At the tender age of 6, Mark Cafiero received his first camera. Though it was broken and filled with cartoons his father had drawn of Mark and his sisters, that camera sparked an early interest in photography. Since then, that spark has erupted into a full-fledged passion, leading Mark to become a professional photographer who has snapped photos for hundreds of clients, including celebrities and professional athletes. To share his spark with others, Mark founded Chimpsy, a resource that helps photographers of all experience levels calibrate their skills with casual in-person and online classes.
Available in more than 30 cities across the nation, Chimpsy's two-hour crash course features a hands-on shooting session and campfire-style presentation on topics ranging from camera anatomy to photo composition. For home study, online classes help photographers—beginners and aspiring pros alike—get more from their pictures through two-hour video tutorials that cover photo-editing software, shooting tips and techniques, and steps on how to build a photography business. From the comfort of their bedrooms, students can watch these professional photographer-led tutorials live or replay previously recorded sessions. Along with instructional classes, Chimpsy offers shutterbugs a place to submit photos for contests with monthly prizes or for feedback from peers, pros, and sentient picture frames.
A glass of wine in one hand, a paintbrush in the other. That's the fortunate situation in which people often find themselves during Art Happens' BYOB painting classes. Amid the exposed brick walls of Pine Valley Mill, instructors lead groups through every step of the day's painting, perhaps a scenic landscape or a holiday-themed design. The instructors—all accomplished painters in their own right—supply the necessary materials and instruction, while encouraging students to add their own flairs of creativity.
Beyond these painting sessions, Art Happens hosts classes in photography, mixed media, stained glass, and Zentangle. The studio also sets aside open paint times, during which kids and adults can create without guided instruction.
After purchasing his first DSLR camera, Gary Detonnancourt made the common mistake of investing in expensive equipment before learning to use what he already had. Eventually realizing that his gear was only as good as his understanding of it, he became a self-made expert in the art of digital photography. He went on to become president of the Northern Rhode Island Camera Club, and he now draws on years spent as a science teacher to explain to students how light works and why shining a laser pointer on something is hilarious. That same experience has caused him to apply a hands-on philosophy in workshops and online programs as well as lessons in studio photography, fine-art printing, and Photoshop. The shutterbug also appears at weddings to capture special-day grins, and portraits of young children beg for space in photo albums next to teddy bear–hunting licenses.
For artwork that's unique, pick up a piece carefully crafted by hand (no one is exactly alike!).
No matter what time of day you visit Moody Music Studio, you can find easy in-and-out parking for your hot ride.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I am creating an exciting new center for learning pottery, slip casting, painting and any other form of art & crafts you wish to learn. All ages welcome! We will have classes for deaf,classes for ADD and other exceptional children, and sensory classes for Moms & Toddlers
What is the experience customers can expect?
We are a hands on teaching center, Anyone is welcome to stop by and learn to make whatever art form they wish to try. We are in a greenhouse so they weather sill play a factor in the temperature and comfort of our center, don't be afraid to come on a rainy day, we are dry and comfy inside
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have been a crafter since I can remember, when I was given the opportunity to finally put my talents to use I knew that this area and this place would make the perfect consignment and crafting space.
What do you love most about your job?
Star Maker School boasts a staff full of professionals as well as alumni from all over the entertainment industry, including professional, tour, and major recording artist dancers; Broadway performers; commercial and voice-over actors. For nearly 40 years, its instructors have helped kids aged 2.5–18 accomplish transformations into these fields with positive reinforcement and confidence-building methods in dance, acting, and singing. Their philosophy prizes healthy self-image above all else, and they also help parents make educated decisions regarding breaking into showbiz.