Abby Blum: Abby is a professional landscape photographer from Newnan, Georgia and currently enrolled at The University of North Georgia majoring in Art Education. In Abby's own words, "Landscapes define me in a way I can't describe. I find myself in every photo I take. In nature, what you see is what you get. It isn't posed or dressed in the latest clothing. It's simply as God created it. It can't get any better than that." Abby is currently a member of the Georgia Nature Photography Association and takes pictures for various occasions such as weddings, birthday parties, model portfolios, senior portraits, sports, and advertisements. Abby believes everyone was put on this Earth with an ability that gives them purpose. Photography is what gives her that purpose. "I love being able to take a picture of any landscape and it capture a beauty that is far overlooked in today's world. My goal is for the world to re-understand what true beauty is and where it comes from."
Kelly Negvesky: Graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a major in Humanities. Currently, Kelly is logging her 10th year as a homeschool mom and she is feeling right at home in the high school years. While her kids were still tackling those fun days of elementary learning she was working with high school families all over the world guiding them through the newly emerging world of dual credit and distance learning. She wrapped up her six years as a formal high school consultant in spring of 2015 and decided to focus on her favorite high schoolers, the ones that live in the rooms down the hall. Her investment in their education has proven fruitful since her 17 year old is wrapping up her Freshman year of college and her 15 year old will start 2016 as a college Junior with over 60 credits. She loves to rehab furniture, spend time with kids of all ages, read and learn. Kelly is passionate about helping todays families realize that formal education does not always mean knowledge and learning. And that knowledge and learning are not found solely in an educational institution.
Kathy Faass: Kathy has 36 years experience as an artist, educator, and graphic designer. She has a AA in Visual Communications from Dean College in Franklin, MA. A BA in Fine Arts from Cortland State University in Cortland, NY and an MEd in Art Education from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA. Kathy interned with Milton Glaser, Push Pin Studios in New York City. She taught at The Art Institute of Atlanta for many years and currently teaches Foundations, Graphic Design, and Animation for Rasmussen College Online. Kathy also teaches Glass Fusion, Drawing, Painting, and Mixed Media at Artistic Adventures. Other hobbies include gardening, canning, kayaking and rescuing dogs and cats.
Sabine Luz: Sabine is an artist and loves to work with children. She has a degree in design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, Germany. Sabine uses a wide range of different media in her own artwork and has a profound knowledge in art history. She has extensive experience in teaching art to children (K through 12) from her 5-year tenure at schools in Arizona and teaching out of her studio for 15 years. In 2003, Sabine started to work for Artistic Adventures launching a one of its kind art program in Forsyth County. Her classes range from drawing to watercolor and acrylics and are covering all ages including lessons for adults. Examples of her artwork are on exhibit in the gallery of Artistic Adventures. Sabine believes that everybody can be an artist. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” (Pablo Picasso) The beauty in her own art is supposed to bring joy to the viewer and therefore is an effort to create a more humane world.
Jayme Teague: Jayme began her career in pottery twenty two years ago when she made a life change from corporate career to mother. She is primarily self taught through exploration of the medium and home studies. A quick study, Jayme’s work was in Atlanta galleries within a year of discovering clay. Jayme spent the first 7 years of her art career selling her work in galleries and juried art festivals where she won many best of show and best in clay awards. In 2000, she was offered a teaching position with Forsyth County where she taught glass fusion and pottery to adults and children. In 2002 she opened Artistic Adventures in South Forsyth to fulfill a dream to have a teaching studio with gallery space to support local artists. Artistic Adventures recently received the 2015 "Best of Suwanee Award" in the Vocational Schools category. Jayme is a firm believer that everyone has artistic abilities within and creates a learning environment which is highly interactive and geared to student success. Many of the children she taught have received AP awards and now sell their work. She embraces the intrinsic benefits of art (patience, stress reduction, problem solving, etc.) and thrives when her students discover the inner peace and satisfaction found in art.
Kathy Faas: Kathy has 36 years experience as an artist, educator, and graphic designer. She has a AA in
Visual Communications from Dean College in Franklin, MA. A BA in Fine Arts from Cortland
State University in Cortland, NY and an MEd in Art Education from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, GA. Kathy interned with Milton Glaser, Push Pin Studios in New York City.
She taught at The Art Institute of Atlanta for many years and currently teaches Foundations,
Graphic Design, and Animation for Rasmussen College Online.
Kathy also teaches Glass Fusion, Drawing, Painting, and Mixed Media at Artistic Adventures.
Other hobbies include gardening, canning, kayaking and rescuing dogs and cats.
Frankel Yvette: Yvette Frankel teaches Yarn Trends at North Georgia Homeschool Enrichment. She is also the
Education Coordinator at Jo-Ann Fabrics in Cumming, is the owner of Prestige Childcare and
Services, and sells handmade items (mostly items made of yarn). In Yarn Trends, she focuses
heavily on crochet. Yvette learned to crochet when she was about 5 years old and has
continued to crochet on and off since then. She also does many other crafts and enjoys finding
new creative things to try out. When not crafting or at work, she enjoys fishing, bowling,
watching football and hockey, and more. Yvette has a passion for teaching and says, “I am
grateful for the opportunity to teach your kids”