Led by an experienced faculty, Cordovan School of the Arts teaches students the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and photography. Classes are held weekly and offered by age group: elementary, youth, teen, and adult. For ladies looking to reignite their art-spark, Cordovan art school offers the series: ladies art night out, which is customized for women to cultivate their creative talents. In the spirit of the Grouponicus season, the registration fee of $25 is waived when students enroll for a class using their Groupon. Students may enroll online or over the phone and registration is recommended at least one week in advance of the first class.
The staffers at Genesis Flight Academy draw upon thousands of collective cockpit hours every time they take to the air. Backed by a fleet of meticulously maintained aircraft, the instructors help aspiring and experienced pilots alike conquer the clouds at the helm of Cessna and Piper airplanes. Genesis Flight Academy helps beginners get acquainted with the basics of aeronautics in their private pilot course. Instrument, commercial, and multi-engine training courses familiarize more experienced fliers with methods for making plane engines only rev in C-flat major.
For classes that incorporate live-fire training, Ready Learning Academy works out of their private shooting range in Georgetown, Texas.
Depending on the course, customers can rent 9 millimeter semi-automatic handguns such as a Ruger SR-9 or Glock 17/19, a tactical pump shotgun such as a Remington 870 or Mossberg 500, and an AR-15 such as a Colt LE 6920, Sig Sauer M400 or an LWRC M6. Models are subject to availability.
Ready Learning Academy's professionally trained instructors believe that responsible gun use comes from a solid foundation in shooting fundamentals. That's why the academy offers three levels of handgun, carbine, or rife and shotgun classes. During these sessions, instructors teach students of all experience levels on the fundamentals of stance, grip and hold, and trigger control. Pupils progress onto more advanced skills such as defensive tactics, cover and concealment, shooting while moving, and engaging multiple threats. Away from the range, the staff offers a variety of services including gunsmith tune-ups, sells firearms at its store and conducts self-defense courses.
Named Best Honey in 2008 by the Dallas Observer, Round Rock Honey's 100% natural local wildflower honey is harvested from more than 90 sites by owners Konrad and Elizabeth Bouffard and their crews of trained beekeepers. With precision, they remove the liquid gold from hives by centrifuge, ensuring that pollen, trace minerals, and complex sugars are never compromised during the honey harvest. They then pour the honey through a stainless-steel sieve to remove potential bee legs and wings, wax caps, and miniature tiaras before bottling it and selling it to specialty stores, farmer's market visitors, and online customers.
A similar procedure happens in other parts of the country at Round Rock's beekeeping schools. During classes, Konrad Bouffard and Beekeeping Academy teachers impart their beekeeping knowledge upon suited-up students while they extract honey from a live beehive. Along the way, novices learn about the finer points of raising bees and keeping them healthy, as well as bee handling and lullaby-buzzing.
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
The best way to learn a new skill is to do it. And at the Austin Institute for Massage & Spa Therapies, professional therapists—who work in the field every day—inspire students during the massage mastery program. Students explore massage techniques alongside lessons in anatomy as a part of an extensive, comprehensive curriculum that culminates in official licensing from the state of Texas.
The institute's director and co-founder, Raul Flores, has worked tirelessly in the field since 1991—in practice, consulting, and education. He and his team have created a spa-like atmosphere within a 3,500-square-foot space where students get hands-on experience in real-life scenarios, such as in one of nine massage rooms, near an aromatherapy bath, or in the drawing room with the candelabra.