Definitely different. This is not the one-on-one lesson with the typical local guitar hero in the back of the mom and pop musical instrument store. Rokk Skoool is dedicated to propelling students along in a brisk environment surrounded by their peers. 40-minute classes taught from an effective and organized curriculum.
Photogenic helps immortalize weddings, proms, graduations, and other special events with its fun and easy-to-use photo booths. Rental of one of the company’s high-tech memory makers includes unlimited images shot against several different backgrounds as well as a treasure trove of props, and guests can view instant previews before the picture is taken to ensure a perfect pose each time. Photogenic can also customize backdrops to match the color or theme of any event, and can install a second monitor that plays a high-definition slideshow of the evening's images or photos of the booth on its most recent cruise.
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.
Within the cozy studio, guests with no painting experience transform into artists. They dabble provided acrylic paint onto pre-stretched canvas, following easy to understand instructions. As they paint, their canvas is transformed into a serene view of the sea or brightly colored flower field. With an instructor guiding them through their artistic experience, they are able to master complicated techniques such as shading, composition, and blinking rapidly to turn the painting into a moving picture. During the lessons, guests are invited to bring their own bottles of wine or snacks, and can use the wine glasses and bottle openers at the studio.
An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat three-hour workshops. In Digital Photography 101 workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras, teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, and flash settings to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Levy will demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.