Nowadays, almost anyone can pick up a camera and call himself a photographer. But husband-and-wife team Mario and Gayle Guerrero have the experience to warrant the title: they opened Sunlight Portrait Artist in 1985, and have captured thousands of shots of weddings, newborns, and high-school seniors in the years since. Mario is a certified professional photographer by the Professional Photographers of America, and Gayle served as her family photographer while growing up. Today their panoramic skill set covers photojournalistic, editorial, and classic styles as well as Photoshop skills.
Armed with clay-crafting know-how, kilns for low- and high-fire finishing, and a team of notable, local ceramicists, Sunin Clay Studio founder Linda Pope oversees a pottery workshop designed with the layperson in mind. Anyone can drop in to pick up clay, rent studio time, or just bring their porcelain puppy in for a checkup. The core of the studio's services, however, lies in their beginner-friendly handbuilding and wheel-throwing classes. These four-week programs introduce progressively more advanced techniques, and the small class sizes allow students of vastly different skill levels to work alongside each other. Some special classes call on the specific schools of the potters-in-residence, such as Throwing Big and Tall—led by John Bogovich and aimed at assuaging a fear of attempting big projects—and the sculpting class, taught by talented 3-D portraitist Georgie Young. The fees for each of Sunin's classes cover all materials, including clays, glazes, and Stooge-insurance for the finished piece.
Drama Kids International, is part of the largest after-school drama program in the world, with more than 50,000 students currently at its 1,500 plus locations both in the United States and internationally. Its copyrighted curriculum features original, creative lessons with a built-in advancing scale of language development
At Clay Casa, hundreds of unpainted ceramic figurines wait to be finished with more than 60 kinds of glaze—and they’re not the only things waiting in the shop's wings. In addition to paint-your-own ceramics, Clay Casa houses empty mosaic shapes and varieties of glittering glass and gems that can be combined and recombined to create sparkling tesserae. If that doesn’t satisfy artistic urges, visitors can fuse glass for make-your-own votives, bowls, or luxury thimbles. Instructors also hold instructional glass-cutting classes on more involved projects such as vases and bowls.