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.
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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.
Along with a TV-equipped snack station, the 1,600-square-foot space at LookBook Media Studios is replete with a freight elevator through which clients are welcome to bring big props, such as motorcycles and groups of people posing as their families. Pets, too, are welcome at the studio, as are photographers and organizations that rent space there. Such expansive, versatile facilities make it possible for the studio’s professional photographers to snap a range of images, from portraits and glamour shoots to product ads and feelings.
Candid moments—a mom sticking out her tongue at her kids, a child's gapped smile, a couple's loving gaze—are the moments the photogs at Coughlin Photography love to capture. They get all those little quirks and funny faces on digital film during in-studio shoots for families, couples, kids, and even pets. Ready to deliver on all photographic needs, they also arrange tasteful, seductive boudoir sessions that can include professionally styled hair and makeup.
Hunakai Studio of Fine Art
combines the study of past masters with plenty of hands-on art-making experience for students of all ages. Instructors teach students to sculpt in clay, paint and draw, or generate digital images with 3D design programs and tablets. They lead studies into the iconic images of Renaissance painters, the drawings of famed cartoonists, and the murals of prolific graffiti artists. They do this all while keeping class sizes small, with no more than eight students per instructor. This lets the teachers customize lessons to students' needs, helping pupils progress at their own pace instead of racing to keep up with that overachiever Suzy Collins.