The nonprofit organization ETTA Art Studio splashes the Amherst community with artistic spirit flowing from the brain brushes of its experienced local artists and teachers. The master masterpiece makers pass on their creative tutelage via classes that cover clay working, drawing, puppet making, theater, and other artful subjects. On July 25–29, kids can swing by the studio for Fantastic Fairylands (ages 5–11) or Giant Puppetmaking, Improv + Movement (ages 8–12). And August 1–5, Collage, Diorama, and Painting (for ages 8–10) empowers pupils with the ability to construct fan mail for Vincent van Gogh.
Star Maker School boasts a staff full of professionals as well as alumni from all over the entertainment industry, including professional, tour, and major recording artist dancers; Broadway performers; commercial and voice-over actors. For nearly 40 years, its instructors have helped kids aged 2.5?18 accomplish transformations into these fields with positive reinforcement and confidence-building methods in dance, acting, and singing. Their philosophy prizes healthy self-image above all else, and they also help parents make educated decisions regarding breaking into showbiz.
Brian Leaf has spent countless hours parsing through Family Guy, Twilight, The 40-Year Old Virgin, and myriad other pop-culture phenomena—not for his own amusement, but to pick out SAT and ACT vocabulary words lurking in the scripts, which he's compiled in six books. A seasoned test-prep instructor, Leaf has helped thousands of students surmount standardized tests through his books and workshops, which dole out insider advice for taking the entire tests as well as specific subjects such as math, reading, and dodgeball.
Students leave each session with a collection of McGraw-Hill guidebooks, tips on stress management and avoiding common avoidable mistakes, and strategies for each subject.
For more than 70 years, The Original Tremont Tearoom has been an oracle. Since the Great Depression, clients have traveled to the downtown Boston spot to discover their future, fortune, and fate at the hands of a skilled psychic reader. Now under the ownership of seasoned soothsayer Alex Palermo, the Tearoom hosts a team of 13 master psychics who diligently follow the Psychic Code of Ethics as they perform various divination techniques including tea-leaf readings, tarot-card readings, palmistry, and astrological consultations during 15-, 30-, and 60-minute sessions. Along with in-studio and telephone sessions, The Original Tremont Tearoom's brood of oracles can be booked for special events so guests can giggle with delight or fall into awed silence during birthday celebrations, bachelorette parties, or Elvis-themed clock-collector gatherings. For clients looking for energy work or spiritual guidance on an ongoing basis, the center offers psychic development courses, reiki sessions, and a Wicca program.
Boston Casting offers courses for aspiring child, teen, and adult actors at its Media Performance Institute. Your Groupon can be used toward classes such as Beginner Acting/Improv for Adults, Acting for Teens, Musical Theater, or any of the other classes listed to the right. Acting for the Camera will teach you how to act naturally in front of the most terrifying piece of machinery outside of a confrontational killer robot. In Acting for Film, you'll learn how to project your voice in its proper 16:9 aspect ratio. And after a session of Acting for Commercials, your teeth will begin to twinkle automatically every time you hold something up and smile. For a truly in-depth exploration of the acting process, try the Acting for the Camera course, which runs until one of its participants says "And… scene." Classes are taught by some of New England's most experienced teachers and performers.