In chemistry, an amalgam is an alloy of two metals. As such, Amalgam Arts Atlanta celebrates handmade metal jewelry in more ways than one. Equal parts gallery, studio, and school, the studio guides students through the finer points of making bangles and baubles, rings, pendants, and other pieces of eye-catching jewelry. Workshops and five-week classes give participants a taste of the trade, letting them saw metals, solder pieces, and gnaw on gold to make sure it's real.
Splash into ART offers guided painting workshops for aspiring artists or casual paint-slingers of any and all skill levels. Whether you've been a paint-based hobbyist since receiving your first set of childhood watercolor paints or still believe that paint is rainbow juice, you'll find fun by burrowing into an evening of group painting. A skilled instructor guides students step-by-step through the process of recreating a featured painting, from vivid fall leaves and neutral tree landscapes to dragonflies, which symbolize the desire to win the lottery. All supplies are provided for students, from brushes and paint to paintbrushes. You'll leave with a painting to take home and display or lock in the attic for immortality purposes. The two-hour classes are all BYOB and snacks, so you can sip on libations and loosen up artistic inhibitions while gabbing with pals or meeting new people. You also have the option of upgrading to one of the three hour classes by paying the difference. Check the schedule for upcoming classes and featured paintings.
Create a Canvas’s owner established this laid-back artistic center after taking a similar class and discovering its therapeutic properties and ability to inspire creativity. Determined to help people find their muse, the proprietor and staff opened their doors to students of all artistic levels. Budding artists unleash their inner Rembrandts as they glide their brushes over the canvas during date nights, bachelorette parties, or private functions. During casual, fun-filled sessions, fledgling painters produce their own versions of a chosen painting, which they can later gift to a friend or use to spruce up the doghouse foyer.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The adults hanging out inside Zen and Now Clay Studio look blissfully filthy. Soft clay slicks their hands and sticks to their smocks as they sculpt a pastoral scene onto a platter during a class or develop their own style of relating to Patrick Swayze during open studio time. In the white, utilitarian workroom, artists gather around a central table for hand building—helped by tools such as a slab roller, extruder sets for creating tubular shapes, and slump molds—or form clay on one of several electric pottery wheels. The staff later glazes and fires all student work in a process that takes about two weeks.
Adding to the enjoyment of creating art, Zen and Now's instructors organize events such as couples nights that give adults a chance to enjoy wine and cheese in the company of people they sculpted themselves, and a Boy Scout pottery merit badge workshop encourages kids to explore creativity in the studio and in the broader community. Helping students further explore 3-D modeling, the studio also offers drawing and painting classes in watercolor and Sumi-e, a classical form of East Asian ink painting.
At Action Bartending School, instructors with more than five years of behind-the-bar experience train pupils in bartending fundamentals. During private workshops or classes that are capped at six, students practice their cocktail-making skills at their own station in an actual bar environment. They’ll learn what glasses to use for cocktails, how to make garnishes, and ways to signal their piano players to switch over to the minor key when a bad guy enters. Within one week, students graduate with their certification, at which point Action Bartending School assists them in finding a full-time bartending job.