Roxana Puiu travels throughout New York City to photograph such subjects as families, individuals, and newborn babies. Ms. Puiu specializes in many styles, from standard portrait sessions to intimate boudoir, glamour, and pin-up photo shoots. She also loves photographing pets.
The Bergen Academy provides fine-tuning tutoring for music students of all ages, offering private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, and a multitude of woodwinds. A free 15-minute trial session allows students or their parents to parlay with one of more than 20 potential teachers, introducing musicians to their instruments, the instructors to the instructees, and the instruments to the concept of human companionship.
Whether you're locking eyes with one of his tiger portraits or attending his pencil-drawing class, one can't help but ask: how does Jerry Winick find the time? His own artwork alone is an exercise in patience, as his pencil drawings can take up to three months to finish. They capture animal faces and Brooklyn streets with striking detail and clarity, so much so that people often believe they're looking at photographs. But, in addition to sketching out these award-winning snapshots, Jerry also runs Pencilworks Studio, a venue for burgeoning artists to mingle and learn.
Here, he leads classes in his chosen medium—pencil—for both children and adults. His personalized instructions help students reproduce a photo on paper, all without tracing or resorting to the Xerox machine they've hidden under their shirt. The studio hosts other workshops as well, helmed by Jerry's daughter Michelle and other professional artists. Depending on their area of expertise, instructors can teach guests how to work with watercolors or experiment with different cartooning techniques. Michelle also arranges birthday painting parties for kids, which supply enough materials for everyone to make an original piece. The staff can even travel to offices and oversee team-building art exercises that yield a collaborative painting.
Martha Sobanko never planned to become a professional photographer. Rather, she caught the photo bug when she was pregnant with her first child. She seized her camera and began documenting her friends' newborns in preparation for her own. Once she realized that this was more than a simple hobby—that she had a knack for infant photography—she opened her own studio. Here she relies on the gentle nature and skillful composition she uses when snapping pictures of her own children and those of her friends to capture those same timeless moments for her clients.
One River School of Art and Design focuses on making art classes compelling so that anyone can experience the joy of painting a masterpiece or critiquing contemporary works. The school's art classes explore a broad range of media, while helping both kids and adults delve deeply into one specific art form or try a few new approaches. Teens can try their hands at fashion design or digital animation, adults can work on drawing or printmaking, and kids of all ages can express themselves while learning basic skills such as which paints are and aren't psychedelic.
Jason Villamil brings years of professional experience photographing musicians, weddings, and cultural events to his in-studio and on-location shoots. His diverse skill set allows him to capture memorable images of everything from couples celebrating their engagements to elegantly plated food.