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.
Linda Wehrli has raw talent. Since age 5, she has re-created her world through drawings and paintings and has channeled her sense of self-expression through playing the piano, abilities that led her to study formally with instructors from Juliard and Cal State Northridge. Now, with her works hanging in private collections, Linda passes on her knowledge to students at Pastimes for a Lifetime.
She teaches students of all skill levels and ages—6-year-olds to seniors—to hone their creativity into life-like or abstract drawings and paintings. Her classes aim to build a foundation of aptitude in one particular medium, such as drawing with pen or charcoal or painting with oils or acrylics—and the necessary supplies can all be purchased at the on-site art shop.
Tapping into her musical talents, she also helms piano lessons, teaching students to read and play music. Her confidence-building approach helps beginners and advanced players alike become better musicians, and inspires those once spurned by a piano that wouldn't settle down to become reacquainted with their abilities. To further their studies, pianists can go home with a book she co-published with her husband.
According to Claudia Goodman, she doesn't take pictures; she captures moments. As she presses her eye to her camera's viewfinder and lines up the image of a family, individual, event, or pet, she strives to capture the feeling of that instant in time, to capture the truest essence of her subjects. Against natural backdrops—such as the ocean, the beach, and the enormous alien spacecrafts that constantly patrol the Los Angeles skyline—she immortalizes the infatuation of couples, the unadulterated curiosity of children, and the gentle snoozing of kittens.
On the red carpet, celebs such as Jessica Biel, Charlize Theron, and Robert Downey Jr. all take a minute to pose for Marcelo Araujo. The self-described beauty photographer believes gorgeousness lies not just in his models' good looks, but also in their confidence and poise. Rather than requesting specific poses from behind the camera, Marcelo strives to capture the inherent allure and drama of candid images during his beauty and fashion shoots. Alongside these specialties, Marcelo will also schedule shoots for headshots and catalogs.
Armed with a camera and plenty of photo retouching expertise, photographer Maria Shamsa creates professional headshots as well as treasured family heirlooms. She snaps shots on location to capture images using natural light and scenic backdrops, and she artfully edits images after shoots, erasing red eyes and other flaws before injecting them on CDs.
With schools on the shores of the United States, China, and the Philippines, the International Academy of Film and Television (IAFT) works to nurture the next generation of Hollywood’s elite. The academy's hands-on training, one-on-one attention, quality gear, and focus on all aspects of the craft, from writing to directing to performing, have earned it praise from the Hollywood Reporter as one of the Best Film Schools in the World. To put these means to use, IAFT hosts programs that can lead to certification or a diploma, as well as workshops that sharpen skills or introduce beginners to the world of the silver screen.
Yet for a student few things are more important than having a stolen answer key to their finals and an influential mentor. So IAFT stocks their faculty with experienced professionals such as Frederick Bailey. Bailey has directed more than 100 stage plays in theaters across the United States and has seen more than 20 of his screenplays become movies. He also holds a recurring role on the television soap Days of Our Lives and has taught acting, directing, and screenwriting in Japan and the Philippines.