniques necessary to build your own fly. Yes, you will be taking your own fly home to catch a fish.
About the instructor: Almost 30 years ago my father got me started tying flies. He told me it was a way that I could make some spending money as his friends would buy them from me. Who would have guessed that it is a hobby that still consumes my free time today, and it has taken me fishing all over the country. I can vividly remember the first trout that I caught on a Royal Coachman that I tied when I was 12. My favorite species to fish for is trout, which include Steelhead in the Great Lakes region. But living in Alabama, my interest has been leading me down to the Emerald Coast. Fly fishing the Gulf has been a new challenge for me. I love teaching people how to tie flies, how to set up their fly rod, and how to cast.
Tasty Plant Based Eats
Instructor: Carolyn Strickland
Meets in the Anita P. Folmar Gallery
It’s the season for whipping up tasty snacks to share with friends and family! Come learn how to make delicious foods that taste great and are good for you. Carolyn will teach participants how to utilize all kinds of proteins, grains, vegetables and fruits to create treats that will keep everyone asking for the recipes. For over ten years, she and Bryan have enjoyed eating plant based, and she will share the long term benefits of eating plant based.
About the instructor: Carolyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Agape of Central Alabama, Group Fitness Instructor at YMCA of Greater Montgomery. She is a Food for Life Instructor at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She is from Montgomery, and is married to her sweetheart, Bryan. She enjoys hiking, traveling and teaching cooking and fitness classes.Register Online