Nearly a century old history, Oak Park Art League has colored the community by cultivating and sharing the work of local artists through instruction and exhibitions. During a glass-fusing class, students acquaint themselves with the included materials with deep, ritualistic curtsies before instructors launch into a technical demonstration. Students choose from projects including an ornament, sun catcher, or free-form picture frame, and proud craft parents are free to tote their polished progeny home upon completion.
Designed by art educators and art therapists, Magical Minds' bright, cheerful studio fosters creativity and visual thinking via process-driven art experiences. Children aged 4–7 can take a whirlwind tour of the palette-populated countryside with Magical Creations, a class that teaches basic painting, drawing, and sculpture skills ($105 value). More developed doodlers aged 7 and older can try their hands at creating comic book characters and inventing new onomatopoeias, such as glarf, in Comic Book Drawing (a $120 value). Kids aged 4 and older can steep their minds in artistry from around the globe without submitting their finger-paints to body scans in Art Around the World ($105 value). Click here to see the complete list of class options. No matter which class your wee one chooses, he or she will engage a variety of visual and sensory stations while boosting hand-eye coordination and confidence.
Art and Barb have something in common with President Barack Obama and actress Julie Andrews: they've all had their portraits taken by Paul Berg. Sure, Art and Barb are Paul's parents, but the photographer tries to make every portrait session feel as personal as the next, whether he's photographing a Hollywood star or commemorating his parents' 60th anniversary.
Since creating Paul Berg Photography, he has cultivated a portfolio that's stunning in its diversity. His commercial and architectural work showcases the sleek steel and glass of skyscrapers and upscale gym facilities. As an avid traveler, Paul has trekked across 26 countries, five continents, and seven moons of Jupiter, helping him build an impressive body of work that includes an award-winning series on India.
When he finally sets down his camera, Paul remains busy. He teaches hands-on photography workshops that propel novice photographers' skills into levels of expertness. During those workshops, his students grasp their cameras and follow him onto scenic bridges and through wildflower meadows while he instructs them on photography techniques. Paul also delivers educational lectures and exhibits his work in galleries.
Dr. Fretgood's musicologists breathe new life into weary instruments and other music-producing gear, readying pieces for anything from hitting the road to banging basement rehearsals to streetside serenades. Amps that buzz, cut out, or distort sound worse than vacuuming through a kazoo can get straightened out in an amplifier tune-up. During the tune-up, Dr. Fretgood's sound-wave-soothing staff cleans jacks, scrubs and lubricates pots, tightens hardware and loose connections, and checks and adjusts bias.
Chicago native Paul Sherman has practiced his craft for the past 25 years in the city and around the globe, with work appearing in regional and national publications. At his spacious studio with mottled floors and ample natural light, he focuses his camera eye on portrait sessions for individuals and kids. His skills also extend to professionals for fashion or headshot photo sessions.