Loyalty to digital cameras’ factory settings can hinder photographers shooting in unusual venues. Photographer Paulo Jordao teaches his students to manually adjust their settings to suit their surroundings during hands-on workshops, whose curricula also emphasize lighting, composition, and post-shoot editing. Open to all skill levels, the workshops can expand semi-professionals’ skill sets or aid parents trying to document their tots’ childhoods without adding extensive footnotes to their height chart.
When he’s not teaching workshops, Jordao, along with his wife, Peggy, who is also a photographer, can be found snapping photos of newly engaged couples, capturing sultry boudoir shoots, and shooting videos for special events.
At Create Your Canvas, students channel their inner Chagall or Rococo as they turn a snow-white canvas into a personalized print. Selecting from a collection of 100 painting, students choose to re-create images from nature, dance, or child-friendly cartoons then fill in the color on a pre-sketched canvas. Guests sip on samples of their own wine or mixed drinks, and compare pointers on how much is appropriate to tip your muse, a pencil sharpener.
For over 60 years, the Broward Art Guild's prismatic standing in the community has given members the opportunity to absorb exhibitions, galleries, and events that showcase the limitless boundaries of visual art. Open to hobbyists, collectors, and lonely frames, each membership includes reduced entry fees for artists to a full slate of juried exhibitions. Exhibitions feature artistic interpretations of open or themed subject matter, including pieces crafted solely in shades of black, white, or shades of gray. Members will enjoy the Guild's e-newsletter, which provides up-to-date information about upcoming events and is delivered by a punctual cyber paperboy. Additionally, discounted fees for classes and workshops allow emerging paint slingers to hone their craft, and invitations to special gatherings keep members up to snuff on exclusive affairs and rumors of evil Carpathian uprisings. Membership also provides a variety of discounts at local businesses.
In 1998, School of Rock's first location was built in Philadelphia to strengthen students' self-confidence, develop their musicianship, and most importantly, spark an insatiable enthusiasm to learn. Today, the School of Rock franchise has branched out to more than 65 locations throughout the United States and Mexico. During the school's music lessons, encouraging instructors well versed in methods of rocking and rolling?such as strumming guitars, tickling keyboards, and causing avalanches with yodels?demystify music theory for mini Mick Jaggers of all skill levels.
School of Rock's Rock 101 program acquaints beginners with the instrument of their choice using a curriculum of weekly private lessons and group band rehearsals. Virtuosos ready to hit the stage can participate in the performance program, which prepares students for live performances that pay homage to beloved rock icons such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Mount Rushmore.
It's another world underwater, populated with life almost alien. Making the exploration of that world accessible is why the founders of Scuba Network opened seven instructional scuba centers throughout New Jersey, New York, and southeast Florida. At all of the locations, certified divers lead Discover Scuba classes that allow first-timers to slip into scuba gear and see what it's like to breathe underwater and sprout their first gills. For those left entranced by the experience, Scuba Network offers an Open Water Scuba Certification course, during which learn a variety of scuba techniques in a pool before embarking on open dives. Scuba Network also sells all the necessary equipment from brands such as Mares and Aeris, and also organize dive travel packages to exotic locales such as the Galapagos and the Mayan Riviera in Cozumel, Mexico.
The makeup-savvy staff at Personal Touch outfits their clients with both tangible and intangible tools for creating chic, simple looks. Beyond their supply of mineral makeups, the team shares their wealth of cosmetic knowledge during personalized one-on-one consultations, helping clients master classic techniques for creating a pitch-perfect look for their wedding day and simple methods that accent their natural features.