When she picks up her brushes and a glass of wine, Tiffany Michelle Bora transforms into The Tipsy Artist. After discovering a love for art at the age of 4, she followed that passion through studio art studies at Texas Tech University and into a role as an art gallery director. Though she's experimented with metal sculpture, photography, and interior design, one of her most enduring media is paint. Today, she passes her knowledge and technique on to others through playful painting parties.
These events blend low-pressure instruction with a palette of bright colors and at least a few glasses of red and white. To guide students through her process, Tiffany relies on examples of her own upbeat works and an occasional guest lecture from Vincent Van Gogh. The result is an experience praised in local media such as Oklahoma Live, Oklahoma Gazette, and the City Sentinel for its ability to put painters of all experience levels at ease. The Tipsy Artist has drawn others into her artistic world with parties at several upscale wine bars and restaurants. Whether she's coordinating a public party or a private event, Tiffany sees what she does as blending culinary and visual art: she often arranges platters of food to help soak up all the wine.
Qualified in nearly every aspect of scuba, from open-water diving to nighttime excursions, the instructors at Frank’s Underwater Sports & Travel guide diving tyros through the basics of underwater respiration in a two-hour introductory course. After running through scuba basics and safety measures in a classroom setting, the groups of up to 10 students migrate to a pool for hands-on practice. Once submerged, tenderflippers experience the thrill of bubbles erupting from the respirator as they breathe underwater. Frank’s instructors include recipients of the Platinum Pro 5000 award, an honor only bestowed to divers who’ve completed either 5,000 total dives or 2,500 dives and a significant contribution to the scuba-diving world, such as hand-painting each individual coral in the Great Barrier Reef.
Sharyn Jump introduces students to the stress-relieving potential of art in laid-back classes that comprise equal parts fun and instruction. During the two- to three-hour sessions and multiday workshops at Sharyn's Paint 'N Crafts Studio, visitors work with varied media such as acrylics, oils, watercolors, charcoal, or colored pencils to create completed art pieces, which they can take home for display or graciously donate to the nearest museum.
A team of resident artists mentors pupils in different styles, such as the One Stroke painting technique taught by guest artist Donna Dewberry. At birthday parties or open-studio sessions, participants may bring their own food or alcohol to foster a celebratory atmosphere.
Since the early '70s, Jeannie Colbert has aspired to spark joy in others with her clay handiwork. At ClaydoodleZ Pottery Art Studio, she molds plates, flowers, and other pieces for visitors to decorate during artistic visits, and her studio pizza parties encourage fun and creativity without the slippery dangers of paint-your-own Twister mats. A collection of retail crafts occupies the adjacent Southern CharmZ Market, where guests can pick out trinkets such as photo frames, statues, and tea sets.
Photo Card Café' presents an array of customizable templates that customers can amend and adorn with up to four uploaded photographs, resulting in bundles of cards for holiday greetings, special announcements, invitations, or thank-yous. Purple floral ornate wedding invitations ($1.16 for each 4"x6" card-stock print) set nicely against black and white, color, or sepia images of the soon-to-be newlyweds, and come accompanied by matching save-the-date cards ($0.89 for each 4"x6" photo-paper print), thank-you notes ($1.25 for each 5 1/4"x4" folded card), and animatronic carrier pigeons. Pictures of future astronauts find a fit with the rocket party invitations ($1.10 for each 5"x7" photo-paper print). Instead of replacing all condiments with eggnog, lend your fridge some holiday cheer the easy way with the 4"x6" magnetized Christmas cards ($2.15 each), which are festooned with nuzzling reindeer or bedazzling ornaments.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.