In a handful of studios scattered between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Springfield, Missouri, kids express their artistic creativity under the friendly supervision of Noah’s Art instructors. Classes cover a wide variety of topics—from painting and clay sculpture to vocals-based Song Art—and are arranged by age group, allowing children to interact with peers of a similar developmental stage while engaging in philosophical musings on the meaning of parent-enforced time-outs. Instructors also teach basic art tools and techniques, such as how to properly hold a paintbrush or sculpt clay using only your mind.
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, directed by Jessica Orek, is an independent documentary that has garnered praise from IFC, Variety, and Filmmaker magazine for its quiet, poetic imagery, offbeat subject matter, and avant-garde style that, as critic Alicia Van Couvering stated, is "so much more than the sum of its parts." The film explores Japan's fascination with insects, the country's lucrative trade of insect sales, insect art and literature, and more, all through the magnifying lens of historical detective work. The Duke Energy Theatre offers an intimate, attractive space for film-gazing, with auditorium-style seats that keep your vision clear from obstructive bonnets, beehives, and Gorgon snakes.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, body-building sport classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month-long membership allows you to take one class per week.
A mop of hair fringes an infant's milky-white face, his plump cheeks reminiscent of a porcelain doll. Though the image is black and white, the boy's eyes are as striking as any baby blues—reflections of the white linens gathered around his legs add depth and life to his playful gaze. This photograph, which won Janet Boschker the Canon Par Excellence Award in 2010, is but one of many that have earned the photographer numerous accolades.
At Northlight Photography, the Boschker's own studio, the photographer flaunts her signature blend of award-winning artistry in custom portraiture. Whether capturing the innocence of a child, the love of a family, or the excitement of a special event, she strives to turn each image into an artistic and timeless representation of its subject. The expert also shares some of her trade secrets through introductory and advanced photo classes.
Versatile photographer George Simpson strives to honor his clients’ vision as he documents their family milestones and corporate events, or snaps slick marketing shots of their products. His portfolio showcases his eye for artful composition and authentic emotion, evident whether he is working with couples high off of the thrill of an engagement or youngsters high off the thrill of their first bank heist.