Preschool Plus provides a fun, safe, and stimulating environment for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds to preheat their brains before the emotional and social rigors of life in kindergarten. With 25 years of experience as an early-childhood teacher and director, Kathy Hughes leads a team of certified educators that focus on cultivating the cognitive and developmental needs of each child. Although each instructor is equipped with eyes in the back of her head, a small teacher-to-student ratio ensures each child is nurtured and cared for. Based on the retention theory of the "Song That Never Ends," monthly themes are incorporated into every section of the curriculum. Each classroom also contains interest centers geared toward literacy, science, music, and how to properly eat an overstuffed burrito.
Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.
As a husband, father, and grandfather, Phil Hyman understands the importance of family. Marshalling 40 years of experience, he brings an educated eye to each shot's composition and lighting, capturing sentimental or significant moments in portrait sessions for families and kids either on location or in the studio. His business is a family affair: his team includes Alex and Becky Hyman, who work closely with clients, planning each session down to the last detail and fostering a comfortable atmosphere in which clients can freely express themselves.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.
SnapClasses.com's photography professionals impart fledgling photogs with digital picture-taking knowledge during the four-hour workshop. The class is divided into three parts—digital basics, taking better pictures, and what to do after the shoot—to cover all aspects of digital photography. Each camera crusader will learn shutter-snapping fundamentals, such as how to understand camera functions, how to manipulate settings to obtain desired effects, and how to react when your camera asks you to focus. Students will also study backgrounds, foregrounds, and how to get up-close and personal without agitating touchy subjects. Before class ends, amateur paparazzi will become adept at eliminating pesky instances of red-eye and learn how to print perfectly captured pictures of cabbage heads that resemble Pete Rose.
The Athens School of Music's skilled instructors impart students of all ages and skill levels with note-hitting know-how. The one-on-one lessons–overseen by experienced musicians trained in a variety of styles–enhance pupils' relationships with an array of instruments, including guitar, piano, and electric kazoo. Seven studios enable artists to pluck in tranquil solitude, a piano room summons strummers, and a sound-reinforced drum room with two kits creates a perfect percussion palace and an ideal place to practice eating with drumsticks. While waiting for lessons to begin, students can relax, collaborate, or silently air jam in the school's comfortable, couch-adorned lobby.