Visitors to the unassuming Los Gatos bar Carry Nation's might stop at the door transfixed by a set of stained-glass panels, alive with the outstretched wings of a phoenix rising before a flowerlike sun. The piece, commissioned in 1976, is the work of Tom Stanton, a glass artist with 44 years of experience who shares his expertise with students in his studio and at South Bay high schools. Along with injecting translucent loveliness into unexpected architecture, Stanton has also created pieces for Linda Ronstadt, George Lucas, and more than 1,000 other commissioned clients. Within a former post office, Tom cuts, stains, fuses, and paints glass using a deep toolbox of techniques, inviting pupils to create original pieces and inviting visitors to snatch up inimitable items during the studio's seasonal sales and goblet-tosses.
After 16 years spent with Kona Coffee, MJA Owner Marin Artukovich took up residence in Napa Valley, where he renovated an idyllic estate on the side of Howell Mountain before opening the MJA Tasting Room in March of 2010. With the help of local winemaker Mikael Wargin, Marin’s vineyard produces cabernets, sauvignon blancs, and pinot noirs reflecting the terroir of Napa Valley and the Santa Cruz mountains, with bottles for sale through its very own Serene and DaVine cellars. Cups of house-roasted Hawaiian Kona Coffee cap off each tasting, warming hands and souls inside MJA’s gorgeous brick-walled estate or on a heated patio overlooking the Santa Cruz mountains.
Having shot more than 30,000 subjects throughout his career as a photographer, including many Silicon Valley business figures, Eric Gould understands how to create a good photo in any setting. His adeptness at communicating with subjects carries into his photography workshops, where he conveys difficult concepts clearly and methodically, saving students from such rookie mistakes as shooting with the lens cap on or turning the flash on while taking pictures of your imaginary friend's third grade graduation. In his own photo sessions, he frames professional clients in business portraits and headshots, high-school seniors in youthful poses, athletes in midaction, and a wide spectrum of people and places encountered on international travels.
Digital Media Academy is a technology camp for both kids and adults, which landed a spot on Worth magazine's Top 10 Summer Camps list in 2010. Founded at Stanford University in 2002, the camp hires industry professionals to lead campers in exploring a huge variety of topics in STEM fields?that's science, technology, engineering, and math. Kids and teens ages 6 through 17 learn video game design, app development, filmmaking, photography, computer programming, Python, and more?all while practicing physical and teamwork skills as well. Adult classes focus on practical skills for career advancement, including topics such as digital photography, app design, and computer-graphic design. Teen and adult courses are even eligible for Stanford's continuing-studies credits.
Though the word collage may conjure images of elementary-school projects covered in macaroni art, the form has been around for centuries and practiced by renowned artists such as Picasso and Matisse. Twin Soul Art Studio founder Jeanne teaches the techniques of collage to students as young as 7, drawing on her BFA in graphic design and career as a children’s book illustrator. During classes and collage parties, Jeanne guides each student toward creating aesthetic and functional pieces with disparate items such as newspaper clippings, buttons, photos, and pets' obedience-school diplomas.