The creative founders of Pinot's Palette are inspired by lots of things, but one quote from Picasso may define their business best: “Every child is an artist," said the painter. "The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pinot's Palette has one solution: laid-back painting sessions set at their studios and at local bars that let participants of any artistic level follow along to an artist's step-by-step instructions. The result is individual renditions of handsome paintings such as an autumn tree at dusk, a bright blue peacock, or a city skyline rising above bustling streets. Students take their paintings home with them at the end of the class and often end up displaying them on walls or giving them to a parent in exchange for hugs.
At Fitness Edge Boot Camp, owner David Eastham and his team of instructors schedule boot camp classes at one of three locations: Santa Clarita Soccer Center, Santa Clarita Central Park, or Heritage Park. The response to the supportive workouts, unlike the response to selling the face of the moon for ad space, has been positive. In addition to what boot campers say, Fitness Edge was voted Best Fitness Center/Gym by readers of The Santa Clarita Valley Signal in 2011 with Eastham winning the title of Best Personal Trainer by the same publication in 2012.
If your feet can do it, Encore Dance Fitness will teach it. The studio’s vast range of classes includes everything from partnerless ballroom dancing to vertical ballet, where participants shimmy up poles while keeping their toes pointed. In addition to teaching cardio and traditional dance styles, instructors lead Pilates and yoga sessions as well as specialty classes including aerial movement with silks and trapezes.
If you’re looking to improve your balance, you can attend high-energy West African dance and meditative yoga classes, with occasional breaks for twirling in an aerial hoop. To work up a sweat, there are 15 different cardio dance classes to choose from. They cover everything from belly dancing to iconic choreography from movies, television, and that dream where you perform a dance-off with zombies. For women who want to work out with children in tow, Encore offers children’s dance classes, childcare, and a homework club.
At Mayo Dental, Dr. Mark Taheri takes his patients’ comfort seriously, making them feel at ease with technology designed to prevent pain and increase convenience. He performs minimally invasive tooth restoration and calls upon tools such as intraoral cameras—which allow patients to see what’s going on in their mouth—and digital x-rays, which give comprehensive views of the mouth without the need for awkward bite trays. He also restores smiles with ceramic-zirconia crowns, which function like natural teeth, and straightens smiles with Invisalign’s nearly invisible plastic aligners. Whether executing a full-mouth restoration or a routine checkup, he makes patient comfort paramount and can soothe nervous patients with relaxing nitrous-oxide gas and bliss-inducing lullabies.
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.
In the early 1990s, Santa Clarita's city officials set out to establish a one-of-a-kind celebration of the area's cowboy roots in art, music, film, and beyond. The Cowboy Festival was unveiled in 1994 and every year since has showcased the city's rugged Old West heritage. These days, the annual weekend-long event draws more than 10,000 visitors through the doors at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio where Western fans young and old revel in the sights, sounds, and scenery of life decades ago, all without the risk of getting caught between two dueling horses.
Of course, for most of the year the City of Santa Clarita is as modern as any Los Angeles suburb. Civic leaders take advantage of the region's plentiful, free sunshine to stage a variety of outdoor gatherings for residents and visitors, including concerts and public art projects the whole community can get involved in.