The meaning of art may be subjective, but Mission: Renaissance believes that the basic, technical skills needed to create art are learnable, regardless of a student’s age or experience. The instructors at the studio, which was originally founded in 1975, illuminate the Gluck Method, which focuses on the classic rendering techniques that the great masters used on their first computers. The classes can accommodate students as young as 5, and they explore a number of different mediums—including charcoal, watercolors, and oils—while giving attendees the experience they need to appreciate art, as well as create it. Spread across 19 studio locations in southern California, attendance is capped at around six students per instructor, which allows them to offer artists more personalized feedback and more fitting nicknames.
Color Me Mine's expert ceramic artists, whose kids’ parties have earned accolades from Parents magazine, help customers create one-of-a-kind, handmade keepsakes while enjoying BYO refreshments in a 1,700-square-foot studio. More than 500 ceramic plates, cups, mugs, garden decorations, and animal figurines, all of which carry a 10% discount for Groupon customers, bid for attention on long wooden shelves. After selecting a piece, customers design and draft a custom image, allowing them to reproduce Ming dynasty vases before the museum notices that they are broken. Add flare with helpful stencils, or seek inspiration from 22,000+ pre-designed images. When the design is complete, friendly staff, who can demonstrate easy painting techniques, supply customers with their choice of more than 60 colorful, nontoxic, lead-free, food-safe paints. Aspiring artisans brush and dab color onto their ceramic keepsake, pausing to chat and enjoy their refreshments. Color Me Mine glazes and fires all pieces to a shiny, professional finish, allowing customers to experiment with realistic ceramic hubcaps, and pieces are ready for pick up in a few days. Partygoers can bring their own refreshments, and those over the age of 21 can bring their own wine or beer.
The owners of Actor's Angle know how important and nerve-racking auditioning can be, which is why they help seasoned and up-and-coming actors alike build relationships with casting directors during private workshops. After rehearsing a TV or film scene of their choice with a reader, actors perform one-on-one for the casting director, who offers feedback and answers questions about their office. Afterwards, actors receives an evaluation sheet and a private link to their videotaped performance ready for critiques with agents and acting coaches. They also receive an email with information about their casting director, including current projects and contact info. Actors also get a follow-up email with information about the casting director, including current projects and contact info. Taken together, these tools help actors forge long-lasting industry relationships and spark networking opportunities regardless of experience level.
Yoga at the Village is for the yoga-curious. Classes are upbeat, full of humor and without the I-can-do-a-headstand pretension that’s common in neighboring L.A. studios. Owner Elyse Briggs ensures an ego-free environment...any class for any "level" of ability.
A guitarist for more than 25 years, Craig Rogers has spent his life rocking out in bands and composing music for programs on networks including ABC, HBO, and PBS. When he's not writing his own tunes, he trains the next generation of six-string strummers through Craig's Guitar Lessons' at-home and in-studio sessions.
Drawing on both his guitar prowess and 10 years of teaching experience, Craig customizes each lesson around whatever skills and subjects compel his students. Those range from music theory and sight reading to rhythm- or lead-guitar techniques in a variety of genres including rock, blues, folk, and metal. Craig even teaches pupils their favorite songs, which saves each student's friends from having to pretend-listen to more air guitar.