Upholders of ancient Roman mosaic techniques since their foundation in 1990, Glass Mosaic Canada’s team of knowledgeable artisans outfits shoppers with mosaic-making supplies while helming hands-on art courses, which are ideal for summer activities, birthday parties, and pupils of all ages. Staffers bustle about the store stocking shelves with a glittering selection of tiles and tesserae imported from across the globe along with handy tools and accessories.
Sage instructors employ upward of 10 years of teaching experience to impart their tile-centric prowess upon students during interactive courses and workshops that teach both basic and advanced mosaic applications depending on students' experience levels and any mosaic work done in a previous life. While specializing in all things mosaic, the store’s staff also works with homeowners to create in-home mosaics and stained-glass pieces to beautify domestic planes.
It’s tough to get tree frogs, toucans, and monkeys to sit still in a studio. That's why the leaders of the Academy of Photo Arts take photography trips to Costa Rica, where they can find exotic wildlife in its natural habitat before capturing it on film. The photography academy’s travel courses can also whisk students off to Venice’s picturesque canals, or to Las Vegas to capture shots of the Grand Canyon or the landfill where all copies of Vegas Vacation are buried.
The school hosts Toronto-based courses as well, where keen-eyed photographers lead interactive workshops on wildlife photography and landscape photography. The in-studio courses, meanwhile, focus on techniques that help artists create flattering lighting setups, perform seamless Photoshop edits, and unscrew lens caps rather than smashing them to pieces in frustration. The Academy also provides photo- and video-booth rental that allows photo-takers to capture as many photos and video as they want in both color or black-and-white.
Founded in 1992 with the mission of finding new faces, CA7 Creative Inc. has a staff devoted to helping beginners of all ages break out of obscurity and into the modelling, film, print, and television industries. A team of photographers, booking agents, makeup artists, and marketers congregates under one roof to score auditions for acting and modelling neophytes with no prior experience, shooting photos, augmenting cheekbones, and doling out advice to help them stand out. Their clients' faces have graced print ads, commercials, and billboards for companies including Nikon, Sony, Ikea, and Campbell's. The professional photographers snap shots of aspiring stars with skillfully arranged backdrops in a comfortable studio flanked by wood floors and large windows that permit only the most flattering of natural light to enter. They work with each subject to bring out their natural personality in each shot, capturing some clients mean mugging in leather jackets, others playfully grinning in casual duds, and some casting over-the-shoulder smoulders in cocktail-party attire.
Raindance began as a thought experiment: can you make a movie with no money or experience, and without going to film school? 22 years, later Raindance now has 12 film networking and training hubs worldwide, and runs the largest indie film festival in Europe, the Raindance Film Festival. They provide hands on training, networking events, financing opportunities, and an innovative Membership program to help new and emerging filmmakers get their projects made.
Raindance's practical filmmaking and writing workshops break the daunting cinema-creation process into digestible workshops as industry professionals help to elevate the aptitude of independent filmmakers. Students can select courses that teach film industry basics including how to build a budget, choose a camera, and promote themselves. As a non-profit training and networking organization that works to promote and support filmmaking throughout the world, many classes conclude with networking sessions at local bars where participants can trade business cards to further their cinematic pursuits.
Roger Metivier photographed his first event––his sister's wedding––when he was just 11 years old, using nothing more than a plastic 35mm camera. He hasn't stopped taking pictures since, and even used his talents to win accolades such as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award. Today, the Canadian-born photographer and filmmaker travels the world under the name of his company, Dandyline Pictures. He uses a sometimes classical, sometimes playful approach to composition in shooting subjects as far-ranging as plates of food, sweeping natural landscapes, and people disguised as food. He also passes on his knowledge in a private photography school.
During group workshops and private classes, Metivier teaches basic manual photography techniques––such as how to use ISO and aperture to one's advantage––as well as compositional techniques suited to styles ranging from portrait to restaurant photography. Meanwhile, he also works with a team of skilled artists and technicians to provide
video production, animation, graphic design, and other services.
For almost 20 years, Cameron MacMaster made a living as a professional dancer and choreographer but later pirouetted toward his true passion: photography. The self-described travel buff frequently takes his camera on the road, amassing photos at locales as varied as Mexico, Australia, and India, where he’s returned several times. He also explores downtown Toronto through his lens, snapping richly textured shots of the city’s towering architecture and skylines.
Cameron brings that same award-winning eye for detail to his sessions at Froz'n Motion, where he specializes in wedding and engagement photography, as well as portraiture. In lieu of gimmicky compositions, he prefers to frame his subjects as simply as possible, relying on the emotion of each moment instead of how cool those emotions look from a dangling helicopter ladder.