At Bountiful Arts, artistic minds of all ages and abilities gather beneath rustic wooden beams to perfect their gifts through practice and guidance from passionate instructors. Drawing and painting classes cater to both kids and adults and are limited to small groups to ensure each student is given individualized attention and equal space on the class holiday card. Specialty classes delve into artistic technique with advanced lessons on color theory and perspective, with private tutelage available to help fine-tune composition skills or overall mastery of oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels.
The 5,100-square-foot studio at Photo Studio Group is a blank canvas upon which a community of visiting and member artists stages their craft. For an hourly rate, photographers can click their shutters at a professional studio backdrop and use lights, backgrounds, and grip equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. A series of workshops bring the ins and outs of the industry into focus, including a class on studio techniques that covers set design, hair and makeup collaboration, and teaching mannequins to hold a pose. Photo foundations workshops focus on topics such as camera equipment and composition, and Photoshop workshops introduce students to the image-enhancing software and other Creative Suite applications. Photo Studio Group also hosts a pro lecture series, where esteemed photographers and designers chat about their techniques in a casual setting.
No two people are alike, so at Eclipse Studios, neither are two photo sessions. Senior portraits, for example, reflect the interests that make every teenager unique, whether they're nature lovers, sports fans, drama fanatics, or anything in between. Armed with decades of experience, Eclipse’s photographer applies the skills and sensitivity required of virtually any situation. During boudoir sessions, they let women don their most elegant, but rarely flaunted ensembles and showcase their sensual sides amid flattering lighting and a comfortable environment. And family portraits celebrate the powerful connections between kin, whether in the formal setting of the studio or the candid atmosphere of a backyard get-together.
When John Antone founded Axis Music Academy and started developing his proprietary teaching method, the academy was a cramped four-studio Southfield office where he gave guitar lessons. Sixteen years later, Axis has blossomed into a quartet of spacious, well-lit facilities that have one specialty in common: turn individual musicians into bands. Supplied with 12 private studios and all necessary instruments and gear, students get to set their own goals and chart their own course to learning, composing, and recording music. Whether that journey starts with them working through their favorite song on the guitar or stubbornly trying to play the tuba with their ear, the teaching staff helps them reach their goals using the full benefit of their expertise. Budding virtuosos can then combine their strengths during a slate of rock bands, glee clubs, and other group activities.
Axis Music Academy is also currently Michigan’s only Apple-authorized training center, which saves prospective producers a trip out of state if they want to get certified and tested in industry-standard recording software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Final Cut, and Garage Band —all taught using a brand-new suite of computer stations and the industry-insider techniques of Charlie Grover, the former drummer of gold-certified rock band Sponge.
Lessons rarely stay confined to the classroom, since Axis lines up opportunities for students to show off what they've learned onstage at local venues, sports games, and even on air during the morning news. It also stays active in the Detroit-area community by participating in Axis Music Academy 501(C)3 and other programs.
Byrd Dog Production's Brian Frankforther learned about the power of photography before he started his career behind the lens. At age 19, his father passed away, and he discovered something he never knew: his father was once an avid photographer. Looking through the old photos, Brian recognized the transcendent sentimental power pictures can have, and began to explore photography himself. Today, with an eye for harnessing natural light, Brian helps other families and friends create their own timeless keepsakes in outdoor photo shoots.
Music Authority's diverse and experienced team of instructors coaches students of all ages in their choice of eight instruments in one-on-one, 30-minute lessons held once a week. Music mavens teach students how to decipher sheet music and tones expressing Morse code messages as they usher in rehearsal compositions for piano, guitar, drums, violin, flute, accordion, trumpet, or voice. Musicians in training learn about music theory and technical elements such as finger placement and submission holds to wrestle tunes from a stubborn trumpet. After sharpening their skills in the lessons, all students may showcase their mastery in the annual spring and winter recitals.