In Fear No Easel's painting classes, resident artists galvanize each student's inner Picasso with detailed instruction and hands-on practice. Owners Les and Gina Orr spread their love of the arts by inspiring beginners to take up a brush, and conjure a convivial atmosphere with alcoholic beverages. All students in each class mimic one selected image, just like office scribes in the days before Xerox machines.
When she’s not teaching art to adults at Art Connects Art School's studio, Dianne Tennyson maintains a private art-therapy practice designed to help clients reconcile conflict through creative self-expression. The practice guides Dianne’s efforts as an art teacher, and together with her husband, graphic designer Eric Vincent, the creative twosome inform and guide pupils of all ages and skill levels. Twenty years of coaxing artistry out of students has taught Dianne to begin with the basics—developing discipline, eye-hand coordination, and artistic vision—while working with oil and pastel paints. Eric’s expertise includes drawing, acrylics, sculpture, and cartooning, making him the perfect instructor for superheroes keen on crafting self-portraits.
Art may be a subjective experience, but with more than 100 regional and national awards, Steven Jordan’s talent is indisputable. A master of watercolor, mixed media, and oils, Jordan’s creativity knows few bounds, and his paintings have appeared in nationally published art books, as well as on TV and film. Steven has even painted his own van to look like a giant bumblebee. Customers can also commission work from Steven at an additional cost. The South Carolina native now frequently judges art competitions, gives lectures to organizations and strangers in the grocery line, and teaches classes and workshops.
Eco Fitness and Blue Turtle Yoga’s fleet of trainers and instructors believe that the best way to lead people to a sustainable, healthy lifestyle, is to point them toward as many routes as possible. To that end, they keep an impressive schedule of classes that includes yoga, cycling, barre, group fitness, and personal training. To give parents peace of mind during workouts, and to let youngsters blow off steam, Eco Fitness invites kids to romp through the 4,400 square-foot kids towne. There, children ages 8–12 shake off calories, excess energy, and clingy imaginary friends in bounce castles, play tag, and work on arts and crafts.
Growing up in Brooklyn, John Madden cultivated an eclectic set of musical tastes, from rock and blues to jazz and classical. He picked up performance chops at an early age by forming his own bands, which he complemented with formal training by studying jazz and contemporary music in college. Upon moving to Charleston, Madden narrowed his focus on teaching and performing guitar and bass. He estimates that in the 15 years since he held his first strumming lesson, he's taught hundreds of students—many of whom have gone on to perform locally and win scholarships to study music at the college level or with rare tropical songbirds.
Rock Paper Scissors Studio was born when the owners envisioned a place where creative minds could find an outlet for their imagination while building community. So they created a "social craft studio" that offers classes geared toward beginners and an inviting lounge area for socializing. The studio offers all the space, tools, materials, and instruction customers need to create works from clay jewelry to pressed-flower art to elaborate scrapbooks. Classes for adults allow participants to bring their own beer and wine, while kids' classes offer youth-specific projects.