Lots of mandatory steps stand between a person and a driver's license, from time in the classroom to time on the road. JayJay Driving School guides drivers-in-training through every step of the process. The school's five-hour classroom course and 45-minute driving lessons cover everything from safe driving to parallel parking. Once aspiring licensees are ready, staff members can set them up with a road test at the DMV and even supply a rental car to use during the test. JayJay's other services include six-hour courses on defensive driving techniques that are less suspicious than covering a car in barbed wire.
When it comes to music, Nick LeClair Throop does a bit of everything. He sings and plays multiple instruments: guitar, piano, bass, and banjo. He moves between funk, soul, pop, and other styles with the ease of a record shop employee on rollerblades. The versatile musician also holds a bachelor's in music performance from Ithaca College. He shares all of this expertise with music students during onsite or on-location lessons.
Brooklyn Creative Studio bestows do-it-yourselfers with the skills needed to make their own bath and body products. Its classes, held at different times throughout the week, include all supplies needed to make a signature face cream, lip balm, or soap. The studio purveys shea butter that?s unrefined and imported?like a Canadian lumberjack living in SoHo?and it also offers an array of specialized oils, such as body, perfume, and massage oils.
Valastro International Academy's staff of experienced law-enforcement officials teaches visitors responsible firearms operation and safe handling inside a private training facility. Classes acquaint clients—from everyday citizens to experienced security guards—in defensive tactics, such as retaining a firearm during a confrontation and defusing an altercation with observational humor. Beyond teaching humans how to defend themselves, Valastro's instructors also include canine trainers who lead basic obedience and housebreaking classes and teach dogs advanced skills such as search-and-rescue and narcotics detection.
The accomplished and diverse faculty of The Teaching Studios of Art hones students' latent artistic gifts during hands-on classes. Sessions change monthly, with October offerings including Old Master Copy helmed by Adam Miller and second-chaired by a paintbrush-wielding pumpkin. Students study historical painting techniques in the three-hour time slot, plucking a classic work of art to emulate while the instructor leads them through the reproduction process. Kristin Künc's The Alla Prima Portrait class initiates pupils in the ways of portraiture through line drawings and discussions of portrait masters such as Sargent, Eakins, and Sears Portrait Studio. In addition to learning principles of proportion, contour, and structure, budding artists absorb fundamentals of traditional art that have gone largely untaught since Modernist styles became dominant.
At 3rd Ward, Brooklyn's brightest and boldest creative professionals come together for an array of gallery openings, performances, and other showcases of right-brain brilliance. The center hosts more than 100 classes and courses in a myriad of mediums, with curriculum available for budding Botticellis, Brontës, and Brett Ratners alike. Push your picture taker to new artistic heights with Learn Your Digital Camera ($65 for non-members), give lonely members of the Apoidea family a couch to crash on with Rooftop Beekeeping 101 ($100 for non-members), or turn your next tailgate party into a tasting with the beer brewing class ($35 for non-members, with no additional materials fee). Other classes cover writing, sculpture, filmmaking, bicycle mechanics, and how to make a piñata with scrap metal, among numerous other topics. The value of this Groupon can be applied toward the value of 3rd Ward's more intensive courses, as well.