The experienced instructors at Art Starts Here foster artistic abilities in a gamut of mediums, leading classes that teach new techniques and instill confidence in Picassos of all ages. Supervised kids' classes facilitate budding creative expression and help keep paint blobs out of mouths or Roth IRAs and on paper where they belong. Mommy & Me classes enhance bonds between art, tots, and parents, and a preschool art class helps kids grasp the basics of sculpture, drawing, or painting.
Adult and teen classes are more freeform than the classes for younger humans. Nascent Monets work at their own pace to master a variety of techniques, from acrylics to sculpture, drawing, oil painting, and professional-grade forgery. Art gurus proffer individual assistance and advice throughout each class, nudging technical ability higher, teaching new skills, and sparking inspiration in fertile minds. Sessions help students see unintended strokes not as mistakes, but as creative detours that lead to new avenues of thought or abstract impressionistic landscapes of Reno.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions, and students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Studio One’s Summerlin Dance Academy is the topmost ranked dance academy in the entire state of Nevada, and places comfortably in the top 25 nationally, according to the Federation of Dance Competition. The school is dedicated to dance styles of all types and across many age levels, focusing on the flexibility and coordination necessary to take on a life of dance. Creative Movement classes inside the expansive studio space put parents and their toddlers together to help in their development, while the academy’s competition team, Innovation Dance Company, gives dancers with a keen eye something to shoot for. A dance store is located next door to the academy, which carries the latest styles and brands dedicated to all things dance. An added bonus is the monitor in the waiting area, which allows parents to view their child rehearsing without making them nervous.
Although it looks easy in the movies, the automotive technique known as "drifting" is about more than just smoke and burnt rubber, which is why U-Drift employs professional stuntmen to teach students how to throw their cars into controlled slides. Featured in Vegas Seven magazine, the pros at this auto academy teach e-brake and down-shift maneuvers on U-Drift’s 200,000-square-foot track, and offer instruction packages for drivers of every level. Students hop into a rental car, usually a Nissan 240SX, then drift, burn out, or drive with one foot on the dashboard as they cut loose during lessons. The track also hosts free-style sessions during which drivers can bring their own cars for a fee, however cars must pass U-Drift's inspection to ensure they meet drifting specifications.
At Aveda Institute Las Vegas, owner and educator Thom Ciarniello preaches social responsibility to the licensed instructors and students he oversees. Ciarniello's curriculum also covers the history of Aveda, which was founded by environmentalist Horst M. Rechelbacher. Promoting the founder's vision of living in sync with nature, Ciarniello encourages burgeoning cosmetologists and aestheticians to use botanically based formulas for hair and skin.
At the institute, students cull knowledge from experts in the industry and undergo extensive practical training under the supervision of their mentors. Stylists learn how to design hair and soothe stress with complimentary mini facials, hand and arm massages, and makeup touchups, and future aestheticians restore balance to faces and bodies with relaxing skincare treatments.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.