'brella Studio began as a sarcastic response to a discussion about creating an umbrella company for all the different methods by which Alyssa wanted to impact the lives children through art education.
Ironically, the name stuck. It was soon realized that umbrellas visually represent a character that embodies the same goals and passions of the studio...
Enter Mary Poppins.
The unconventional epitome of creativity and ingenuity. She uses seemingly nonsensical methods to teach unruly children lessons of appreciation, humility, kindness, and belief in oneself. She begins her work with a flourish and remains until the job is done.
Some days you're doing art, but art is not the prime objective. Doing life is. Art just happens to be a powerful catalyst. Whether it is through a painting, a handmade coffee cup, or a scribble on a napkin, I believe that art can be used to initiate communication, spark creativity, and establish a connection with others.
The studio is focused on creativity and cross-disciplinary learning for the child and child at heart. Great care is taken to instruct others on the different methods of art and its making.
Like Poppins, the studio is a bit unpredictable, at times. Unique in the fact the ‘brella Studio is mobile, the lessons, projects, and events come and go "when the wind changes".
"I discovered art at eight years old growing up in Eastman, Georgia. Upon my arrival at Walt Disney World for a family vacation, I promptly decided that I wanted to be an artist. I made plans early on to become an Imagineer and spend my days designing, planning, creating, and playing.
God, however, had different plans for my life.
I moved to Athens, Georgia and completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts at The University of Georgia. Now, I spend my days making and teaching art, planning children's events, and serving as the part-time artistic director for Cornerstone Productions, a non-profit school for fine arts education in Watkinsville.
When I'm not being a professional artist, you'll find me quoting Disney films, training to become a Jedi knight, or tap dancing in grocery store aisles. In a sense, I'm fulfilling all the duties of an Imagineer but without the dreadful humidity that is the Floridian climate. I consider my circumstances to exemplify God's sense of humor and I'm constantly keeping watch for His subtle wonders in everyday life.
– Alyssa Johns, Creative Director