Experiencing art shouldn't confined to a museum or a fancy gallery. That's the idea behind Everyday Art, a center that corrals people of all artistic skills into environments where they can feel free to create their own masterpieces. Through adult classes and children's summer camps, the school encourages play and experimentation as students add their own twists to classic or original works. Some classes even meet around town in pubs or parks, prime spots for creative inspiration or showing squirrels a skill set they will never, ever have.
The instructors at Freedom School of the Arts don’t teach theatrical dogma. Instead of constraining their pupils with “must do” techniques, they encourage students to explore their own process and discover on-stage confidence through a constantly changing curriculum. The school’s acting and improv classes cover basic performance skills that ease self-doubts as well as read-through, blocking, and agreement techniques that help them feel comfortable in any situation, from shows to auditions to parent-teacher conferences. Not just for adults, the school hosts youth acting classes that help kids explore their imagination and creativity.
Gavin has been working and teaching behind the bar for almost 20 years, making drinks in 14 countries across 5 continents. His experiences inspired him to design and teach programs for home enthusiasts to create cocktails at their own parties, and to train students to secure professionally and financially rewarding positions in the hospitality industry almost immediately after graduation.
As BartenderOne’s CEO, Gavin and his team of professional mixologists and bar chefs helped design a curriculum based on interviews of bar, lounge, club, and banquet-facility owners. The certification courses still teach students to make a number of trendy and classic cocktails, but they emphasize the kinds of customer-service, cash-handling, and break-dancing skills that employers value. Instructors also train their small groups of students outside of a typical classroom environment, giving attendees experience behind an actual bar as opposed to a staged set. Additionally, BartenderOne gives its graduates a leg up by sending weekly emails with new job opportunities.
Working with one of the country's most famous artists might cause some to rest on their laurels, but for Patricia Corsini, the years she spent as a personal assistant and photographer to renowned artist Robert Bateman only pushed her to keep exploring. Robert's sweet tooth led Patricia to culinary school at George Brown College, after which she became executive chef of Cook Gourmet Inc., where culinary experts show aspiring cooks how to craft elegant dishes.
In one of the company's many cooking classes, Sunshine en Provence courses lead students through each step of creating a bistro-style meal, and Some Like It Haute! sessions focus on stylish summertime meals. Classes are taught in a gourmet kitchen with a wide assembly of tools at students' disposal.
Cook Gourmet Inc.'s crew also caters events small and large, even providing personal-chef services for clients' dinner parties.
Creative Kids Place engages exploring minds aged 2–12 in its colourful arts-and-play centre through drop-in sessions, summer camps, holiday camps, birthday parties, and special programs. During drop-in sessions, children can stuff teddy bears, paint T-shirts, or string beads of bracelets as preschoolers and toddlers bond with their parents over creatively minded toys or frolic in costume in the dress-up area. Creative Kids Place provides all needed craft supplies, paints, and play activities, and changes its crafts weekly to ensure children don't steal the company's secrets and start their own franchises. March break camps provide children from 4–12 years with an opportunity to spend time with a variety of crafts over March break, and all camps include either a bowling or a mini-golf outing.
When not playing, parents use free WiFi or lounge on the centre's couches amid bright red and green walls and tables draped in decorative tarps. Alternatively, crafters can choose from an array of sculpted, three-dimensional pottery canvases including penguins, dinosaurs, unicorns, princesses, and more. After wee artists paint their pieces to express colour appreciation or camouflage them from envious stuffed animals, staff fires completed sculptures in an on-site kiln.
Beadology founder Sabrina Smith—who has made guest appearances on The Life Network, Breakfast Television, and TVO Kids—believes that making jewellery can help children develop fine motor skills and express their creativity. She hosts kids’ parties during which children get to both learn and create, as well as parent-child workshops that help bridge the age gap better than a picture book illustrating the Cuban Missile Crisis. Sabrina realizes that beading can be therapeutic and enjoyable for adults, so she presides over events such as ladies’ nights, when beaders can sip wine as they chat and craft.
At Canadian Beauty College, students overseen by instructors work on actual clients to gain hands-on aesthetic training in the student clinic, while already certified aestheticians or medical doctors beautify clients in the onsite med spa. The students hydrate skin during facials, massage tense backs, and wax off unwanted hair, and the aestheticians inject dermal fillers into wrinkles, fade acne scars with a laser, and contour bodies with radio-frequency skin-tightening treatments. Before undergoing any of the med spa’s services, clients consult with a medical doctor in order to discuss expectations and beauty goals, such as learning how to develop a tan by standing in front of car headlights.