The experienced instructors at Pathways Through Art teach a wide array of artistic techniques to students of all ages. During a four-hour workshop, which can also be split into two sessions totaling four hours, the creativity connoisseurs provide step-by-step instruction, plenty of work time, and Mona Lisa–shaped koozies for students' self-furnished beverages. Aspiring canvas clothiers can train in a variety of painting styles, such as acrylic, watercolor, or printmaking. Ceramics classes allow creative juices to flow, overflow, and form lily-pad-covered swamps as budding sculptors turn clay into statues, dishes, and other earthen ephemera. Pathways Through Art provides glazes and up to three pounds of the malleable mud and will kiln-toast your finest creation.
The shutterbugs at Janssen Photography divide their time between two scenic locales where they capture subjects around charming outdoor grounds or inside one of two contemporary studios. At the Lakewood site, a historical Victorian home nestles amid 2 acres of scenery that include a pond, waterfall, gazebo, and a 1940s vintage pickup truck. The Littleton studio rests on 2.5 acres of coalmining land, where a rustic cellar and a stone waterfall create evocative photo backgrounds. Once photographers have snapped sophisticated family photos, whimsical child portraits, and memorable senior photos, they retouch these images and immortalize them in print form. When they aren't snapping shots on their home turf, Janssen's photographers go on location to chronicle weddings, shoot publicity photos, and document fake lunar landings.
From its modest origins in a garage, Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses has blossomed into a full-fledged appliance-vending behemoth with 14 locations throughout Colorado. The outlet compiles an enormous collection of handy household appliances from top-quality brands such as GE, Whirlpool, LG, KitchenAid, Sealy,and Tempur-pedic.
At each location, knowledgeable staffers shepherd patrons through sprawling showrooms, which collectively tout more than 150,000 pieces of equipment, including laundry machinery, kitchen appliances, microwaves, and macrowaves. They can special order items not in stock or tap into a stash of spare parts to repair busted apparatus. In addition to appliances, the staff can point patrons toward a fleet of mattresses and overstock items.
Spicy boudoir poses and pin-up-style portraits with an assortment of props, or babies playing with hats and splashing in the bath. Sandy Puc’ specializes in these and other styles of photography. When the award-winning photographer isn't snapping shots, she shares her love of photography and connects with budding shutterbugs worldwide through speaking engagements and services such as Sandy Puc’ University and Ukandu––a store for photography tools. In Denver, she runs photography courses where students go from learning the basics of DSLR cameras to photographing a live model and receiving group critiques. When she’s not discussing and teaching photography, Sandy practices it along with her colleague Helen Noakes during sessions with kids, high school seniors, families, and individuals.
Over the past 20 years, Denver Equestrians owner Corinne M. Lettau has been mastering proper horse training and horse communication while studying under elite professionals such as 1994 Olympic bronze medalist Michelle Gibson. At her 32,000-square-foot equestrian complex, Corinne and a team of talented instructors share their bond with horses by leading students through riding lessons, horsemanship classes, and rider assessments. On large indoor and outdoor arenas, students cover the basics of oat-powered transportation, such as mounting, dismounting, and transitioning from walk to halt. In group classes, students glean horseback know-how alongside up to five other riders. During private lessons, students build upon individual strengths and weaknesses and discuss the advancement of elective hoof surgery for humans.
Chef Penni Royston credits nature’s bounty, specifically colorful fruits and veggies, as the inspiration for Nature’s Table Cooking School. A certified Natural Foods Chef, Penni ousts processed junk from recipes and instead uses healthy foods preferred by any serious crafter of edible art. During her classes, chef Penni rounds up a rainbow of ingredients to craft raw dishes, gluten-free fare, or vegan soup and pizza made from scratch. She shifts between demonstration and student participation as she teaches, sending each pupil home with a recipe and a packet of nutritional info so they can calculate how many graves they’ll have to dig in the backyard to burn off the calories.