An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three- or four-hour workshops. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras, teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, and flash settings to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Levy will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
Aiming to showcase an eclectic collection of handmade works of art, unique paintings, and musical instruments, RockleyArts is a destination for homeowners, collectors, and musicians alike. Visitors browse the inventory of acoustic and electric guitars, violins, and pianos, or they head into the art gallery to examine hand-painted canvases, blown glass, and sculptures of what we ate in the '90s.
Designed as one of the tallest, steepest man-made climbing destinations in the Rocky Mountain region, ROCK'n & JAM'n challenges climbers new and old with a medley of nook- and cranny-laden walls. During the two-hour introductory lesson, ROCK'n & JAM'n's full-time, web-slinging instructors teach aspiring mountain goats the basics of belaying (a term used to describe rope management between climbing partners), safety, and how to avoid rookie climbing errors such as ignoring gravity and walking vertically up the wall. After two hours of training, you'll be free to spend the rest of the day taking on challenges such as Boulder or the neck-craning Front Canyon.
Aimed at the broadening of juvenile horizons, the music classes and ensemble programs at Intermezzo Academy of Music, LLC are designed for students as young as 4 years old through to folks approaching adulthood. No matter their emphasis—classics to symphonic rock—ensemble classes give aspiring musicians a chance to build their skills with a peer group that they're comfortable with. Their children's classes emphasize play and discovery, rather than rigid repetition of scales, to instill kids with a love of music and get rid of the debilitating fear that the rhythm is going to get them. Teachers often host sessions for adults as well, providing grown ups occasion to raise their skills during all-level grown-up orchestras.
Developed by Colorado racecar drivers Denise Longwell and Christine Jerritts, the Wheels in Heels driving clinic aims to empower everyday women at the horseless helm. During clinics, highly trained instructors illustrate how to recover automotive control during all sorts of emergency situations, such as skidding, brake failure, and jaywalking chickens. Because the goal of the clinic is to prepare you for real-life collision avoidance, you'll learn to master the maneuvers from the familiar confines of your own car, although if you seek vehicle versatility or don't own a four-wheeled wagon, you can call ahead to see about reserving one of the event's sponsored chariots. Before you head to the racetrack for hands-on practice, you'll get to show off your fashionable footwear by throwing up your feet during a short classroom orientation.
Diving for more than 30 years, Ron Busch—PADI master instructor and owner of Coral Key Scuba and Travel Center—first decided to share his passion for underwater exploration in 1995 by building a facility that catered to all facets of scuba and snorkeling. Since its construction, the center has been recognized as a PADI five-star training center that offers scuba and snorkeling classes, professional gear, and diving trips to far-off locales such as Indonesia.
An avid traveler, Busch entrusts day-to-day duties to the center's manager, Randy Partch, a PADI master scuba diver and trainer who teaches 16 different diving specialties and boasts certification to repair and service many different brands of scuba equipment and one kind of Xerox machine.