Whether she’s snapping shots of Lil Wayne’s sparkling grin, the urban landscape of Detroit, or the Arab American National Museum, photographer Asia Hamilton inspires people to view the world from a new perspective. Her photography raises awareness on issues of waste and consumption, and strives to unmask the beauty hidden in a cityscape.
When she’s not on a globetrotting, eye-opening adventure, she’s teaching aspiring photographers at her studio, Nozomi Live Photography & Design. She demystifies photography concepts such as lighting and composition before taking shutterbugs out on urban excursions, where they can practice techniques in the bustling city. She helps her protégés feel more comfortable using their cameras’ manual settings, making the picture-snapping devices feel like an extension of their bodies without duct tape or cybernetic surgery.
Art Smart welcomes students K–12 to develop artistic expression with a multitude of art styles and mediums. Over more than 20 years, founders Gary and Crystal Templin nurtured and educated more than 6,000 pupils, drawing on their experience teaching elementary, high-school, and college courses and illustrating kids' menus for international restaurant franchises. The duo keeps kids engaged with simple, step-by-step instructions, observing as their protégés experiment with realistic and cartoon drawing, painting acrylics on canvas, and sculpting with terra cotta, polymer clay, and lunchbox leftovers. All classes are grouped by age, but the Templins allow more experienced students to advance their skills at their own pace, staving off the ensuing boredom of repeating areas they've covered at Art Smart previously. Parents can register their kids for weekly classes by the month or semester, and can supplement their children's budding creativity with summer day camps and seasonal five-hour workshops.
Artistic Gatherings unleashes inner artists with a schedule of drop-in classes, multi-week courses, and children's art camps. Classes furnish students with materials to express their creative sides, including premade ceramics, blank canvases, and lumps of clay awaiting transformations into coil-formed bowls or slightly altered lumps of clay. Meanwhile, adults can bring their favorite beverages to evening BYOB classes, during which wine and paint flow freely in two-hour sessions of artistic revelry.
Licensed aestheticians ensnare meandering hairs in twisted cotton threads or speed-wax bikini lines at Just Stringz's collection of thoroughly sanitized, spa-inspired havens. Threaders don gloves and employ ancient Middle Eastern practices as they roll interlaced strings across forehead fringe or excessively fuzzy dice, swiftly sweeping entire clusters of eyebrow outliers up and away. A precise, natural method that defeats even fine peach fuzz, threading banishes bristle for up to a month in 10-minute sessions that conclude with staffers smoothing witch hazel and Dermalogica's Redness Relief salve over rosy skin.
Legacy Studios' master snapper, Barbara Berry, imparts sage camera counsel to fledgling photographers and lends her aperture expertise to photo-safari voyagers. The hands-on workshop covers creative tips and techniques that familiarize owners with their camera as they tackle topics such as shutter speed, composition, and the rule of thirds. Once these principles have been mastered, the hands-on workshop goes one step further to demonstrate how to apply skills toward future photographic endeavors, from casual snapshots to composing a detailed mise en scène for an all-tiger production of Cats. Students take a multitude of shots during the workshop, leaving with artistic images that they can view, display, and edit at home.
Accomplished artists themselves, both Tracy Malmstrom and Gail Carson—"Ms. Tracy and Ms. Gail" to their young students—have taught art in elementary schools. After a deluge of requests for private lessons, Tracy founded ArtCastle in 2006 and Gail signed on in 2011. Together, they nourish the artistic spirits of children 5 and older through drawing, painting, printmaking, and a plethora of other mediums.
As the young artists hone visual skills while silk painting or practicing batik-watercolor techniques, Tracy and Gail also strive to bolster their problem-solving abilities, listening skills, and confidence. In addition to after-school and home-school art sessions, the duo offers Friday kids' night out parties in which kids belt out karaoke, scarf down pizza and desserts, and amaze their parents with a finished work of art at the end of the night. Summer camps and classes keep kids active on break and Saturday workshops teach youngsters of all ages a new artistic skill each month, such as how to construct a new best friend out of papier-måché.