The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions, and students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
One of the few original theaters in Durham to remain in operation, the Carolina Theatre has endured more than 85 years of history in its quest to entertain. The venue's main room, Fletcher Hall, rose in popularity during World War II, when soldiers from Camp Butner arrived by bus to watch films on its colossal screen. In the last three decades, ongoing renovations have restored the venue to its original glory while propelling it into contemporary times with the addition of modern accoutrements, including two upstairs movie screens, stage-level dressing rooms, and landing pads on the roof for skateboard hovercrafts.
Padded floors at varying levels. Beams, bars, and springs sprouting from them. Blue, red, and yellow coloring it all. It looks like a fancy playground, and in many ways it is, but its purpose is much more layered. At Bull City Gymnastics, this vibrant space is used to teach kids discipline and fitness, all while they're having fun flipping and tumbling. To teach all that and boost athleticism, instructors get kids aged 3 and older on balance beams, trampolines, and gymnastics rings during one-hour classes. They can even get parents in on the action during 45-minute parent and tot classes for little ones. Camps and parties that include games, crafts, and gymnastics also keep kids engaged and focused on healthy fun.
Though they come from different walks of life, the instructors at Happymess Art Studio find common ground in their passion for artistic expression. They harness their diversity and devotion in the studio, which offers an eclectic assortment of art classes week after week. Happymess is not just painting?its schedule features watercolor classes, drawing classes, and a "Paint Like" series, where you can absorb the ideas of iconic artists by studying their stylistic approaches and grocery receipts.
Outside the studio, the Happymess instructors work their magic in the community aboard the Happymessenger art bus, a mobile art experience that partners with local art groups, schools, and organizations.
Salsa for U knows how to throw a good party. At venues around the Durham area, they work with organizations who organize salsa parties where students can show off what they’ve learned amid live music and other budding salsa stars. Such festivities play a major role in Salsa for U’s philosophy, which emphasizes teaching in a manner that's fun and easy for students to grasp. This approach, honed over more than a decade of salsa instruction—carries over to the studio’s private and small-group lessons.