A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
Within Color Me Mine's studio, more than 400 premade bisque pieces stuff wooden shelves that line the walls, inspiring budding artists of all ages as they create gifts and keepsakes with a handmade touch. More than 60 pigments boast a toxin- and lead-free formula to ensure bowls and platters are safe to eat out of without blocking patrons' x-ray vision. Once artwork dries, staffers dip the painted pieces in glaze and draw out their vibrancy with a stint in the kiln, readying them for pickup in a week or sooner. Though Color Me Mine welcomes solo painters and families, large groups can also commandeer the space to celebrate weddings and youngsters' birthday parties. Alternatively, the studio's artisans can supply off-site festivities or decorate drab evil lairs with ceramic-painting equipment.
Although not everyone is destined to achieve Picasso-esque greatness, the artists of Purple Easel believe that within every person lies a vein of creativity. They aim to tap that creative spirit with laid-back painting sessions for adults, kids, and corporate groups. So that repeat customers aren't leaving with copies of the same painting, Purple Easel's two- and three-hour sessions help students create a variety of projects, from beach landscapes to braying zebras. Participants aged 21 and older can fuel their artistic visions with their favorite wine, beer, and snacks brought from home, whereas kids can drink in the rave reviews given by their aspiring art-critic friends.
At Cardio Fit Sports Club, a sea of free weights floods the weight room, where strength-training machines, elliptical units, treadmills, and cardio machines also beckon visitors to work toward their dream bodies. Experienced trainers draw upon experience in martial arts and other disciplines while leading workout classes targeted at certain muscle groups. The instructors also design courses according to the needs and varying levels of all of their clients. The driving rumble of high-energy bass lines drifts from Zumba sessions, and relaxed sighs waft from yoga and mat Pilates classes.
With locations in 24 states, it?s safe to say Fitness 19?s approach to fitness has piqued exercisers? interest. Each gym houses Life Fitness cardio machines and Hammer Strength strength-training equipment, as well as a staff of personal trainers who oversee one-on-one workouts and a group of caretakers and professional ranch hands who wrangle the kids' area. Certain locations also offer group classes such Insanity, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, bootcamp, and more.