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The Kingston School of Art & Window Art Gallery nurtures budding creativity through comprehensive courses in painting, drawing, sculpting, and printmaking. Like a phoenix rising from a pile of used paintbrushes, the school arose as teachers and students rallied to keep art in the community after the closing of St. Lawrence College's art program. The nonprofit, volunteer-run organization works to share fine art with students of all ages, regularly hosting exhibits to cultivate awareness and fight the scourge of blank canvases. Featured classes include fantasy drawing workshops as well as oil painting with Ontario artist Bruce St. Clair and pastel workshops with award-winning Ottawa artist Margaret Ferraro.
Life Yoga's passionate instructors share their expertise in a 1,200-square-foot studio with spacious, spa-inspired shower rooms and a practice space embellished with handmade fabric wallpaper. Students burn calories and release mental stress in small classes with helpful one-on-one attention: gentle Restorative Yoga, energizing Vinyasa Flow, and Hatha Fundamentals are just a few options. In the studio's lobby area, local businesses such as Rhubarb Paper Co. display their wares.
During Dorian's music lessons, expert faculty members help students produce mellifluous tones in a wide variety of styles, from classical to pop-rock. Music makers can pluck out tunes on guitars and bass guitars, navigate their bows across violins and violas, tickle the keys of pianos and organs, tap out beats on percussion instruments, or learn to transform breakfast conversations into Broadway medleys during vocal lessons. Students discover music theory via one-on-one guidance from instructors and, if desired, can follow the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum for piano or guitar or the Suzuki method for violin. Meanwhile, the school's open-door policy invites parents to sit in with children during lessons or to watch lessons through a viewing window. Any required books or fertilizer to grow pianos from xylophones with can be purchased through Dorian at a discounted rate.
In 2005, Joey Simon began 4Cats Arts Studio in the basement of her historic Victoria Island home after discovering a natural passion for inspiring children after years spent nurturing the creative gifts of her son. Today, more than 60 studios across North America bear the 4Cats moniker, named for a Barcelona café frequented by Pablo Picasso and his bizarrely shaped contemporaries. The life and work of influential artists such as [Andy Warhol] (http://gr.pn/w2PaKy) act as a springboard for schooling students on Pop art’s screen printing and ink blot techniques, and students in Edgar Degas workshops yield "movement paintings" with acrylics, pastels, charcoal, and chalk. Birthday parties for children and events for adults can blend abstract paint-splattering, rousing instruction, and lively debates on what makes a pipe truly a pipe.
Omega Fit Club's amenities evoke scenes from science fiction movies. The facility is lined with Technogym cardio and strength equipment, and a futuristic Kinesis wall challenges fitness seekers with more than 250 distinct exercises centred around working against gravity's resistance.
For all its high-tech toys, however, the gym is neither cold nor robotic—its team of trainers support members as they sweat through group exercise classes and one-on-one sessions. Members can also find relaxation inside an infrared sauna or on a hydrotherapy bed, which buoys physiques on a dry membrane while water jets stamp out muscular knots.
Constant Growth's certified trainers drill students of all ages in drop-in classes, each of which last 90 minutes and are customized to students' experience and skill level, inside their gym and training facility. Up to 10 students learn to stretch, pose, and hone pipe-cleaner impressions while working their core muscles in mat-based yoga and Pilates sessions. Punches and kicks gain power and accuracy under the guidance of a professional fighter in kickboxing and boxing classes, which include up to 30 students, at Walton Boxing Gym's regulation MMA boxing ring. Coaches conduct some drop-in sessions in a private facility adjoining the main gym complex.