Fine Art Studio is where students learn how to paint and draw or strengthen their existing skills. But the studio isn't just a school; since 1976, it's also been a working graphic design house and photography studio, producing everything from logos and brochures to fully designed web sites.
Since she was a child, Pla Schneider dreamed of writing and illustrating her own children's book. She earned a degree in visual communications and exhibited some of her work in boutiques and galleries, but she couldn't find that spark of inspiration. She was able to find a muse in her daughter, who inspired Pla's first book, Sassy Cassie A True Little Princess. At Sugar-n-Spice Studios, Schneider helps art students circumvent creative blocks by guiding them step-by-step in a fun, playful environment. Patrons dab acrylic paints onto stretched canvases, rendering images of flower-filled parks, technicolor giraffes, or mermaids swimming alongside seahorses and other imaginary animals.
Julie Diebolt Price, president of JDP Photography, puts friendly faces on websites and brochures by crafting portraits for corporations, entrepreneurs, and organizations. In addition to helping clients such as Standard Pacific Homes, Women Helping Women, and Orange County Rescue Mission, Julie chronicles programs and events for the National Association of Women Business Owners, and she rubs elbows with august institutions such as the Professional Photographers of California and the Professional Photographers of America. Despite a successful professional career—her portfolio is filled with group portraits, product images for advertisements, and stock photos—she has not neglected her artistic side: a piece she dubbed “Tableau at Badling” landed a spot in the PPA’s 2010 International Photographic Competition general collection. When she isn't snapping photos, she teaches others how to use cameras such as DSLR, point-and-shoot, and camerae obscurae.
iWink Studios' squad of professional shutterbugs collaborates with clientele in front of and behind the lens with shoots, studio rentals, and photography courses. Offering both in-studio and on-location shoots at destinations throughout Orange County, photographers frame acting headshots, weddings, newborns, and boudoir models, all of whose sessions yield quality prints and retouched digital images. Meanwhile, novice photographers can rent cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment for their own shoot in one of iWink Studios' private 25'x41' or 27'x34' spaces. Studio rentals additionally supply guests with models, makeup artists, hairstylists, and personal training for smile muscles. Elsewhere, photography classes enrich apprentices in picture-taking techniques, with courses on digital-photography fundamentals, shooting with studio lights, and weekly workshops that cover a rotating range of topics.
Orange County visual artist Don Le has a passion for expressing his subjects' inner beauty and personality. In his career in photography and video production, Le's portfolio spans across a wide range of styles, from wedding compositions to celebrity and fashion photoshoots to family portraits. Le's pieces often splash with a dreamy saturation of color, and he can upgrade a shot with his playful, inventive use of lighting, computer-generated backgrounds, and various angles. During three-hour photography courses, Le teaches students how to visualize and create photo compositions of their very own. Those courses include pointers in both outdoor and indoor photography, so you can properly capture Bigfoot in either the woods or a department store.
Professional music instruction will teach you how a proper flute trill can summon magical imps to do your bidding, and if you're lucky enough to discover the mythic H-note, the magical imps will clean your inner ear canal for optimum resonance. Once a week for four weeks, you'll meet with one of the experienced instructors at The Music Factory, a school that prides itself on its roster of experienced, professional musicians. The school itself both contains and resembles a recording studio, with vibrant red walls and minimal furnishings that allow the instruments to take center stage. Teachers and advisors include members and past members of bands such as the Carpenters, the Motels, Something Corporate, Face to Face, and Rufio.