When she?s not teaching art to adults at Art Connects Art School's studio, Dianne Tennyson maintains a private art-therapy practice designed to help clients reconcile conflict through creative self-expression. The practice guides Dianne?s efforts as an art teacher, and together with her husband, graphic designer Eric Vincent, the creative twosome inform and guide pupils of all ages and skill levels. Twenty years of coaxing artistry out of students has taught Dianne to begin with the basics?developing discipline, eye-hand coordination, and artistic vision?while working with oil and pastel paints. Eric?s expertise includes drawing, acrylics, sculpture, and cartooning, making him the perfect instructor for superheroes keen on crafting self-portraits.
Art may be a subjective experience, but with more than 100 regional and national awards, Steven Jordan?s talent is indisputable. A master of watercolor, mixed media, and oils, Jordan?s creativity knows few bounds, and his paintings have appeared in nationally published art books, as well as on TV and film. Steven has even painted his own van to look like a giant bumblebee. Customers can also commission work from Steven at an additional cost. The South Carolina native now frequently judges art competitions, gives lectures to organizations and strangers in the grocery line, and teaches classes and workshops.
The printer inside Tasty Image hums its monotone song and produces a high-definition photograph—on a thick sheet of chocolate. But It's not a waste of candy. The machine uses FDA-approved, food-grade inks to create readily consumable, framed chocolate photographs or personalized lollipops. The ink is entirely odorless and flavorless and serves as mere decoration for the cocoa beneath. It’s treats like this that make Tasty Image so different from other chocolate stores.
The international chocolate shop's offerings go well beyond the simple printed image as well. Using another method, the staff provides kits with edible-ink markers that kids can use to color in chocolate butterflies before devolving them back to caterpillars with a few swift bites. Each shop also carries boxes of truffles, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and even raw chocolate, which is used in Tasty Image’s BYOB chocolate making classes.
Growing up in Brooklyn, John Madden cultivated an eclectic set of musical tastes, from rock and blues to jazz and classical. He picked up performance chops at an early age by forming his own bands, which he complemented with formal training by studying jazz and contemporary music in college. Upon moving to Charleston, Madden narrowed his focus on teaching and performing guitar and bass. He estimates that in the 15 years since he held his first strumming lesson, he's taught hundreds of students?many of whom have gone on to perform locally and win scholarships to study music at the college level or with rare tropical songbirds.
In Fear No Easel's painting classes, resident artists galvanize each student's inner Picasso with detailed instruction and hands-on practice. Owners Les and Gina spread their love of the arts by inspiring beginners to take up a brush, and conjure a convivial atmosphere with alcoholic beverages. All students in each class mimic one selected image, just like office scribes in the days before Xerox machines.
Jeffrey Cohen and Andrea Boyd know that yoga's lessons stretch far beyond the reach of the studio mat. By applying Jivamukti tenets to all aspects of their lives, these advanced certified teachers endorse continual compassion, self-awareness, and Satsang—the practice of gathering with those who inspire you. Beneath their physical teachings lie lessons on character, which promote behaviors such as humility and compassion. They also demonstrate the power of generosity by holding annual "Help Send a Student to Teacher Training" fundraisers. As they strive to extend yoga's core values into their everyday lives, they and their students hope to become "agents of change in the world," an underlying goal highlighted in their 2008 Yoga Journal feature.
This holistic approach to yoga is evident in their classes, in which they blend breath work, meditation, chanting, and philosophy into innovative formats. They fuel posing sessions with soundtracks that range from Led Zeppelin riffs to spoken-word stanzas and use hands-on assists to support guests who suddenly decide to crowd-surf.