At any of Great Place to Learn's five locations, students can attend private or group sessions that focus on test preparation, adult literacy, or special education, among other topics. Students study with teachers who boast extensive educational backgrounds and glowing reviews.
Amidst cocktails and dancing, 35 to 40 students of all skill sets recreate classic works of art within hours at Drink and Dabble under the tutelage of comedian and RISD graduate Charlie Hall. He supplies classes with artistic gear including a blank 16" x 20" stretched canvas, water-based acrylics, and aprons that protect outfits from paint more effectively than showering in paint-thinner. Charlie selects the evening’s canvas from famous artworks including Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” though students can opt to try their own painting instead. He guides his class through every layer step-by-step, circling the room to dispense individual tips. During short breaks, he and his students eat, drink, and make merry along to a soundtrack of party tunes. By class’ end, the acrylics dry into a new version of a priceless canvas that you can take home.
Rhode Island Bartending School prepares its students for real-world employment by giving them the practical skills they will need on both sides of the bar. During the 28-hour training courses, the instructors combine short lectures with plenty of hands-on practice during classes with no more than 20 students. Attendees learn to create 50 popular cocktails using the fully stocked practice bar's assortment of simulated spirits and imaginary ice cubes. Additionally, these courses cover day-to-day skills, such as bar management, inventory control, customer-service techniques, and a thorough understanding of different types of beer, liquors, and wines.
The art lessons hosted by uPaint Events are more like parties than classes. The mobile studio sets up shop in local cafes and bars, supplying easels, paints, aprons, brushes, and blank canvases for attendees. Friendly teachers provide step-by-step instructions to help participants paint their own colorful works of art. Of-age artists are welcome to purchase and sip adult beverages, provided they avoid dipping their brushes into their wine glasses.
At Fitness Together, getting fit involves getting focused and fired up to achieve. Here, certified personal trainers guide clients of all skill levels through motivating boot-camps and exercise programs designed to meet goals loftier than a giraffe’s basketball hoop. To help their charges torch calories and tone muscles as efficiently as possible, the trainers incorporate evidence-based training methods, such as intervals, tempos, and fartlek, into each fitness regimen. Filled with cardio challenges and resistance training, workouts are tailored to individual needs and paired with nutrition tips that help the body build lean muscle. In-studio sessions take place in a private, spa-like studio, flush with energizing red walls and functional training tools such as medicine balls, kettlebells, and gymnastics rings.
Endurance Fitness, Inc.'s certified personal trainer Douglas Clement challenges clientele with one-on-one workouts molded around their fitness levels and individual objectives. A complimentary consultation and health assessment help Douglas guide gym-goers in their quests to slim down or bulk up. During personal-training sessions, trainees engage in a series of custom dynamic workouts that jump-start hearts, helping participants obtain a healthy glow that should make their home lamps obsolete. Douglas collaborates with his customers to accommodate busy schedules by adjusting workout lengths and times.
Certified Hatha-yoga teacher Dana Brown brings an ancient physical discipline to Endurance Fitness, Inc., helping increase flexibility and peace of mind with chair and mat classes. Dana guides seniors through gentle movements that improve mobility. She also conducts traditional mat classes that flow through seated and standing poses, as well as inversions, bends, and twists.