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In Donna Francis' case, it's hard to tell whether life imitates art or if it's the other way around. She draws inspiration from the beauty in nature that surrounds her, painting realistic details that range from the delicate petals of a blossoming flower to the soulful eyes of a loyal basset hound. For more than three decades she's honed her craft, and she passes on her tried-and-true techniques to students during classes on oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, as well as pastels and drawing.

6720 Chippewa Road
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

An official Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick, The Music Class spreads the magic of music to more than 1,700 youngsters in more than 100 cities across the United States. Beginning as young as infancy, students can enroll in classes that explore concepts such as singing, dancing, moving, and instrument play, and later diving into subjects that include tonal and rhythmic instruction, introduction to orchestral instruments, and identifying correct pitch.

6975 Gayle Lyn Lane
Colordo Springs,
CO
US

With more than two decades of artistic experience and a sprawling portfolio of canvases and murals, Erin Hill shares the knowledge she’s attained over the years with aspiring artists of all ages. In one-on-one sessions and small groups, she empowers both children and adults with the skills to express themselves through visual art.

from home
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

At the Colorado Academy of Music and Dance, experienced instructors cultivate students' passion for the performing arts. Kids aged 2?4 hone their coordination, balance, and rhythm skills in group dance classes that include tap, jazz, and ballet programs, and adults burn calories in adult-only sessions. Students of any age can build their endurance and flexibility with high-energy Brazilian capoeira?a mix of martial arts, dance, and acrobatics?sessions that also include instruction on speaking basic Portuguese and playing Afro-Brazilian instruments. The facility's sprung floors with professional marley surfaces help prevent injury and protect joins by absorbing dancers' impact.

The academy's university-trained music teachers conduct private lessons for youngsters seeking to learn the guitar, study singing, or play the mandolin at a local battle of the medieval bands. Parents can sit in on the lesson or access complimentary wireless Internet as they relax in the spacious waiting area.

975 Garden Of The Gods Rd
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

At Splash!, art and fun go together like canvas and paint. For three hours on Thursday and Saturday evenings, guests sip wine and local beer, listen to music, and meet new people while a resident artist guides them step-by-step through their personal take on the evening's painting. To make sure the subject is always fresh and unique, each evening's painting changes on a daily basis. Depending on the night they attend, guests may create anything from a landscape or city skyline to a row of autumn trees or a Van Gogh still-life. The acrylic paint dries fast, too, allowing fledgling artists to take their masterpiece home at the end of the night or trade them with their new friends. And this sense of socialization carries into the studio's unstructured activities as well—open-studio time where artists gather together to create their own one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

115 N Tejon St
Colorado Springs,
CO
US

In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their child’s development, their kids learn to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of their preschool knitting circles.

1885 Briargate Pkwy
Colorado Springs,
CO
US