Head teacher and professional fine artist Amy McArthur thinks kids are capable of more than cutting shapes out of construction paper. She thinks that adults—even those who haven’t picked up a paintbrush since grade school—can create a work of decorative art worthy of hanging on any wall. Her expectations for those who pass through McArt Studio’s doors are high, but she and her fellow teachers are confident that they can give every student the skills needed to draw and paint beautifully and realistically. In personalized studio programs, students of all levels learn the techniques associated with a wide variety of media, such as oil paints and balsamic vinegar. In addition to these intensive programs, kids can voyage to the studio for field trips, camps, and parties, and thirsty grownup painters can attend BYOB Creative Sips sessions.
The cutting-edge beauty techniques taught at CAMMUA Makeup Academy prepare budding makeup artists for the high-fashion world as well as careers in TV or film. The techniques and vision of founder Gia Deo shape the school's curriculum, and she has personally mentored every one of the school’s teachers. Advanced FX classes teach students how to use foam and latex appliances, facial hair, and bald caps to turn an actor into an otherworldly creature or make a werewolf presentable enough for a job interview. The academy’s comprehensive makeup kits combine with intensive beauty-certification classes that cover the essentials of being a makeup artist. Members of the public can enroll in one-session makeup tutorials, which cover flattering color palettes and impart concealer techniques to hide redness rather than entire eyes.
The certified trainers and healthcare professionals at Foundation Strength & Conditioning believe that when people move better, they feel better. That's why they offer functional fitness classes, chiropractic treatments, and rehabilitative services designed with individual clients in mind. Foundation shares a 20,000-square-foot facility with SoCal Athletics and SoCal Volleyball, so clients always have weights to lift and a volleyball to be their new best friend.
Fun Dabbles brings out children's inner creativity, freeing them to express themselves in a variety of media, from wrapped canvases to hand-painted pottery to personalized glitter tattoos. Kids choose their own fragrances for custom soaps and form candles with molds shaped like stars, hearts, and more. Birthday parties augment the creative activities with festive additions, such as playtime in the jump zone, balloons, pizza, and cake.
The instructors at Waterworks Aquatics believe anyone can learn to swim, no matter their age. This belief drives each instructor-led session, accommodating everyone from babies as young as 3 months old who are just getting acquainted with the water, to older children learning more advanced strokes and adults learning to swim for the first time. The instructors focus on teaching stroke techniques that utilize muscle memory and rhythms that are easy to grasp, while cultivating a fun, relaxed environment to help reduce students' anxiety. They lead private, semi-private, group, and Parent and Me lessons, all of which move at the pace of the swimmers' abilities. Beyond bestowing swimmers with efficient form, the lessons also help them stay safe in the water by teaching them how to control their breathing, reduce unnecessary movement, and stay completely still in the presence of pool krakens to avoid begin seen.
Instructors never run out of steam at BODYROK. It’s their job to keep the atmosphere upbeat and encourage students to push through their demanding Sculpt and Cycle classes. The 40-minute Sculpt classes heighten the core-toning effects of Pilates with cardio exercises on individual Proformer machines. The Proformer's resistance can be adjusted to accommodate any fitness level so first-time students can follow the workout and veterans can continue to challenge themselves. In Cycle classes, students hop atop Scwhinn A.C. Performance Indoor Cycle Trainers that use magnets to generate resistance instead of forcing riders to pedal through tubs of yogurt. The two workouts collide in the 50-minute Sculpt and Cycle class as students hop from Proformers to Schwinns for a blend of lower body- and core-focused training.