Armed with a paintbrush provided by the studio and a glass of their favorite beverage procured from a local beverage purveyor, Wet Your Palettes' guests recreate an iconic painting under the tutelage of a professional artist. Through a step-by-step process, teachers review layering, color mixing, and materializing a scene on canvas from the background up. Soft music wafts through the studio space during 2.5-hour classes as strokes and pigment summon up a new painting that can adorn a refrigerator or a bare-walled boudoir. The space and instructors can also be reserved for private parties of up to 18 people looking for a simultaneous creative outlet without the hassle of starting a synchronized swimming team.
The Washington Glass School’s straightforward progression of classes helps crafters of all experience levels become accomplished glass-artists, demystifying the only art form that combines the chromatic range of oil painting, the practical aesthetics of ceramics, and the high temperatures of burnt-toast-portraiture. The illustrious staff includes Fulbright Scholars, eco-creators, and artists with permanent exhibits at the Smithsonian and the Art Institute of Chicago. The studio also serves as a resource facility for other artists: the Artist Incubator program provides seasoned crafters with studio space for new independent and collaborative works.
Keisha Gervais, the artistic director of Genesis Dance Unlimited, doesn't just teach the rote steps of familiar dances. She also actively creates new blends of styles. Her Caribbean heritage inspires her to add Latin, West Indian, and African tinges to the dances she teaches the school's youth company, the members of which show off their skills at various competitions, photo shoots, workshops, and other events. You don't have to be a company member to participate, however. The school also teaches kids ages 7 to 18 dance styles including jazz, modern, and ballet during drop-in classes.
Each of Z Bounce's three locations features an indoor playground full of kinetic activities for kids. Though stationed inside shopping malls, Z Bounce makes the world of department stores, food courts, and price tags disappear the second you pass through its broad glass doors. Here, you're greeted by a colorful labyrinth where kids can play in a safe and monitored environment. Inflatable bounce houses, slides, obstacle courses, and tunnels ignite imaginations and encourage kids to expel the energy they'd otherwise release at the dinner table or during family meditation.
Artistic Empowerment Centers Inc is a non-profit performing arts organization inspired by both spiritual and creative forces, staging plays focused on uplifting and introspective stories about the black experience. Their current calendar of shows includes Fabric of 'She', a story about a young woman aspiring to be an entertainer during the Harlem Renaissance, and The 'N' Word, a one-act play in which friends debate the use of racial slurs and is followed by an audience discussion forum.
Showcasing their tonal talents from the Washington D.C. area to their latest Houston-area locale, the staff of Just Rock Enterprises helps guests live their musical dreams by offering private lessons in voice, piano, stage choreography, and songwriting. Instructors customize lessons to fit each student?s needs, offering unique ways of imparting knowledge such as conducting lessons via Skype or by corralling several interested parties into small-group summer camps.