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.
After studying music performance and opera at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Tiffani James decided she wanted another degree. She loved to teach, and was soon awarded a degree in education from University of Phoenix. At Arigner Vocal Studio, she combines her two passions, teaching students aged 4 and older everything from singing fundamentals to hitting high notes and controlling vibratos. Tiffani draws upon her more than 20 years of performance experience—during which she’s serenaded crowds at contests and opened for nationally renowned gospel singers—at each personalized lesson.
At Bartending School Coast to Coast, students do more than imagine what it's like to work at a bar. They get hands-on experience in a classroom, which was formerly a bar, that's set up like a bar and interactive instruction from experienced mixologists. During classes, fledgling bartenders learn drink recipes, proper usage of bar equipment, and customer-service techniques. They leave with a certificate and job-placement assistance that will help them land gigs at upscale bars, neighborhood hot spots, or private parties thrown for their cat's birthday.
At Art League of Jacksonville, a team of skilled multidisciplinary artists teach courses, deliver speeches at events, and showcase work at special exhibitions. Though it focuses on the visual arts, the league also offers a music-and-acting curriculum, teaching aspiring artists to draw pictures with charcoal, create elegant sculptures from stone, and remove all of Rutherford B. Hayes' facial hair with Photoshop. Classes cater to artists of all ages and abilities, and exhibitions allow students to display their work to the public.
World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its Jacksonville Beach Boulevard location, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes, including yoga, spin, and Zumba, taught by certified trainers. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can linger at the smoothie bar to slurp up chilled energy, before retiring to steam rooms that vaporize stress with misty heat. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles.
The motivating instructors at CROME propel clients through their CROME (Challenging Results-Oriented Measured Exercise) program, which utilizes 31 different workouts in order to tone muscle and roast calories. Each day of the month features a different workout to keep muscles guessing and to maximize intensity while minimizing stress on ligaments and joints, and the results of each workout are recorded, allowing clients to track their fitness progress.