Led by an experienced faculty, Cordovan School of the Arts teaches students the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and photography. Classes are held weekly and offered by age group: elementary, youth, teen, and adult. For ladies looking to reignite their art-spark, Cordovan art school offers the series: ladies art night out, which is customized for women to cultivate their creative talents. In the spirit of the Grouponicus season, the registration fee of $25 is waived when students enroll for a class using their Groupon. Students may enroll online or over the phone and registration is recommended at least one week in advance of the first class.
It’s sometimes incredible to fathom just how many people are behind one movie: you need a group to write a script, draw up storyboards, direct, act, hold the camera, do makeup...the list goes on. Casting all these roles is a familiar task to Suezean Matarazzo and Nicholle Walton-Durban, both veterans of the film industry. At Austin Film and Arts Academy, they teach elementary- through high school-aged students how to collaborate on a short movie of their own.
In the academy's main digital filmmaking course, students go from developing their ideas to shooting and lighting each scene on location. While they focus on the bigger picture, other participants refine more specialized skills, such as choreographing stunts, creating horror makeup, or keeping the crew away from craft service before lunch.
Classes stay small, so the academy's roster of instructors and guest speakers—such as casting agents and stuntmen—can grant each student personalized attention. Every session culminates in a final project, such as auditioning on camera or, in the case of digital filmmaking, receiving a DVD of your movie along with a customized poster.
Filling a chamber with music is as pleasing to the senses as filling a bathtub with warm pudding. Fully grasp this truism by checking out today's side deal: for $12, you get one ticket to one concert (a $25 value) during the Austin Chamber Music Festival, organized by the Austin Chamber Music Center. The festival's eclectic lineup of talent spans the musical divide, tickling the tonal reaches by way of piano trios, string quartets, and tango-inspired quintets. Depending on your flavor of chambered love, choose one or more of the following concerts:
Tickets for all performances are uniformly priced. Guests who would like to sit together are encouraged to purchase multiple Groupons under the same name.
The Austin Chamber Music Center's performances have been featured in the Austin Chronicle and on the Austin American-Statesman blog, Austin360.com. The center has won several awards, including the award for Best Chamber Performance at the 2007–2008 Austin Critics' Table Awards.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
Wildcraft Academy is a creative hub where skilled flame workers craft functional pieces and artwork such as jewelry and bird feeders for clients. They also lead workshops that acquaint aspiring artists with their unique set of skills. After learning to create a set of drink stirrers during the Intro to Glassblowing class, students are free to take more advanced workshops that teach them to make beads, marbles, vases, and other iridescent artwork for wearing, displaying at home, or gifting to a particularly beautiful sunbeam.
The artists at Wildcat Studios teach classes of six to eight students to manipulate digital images and snap lush outdoor portraits. During two-hour Photoshop fundamentals classes, budding digital artists learn to adjust color and contrast settings, correct red-eye, and smooth out skin tone in digital photographs on the studio's computer workstations. Instructors' step-by-step lessons also imbue pupils with the skills to automate repetitive tasks, as well as apply textural effects and edit parachute pants out of portraits of former presidents. In a three-hour outdoor portrait class, aspirant photographers hone shooting techniques in the wild, both with professional lighting and without any auxiliary equipment. Students also experiment with camera settings that best capture portraits of people and pets, enhance understanding of lens selection, and become familiar with depth of field. The studio provides lunch for all attendees, granting the perfect opportunity to take a candid photo of an apple in mortal danger.