Sew A Summer Tote Bag

Instructor: Laura Carrozza
Sew a sturdy tote bag that’s perfect for a day at the beach or the park. This generously sized bag will fit 2-3 beach towels or a big picnic blanket, your kids’ outfits and a whole lot more! The bag’s design will ultimately be lightweight, but with heavy duty rope strap, this will be your go-to bag to handle the craziness that comes along with summer fun and families!

Bag Dimensions:
• 20″ in length (across the top)
• 15” tall
• 5” wide at bottom
• Handles: 30″ long

Materials Included:
Grommets and cotton rope straps will be provided.

Materials Required:
-Sewing machine, tuned up and in working order. Please bring manual (if you have it) and all accessories such as power cord and pedal.
-spools and bobbins of thread, basic sewing supplies
-1 yard heavy weight canvas for lining,
-1/2 yard of two coordinating fabrics for outside of bag

Please drink responsibly
Our classes invite an atmosphere of fun while you sip n’ create! Garage Door Studio does not serve alcoholic beverages, but you are permitted to bring your own. You must be 21 or older to consume alcohol in the state of Georgia.

About Laura Carrozza:
In early 2013, while planning her wedding, Laura Carrozza was inspired by a bag she saw on Pinterest. Having graduated with a Bachelor degree in Fashion Design, Laura knew she could recreate a similar product. A few days later, she went to social media to gather feedback regarding the new bag she made and to promote interest. After making the appropriate revisions, she posted the new version of the bag and the orders came rolling in. Laura quickly started gaining requests for an assortment of bags and shortly there after, Jersey Peach Designs was born.
Class Cancellation Policy:
Sometimes our classes won’t fill their minimum and we will need to cancel. Most likely it could be the day before, and we will contact you as soon as possible. A full refund will be applied if the studio has to cancel a class.

What happens if I need to cancel?
Class fees are non-refundable. There is a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel within the 48 hours before the class, you will forfeit your fee. If you alert us 48 hours or more before your scheduled class, we will be glad to give credit for a future class. This credit must be used within 60 days of the cancellation date to prevent loss of the registration fee.

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Light Up the Lake Lantern Parade

Light Up the Lake Lantern Parade
Friday, April 21st

The Avondale Estates community along with the DeKalb School of the Arts is invited to participate in a Lantern Parade, Light up the Lake, on Friday, April 21st!

We will celebrate community and the arts by parading through the beautiful Avondale Estates neighborhood, wind around the lake for a spectacular display and cut through the woods pathway to Avonwood where we’ll end at DSA’s campus for a celebration featuring student performances and kicking off their 30th Anniversary and Annual Fringe Festival!

GDS is thrilled to host lantern making workshops at our NEW LOCATION, 128 N. Avondale Rd.! Reserve your spot online, all workshops are FREE (donations accepted for supplies and a portion of proceeds will benefit DSA)

Make a Lantern at GDS!

Workshops will be held at Garage Door Studio on April 5, 9, 14 and 21. Bring a paper lantern, parasol, etc., or if you are schooled on making lanterns, feel free to bring your own materials to assemble! We’ll have instructors on hand to guide and help. All ages are welcome to create in our art center (except Wednesday, April 5th and Friday, April 14 are adult only workshops where you can BYO for a creative night out!)

Lanterns can be found at Ikea and Oriental Trading have plain white globe lanterns. Richards Variety Store have printed lanterns and colored parasols. We’ll also have a limited supply of lantern making kids for purchase ($25) which include a paper lantern, set of LED lights and pole.

About the Fringe Festival at DSA

**The Lantern Parade kicks off DSA’s annual Fringe Festival on Saturday, April 22nd. Fringe Festival is about student-curated set of performances “on the fringe” and will include visual art exhibitions, vocal, dance, creative writing, media and drama performances. Students will showcase “outside the box” performances along with showcase pieces they have worked on over the course of the year. Fringe Festival is a great way to get a glimpse inside the school, meet faculty and school leaders while experiencing the creative work by these awesome kids!

The Lantern Parade will be a wonderful opportunity for AE citizens of all ages to connect with DeKalb School of the Arts, a true gem in our community. Let’s make a lantern, expand our own art experience and parade in the celebration of 30 years with DeKalb School of the Arts!

“The Lantern Parade is a beautiful illustration of how the brilliance of individuals can illuminate a community.” – Chantelle Rytter, Captain of the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons

Chalk Lettering

Instructor: Carrie Keesling-Getz
Students will use chalk and a fun or inspirational quote to create their own hand lettered chalkboard sign. Students will learn the essential letterforms, embellished lettering styles, and tips for planning layout. Carrie will provide the necessary supplies, which students can take home with them for further practice. Additionally, each student will receive an instructional course packet filled with lettering exemplars, layout guidelines, and Carrie’s recommendations for additional tools and resources.

Materials Provided:

17 x 23 chalkboard
White and colored chalk
Sharpener
Copy paper
Clear ruler
Two #2 pencils
Towels and q-tips
Course packet

Materials fee: $20 (Please bring cash or checks made out to Carrie Keesling-Getz)

Course Outline:

• Introduction to the art of chalk lettering
• The basics of working with chalk
• The essential letterforms
• Various embellished lettering styles
• Coming up with a quote
• Planning the chalkboard layout and mood
• Adding decorative elements that complement your lettering
• Where to find inspiration
• Examples of other projects you can complete at home with your new lettering skills

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About Carrie
Carrie Keesling-Getz operates Ricciolina*, a calligraphy and hand-lettering studio in Atlanta. Ricciolina* provides lettering for weddings and special events as well as chalk lettering for local businesses.

Carrie first came to lettering after emerging from an exhausting three years in law school. Desperate for a creative outlet, she enrolled in a few calligraphy classes and instantly was hooked. A graduate of Smith College, Carrie enjoys creating, reading, and volunteering with rescue dogs at Best Friends Atlanta. She lives in the Ormewood Park neighborhood of Atlanta with her husband and four crazy dogs.

Class Cancellation Policy
Sometimes our classes won’t fill their minimum and we will need to cancel. Most likely it could be the day before, and we will contact you as soon as possible. A full refund will be applied if the studio has to cancel a class.

What happens if I need to cancel?
Class fees are non-refundable. There is a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel within 48 hours before the class, you will forfeit your fee. If you alert us 48 hours or more before your scheduled class, we will be glad to give credit for a future class. This credit must be used within 60 days of the cancellation date to prevent loss of the registration fee.

 

Modern Calligraphy

Instructor: Carrie Keesling-Getz
This course introduces students to the art of modern calligraphy and guides them to discover their own unique lettering style. Carrie will provide her favorite tools, which students will take home at the end of the class to continue their practice. Additionally, each student will receive an instructional course packet filled with lettering exemplars, drills, troubleshooting tips, and Carrie’s recommendations for additional tools and resources.

Course Outline
• The origin of modern calligraphy
• The tools of the trade and how to use them
• Elements of a letter: the basic shapes
• The alphabet, and connecting letters to make words
• Developing your own style
• Adding flourishes and embellishment to your calligraphy
• Using white, metallic, and colored inks and gouache
• Tips for overcoming common mistakes
• Examples of projects you can complete at home using modern calligraphy

Materials Included
Dip pen inkwell
Speedball straight holder
Hunt oblique holder
Two #2 pencils
Layout paper, 9 x 12” pad
Higgins Eternal black ink
3 Nikko G nibs
Pipettes
Course packet

Materials Fee
$25 Please bring cash or make check out to Carrie Keesling-Getz.

**Please  indicate whether you are right or left-handed when signing up.

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About Carrie
Carrie Keesling-Getz operates Ricciolina*, a calligraphy and hand-lettering studio in Atlanta. Ricciolina* provides lettering for weddings and special events as well as chalk lettering for local businesses.

Carrie first came to lettering after emerging from an exhausting three years in law school. Desperate for a creative outlet, she enrolled in a few calligraphy classes and instantly was hooked. A graduate of Smith College, Carrie enjoys creating, reading, and volunteering with rescue dogs at Best Friends Atlanta. She lives in the Ormewood Park neighborhood of Atlanta with her husband and four crazy dogs.

* REACH-oh- LEE-na: curly-haired girl

Class Cancellation Policy
Sometimes our classes won’t fill their minimum and we will need to cancel. Most likely it could be the day before, and we will contact you as soon as possible. A full refund will be applied if the studio has to cancel a class.

What happens if I need to cancel?
Class fees are non-refundable. There is a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel within 48 hours before the class, you will forfeit your fee. If you alert us 48 hours or more before your scheduled class, we will be glad to give credit for a future class. This credit must be used within 60 days of the cancellation date to prevent loss of the registration fee.

 

 

Layer Up Make n’ Take

Instructor: Alicia Griswold

Join paper crafter and art journalist Alicia Griswold for a low-key afternoon playing with layers: collage, stamping and stenciling with paint and pens. You’ll leave with one (or more) postcard journal pages created from a kit assembled from Alicia’s stash.
Fee: $5 per postcard. Make as many as you like!

Our workshops are relaxed, therapeutic and wine friendly. BYOB!

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About Alicia
New York native Alicia Griswold has lived and worked in Atlanta since the Carter administration. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, where she served as editor of The Black Warrior Review. Curious about the connections between writing and drawing, she began teaching creative writing and taking classes at the Atlanta College of Art. She now combines the literary and the visual in artist books. She also squeezes as much art journaling as possible into her Freshman Composition classes at the Art Institute of Atlanta. She has co-curated several book arts shows including Wallbound, an exhibition of artist books, which ran from February – May 2012 at the Art Institute’s Decatur, Ga., campus. “How to Distinguish Scents” (solarplate book) has been included in Impressive: Printmaking, Letterpress and Graphic Design, published in 2010 by Gestalten. The same book appears in 2012 in 1,000 Artists Books by Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books. Her books are in several private collections and in the artist book collections of Denver University and Baylor University.

Class Cancellation Policy
Sometimes our classes won’t fill their minimum and we will need to cancel. Most likely it could be the day before, and we will contact you as soon as possible. A full refund will be applied if the studio has to cancel a class.

What happens if I need to cancel?
Class fees are non-refundable. There is a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel within 48 hours before the class, you will forfeit your fee. If you alert us 48 hours or more before your scheduled class, we will be glad to give credit for a future class. This credit must be used within 60 days of the cancellation date to prevent loss of the registration fee.