Former Philadelphia Inquirer and Associated Press photographer and active Getty Images contract photojournalist William Thomas Cain has skills honed during 28 years of picture snapping. His background includes a degree in illustration from Philadelphia's University of the Arts, work for the Associated Press and Getty Images, and experience teaching at Wilmington University. His classes range from intro lessons for those with newly purchased cameras to advanced seminars that cover such advanced concepts as aperture and framing angles.
Even Mermaid Art Studio’s sign is a masterpiece. Above the storefront window, a giant octopus with outstretched tentacles holds a redheaded mermaid. The vintage maritime aesthetic carries over to the studio’s interior, where chalk-drawn seascapes and wooden fish sit atop a mosaic floor created by owner Denine Wish and some of her students. During group classes or private lessons, these artists of varying skill levels use provided materials to mold ceramics, paint portraits, and tie-dye their pet ponies’ tails.
Thom Callen sat behind his first drum kit at age 4. By 15, he was drumming at a professional level. These days, his skills with the skins have landed him gigs with award-winning songwriters and touring funk groups. But when he's not showcasing his talents, Thom trains fellow beat keepers of all ages and skill levels at Callan Music and Drum Studio.
After seating students behind a professional set, Thom teaches basic methods, such as keeping a simple beat. He then builds upon those tricks to more advanced techniques, like executing perfect drum fills while napping. Each lesson caters to students' individual paces, as well as their favorite styles, including jazz, rock, or world rhythm. If pupils provide an SD card, Thom can even record the lessons so students can listen back afterward.
With a stay at Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue in Philadelphia, you'll be convenient to Fairmount Park and St. Joseph's University. This hotel is within close proximity of Barnes Foundation and St. Joseph's University.
Stay in one of 209 guestrooms featuring flat-panel televisions. High-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and you can also request rollaway/extra beds.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreational amenities such as an indoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional features include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
The nonprofit Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary photography, offering a wide range of engaging opportunities for anyone interested in photography and the arts through educational programs, events, and exhibitions. A team of fine-art photographers, curators, and other arts professionals initiates the snapshot curious in affordable five-week classes and workshops that are suitable for photogs of all abilities. The teen program nurtures artistic impulses during afterschool hours, handing students loaner supplies and foraying into the city during field trips.
En Pointe's dance instructors bring years of collective experience to the studio's schedule of classes, which edify groups of up to 15 students in nine styles of dance. A combination of barre and floor work hones classical techniques during one-hour ballet classes, which instill pupils with swan-like grace and a knack for tiptoeing down creaky staircases. One-hour tap lessons propel pupils to cultivate rhythm, coordination, and agility, and combo sessions inspire inner cadence in students ages 3–5 with split hours of jazz and ballet or tap. All classes convene on the studio's floating dance floor, which absorbs impact to prevent fatigue, injury, and yet another victory for the apathetic law of gravity.