Cathy and Chuck Willd opened Pop Goes the Easel by combining their respective talents. Cathy—a painter with a talent for acrylics—blends impressionism and realism in her work, which has sold through the Thomas Kinkaid Art Gallery. Co-owner Chuck pours his musical talent into Pop Goes the Easel's TV theme song ads and also assists with classes. Chris Comeaux rounds out the team as manager and class leader, where she guides students of all ages through the creation of featured paintings that include realistic landscapes and more.
Paintball Fixx's three outdoor fields sport a variety of bunkers and barricades that enhance any game of speedball or rec ball. Red and blue inflatable bunkers sprout up all over the air ball field, whose tight confines encourage a fast-paced game. The rec ball field, on the other hand, provides players with a little more breathing room as they stalk through tall grasses, crouch behind stacked tires, or take to the trenches found along the field's eastern edge. The Alamo field features its very own fort on the west end, though its narrower width still tends to make games move pretty quickly.
The teachers at Pink Elephant Art Studio ignite creative sparks with their featured painting classes, which provide step-by-step instruction for novice and experienced artists from beginning to end. With their favorite snacks and drinks in tow, guests set to work with provided materials to transform blank canvases into stylized landscapes, delicate still lifes, or jazzed-up Rorschach tests. At the end of each BYOB session, private party, or kids’ class, students leave with their handiwork.
The strong ocean breezes and calm, shallow waters of Port Aransas make it easy for beginners to try their hand at kiteboarding, standup paddleboarding, or even surfing. Instead of sending novices out on their own with an ironing board and a plastic grocery bag, Port A H20 leads proper kiteboarding camps and lessons helmed by 10-year kiteboarding vet Mike Wagner. With safety in mind, they make sure their surfing instructors are CPR certified and teach clients the basics before renting out standup paddleboards .
The instructors at BubblesNBrushes break down the myth that one needs to be born a creative person, graduate from a prestigious art school, or live in 16th-century Italy to be a painter, teaching anyone, regardless of their experience or skill level, how to create their very own masterpiece. During nightly classes, they provide students with a canvas, paints, and instruments before leading them through an easy, step-by-step process. Featuring subjects that range from multicolor sunsets to cute animal portraits, each session focuses on a different style of composition. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages, light snacks, and industry-grade muses.