Aiming to showcase an eclectic collection of handmade works of art, unique paintings, and musical instruments, RockleyArts is a destination for homeowners, collectors, and musicians alike. Visitors browse the inventory of acoustic and electric guitars, violins, and pianos, or they head into the art gallery to examine hand-painted canvases, blown glass, and sculptures of what we ate in the '90s.
Longtime award-winning guitarist Lee Johnson brings plenty of experience to his instruction at Boulder Guitar Studio, having played guitar for 30-plus years, having performed nationally for more than two decades, and having taught for more than 15 years. He instructs students during custom lessons on the basic techniques of the guitar, taking into consideration what they want to learn—he suggests they bring in a playlist of songs they would like to be able to play to learn the techniques, fundamentals, and theories at play in those songs.
Harmony Music House's passionate melody makers instruct music fans of all ability levels, enumerating the finer points of drumming, singing, guitar playing, and more. Each 50-minute music lesson complements adult learners’ individual abilities to double-stroke a snare drum, shape proper embouchure, or tickle guitar's strings until it purrs a song. With 14 different music classes, students can learn to wail away on the harmonica, strum a ukulele, or pluck a banjo. Kids can also hone their chops during 30-minute lessons. For all subjects except piano, students must bring or rent their own instruments.
John Hand has a theory: for any problem a person might have, someone in their local community has a solution. To that end, he founded Colorado Free University, continuing a tradition that began with the Denver Free University of the 1970s and early '80s. Whereas the Denver Free University was created as a political move to make education more accessible, the Colorado incarnation sets its sights on simple personal betterment, becoming more of a learning network than a school. All of its teachers are independent contractors culled from the local community, and together they helm skill-based and enrichment classes for adults, spanning a range of artistic, humanitarian, and business disciplines.
Students can receive training in foreign languages or ASL, business or marketing, acting or visual arts, woodworking or floral design. The school's facilities also accommodate CompuSkills computer-training classes, which progress from basic sessions in computer operation to advanced sessions in photoshopping a ghost out of a family portrait. The campus's 89-seat John Hand Theater, meanwhile, hosts intimate performances from local Firehouse Theater Company and Spotlight Theatre Company.