Old World charm commingles with a contemporary vibe at Dabble Studio, where students gather with friends old and new to relax, unwind, and explore new skills. Elevated above the easels, an instructor doles out guidance as scenes?from impressionistic landscapes to abstract still lifes?unfold under flicking brushstrokes. With the company of fellow artists, and enjoying BYOB drinks or libations and snacks purchased in-house, students in this hands-on studio environment render their own interpretation of each class's theme, from a peacock's plume to a desert cactus, using studio-provided materials. The studio's Brentwood location also offers cooking classes equipped with all the cooking tools and ingredients for a tasty night of fun. This upscale studio is an ideal place to take a date, schedule a family reunion, or host a bachelorette party. Available classes include exotic cooking classes and painting classes, as well as combinations of the two, and supplies, materials, and instructions are provided.
Too much power has been given to first-grade art teachers. Or so the instructors and organizers of Paint Along Nashville think. On their website, these leaders of BYOB painting workshops encourage adults to "unleash [their] creative spirit from time to time," even if once, in an era before college-admissions exams included a finger-painting section, their elementary critique d'art "failed to recognize [their] 'Picasso potential.'"
During workshops, an encouraging instructor, a convivial group of fellow aspiring artists, and an uncorked bottle of vino foster creativity. In each workshop, groups paint the same template picture, which could be a landscape of an autumn afternoon or a still life of wine and cheese. As wine sloshes into glasses, and as brushes layer paint on canvases, students usually find themselves enjoying a BYOB evening and later taking home their creations.
The 4,800-square-foot activity arena at The Monkey’s Treehouse, named Best Children's Play Program by Nashville Parent, dazzles pint-sized patrons up to eight years of age with a plethora of interactive and climbable activities. Once inside, tiny jaws drop at the sight of a four-room wooden tree house complete with bridges and slides. Children use their imaginations in a pretend town and play with trains, cars, Calico Critters, doll houses, and baby dolls and can create masterpieces in the art studio. The little ones two and under can enjoy a gated play area designed just for them.
The Treehouse's proprietors, who are parents of young children themselves, work with trained staff to keep the jovial funhouse meticulously clean and safe. There are plenty of diverse activities for everyone, including free Wi-Fi.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness level and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The patented Smartraining machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change, to constantly challenge the body. Exercisers can track their results and body composition measurements online and even compare individual fitness levels to others in the Koko FitClub community.
Fitness Together pairs up personal trainers with goal-oriented clients. Customized workout plans help them reach such fitness milestones as benching a certain amount of weight, running a marathon, or crab-walking a 5K. Sessions combines resistance and cardio training with nutritional advice.
Yoga Country's class options vary from fast-paced cardio workouts for weight loss to traditional yoga sessions that promote inner consciousness while reducing stress. Go to a deep and stretchy session to increase flexibility while reducing aches and pains, or build cardio endurance in a hard-core flow class. A yoga basics course can teach poses and alignment necessary to begin stretching like a bungee cord over a river of refreshing Tang. With classes every day of the week, the schedule offers something to suit the calendar of even the busiest pistachio shucker.