Located just east of Sacramento in El Dorado Hills, TubeTape.com stocks all the tools and knowledge a beginning hobbyist, professional photographer, or sentient security camera could need. The center’s curriculum of classes includes introductory reviews of video and photography concepts, crash courses in greenscreen editing, and explosive sessions on stunning special effects. Elsewhere in the studio, photographers and videographers happily squeal at the amount of visual-capturing equipment for sale, including chroma-key greenscreens, lighting, software, and effects-editing packages.
The Music Store nurtures aspiring musicians with an exhaustive collection of instruments and broad teaching resources. More than 40 teachers share their skills during lessons for classical and contemporary instruments, and sheet-music-literate students can learn new songs by sight from a selection of more than 800 titles. Staff can also order any music still in print and start the musical journey with the purchase of new and used pianos and band instruments. Grownups slowly slash chords with the purchase of a new guitar, whereas child-size guitars come equipped with Pop Rocks–flavored fingerboard.
Featured in Style Magazine and The Loomis News, The Tin Thimble's mother-daughter duo earns attention for passing on stitching skills to aspiring threadmasters. Drawing on more than 40 years of sewing experience, Sharon Mansfield commandeers the lessons, acquainting newbies with the parts of the sewing machine and imparting basic techniques such as zig-zag stitching and piecing together torn-up lottery tickets. The goal of the lessons is to handcraft a garment from beginning to end, from cutting out the pattern and sewing it according to the proper measurements to adding on hems, buttons, snaps, or zippers.
FastFrame memorializes art the world over with professional craftsmanship, a quick turnaround time, and a satisfaction guarantee. The store's owners, Tom and Teri, perform all their framing in accordance with the Preservation Plus program, which adheres to the Library of Congress's standards on extending the life of displayed items. They eagerly apply these technologies to all types of projects, from crafting shadowbox enclosures to creating collages of customers’ favorite tax returns. They can also create pieces on canvas, dry-mount favorite images, and preserve family photos behind glass.
Upon arrival at Alpha Fired Arts, your creative process commences with your choice of a ceramic bisque piece from the studio's extensive collection of ready-to-paint artifacts, including plates, platters, cookie jars, and flower pots. Next, dig into the depths of your thinker to come up with a design, sketch it out with pencil, and select your glaze colors. If your creativity gets hit with a ceramic block, draw on Alpha's collection of stamps and stencils for inspiration as you craft your masterpiece. Leave your work behind for one final firing in the kiln, and pick up the completed piece of art shortly thereafter. After applying the first part of this Groupon to Alpha Fired Arts' studio fee ($9/adults, $7/kids), which includes the use of brushes, underglaze colors, stamps, and stencils, you can use the remaining value toward your ready-to-paint bisque piece (many are in the $5–$20 range).
U Bead It's jewelry geniuses impart bead beginners with bracelet-building know-how during each two-hour introductory class. Overseen by an expert instructor, each class teaches students how to use tools, string beads, and apply decorative findings such as vintage brasses, bronze charms, and centuries-old Spanish doubloons. Bracelet-making supply kits, available for an additional cost, make sifting through wristlet components simpler, though customers are encouraged to bring their own supplies. As a good-vibe-inducing bonus, each attendee receives a 15% discount on the purchase of all class materials including clasps, charms, and beading supplies. Check the schedule for class times, which are typically offered once a month.