Glass n Fire owner Ron Murphy has followed a lifetime fascination with glass sculpture by crafting models of animals and teaching students the fine art of molten manipulation for more than four decades. Along with sons Burt and Keith, Ron specializes in replicating the untamed colors and graceful movements of aquatic creatures including sea turtles, octopi, and Atlantis's figure skaters. In order to hone in on details such as the eye of an octopus or the crest of a seahorse, the family ventured to Ecuador, where they spent five years perfecting original jewelry and sculpture designs. During classes, the master wildlife sculptor and his lifetime-trained instructors teach glass-sculpting essentials and lead students through the steps to create works of art, which they can take home to display on bureaus or lay by windows to thwart barefoot burglars.
Great minds think alike, and this was definitely true for Kyle Baxter—a professional tree climber—and Bridget Baxter—an accomplished high-school and college cross-country and track runner. Each certified instructor owned or worked at a local Bikram studio, but it wasn’t until they met at a Bikram yoga convention in 2006 that they discovered each other. Now the married couple oversees two Bikram yoga locations, which offer classes for students of any level seven days a week. Each studio is kept at a toasty 105 degrees, and sessions are led by a certified Bikram instructor who guides patrons through muscle-building and stretching poses that promote healthy, lean bodies. A large towel, yoga mat, and water bottle are recommended for each class, so the studios offer rental towels and mats for those whose dog ate their yoga mat along with their homework.
The helpful staff of Juiced on Imagination guides adults, children, and robots disguised as humans while they create artwork, helping them to express emotions through several different mediums. The class lineup explores a variety of different themes, including painting, collage, and creative journaling. Adult sessions allow students to bring along their favorite drinks as they paint landscapes or portraits. Kids' classes introduce little ones to traditional art styles and inventive techniques including creating art out of recycled materials, such as their parents' old Picassos. Each artistic offering hopes to nurture creativity and foster benefits such as increased self-esteem and lower stress levels.
Sunlight streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows at The Zone Health and Fitness, illuminating rows of free weights, whirring cardio machines, and enthusiastic certified personal trainers and nutritional consultants. Owner Greg Bobby helms the crack staff and uses his degrees in sports medicine and exercise physiology to carefully craft fitness routines aimed at stepping up metabolism through resistance training, cardio workouts, nutritional guidance, and vitamin supplements. Guests and members can partake of myriad group fitness classes such as yoga, spinning, and kickboxing, or devise their own workout regimes with the bountiful free weights and machines at their disposal.
It took Vincent Van Gogh years to complete his masterpieces, but students at Vino and VanCo classes only need a few hours. After fueling up on appetizers and drinks at Bondi Beach Bar & Grill, the class's pupils head over to Old Town Square. There, canvases, easels, and paints all await alongside that night's Van Gogh image, which the class recreates with the help of an expert instructor.
While Vino and VanCo students reproduce a renowned genius's work, most classes at VanCo School of Art are geared toward helping future masters refine their own pieces. Instructors train students of all ages in essential techniques, such as rendering semi-clothed models with materials like oil paint or charcoal still smoky from the grill. VanCo additionally caters classes to homeschooled pupils, as well as high school students readying their portfolio for college admissions.
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.