Artworks Fine Art Studio instructs fledgling brush wielders and expertly-paletted patrons alike in the fundamentals of fine art. The two-hour adult workshops focus on developing or fine-tuning painting and drawing skills, allowing potential Picassos to work at their own pace and level. All necessary materials are provided, and attentive instructors ensure no student will be left behind or tied up and painted blue behind the teacher’s back. The similarly instructive Tipsy Artist classes combine the ancient art of art with the equally ancient art of imbibing. Bring your own wine, beer, or nonalcoholic drink and create an inspiring masterpiece in approximately two hours.
The Writer's Center offers up to 300 workshops in a variety of genres each year, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, songwriting (or "rap-smithing"), and literary translation. Workshop topics run the gamut from structuring your sci-fi/fantasy world to setting up your blog. Take a two-session class to master on-the-job report writing ($80 for center members, $125 for non-members) or learn techniques and strategies for crafting short stories in an eight-session exploration of the genre ($315 member, $360 non-member). Get started on your poetry portfolio before you apply for a MFA with an eight-session class on writing free-verse poetry ($315 member, $360 non-member) or take a one-day intensive workshop on the screenwriting process ($85 member, $125 non-member).
At Chic Physique, women come together during empowering dance classes that tap into their sensuality. The instructors lead students of all skill levels through pole and specialty classes, using poles, aerial silks, suspension training, and body weight as tools to sculpt muscles and increase strength. The Pole 101 class focuses on alignment, pole grips, and muscle building to work up to enough strength to one day carry a chiseled fireman safely out of a fire.
I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
Bikram Yoga Bethesda's studio sports a steely gray palette, exposed ducts, and bright, natural lighting that provide a cool counterpoint to the heated intensity of its Bikram yoga classes. The new manager Siri Om brings extensive experience to her teaching style, as she began studying Bikram yoga in 1994 at the Yoga College of India in LA, and has been teaching Bikram yoga worldwide since 2001. Though rigorous with its balmy heat and strict 26-posture series, the 90-minute classes are open to students of all experience levels and are taught by a team of Bikram–certified instructors. The 4,700-square-foot facility boasts not just an expansive practice space outfitted with a brand new, medical-grade linoleum floor and a natural-gas-fired heating system but also shower and locker-room amenities that make changing back into street clothes or cartoon-character costumes comfortable and efficient.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together will work with you to determine your goals (drop pounds, run a marathon, get strong enough to finally confront Douglas) and develop a customized workout plan designed to help you reach your true fitness potential. They’ll supervise your squats, offer nutritional advice, and push you until you see results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—your trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone the trouble zones, and push you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.