A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
"I am artistry"—that's the translation of Je M'appelle Artistry, as well as owner Shonny's philosophy. Shonny works as a photographer, designer, and instructor, often combining all three passions. Snapping photos with her Nikon D600, she captures intimate boudoir scenes, romantic wedding images, and fanciful kids' shots, focusing on portraits. She extends this love of portraits into group or private workshops, where students learn to incorporate natural light and elements into their pictures. Her photos have been published in the cloth-diapering book Changing Diapers; she also designs her own cloth-diaper and clothing patterns.
Friends Nathan Brown and Javonni Gayden are living examples of how two heads are better than one. The duo pooled their respective skills—Brown is more technology-savvy while Gayden is the creative one—to form Brown and Gayden Productions. The photographers specialize in photography and videography for large-scale events such as weddings and graduations. They also offer postproduction services such as professional-quality video editing.
Felicity Christopher sees the world through a kaleidoscope of colorful shapes and personalities. Armed with her Canon camera, she roams weddings and special events such as live music shows, capturing the emotions of the moment in sharp, vibrant images. Whether she's working outdoors or in the studio, her mastery of lighting lends perfection to family gatherings or fashion shoots of the sun in Versace. Fine-art photography is in her repertoire as well, and she applies that commitment to craft to each and every session.
Adele Clare-Talbot joins forces with her husband to snap crystal-clear images of her subjects. A lifestyle photographer, she focuses on capturing her clients as their most natural selves, with packages designed for high-school seniors, families, newborns, expectant mothers, and best friends.
Ben Chen has experienced his share of success in his nearly 30-year photography career—his work has been published in such publications as Cosmopolitan, The Los Angeles Times, and ESPN Magazine, and he has lent his expertise to some of the nation's largest corporations, including Procter & Gamble and The American Red Cross. In 2006, the photographer began to notice that more and more novices were purchasing complex DSLR cameras, and that gave him an idea. Chen decided to share his wealth of knowledge with aspiring photographers by creating the 4-Hour Newbie Photography Boot Camp, which teaches students how to shoot manually with their DSLRs and create artistic, professional-quality photos. Since then, more than 5,000 students in 20 cities throughout the country have benefitted from these classes. In 2013, he acquiesced to student demand and created Part II of the class, which goes beyond photography basics by diving into post-production techniques. Nowadays, students can take both Part I and Part II in the same day, helping them go from student to master in less time than most action-movie montages.