Though Amy Koontz Knippel’s resume teems with prestigious education and accolades—she possesses a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, was awarded the Visual and Media Artist Fellowship from the South Florida Consortium, and received the Millennium Cultural Recognition Award from the Florida Secretary of State—she’s not one to keep the secret of her talents to herself. That’s why she started Natural Photo Safaris: she knows that others love photographing the beauty of the world as much as she does, but might not possess her level of training. She leads groups out into the world to capture eye-catching sights in a range of photographic styles while she teaches guests the ins and outs of their own cameras. She instills the core principles of taking good pictures regardless of what kind of equipment her students wield, even catering to students with older-model cameras that take film.
Through hands-on learning, Pathways Arts aims to help students build well-rounded skill sets in the arts. The team of
instructors are professionals in the areas they teach, meaning they're adept at teaching students the basics and then helping them plunge right into experimenting with different types of movement or media. Classes for teens and adults and kids, for example, cover topics as diverse as painting, photography, art history, drama, yoga, and capoeira.