At the Art Institute of Weston, master artist Conchita Firgau and her associate professors lead students of all ages in learning the classic style of European painting. Drawing on traditions of color, light, and composition practiced by Renaissance painters, Conchita and her staff give students the confidence and skill to develop their own style. But painting is not the only activity that goes on here. Photography classes help shutterbugs master digital cameras, and guitar classes use fun, easily digestible techniques to give more credibility to students’ air-guitar performances. The friendly studio also hosts after-school programs and camps to hone kids’ artistic talents.
Whether or not special needs affect their students, Dot-To-Dot Learning Center's speech language pathologists know how to cultivate an environment for effective learning. Their classes span the entire realm of academia, from reading and speech therapy to social skills and homeschooling techniques. They even lead Lego-based therapy, which encourages pupils to demonstrate creative flair as they flex their motor-skills muscles.