Artist Uncorked's instructors draw upon classical art education, fashion experience, and other skills to help eager pupils of all ages and experience levels unfurl vibrant scenes across provided canvases. Patrons can break out a bottle of wine during any of the two-hour weekday classes to fuel creative inspiration without lassoing muses. Local artists lead sessions that elucidate the steps necessary to produce a 16"x20" canvas rendition of works of art such as the cool-hued Blue Crabs painting or the impressionistic Ocean Abstract work. Artist Uncorked arms students with paintbrushes, acrylic paints, aprons, canvases, and corkscrews. Students may bring their finished art pieces home to adorn bare mantelpieces or otherwise dull lumberjack resumés.
Art is in Bloom's veteran brush-wielder, Dorothy Howard, helps students to hone their talents with expert painterly techniques during three-hour painting classes. Spreading easily workable acrylic hues across their 16"x20" canvascapes, budding artists channel their inherent creativity into vivid representations of still-life scenes, swirling abstract images, or neo-cubist grocery lists. Dorothy fosters artistic development for painters of all skill levels and imparts constructive criticism to guide students in the right direction, like a parent gently nudging apprehensive children down a profoundly fun waterslide. The cost of the class covers all the materials required for each painter to create an individual take-home masterwork, though students are allowed to bring their own supply of inspiration juice from home in the form of beer or wine, for which the studio will provide a corkscrew.
Ginny and Mark Taylor spent their college years chasing artistic pursuits—she majored in fine arts, while he tinkered with wood, clay, and stained-glass projects. As the owners of IDEA Studio, the Taylors combine their artistic expertise with a passion for working with children, a concept that’s given way to sessions where kids and adults can practice their beloved crafts or sample new disciplines. During age-appropriate six-week KidzArt sessions, youngsters from pre-K to middle school use more than 60 mediums such as watercolors, clay, and clocks melted in easy-bake ovens to construct two-, three-, and four-dimensional works. IDEA Studio also hosts personalized sessions for homeschooled children, one-week summer camps, and Kidz Nights, where youngsters enjoy themed lessons while snacking on healthy foods. Adults, meanwhile, can take their own artistic journey in classes and workshops with subjects that include drawing, stained glass, and sculpture, or they can work on long-term projects during open studio hours.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Although instructors Travis Clark and Jon Gillespie lead Southeast Photo Adventures's workshops and excursions, they share the teaching load with the shores of Tybee Island and the depths of Cloudland Canyon. Students shoot shoulder-to-shoulder with instructors amid these sprawls of striking Southeastern scenery, whether they're enrolled in 2.5-hour workshops, Foto Field Trips open to workshop grads, or weekend-long adventures. The field-trip-style outings are open to all skill levels, but beginners can also enhance their expertise in introductory courses on Photoshop, digital photography, and DSLR cameras' complex settings, which control everything from shutter speed to the tiny red light bulb behind each of our eyes.
For more than 30 years, ABC Bartending School's instructors have trained aspiring 'tenders with hands-on lessons in real bar environments. Students learn how to blend classic and newfangled drinks, gaining the tools to tend bar professionally in as few as two weeks. Course offerings include Bartending 101, Bar Management, and Advanced Flair Bartending, in which students learn how to style a patron's hair when he's not looking.
The faculty members place paramount importance on helping their students to find jobs after certification. With institutions across more than 30 states, ABC Bartending School has formed a coast-to-coast professional network to help to locate positions for its graduates in any region of the country.