Professional artist Donna LaBonia-Wrentmore focuses more than 25 years of painting experience into each brushstroke as she teaches artists of all ages and skill levels to unleash creative right brains. Adult artists can happily toast their canvasses during open-paint nights, taking home a completed painting to match a lonely frame or cover embarrassingly hued wall safes. Aspiring Seurats can brush up on color theory and perspective during fine-art classes available for ages 6 and older, and young ones can attend family workshops or skip to summer art camp to carouse with like-minded surrealists-in-training.
Burgeoning painters of all ages find inspiration at Art and Soul, where instructors guide their brushstrokes to conjure beautiful works of art. After choosing a cute panda bear or a blossoming daisy from the studio's large gallery of options, students take their position in front of a blank 16" x 20" canvas and set to work creating their own masterpiece. Painting sessions include all materials and range from two to three hours, after which students can take their paintings to hang at home or in the Louvre.
Operated by the city of Germantown, the recently renovated Germantown Athletic Club has been helping regional residents stay healthy and have fun for the past 20 years. Hit the 40-meter heated indoor pool to brood over broken dreams of becoming a small-mouth bass. Or taunt the sun, which never learned to swim, by gliding through laps under its jealous gaze in the 25-meter outdoor pool. Indoor basketball courts let you practice your game in the face of all weather conditions, and an elevated indoor walking track gives your legs the exercise they need without assaulting your nose with the stench of fresh air. High-quality weight-training equipment is on-hand to work your arms and legs, a cycling room features 25 bikes for furious stationary pedaling, and group-fitness classes such as Ab Lab and Mat Pilates are available to help avoid feelings of workout isolation.
Exercisers head to Snap Fitness's 24/7 fitness haven to work up a sweat on dozens of cardio and weight-training machines. With a 30-day membership, muscle constructors enjoy unlimited access to Snap’s facilities, from a room stocked with free weights and benches to a cardio theater area where 42-inch LCD TVs deck the walls. Newly minted members undergo a pair of one-hour personal-training sessions, during which they develop a custom fitness program under the tutelage of a certified conditioning guru. The global-access card allows members to carve scenic ridges into their physiques at any Snap Fitness center across the nation so that they don’t have to bench-press their cars while on road trips. This package also includes a free water bottle as well as a pair of two-week passes to dole out to family members, friends, or extremely motivated house pets.
Founded in New York City and featured in the New York Times and Time magazine, Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals Memphis nurtures nascent musical abilities during interactive, supervised classes. Each 45-minute session hosts 8–14 children, ages 6 months to 5 years, who exercise vocal cords and dance muscles to original songs, rhythms, and chants by founder David Weinstone, including some from the Nick Jr. television program Jack's Big Music Show. Skilled instructors draw on years of musical experience to guide little ones through rhythm-making activities, complete with drums and shakers, ensuring that kids avoid attracting stray reindeer while jangling tambourines. Adults are welcome to join the junior jam session and watch budding Mozarts learn skills at their own age-appropriate pace. Check the class schedule for times and locations.
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.