The California Center for Digital Arts
teaches students how to master modern mediums such as photography or Adobe Digital products using an ancient method: mentorship. The teachers, who are also the center's owners, use the mentorship method of instruction to help students proceed at their own paces. They work with students in small groups, or even one-on-one, providing two to five days of on-campus, hands-on learning. Then, they send students off with intense projects to complete on their own time. Students return, their progress is evaluated, and the cycle begins over again.
The exercises teachers assign aren't overly structured or abstract; rather, they charge students with completing real-world commissions from clients, so that they learn the realities of an artistic career alongside the theories. While mastering composition, color, and lighting, students must also deal with deadlines and the tiny ghost that lives inside every camera, drawing the pictures they take.
The instructors at California Survival School impart decades of wilderness-survival know-how during outdoor, hands-on courses. Participants prepare themselves to live self sufficiently off the land using both modern and primitive techniques, which can come in handy when lost in the woods or the year 1412. During the Core Survival Skills Adventure Clinic, up to 30 students spend five hours learning to create fire using only sticks, build shelters with natural materials, purify water, and feed themselves off the land. The Ancient Artisans Workshop teaches novices how to fashion crude implements from scratch with materials found in nature, and how to use them while out in the wilderness. California Survival School also offers team-building workshops and private events.
In 1997, as the internet age dawned, four friends lounging in a college dorm room decided to start a tech company: DreamHost. More than 15 years later, their thriving company hosts more than one million domains for more than 400,000 customers, all with a collaborative philosophy. That philosophy, which earned a PC magazine Business Choice Award in 2014, shines through in their open-source software, their customer service, and, perhaps most uniquely, their willingness to take on their share of environmental responsibilities. The team's eco-friendly practices range from small?printing on both sides of the page?to large: investing in solar energy to power their private moon.
Screen acting takes center stage at The Actors Room. Founder Steve Lowe—who won an award for his short film Crash—calls upon more than 20 years of experience in film and TV to guide his students through their journeys to the emotional core of characters. His techniques range from basic to advanced in the areas of scene study, improvisation, natural expression, camera cheats, and monologue study.
Most Popular Service: Dance instruction
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Please call the studio for dance attire instructions.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule).