Art Smart welcomes students K–12 to develop artistic expression with a multitude of art styles and mediums. Over more than 20 years, founders Gary and Crystal Templin nurtured and educated more than 6,000 pupils, drawing on their experience teaching elementary, high-school, and college courses and illustrating kids' menus for international restaurant franchises. The duo keeps kids engaged with simple, step-by-step instructions, observing as their protégés experiment with realistic and cartoon drawing, painting acrylics on canvas, and sculpting with terra cotta, polymer clay, and lunchbox leftovers. All classes are grouped by age, but the Templins allow more experienced students to advance their skills at their own pace, staving off the ensuing boredom of repeating areas they've covered at Art Smart previously. Parents can register their kids for weekly classes by the month or semester, and can supplement their children's budding creativity with summer day camps and seasonal five-hour workshops.
LYFE Studios' team knows that pictures and video can be powerful tools, whether for building a business or looking back on cherished memories. They use this media to build web sites, design business cards, and edit TV commercials. Throughout the process, they work closely with clients to build strong brands for their businesses. LYFE Studios' photographers also snap individual and group portraits for folks just looking to hang a fetching family portrait on their wall.
A team of photographers make up the fleet of instructors at Light Graspers. They decided to share their love of photography with others through tutorials offered to photographers of all levels. For budding artists, the photographers offer lessons on mastering the basics such as shutter speed and aperture settings. They also lead more advanced students through other skills such as white balance and lighting techniques.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
With more than 20 years experience with music and children, Ms. Lara thinks this class will be the highlight of your week. Encouraging creativity, movement, and musical concepts while encouraging bonding for you and your child and encouraging you on your journey as a mom.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Little Harmonies provides all the instruments and songs for each week. If you join for the winter/spring semester you will receive an instrument and iTunes list for songs we use.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Ms. Lara loves to teach little ones and moms about music and how they can use it in their homes to bring joy. At Ketos, we love to help people of any age learn to use their creativity in music and the arts.
What do you love most about your job?
We love that moment when a child gets it and really connects with the music and finds joy in that moment.
Dwight Vasel has racked up more than 14 Emmy Awards for his videography talent; but at his studio, he focuses on still images. For more than two decades, he has built his shoots around his two specialties: wedding photography and unique portraits. His idiosyncratic portraits range from shots of motorcyclists astride their bikes to pictures of a baby laughing on an outdoor couch beneath a leafless tree. At each of his shoots, he collaborates with clients to find a concept that suits their tastes; alternatively, students can enroll in his photography classes and learn to compose their own shots. His courses can cover a range of topics, from shooting techniques for DSLRs to effective ways to use flash rather than just replacing a semi-broken flashlight.
With more than 20 years behind the camera, the shutterbug at Reatta Photography has developed a clean, classic style of portraiture. She executes this expertise during shoots for families, kids, couples, moms-to-be, and high-school seniors. Remaining engaged in the art form through continued education, she can guarantee she’s up to date on all the latest techniques and technology. That means that her style can be customized to suit each client’s needs and that any editing and effects added in postproduction are performed masterfully. The photographer also covers special events such as weddings, baptisms, and quinceañeras.