Julia Dean boasts a long and storied career as both a photographer and educator. Her resume includes working as the photo editor for the Associated Press and traveling to more than 40 countries as a freelance photographer for relief groups and magazines. And her vast amount of experience fed into a career in teaching photography at colleges and universities for 30 years. Most recently, her photographic fascinations led to her shoot street photography around the world?particularly in LA?a passion which inspired her to create the Los Angeles Center of Photography.
Inside the 501(c)3 non-profit organization, she and more than 80 experienced and dedicated instructors support photographic arts at the helm of dozens of photography classes. Aside from high-caliber classes, they also provide local and travel workshops, exhibitions, screenings, and lectures. LACP also gives back to their local community by heading outreach efforts to put grants, scholarships, and focused programming in the hands of youth and low-income families.
Led by Allen Levin, an experienced actor, producer, and writer, Lifebook Acting Class’s celebrity-extolled workshops impart budding performers with the art of dramatization. Stratified into three levels ranging from orientation to advanced, classes for aspiring professionals mix improv and character building with career coaching to prevent missteps such as starring in a western with talking tumbleweeds. Acting hobbyists develop comedic and dramatic talents in Acting for Non-Actors and First Timers, a self-confidence strengthening romp through the basics of theatrics. For those with proven celebrity or one major credit to their name, the Master Class sharpens already deadly dialogue skills into a force to be reckoned with in time for a prized audition, starring role, or first meeting with future in-laws.
FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
"I love teaching art," declares teaching veteran and artist Ann Bridges on her YouTube video. Her students agree. "She helps you develop your own technique and your own style," shares one, and another muses, "Ann is the kind of teacher who creates a really great atmosphere in the studio? I feel like it's a place where I can improve my technique and also foster my creativity."
Drawing inspiration from locales ranging from the cerulean vistas of Catalina Island to the smoky peaks of the Eastern Sierras and the urban landscapes of Los Angeles, Bridges paints as well as she instructs. She creates her work with an impressionist style, an artist's eye, and wrist flicks puppeteered by Monet's ghost.
If you want a unique place to experience the benefits of yogic exercise in downtown Los Angeles, come to Peace Yoga Gallery in Main Street. Featuring a variety of yoga classes taught by certified instructors, the classes at Peace Yoga can help you keep fit in body, mind and spirit. You can opt for private instruction or for group classes, and even get discounts on multi-class packages. Peace Yoga even offers a program for people whose budgets are extremely tight, where yogic instruction is given in exchange for volunteer work. There's no reason not to check out Peace Yoga, so visit the studio today and find out why people flock from all over L.A. to learn the secrets of ancient India here.