Val Westover and Stephanie Adriana, both authors and photographers, draw from diverse artistic backgrounds. Val once trained hundreds of photographers as the manager of a nationwide portrait studio, and Stephanie has seen her work featured in an array of photography and fashion magazines. Applying fine-tuned artistic styles, they snap candid photojournalistic compositions and posed portraits of new couples, newborns, mothers-to-be, families, and secret families.
They also pass on their skills through step-by-step workshops, during which they use a blend of professional tips and practice exercises to teach the basics of ISO, shutter, and aperture alongside applied artistic principles. They then give protégés free rein to practice what they’ve learned in hands-on, on-location photo safaris, during which students capture shots of wildlife and people.
To more than 9,000 students, artist Harold Petersen is known simply as “Pete.” In founding the Petersen Art Center in 1994, Pete created a place where creative minds could come together, express themselves, and share their abilities with others. Pete has been teaching for more than 50 years, and he continues to lead students each week in the fine arts of drawing and working with watercolors. In addition to giving pupils the benefits of his own expertise, he has assembled a crack team of sculptors, painters, and visual artists to help students navigate the right sides of their brains.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build the tot's creativity and encourage development through play. Weekly classes are available for the freshly born sapling to the 5-years-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, mobility-enhancing sports classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The month membership allows you to take one class per week, with make-ups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open gym sessions (contact location for schedule), and you will receive a $25 certificate (requiring a $50 minimum purchase) for Gymboree clothing purchased online or at a Gymboree clothing store.
Visual Art Institute helps students increase their imagination, art skills, and self-confidence through art classes for all ages. Kids aged 5 and up can learn how to draw portraits and build with ceramics, while teens improve their technique in foundation drawing and take their skills to the next dimension in portrait sculpture. Adult classes try to capture that spark of creativity with watercolors, figure drawing, and oil painting.
At Utah Digital Trail, a Utah-based freelance photographer hosts hands-on workshops to help students harness their creativity while capturing evocative images. Workshops such as The Art of Composition and Canvas Gallery Wraps cover a range of topics and offer shutterbugs the opportunity to add new skills to their tool bags or fanny packs. One-on-one instruction lets students choose their own areas of focus during private sessions.
One may think that, being a self-taught photographer, Amanda Weilenmann’s work breaks from convention to yield thickly stylized artistic self-indulgence, but that’s far from the truth. For her, it’s all about the subject. Specializing in on-location shoots, she uses tight focus and a keen eye for natural light to make subjects leap into the foreground amid backdrops of autumn leaves, park benches, or rock walls.