It can take an artist years to apply the right brushstrokes to a canvas, but at Corks and Canvas, it only takes one night. During each three-hour painting session, a professional artist walks classes through every step of duplicating a piece of acrylic art. Made up of participants aged 16 and older, the group classes convene at a public venue such as a restaurant. Students can buy food and drinks to snack on throughout the night or smear onto their canvas if they’re tired of painting. For scheduled sessions and private events for adults or kids, Corks and Canvas supplies canvases, paint, brushes, easels, and aprons.
The beauty of art and wine intertwine at UnWine. The artists at UnWine guide students through classes that allow them to create personal masterpieces as they sip on tasty drinks. Students as young as 16 may attend (sans alcohol), and UnWine also holds classes for kids aged 15 and younger. Classes are ideal for all occasions such as date nights, girls? nights out, and birthday parties, and UnWine even schedules private sessions and off-site classes for special events.
Amid clanking plates and clients groaning to grind out that last set, Julius "JT" Thomas's voice can often be heard giving instructions. As the lead trainer at Freeplay Athletic Training, JT—a college football player with a biology degree—leads sports-specific workouts and training regimens to foster fitter, stronger, faster clients. The gym facilitates these goals by offering 24-hour access to weight machines, free weights, cardio machines, and areas devoted to explosive workouts with exercise balls and box jumps.
Hampton Hill is a privately owned and operated athletic club with fitness equipment, classes, spa services, and a high degree of commitment to its members’ satisfaction. The multi-leveled fitness oasis has three main gyms with weight machines, free weights, stationary bikes, treadmills, and elliptical machines, making each workout as varied as the Eskimo word for 'snow.' The abundant class offerings run the gamut of fitness, from yoga, Pilates, spin, abs, all the way back to total-body cardio. The gym’s Biggest Loser Challenge invites members with serious weight goals to join their peers and shed pounds in a positive, supportive environment—as many as 80 people have participated at a time, with winners dropping as much as 60–70 pounds over the course of the six-week program.
Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.
Mankind was never meant to breathe underwater, but the instructors at Columbia SCUBA defy such limitations, helping students of all sorts?from small children to disabled adults?explore the forbidden depths. As young as 8, kids can start training with PADI Bubblemaker classes, using equipment suited to their smaller size, and swimmers of all ages can join Discover Scuba sessions to learn the basics of diving in the safety of a pool. For students looking to become certified divers, open-water diving and specialty diving courses test practical skills in unique environments, such as submerged shipwrecks filled with sunken coupons, whereas trips to the Florida springs or Cozumel convey the majestic experience of communing up close with marine wildlife.