Professional photographers Jonathan Mathis and Carlos Guzman nurture and support budding photographic talents with their classes and workshops. During the six-hour Point & Shoot digital photography workshop, budding shutterbugs maximize camera potential as an expert instructor discusses the basics of camera operation while shining light on the various camera modes, menus, and zoom features. In both Point-and-Shoot and DSLR camera classes, instructors also cover the fundamentals of editing, cropping, printing, and storing. At the end of each workshop, apprentices review their photos from the session and discuss them as a group, pointing out strengths, weaknesses, and skillfully camouflaged Waldos. Other classes and workshops have included sessions on topics such as studio lighting, documentary photography, and digital editing. Creative Digital Workshops also hosts low-cost lectures and demonstrations to inspire communities to see and capture their worlds through a camera lens.
The Academy of Classical Music & Fine Arts takes a holistic approach to its music instruction, giving musically inclined citizens the harmonious keys to a musical mind and body. Founded by gifted siblings Gianeh and Ovanes Arakelyan, both USC graduates and former pupils of world-renowned pianist Daniel Pollack, the academy offers students precise instructions on specific necessities including posture, listening techniques, and the finger dexterity utilized by “Stairway to Heaven”–playing guitar-shop customers the world over.
No matter how you choose to use this Groupon, by the time you leave your 60-minute in-studio session ($125), you will feel so comfortable posing in front of the camera you'll be able to do it in your sleep—without even blinking. At the end of your session you will receive one 8''x10'' print ($60) and two 5''x7'' prints ($45 each), as well as 20% off any additional purchases. Customers who spend more than 300 additional dollar bills will also receive a complimentary mini brag-book ($125 value).
A graphic designer by training, Julie Weiss first picked up a camera when she couldn't find stock photography that was up to her exacting standards. She was familiar with technique, so she started snapping shots of people, places, pets, and food. She discovered a true passion for the art form and for making women feel beautiful, and founded Weiss Photography to make a career of it. She still shoots a wide range of subjects for personal and commercial use, but particularly specializes in boudoir photography, capturing moments of beauty that the naked eye might normally miss.
Photographer Eric Auffhammer discovered his first taste of making art when his mother introduced him to oil painting when he was nine years old. Fast-forward to the present, and he’s working toward an MFA in photography, winning awards and accolades along the way. Through Eternity Fine Portraits, Auffhammer specializes in wedding photography as well as portraits of children, seniors, newborns, and families. His portrait work is done on location, allowing clients to select sites of special importance, such as a favorite picnic spot or haunted backyard swing set.
Brimming behind a curved glass exterior, painstakingly crafted bisque pieces perch on sleek black squares while original drawings and paintings cascade across the light-strewn walls of The Chartreuse Muse. Inside, local artists showcase their pièces de résistance and helm classes in the dynamic space's art school. Sessions for all ages and levels tackle a bevy of media, such as clay, charcoal, and acrylic paints, and inspire students to draw, paint, or create mixed-media collages of their tax-return documents.