Fine Arts Connection provides artistic entrepreneurs of all ages and skill levels with the means to create. Instructor Yichen Reneau enlivens brushstrokers with more than 15 years of teaching experience and prodigious skill in an array of styles and media. The 90-minute introductory drawing course inserts biology-class notebook doodlers into a different classroom to work on fundamentals such as shadow shading, how to make thumbs not look weird, and recruiting fruit models. Meanwhile, the two-hour Chinese brush painting class lets students ink Chinese characters with special brushes on provided rice paper, upon which they'll delicately depict the characters for truth, beauty, and Marilyn Monroe sunbathing on a duvet made of Campbell's soup cans.
Baby signing classes, based on the Signing Time Academy curricula, teach pre-speech tots ages 3 and under how to effectively convey feelings of hunger, thirst, exhaustion, and insistent desires to ride the dog around the block like a pony. Board-certified music therapist Megan Taylor teaches the 45-minute classes, which are scheduled on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The classes must be taken within the same four week series, as each class builds on the previous class. By broadening vocabularies, the classes bring parents and children closer together, reducing frustration and facilitating existential dialogues. Groupon holders also enjoy a 5% discount on Singing Time Academy flash cards, DVDs, and associated accessories.
Piano teacher Paula Johnson draws upon a degree in music education and a certification from Kindermusik, working with students as clumsy scales slowly blossom into smooth arpeggios and allegro pieces. At My Best Friends Music, she engages students with exercises such as duets, helping them to master a favorite musical style or gain the skills to justify wearing a Ludwig van Beethoven costume. Because Paula began music lessons at age seven, she can relate to young students, and when not teaching, she works as a church organist and music director.