The meaning of art may be subjective, but Mission: Renaissance believes that the basic, technical skills needed to create art are learnable, regardless of a student’s age or experience. The instructors at the studio, which was originally founded in 1975, illuminate the Gluck Method, which focuses on the classic rendering techniques that the great masters used on their first computers. The classes can accommodate students as young as 5, and they explore a number of different mediums—including charcoal, watercolors, and oils—while giving attendees the experience they need to appreciate art, as well as create it. Spread across 19 studio locations in southern California, attendance is capped at around six students per instructor, which allows them to offer artists more personalized feedback and more fitting nicknames.
With schools on the shores of the United States, China, and the Philippines, the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) works to nurture the next generation of Hollywood’s elite. The academy's hands-on training, one-on-one attention, quality gear, and focus on all aspects of the craft, from writing to directing to performing, have earned it praise from the Hollywood Reporter as one of the Best Film Schools in the World. To put these means to use, IAFT hosts programs that can lead to certification or a diploma, as well as workshops that sharpen skills or introduce beginners to the world of the silver screen.
Yet for a student few things are more important than having a stolen answer key to their finals and an influential mentor. So IAFT stocks their faculty with experienced professionals such as Frederick Bailey. Bailey has directed more than 100 stage plays in theaters across the United States and has seen more than 20 of his screenplays become movies. He also holds a recurring role on the television soap Days of Our Lives and has taught acting, directing, and screenwriting in Japan and the Philippines.
Photos with a "cinematic fashion feel"—that's how Jennifer Emery of PBJ Candids Photography describes her style. With a background in acting, she certainly has a grasp of the dramatic. Whether shooting headshots, weddings, or portraits, she uses that approach to infuse images with excitement. During her 20 years as a photographer, her unique style has landed her work in renowned publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings and Pasadena Magazine.
A highly adaptable photographer, she can customize her style to suit virtually any photographic opportunity. That includes live events, corporate photography, and creative pin-up girl or boudoir sessions. With her cinematic touch, she also creates art prints, photo jewelry, and photo coasters. As a photographer with a boundless passion for the art, she also leads workshops, teaching others how to operate digital cameras, compose images, and return the souls accidentally captured on film.
Art Center for Kids' imaginative programs foster creativity, problem solving, and freedom of expression in young students with a number of hands-on animation, architecture, and sculpting activities. For three hours on seven consecutive Sundays, kiddies learn the intricacies of printmaking, robot creation, T-shirt design, or building toy cars to practice nascent parallel parking skills. Sessions challenge young artists to finish pieces using the same resources available to undergraduate art students while working alongside fellow students to complete more complex projects, such as a room-wide giant doodle masterpiece in the Big Draw class. Upon completion of the course, artists take home their works to hang on the fridge or in the family Louvre.
Martial Arts History Museum's exhibits chronicle martial arts' role in two stories: the histories of prominent Asian countries, and the cultural influence of Asian countries on America. Through paintings, musical instruments, and theatrical displays, the nonprofit organization's exhibits cover the origins and growth of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines. As they trace those histories, they also zoom in on major events such as the Boxer Rebellion and the relationship between martial arts and Asian arts such as Chinese opera and Japanese Taiko drumming.
Fittingly for a museum whose designers included artists from Disney and The Simpsons, the space also contains a media section, where a continuous showing of the three-part documentary Martial Arts in Film, TV and Print sets the stage for the surrounding exhibit. Portions of this section analyze pop-culture staples such as Kung Fu Panda and Avatar: The Last Airbender, and other parts display movie memorabilia such as Ralph Macchio's headband from The Karate Kid, though his socks are kept in a hidden location known only to the world's three richest kings. The museum also hosts frequent events and classes that range from sushi seminars to sword-cutting performances.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Orlando Deral is a man of many talents. Using hi-definition cameras, he leads his staff in capturing images on both print and film. They also handle media needs in all stages, from storyboarding commercial spots to optimizing music videos for the internet. But the studio's real focus is on weddings, wherein a photographer and cinematographer help tell a couple's story through engagement reenactments or a rundown of their special day.