A bevy of artistic options and teachers fluent in their craft define Rembrandt All You Can Art. Regardless of skill level, students are encouraged to unleash their artistic talents onto canvases, creating whimsical sailboats or treasure maps that lead neighbors to the spot where their borrowed power tools are buried. Available for classes and private parties, the painting emporium also transports its wares to events aboard its Rembrandt Roadshow van, bringing the painting parties directly to the revelers.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
Nani Cusson switches gears from tango to swing as easily as she pivots on the floor. The certified dance instructor has mastered a library of styles, including the elegant steps of the waltz, the twirls of salsa, and the fluid dips of the foxtrot. When teaching, she coaches only one person or pair at a time?that way, she can adjust her guidance to suit their skill level, and not just resort to the one dance that everyone can do: the first fourth of the YMCA. Her tutelage therefore pushes clients toward specific goals, whether they hope to dance in competitions, learn a wedding routine, or simply carry themselves with confidence. Her studio welcomes students seven days a week by appointment, and she also leads group classes by request.
Founded as a piano restoration business in 1958, Hall Piano Company has since expanded its repertoire. The company's technicians still restore pianos, but now pianists also teach students of all ages to coax music from the keys. The instructors draw on extensive education and decades of experience to help students build a foundation of musical knowledge. When they're ready, students can show off their skills on the studio's recital stage, which is equipped with Steinway concert grand pianos and broadcasting technology that lets loved ones watch and listen from afar.
Zesty aromas of jambalaya, gumbo, corn crab bisque, and pralines fill the air of the New Orleans School of Cooking. It's here where a talented team of local chefs share their culinary insights while teaching the basics of Louisiana cooking with flavorful fervor. Since 1980, scores of well-known talent have demonstrated bayou?style cooking in their home base: a renovated French Quarter molasses warehouse, originally built in the 1800s.
Like their building, the dishes they teach are part of long-standing New Orleans traditions. Their demonstrations cover dishes from gumbo to jambalaya to crawfish etoufee. As they teach, the chefs weave in elements of local history, trivia, and legend, too, painting a portrait of the city that extends beyond its edibles.
"What do you want to create?" That is the question posed to each of New Orleans Paint N Party's visitors. During the studio's energetic parties, local artists teach visitors to put brush on canvas, creating colorful projects such as streetcars and city skylines. The staff keeps it simple. They greet each visitor with a presketched canvas and a trove of supplies, including brushes and paints. New Orleans Paint N Party also invites its customers to bring along food and potable beverages; they'll even supply the wine opener, ice bucket, ice pick, and drinking glasses.