Artist Sharen Chatterton opens up her personal work studio to outside artists, offering a full schedule of art classes. Students can explore their own creativity with workshops and classes that cover visual art journaling, along with classes that teach stamp creating and mixed media collaging. When they're finished crafting kaleidoscopic roosters, fabric-adorned collages, and altered books that explode into pop-up paper bouquets, students can meander into the studio's boutique and away from their out-of-paintbrush experience. There, they can purchase their own art supplies to bring home, or peruse the work of Chatterton and other local artists.
Rebecca Winters operates the BYOB painting studio Art in the Vine. In easy-to-follow classes aimed at artists young and old, Becca and her staff provide step-by-step instructions to create wall-ready paintings. Classes on Sunday - Thursday are open to children 15 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult painter during evening sessions. Children under the age of 18 cannot attend Friday or Saturday evening classes. Kidz classes are available for children ages 5 - 14 on Saturday mornings.
Bikram Yoga Grapevine is the only "hot" yoga school in the heart of the DFW Metroplex. The studio offers a transformational, challenging, and energizing workout for all levels, earning it the distinction of Best Fort Worth Workout in the Best of Citysearch 2009. Each 90-minute session features two breathing exercises and 26 hatha yoga postures normally practiced in a room heated in excess of 100 degrees by a dozen grade-schoolers doing hot-plate science experiments. First-timers and clients returning to Grapevine after a six-month or longer hiatus can take advantage of the deep penetrating stretch that minimizes injury while working every muscle, tendon, joint ligament, organ, and gland. The myriad benefits include increased flexibility, strength, balance, and lung capacity, plus the cathartic pleasure of going home drenched in sweat from head to toe. Click here for the upcoming class schedule.
Summit Climbing Gym sprawls across 10,000 square feet lined with towering structures for boundless bouldering and rope climbing along with its own onsite yoga studio. Manmade walls adorned with brightly colored handholds emerge from the ground, daring aspiring climbers to decode their paths. Fingertips dipped in rock chalk learn to cling to the hardened monoliths with firm grace, keeping on the lookout for the single book spine that triggers access to a revolving door and secret chocolate fountain. Guests can gab with experts about form and new-equipment purchases at the climb shop, or take a breather on a comfy couch to rest, reflect on a new route, or admire their brand-new Popeye forearms.
In addition to its scaling structures, Summit Climbing Gym hosts yoga classes in an on-site studio to boost climbing flexibility. Here, guests choose from a variety of formats, including CoreFusion, Slow Flow, Power Yoga, and Yin Yoga, a pose-intensive class that helps range of motion and strengthen connective tissues.
Though copying someone else's work may get you banned from the bar exam, at Texas U Can Paint, it's standard procedure. During classes for children and adults, budding artists don provided smocks, wield an arsenal of paints and brushes, and go to town copying the day's reference material—which could be an animal, a flower, a landscape, or a famous painting. Sessions range from BYOB painting classes to children-only events where kids can dip brushes into jars of finger paints and magically transform into adults.
Having shared his fitness expertise on Good Morning Texas and in his book, Living Lean, health expert Larry North offers a boutique gym that gives fitness-fitters an alternative to traditional workout facilities within a welcoming, low-key atmosphere. Redeem this Groupon for two one-on-one training sessions with an experienced fitness professional who will tailor workouts to your specific needs. You'll also get a month of unlimited access to the gym and enough fitness classes to exercise to your biceps' content (Southlake schedule here). Meditate away the day's drudgeries with a yoga class, or get the blood pumping with the kickboxing circuit class, which includes jump roping, hand weights, and hitting punching bags that electronically shout Shakespeare sonnets as motivation. Aesthetically appealing spaces encourage customers to relax their minds as they tighten their gluteals.