Prism GlassWorks is a full-service silica studio offering a wide range of elegant pre-made glass pieces, as well as hands-on classes and workshops for students of all experience levels. As a sneak peak of their regular fused-glass pendant classes—and with Groupon fun-seekers specifically in mind—the Prism proprietors have put together a special fused pendant-making workshop (many convenient times are available). During the two-hour session, you'll get to carry your innermost designs and aesthetic impulses to fruition, whether they are abstract conglomerations of color or miniature images of a beloved filing cabinet. After hand-selecting and combining glass noodles, stringers, and dichroic thingamabobs, you'll have created a raw pendant that's ready for the finishing flames of the kiln.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
The instructors at Sylvan Learning Center understand the limitations of a one-size-fits-all classroom; they tailor tutoring and enrichment curricula to each student to meet specific goals. By interviewing pupils and gathering input from teachers and parents, the center's army of energetic study buddies can position students for success in subjects such as reading, math, writing, or study skills. Along with overseeing test-prep for ACTs and SATs, instructors help kids keep school breaks productive with academic camps that focus on specific skills such as math problem-solving and pitching tiny tents out of protractors and loose-leaf paper.
Hosted by local artists, classes at Wine & Canvas Toledo are hosted at various restaurants and bars, and are designed to guide students through featured paintings from the monthly calendar. Following the step-by-step instructions of the teacher, pupils re-create the works of Impressionist masters, abstract scenes, and images inspired by nature. At the end of class, students can take their completed masterpieces home to display proudly on the wall or awkwardly on the fridge with industrial-strength magnets.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Arches Coldpress Watercolor Board, Cotman Watercolor paints
Pro Tip: No experience required. I put the sketch on the watercolor board.
The folks at YouCanBeAnArtist.com believe wholeheartedly that anyone can create a masterpiece. During classes, teachers lead students through a series of steps to produce colorful paintings. Subject matter ranges from flowers to the classic Starry Night painting. The staff encourages students to bring along snacks and drinks to enjoy during the three-hour classes.