After earning his BFA at the nationally renowned Rhode Island School of Design, Kevin Tarasuk began exhibiting his darkly surreal paintings at galleries around his hometown of Miami before making the move to New York City. Now, he helms the Painting Lounge, a personable art studio where students learn the proper techniques of painting, such as composition, shading, and glaring at clocks until they melt. In workshops, Tarasuk has earned praise from his ecstatic students, who have heralded him as “a very, very talented artist” and “a patient and engaging teacher.”
Artist Peter McGouran opened his screenprinting studio and school to fulfill his passion for creating 2-D images layered with emotion, nuance, and color unattainable by computers. Featured on BushwickBK, the artist has worked with Alternative Apparel, American Apparel, Edun, and Next Level to emblazon fashion with artful images and exuberant hues. The pro teaches workshops for learners from beginner to advanced, infusing them with an enthusiasm for the eclectic art form via increasingly complex lessons, hands-on art projects, and freeze-frame group high-fives at the end of every class.
Silky's Brooklyn’s team of skilled screenprinters bedeck T-shirts, posters, and canvases with custom-inked designs that reflect each member’s avant-garde sensibilities. Wielding plastisol and water-based inks, artists adorn otherwise humdrum garments with up to six spot colors. Silky's artists can also adorn surfaces with specialty hues including fluorescent and metallic shade, and offer Pantone and sample color matching to ensure that no customer leaves without the ability to blend in with their chartreuse kitchen counters.
In addition to being a marathon runner, ACE-certified trainer, and RRCA-certified running coach, Jasmine Graham is a motivational speaker. So when she founded Pace for Success, she didn’t just want to focus on external change—she wanted to create a place where people could gain inner strength, self-discipline, and self-control through leading healthier lifestyles and reaching fitness goals. She challenges students to swing kettlebells, jump rope, and toss medicine balls so they can grow stronger and more flexible during indoor boot camps. Along with a team of instructors, she leads group fitness classes including TRX suspension training, cardio kickboxing, and Xtreme Abs classes. Instructors also help runners of all ability levels train for 5Ks and marathons through their individual-training sessions and running program, which includes a training schedule and pace-and-gait analysis, as well as elements of nutrition support and injury prevention.
Pace for Success’s registered dietician, Dina Lipkind, helps members bolster the results of their workouts with nutritional-counseling sessions, which she offers at her office, the client’s office or home, and through email or carrier pigeon.
The team of seasoned instructors at Greenhouse Holistic helps foster mindful self-awareness and physical well-being in clients, a well-rounded attitude that moved Time Out New York to call the studio one of the best places to meditate in 2010. A teacher of Yang-style tai chi, owner David Greenhouse uses his knowledge of balance control, flexibility, and karate chopping Jenga towers to demonstrate alternative methods to lowering stress levels. At each of three locations, staff members soothe sore muscles and foster clear thinking during massages, yoga classes, and other healing modalities. The hot-stone massages in particular garnered even more praise from Time Out New York, earning Greenhouse Holistic a spot on the 2012 list of Best Spas. During basic yoga sessions, they demonstrate stable standing poses, balancing postures, and controlled bends, whereas students in the intermediate and advanced courses begin to incorporate arm balances and inversions while moving through sessions at a more vigorous pace.
When WORKROOM SOCIAL founder Jennifer Wiese looks at a piece of fabric, she sees potential. She might easily transform a yard of cotton into a summer dress, or a measure of wool into a pair of custom-fitted slacks. At her well-equipped Brooklyn sewing studio, Wiese, pictured here working her magic on a SINGER Quantum Stylist Touch 9985 sewing machine, and her team of friendly instructors help students take the creation process into their own hands.
The studio hosts workshops for students of every experience level, from first-time sewers to experienced seamstresses who can thread their needles through telekinesis. Instructors teach sewing basics as well as specific skills such as installing zippers or creating custom pockets. While honing these skills, students can enjoy perks such as snacks from Brooklyn-based merchants. Day-long workshops even include a locally catered lunch and a cocktail hour.