The instructors at Freedom School of the Arts don’t teach theatrical dogma. Instead of constraining their pupils with “must do” techniques, they encourage students to explore their own process and discover on-stage confidence through a constantly changing curriculum. The school’s acting and improv classes cover basic performance skills that ease self-doubts as well as read-through, blocking, and agreement techniques that help them feel comfortable in any situation, from shows to auditions to parent-teacher conferences. Not just for adults, the school hosts youth acting classes that help kids explore their imagination and creativity.
For more than 25 years, Gareth Skipp has been capturing what makes each person, each family, and each event unique through his photography. During portrait sessions and shoots covering marching bands, theatre, and live music acts, he strives to frame the personality and emotions of his subject with crisply composed and flawlessly lit images.
Founded in 1992 with the mission of finding new faces, CA7 Creative Inc. has a staff devoted to helping beginners of all ages break out of obscurity and into the modelling, film, print, and television industries. A team of photographers, booking agents, makeup artists, and marketers congregates under one roof to score auditions for acting and modelling neophytes with no prior experience, shooting photos, augmenting cheekbones, and doling out advice to help them stand out. Their clients' faces have graced print ads, commercials, and billboards for companies including Nikon, Sony, Ikea, and Campbell's. The professional photographers snap shots of aspiring stars with skillfully arranged backdrops in a comfortable studio flanked by wood floors and large windows that permit only the most flattering of natural light to enter. They work with each subject to bring out their natural personality in each shot, capturing some clients mean mugging in leather jackets, others playfully grinning in casual duds, and some casting over-the-shoulder smoulders in cocktail-party attire.
It’s tough to get tree frogs, toucans, and monkeys to sit still in a studio. That's why the leaders of the Academy of Photo Arts take photography trips to Costa Rica, where they can find exotic wildlife in its natural habitat before capturing it on film. The photography academy’s travel courses can also whisk students off to Venice’s picturesque canals, or to Las Vegas to capture shots of the Grand Canyon or the landfill where all copies of Vegas Vacation are buried.
The school hosts Toronto-based courses as well, where keen-eyed photographers lead interactive workshops on wildlife photography and landscape photography. The in-studio courses, meanwhile, focus on techniques that help artists create flattering lighting setups, perform seamless Photoshop edits, and unscrew lens caps rather than smashing them to pieces in frustration. The Academy also provides photo- and video-booth rental that allows photo-takers to capture as many photos and video as they want in both color or black-and-white.
Upholders of ancient Roman mosaic techniques since their foundation in 1990, Glass Mosaic Canada’s team of knowledgeable artisans outfits shoppers with mosaic-making supplies while helming hands-on art courses, which are ideal for summer activities, birthday parties, and pupils of all ages. Staffers bustle about the store stocking shelves with a glittering selection of tiles and tesserae imported from across the globe along with handy tools and accessories. Sage instructors employ upward of 10 years of teaching experience to impart their tile-centric prowess upon students during interactive courses and workshops that teach both basic and advanced mosaic applications depending on students' experience levels and any mosaic work done in a previous life. While specializing in all things mosaic, the store’s staff also works with homeowners to create in-home mosaics and stained-glass pieces to beautify domestic planes.