Allegheny Arts Gallery's instructors operate under the artistic eye of Robert Buchanan, an established purveyor of painted, sculpted, sketched, and vibrantly designed artwork. Each week, classes will comprehensively break down the techniques and workflows required to ease conceptual development. Elicit a smile from an inanimate object while pursuing still-life art, immortalize a mountain through carefully placed brushstrokes in the landscape art class, or canvas-capture the human body with a lasso of ink in figure drawing. Classes last two hours each.
Steel City Rowing Club imparts sweeping and sculling competence on youth and adult rowers with classes designed to gradually build up confidence and ability. Certified coaches lead land and water training sessions that familiarize participants with the equipment and techniques used in rowing and foster a reliance on teamwork, a pivotal component in mastering mid-river games of musical chairs. Indoor rowing sessions build endurance and stability with rowing-machine practice, weight and core training, and yoga. Rowers then apply newly acquired skills amid the scenic, undeveloped wetlands of the Allegheny River, with training in multipassenger rowing shells as well as kayaks, canoes, and inflatable manatees. Each session holds a maximum of 32 students, with at least one coach per 16 rowers.
Browsers can find something novel during every visit to Ambiance, because fresh items arrive every day at each location. Shops display an ample selection of one-of-a-kind new and gently used designer clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories along with jewelry that is unlikely to be found elsewhere. Ambiance also offers an exclusive collection of furs and evening gowns. The sophisticated shopkeepers at Ambiance handpick each item, ensuring everything is chic, polished, and up to current fire code.
An upscale fiber-arts boutique, Yarns By Design keeps its shelves stocked with high-quality yarns, patterns, and other supplies from all over the globe. Every month, visitors put those materials to work during a number of classes and clubs. Beginning crochet classes, for instance, cover basic techniques and stitches, and needle-felting classes teach students how to use felting needles to create 3D animals. Throughout the year, YBD also offers special workshops hosted by talented designers.
Founded in hopes of bringing about a revival of the American brass band, River City Brass aims to share the uniquely joyous art form with audiences across Pennsylvania. And for the past 30-odd years, the group has done just that. River City Brass’s 28-piece ensemble—some of whom have been members since the early ’80s—play more than 50 concerts annually. Their programs span continents and centuries, with every performance bringing a new showcase of styles. Modern music, classical pieces, big-band jazz, and show tunes have all passed through RCB’s bright cornets, chortling tubas, and crisp percussion.
Bringing ancient arts into the modern world, Go2Taekwondo is a website that connects people around the world with reputable taekwondo schools in their communities. For women, taekwondo does double duty as a confidence-building fitness regime and teaching effective self-defense moves. Martial arts classes for men help them not only hone fighting technique, but also reduce stress and drop pounds working toward stronger bodies. The website also helps parents connect with schools in their area for children's instruction. Users simply enter their location information and the style of martial arts they're interested in, and the website delivers a bounty of schools conveniently located nearby, many with a class schedule and recent event listings.