At its core, they are a place where people can connect, relax, and have fun making art. At The Thirsty Brush, there's a mission to partner with local organizations and improve the community with free art camps in underserved communities, and 10% of profits made go to local art and education initiatives. During painting classes held at various venues around town that serve alcohol, participants can grab a brush and enjoy themselves while following easy directions to complete a work of art.
It's hard to get out rock climbing regularly. Basketball courts don't fit in the average home. The facilities at The Rush Fitness let everyone get in an exciting workout, though, with climbing walls, pools, athletic courts, and more. At 23 locations in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Dalton, Asheville, Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point and Greenville, skilled trainers preside over those amenities. They also lead more than 500 group exercise classes, which might touch on everything from yoga to Zumba. Those classes, as well as the requisite array of free weights and cardio equipment, have helped the chain win a range of "best gym" awards.
The back wall at ArtsyU⎯marked by multiple hues sectioned into Mondrianesque blocks of color⎯is an expression of the vibrant ambiance that characterizes the studio. It pops with color, creating a welcoming environment for painters to experiment with their own designs. Visitors come to this artistically designed studio to unleash creativity, often bringing along a bottle of wine to aid in the process. Seated side-by-side on stools, they dip brushes into provided acrylic paints. With an instructor's guidance, they render images that range from a peacock fanning its tail to a flower holding perfectly still.
At The Artist Studio, a staff of three instructors knows what it’s like to be on the other side of the drawing table. Though they have 45 years of teaching experience between them, Christian Bradford, Claire Bradford, and Skip Lyons have also all spent years studying art and honing their own styles, such as photorealism, classic portraiture, and mixed media. The resident artists turn to their own individual expertise and personable approaches when teaching students, helping guide them toward their own artistic goals.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
ke a creative séance, Spirited Art helps painters of all skill levels and ages channel their inner Van Goghs during step-by-step art lessons that render colorful masterpieces. The instructors keep the environment fun and lighthearted as students pick up provided brushes, stand at their easels, and conjure their muses before laying out such compositions as Klimt's The Kiss, a still life with coffee cups, or a Monet-inspired landscape. Pupils can snack on treats brought from home as they add color to their canvas, and adults can bring wine to lubricate the flow of ideas. At the end of the lesson, each painter totes home a finished magnum opus to grace a mantel or cover up the results of practicing their javelin throw indoors.