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Mark Watkins - Owner & Lead Instructor

Mark Watkins is an artist with a passion for education. After earning a BFA in Drawing/Painting, he spent several years as a practicing artist in Athens, GA and Atlanta, GA. After getting married to Christy Watkins and becoming a father, he realized that just selling art was not going to be enough. More than just making things, nurturing creativity and excitement about making things became the focus of his career. He returned to the University of Georgia to become a certified art teacher and taught for 5 years in the Dekalb County School district in both elementary and middle school. Mark and Christy live in Lilburn, GA with their 4 children, Jake, Curtis, Matilda, and Lucy. They founded Good Day Studio in 2016 with the goals of sharing the joy of creation with their community and fostering the studio habits of mind that help young people excel in all areas of life.

Mark Watkins - Owner & Lead Instructor

Mark Watkins is an artist with a passion for education. After earning a BFA in Drawing/Painting, he spent several years as a practicing artist in Athens, GA and Atlanta, GA. After getting married to Christy Watkins and becoming a father, he realized that just selling art was not going to be enough. More than just making things, nurturing creativity and excitement about making things became the focus of his career. He returned to the University of Georgia to become a certified art teacher and taught for 5 years in the Dekalb County School district in both elementary and middle school. Mark and Christy live in Lilburn, GA with their 4 children, Jake, Curtis, Matilda, and Lucy. They founded Good Day Studio in 2016 with the goals of sharing the joy of creation with their community and fostering the studio habits of mind that help young people excel in all areas of life.

Sarah Oliver

Sarah Oliver - Sewing

I learned to love sewing at a young age, mostly by watching my mom enjoy it so much herself. I really started sewing in 9th grade and have never really stopped! At the age of 16, I entered and won a national sewing contest sponsored by McCall’s Patterns and Sew News Magazine. 
My sewing expertise includes clothing, home decor, and quilting. I have been teaching private sewing lessons for 18 years and received a Bachelors of Arts in Fashion Design and Marketing from American Intercontinental University. I am an APQS (long arm quilt machines) dealer. I am the founding president of the Greater Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild. I am married and have 4 daughters. I am excited to share the love of sewing that I learned from my mom with you!


 

Laurie - Sewing

LaurieI remember the summer I was 10 (it was 1980, and there was a record setting heat wave in Arkansas that year; it was HOT!!), I was obsessed with cutting the back pockets off of jeans, and making purses by sewing them together with a long scrap of fabric for the handle. Many pairs of jeans lost their lives in the comfort of an air conditioned sewing room that summer!

The summer I  turned 12, my mother agreed to help me sew a dress. We went to the fabric store to pick out the pattern and fabric (it was white, with little purple rosebuds all over). I was so excited!  As the summer passed, Mom was busy (I have nine siblings…), and we didn’t get around to making the dress. Impatient as ever, I decided one day that I didn’t need her to show me; I was going to sew that dress by myself. My mother came home that day to me with a big grin on my face, proudly wearing the finished dress. I had followed the written instructions on the pattern, and what I didn’t understand, I improvised. I distinctly remember trying to decipher the directions on how to gather the drop waist skirt.  It might as well have been written in Greek! I had no idea what to do!  Not discouraged, I shrugged, and pinned little pleats all the way around. My mother laughed, and agreed that I had done a pretty darn good job!

Throughout my life, I have sewn for myself and my 4 kids (and occasionally, my husband, too!). There have been costumes, curtains, bags, dolls, and quilts. I love sewing and the textile arts!  I learned to crochet as a young adult, and thanks to youtube, I finally learned how to knit about 7 years ago! (I currently work in a yarn shop.)  I love to tie dye t-shirts, quilt fabric, and yarn. I also make jewelry (and I went through a soap making phase about 16 years ago). It appears that I’ll never stop obsessing about my next crafty project!

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students with totes
students with packs
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Kelly McCool - Yoga

Kelly has a love for people and working with children. She began practicing yoga as a way to relax and relieve stress from the day.  With more time on the mat, her love of yoga grew, and she desired to be able to share this gift with others. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Yogacara in Costa Rica and is certified in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Kelly has a BS in Early Childhood Education, MS in Reading in Literacy, and an EdS in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been teaching elementary aged children for the last 15 years in Gwinnett County Public Schools and City of Decatur Schools. While working in the classroom, she sought ways to help children manage their stress and emotions.  In doing so, she completed the Children’s Yoga Teacher training with Kidding Around Yoga.  Equipped with this new knowledge, Kelly incorporated yoga, mindfulness, and breath work throughout the day and offered after school yoga classes to her students.  Using her skills as a certified yoga instructor and classroom teacher, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her classes.  She is excited to share her love of yoga with you and your child!

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Yoga sitting
Yoga Standing
Alison Hux portrait

Alison Hux - Nature Play

Alison is a mother to one nature-loving three year old, and the leader of a Montessori-inspired homeschool cooperative. Alison has her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Biology Minor from Georgia Southern University where she brought reptiles and nature studies into her art studios. (Some of her professors were more supportive of this than others!)  Growing up at outdoor adventure summer camps, Alison worked with animals and children as a Naturalist off the Chattahoochee River and loves inspiring primary aged children to discover their world, fall in love with nature, and care for their environment.

Alison Hux & Daughter

Leslie Murphy - Painting & Illustration

Leslie Murphy is an illustrator and fine art instructor based in Lilburn, GA. As a classically trained artist, she earned her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2005, and graduated 3rd in her class. Shortly after graduating from college, she began teaching children's drawing and painting lessons with Young Rembrandts, and soon after began teaching drawing and painting at Johns Creek Arts Center. Leslie has been teaching a variety of drawing, painting, and mixed media classes since 2006, while also working as a freelance illustrator. She has worked with children as young as 4 and adults as old as 90. Leslie especially enjoys teaching oil and acrylic painting, and working with teens and adults. She has also illustrated books for children and young adults, and works with a variety of media, both traditional, and digital. In between teaching and creating illustrations, Leslie spends her days with her husband and children, attempting to balance art and family, while enjoying the chaos.