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.
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.
In a spinning class, the goal is simple: pedal as much as you can. This an easy goal to achieve at PEDAL Spin, thanks to classes that combine energizing music and visuals to make riding a stationary bike even more fun than the real thing. Different instructors inject their own personalities into their classes, ensuring that no two workouts are quite the same. But regardless of who's leading them, spinning classes always boost the heart rate, build strength in the core and legs, and provide an excuse to break out the ol' riding hat.
Xclusive's Complete Fitness Center skilled, passionate personal trainers help smash through fitness goals for clients from all walks of life, from everyday people to NFL linebackers. Fitness experts and nutritionists work hand in hand with trainees, counseling them through ideal diet plans and effective workout techniques designed to build a sleek, powerful, muscular body.
As one of the longest running gyms in Rancho Cucamonga, California Athletic Club has seen some of the tots who were placed in childcare as their parents worked out become full-fledged adult members themselves. But just because it's been around for decades doesn't mean the 24-hour gym is stuck in Jazzercise mode. Under new ownership since early 2014, the expansive space features treadmills, stationary bikes, and weight-lifting equipment, as well as whirlpools and steam rooms. A packed schedule of fitness classes, meanwhile, ranges from fast-paced cycling and cardio kickboxing to boot camp and Zumba.