With more than eight years of experience splattered on its palette, Creative Spirits continues to teach people of all ages how to tap into their creative energies and create artwork through a variety of media. Even without previous experience, pupils will employ five basic elements of shape. The result is an enjoyment of process of creating without feeling lost or confused and can improve self-confidence while remaining as focused as a cat that’s ready to pounce on a laser-pointer dot.
Also at Creative Spirits' spacious studio, friendly instructors lead groups in painting, glass fusing, and using a pottery wheel during casual parties. These laid-back sessions offer an evening of fun as patrons sip on beverages and learn how to create each session’s themed art piece. Past events have included students swirling brush strokes into colorful peacocks, potters shaping clay bowls on a pottery wheel, and artists fusing pieces of glass together to create a glass-fused serving tray. The center also offers private and kids' parties, as well as team-building events.
An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three- or four-hour workshops. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras, teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, and flash settings to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Levy will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
For more than 20 years, John and Kathy Tidwell and the team at Bear Creek Archery have been sharing their knowledge via professional lessons and classes and supplying recreational and competitive archers with state-of-the-art equipment. Kathy is a multiyear NFAA national indoor champion, and her range has been known to welcome numerous state archery champions to its 16 lanes. Experienced male and female instructors introduce both kids and adults to the sport and coach advanced junior athletes toward success. Part of the facility's draw may be a Dart interactive video archery system that simulates an outdoor adventure with realistic targets.
The Tidwells' crew recommends bows made by top brands including Mathews and Hoyt and a wide variety of large premade aluminum and carbon arrows. They stock helpful accessories such as decoys, quiver mounts, and semicircular bow cases that can just as easily store half of a leftover pizza. The shop's technicians also perform equipment repairs and restring bows.
Progressive Health Center is a nonprofit organization that integrates Eastern and Western therapies to help treat cancer, neurological disorders, and chronic conditions. The family physicians, chiropractors, Chinese-medicine practitioners, and massage therapists work together to boost patients’ spirits and physical strength with treatments such as acupuncture, music therapy, and nutritional counseling. One of the more uplifting therapies is laughter yoga—a treatment that gets people laughing together in a group without requiring them to come in feeling happy or carry around their own jack-in-the-box. To facilitate these services, Progressive Health Center has partnerships with the Swedish Medical Center and Craig Hospital. Its founder, Sue Goodin, and medical director, Allison Archard, are executive-committee members of the Cancer Care Initiative, which raises money by hosting events such as benefit concerts.
At Colorado Handgun Shooting School, NRA-certified instructors Sherry and Jon Vargason make safety the focus of every class, whether they're working with a first-time student or a seasoned T-shirt cannon operator. They teach at The Shootist Pistol Range, leading classes such as the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course and a concealed-handgun course that qualifies students to apply for state concealed-handgun permits. To help clients feel as comfortable as possible, Sherry and Jon also organize women-only classes, as well as private one-on-one instruction.