Create Raleigh's helpful staff takes all the cleanup and frustration out of creating a work of art, so all its students have to do is sit down, pick up a brush, and enjoy themselves. With an array of class offerings, the studio is a place where friends can enjoy a night on the town with a bottle of wine, or kids can sit down with a juice box to create a piece entitled "Self-Portrait With Juice Box." During painting classes, seasoned instructors guide students step-by-step in creating a finished piece, whether it's a still-life, landscape, or portrait of a pet.
A product of artist parents, Dave Kuhn learned the importance of light and shadow early. He uses his mastery of it daily to capture real emotions during photo shoots for families, individuals, and special events, such as weddings. Each image is crisply composed through his hybrid approach that mingles formal, photojournalistic, and candid styles.
Passionate about technique and all things photography, he also leads classes. They're taught in small group sessions and cover everything from digital cameras and studio lighting to Lightroom and Photoshop programs.
PERC Photography School covers just about all aspects of photography. Its 50 courses in digital photography and software training are offered in a variety of formats, including instructor-led classroom training, online on-demand education, webinars, and workshops. But PERC is more than just a school. It also offers a variety of services, including wedding photography and photo retouching, as well as gear and studio rentals.
Before each lesson or scuba diving adventure, Carolina Dive Center owners Captain Jim Sedore and Paul Winders outfit each of their certified divers with the necessities to fit in with undersea fashion experts. After donning wetsuits and underwater breathing apparatuses, guests follow the experts in classes, tours, and spearfishing adventures. Students may also log hours during courses as they work toward their own diving certifications.
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 while 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.