At Canvas Mixers, an artist unearths the hidden talent of amateurs in three-hour painting classes. After handing out aprons and 16”x20” canvases or directing patrons to the nearest blank wall, the teacher carefully guides the brushstrokes of students with step-by-step instructions, helping them craft one of dozens of acrylic paintings. They encourage adults to bring their own beverages, such as beer or wine, to help banish nervousness and inhibitions and let creativity flow. The staff also leads drink-free classes for kids and parent-child pairs.
Offsite events have taken place in Love Park and at local wineries. Canvas Mixers also engages with community service, having raised funds for Ronald McDonald House in the past.
Acme Accordion School's Musikgarten-certified program introduces tykes to simple rhythms and sounds to develop hand-eye coordination and abstract thinking early in life. Parents move and sway along with their newborn- to two-year-old progeny in the 40-minute Family Music for Babies class, which features dancing, vogueing, and body-awareness games.
Edward Younger drew from his master's degree in education and more than 35 years of experience in the bar industry to design AAA International Bartending School's state-approved program. Since 1988, the staff of professional bartenders has helped thousands of students pour with tip-earning panache and mix an exhaustive index of cocktails that Younger updates on a monthly basis.
Since the late 1950s, The Little Shop has evolved from a fabric shop to a quilting center that wraps needle-wielders in a comfortable, creative, and supply-packed environment. Its comprehensive roster of rotating classes keeps curious quilters and beginning thimble-holders satisfied, challenged, and armed with new stitching skills. Crafters with armloads of books, makeup, and Dawson's Creek fan fiction can sew durable supply tote bags ($25 for two classes) or breezy, chic scrunchy Kathy's bags ($25 for two classes) to lighten their loads. Or, sewers can ditch hands for the precision and speed of motors with a two-session machine-quilting class ($30).
No matter their age, each visitor to Paint-a-Treasure Ceramics is not only welcomed, but embraced and encouraged to express themselves. Choosing from a variety of classes, the creatively inclined can paint non-toxic acrylic canvases or create colorful pottery pieces. Join forces with friends for an adults night out with wine and painting, or get kids together for a birthday party package.
The instructors at Eilandarts help guests of all ages explore their artistic talents and express themselves through painting, music, and writing. The center helps cultivate creativity from a young age, with classes designed to teach toddlers the fundamentals of visual art and music. Lessons for elementary-school-aged kids broaden in scope, including archeology classes that delve into fossils, artifacts, and hieroglyphics. Stars-and-space classes cover phases of the moon, gravity, and which constellations are found on the American flag. Half-day summer courses for teenagers explore specific artists and experiment with different artistic styles and concepts, whether realistic or abstract. Eilandarts' adult curriculum spans from bookbinding and creative writing workshops to watercolor painting and fashion classes with tips on how to piece together stylish outfits. Private music lessons are available for guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, and voice.
At La Belle Fit, fitness classes, spa services, personal training, and nutritional counseling team up to lead patrons toward total-body wellness inside and out. Visitors can choose from more than 50 fitness classes at the gym's four locations each week, tackling sessions dedicated to dance, spin, barre, and active conditioning. Students bestride Star Trac Spinner stationary bikes in spin classes and line up at the ballet barre in Studio Barre, which combines elements of Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic stretching to form a low-impact, high-intensity program. To singe calories and tone physiques sans dance moves, trainers lead sessions of step, kickboxing, and TRX suspension.
La Belle Fit complements their group fitness programs with one-on-one personal-training sessions and body-rejuvenating massage services helmed by a certified massage therapist. An on-site nutritionist helps patrons maximize the results of their workouts by recommending healthy grocery shopping lists free of bacon-stuffed twinkies deep fried in bacon-stuffed twinkie fat.