A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson are explorers. One can often find them hiking a mountain or cruising down the freeways of Southern California. However, much of their exploration takes place standing still, their eyes focused through a camera lens. Through Kremer Johnson Photography, Mr. Kremer and Mr. Johnson use photographs to tell the stories of athletes, musicians, and other clients. That might mean capturing a swimmer in the pool or a guitar player in the middle of a favorite song. Kremer Johnson Photography has also worked with well-known corporate clients, such as Boeing and CNN.
The talented technicians at Blazing Trails Media leapfrog between the worlds of photography, videography, Photoshop, and video editing. Artists snap intimate family portraits and arresting headshots, as well as wedding photos and promotional photos for small businesses. Blazing Trails Media staff also can collaborate with clients on graphics-design projects, or help edit and shape home-movie clips into a cohesive documentary on who actually won that hotly contested game of Scrabble.
Christopher Gosch has filmed more than 25 televisions shows—as well as the first underwater reality show—at exotic locations around the globe. When he isn't crafting professional videos, he draws on more than two decades of experience to snap static images during underwater photo shoots. Before each session, skilled hair and makeup artists make people look like more attractive versions of themselves with waterproof makeup while a professional wardrobe team assembles costumes and props such as mermaid fins, hula-hoops, and angel wings. Once subjects achieve their chosen looks, they dive into a swimming pool with trained assistants, who provide step-by-step instructions while Chris captures maritime memories. In addition to portrait sessions for both adults and children, Christopher also takes watery group, engagement, and wedding photos—some of which can be viewed in his online gallery.
Since sprouting in South Bay in 2004, Wondertree Kids has been an interactive space for youngsters to learn about and discover the fascinating world around them. Designed by early childhood experts, the facility's programs use playtime as a vehicle to stimulate learning and development like in their popular Music & Sign Language class. Age-appropriate exercises are woven into the fabric of every activity, including messy art classes, school-preparation courses, and music programs, where kids can safely practice their moves instead of breakdancing in the subway.
Created with the purpose of furthering collaboration and artistic development among photographers of all skill levels, The Los Angeles Photo School pairs beginner and experienced photographers with acclaimed and prolific pioneers in the field. Alongside professional instructors such as Dove Shore, Joseph Cultice, and Brian Bowen Smith—whose hard-to-miss work is often found on magazine covers, editorial features, and ads—students at the school are be able to learn everything from the basics of lighting to high-fashion photography from some of the best in the industry. The school also boasts a low teacher-to-student ratio, giving mentees the full attention and high-five exclusivity of their instructors.