Each of Paint A Dream’s three studios are ringed by shelves, each stacked high with bleached-white ceramics that stare out longingly, ready to welcome creative coatings of paint. Artists pick out their ceramic soulmates from plates, platters, cups, and figurines before turning them into personalized masterpieces. Using provided paints and brushes, they adorn pieces with colorful designs, drawings, and algebraic equations. Once muses deem painting finished, staff members usher each piece away to be glazed and fired. The studios welcome walk-in creators as well as groups including class trips, birthday parties, and fundraisers.
Dream Music Studios provides a creative outlet for students after school. Led by experienced instructors, kids can hone their singing skills, brush up on music theory, or learn the chords, scales, and theory necessary to play piano, guitar, bass, or violin. Lessons also teach styles including classical and jazz, playing by ear, music history and recording, and reading musical notation. Lessons can be conducted at the studio, in students' homes, or via Skype. In addition, pupils have the chance to show off their chops at numerous performance opportunities throughout the year, including competitions, traditional recitals, and rock concerts at area venues.
With more than two decades of experience, David Schuman has taught hundreds of students how to play the piano by tailoring instruction to individual needs and tastes. David starts by learning the student’s goals, strengths, and musical preferences, then crafts a strategy specific to that student. David might encourage practicing jazz numbers, pop standards, or musical accompaniment to celebrity Twitter accounts. Even though no experience or note-reading ability is necessary to get started, students of every age can expect to play songs with both hands by the end of their second lesson. David also teaches the art of arrangement and the intricacies of music theory to more experienced musicians.
When Cook It Up's owner and head chef Lily Valadez was a little girl, she spent hours at the library pouring over cookbooks, unlike her contemporaries who were doing their homework or firing spitballs at sleeping librarians. She shares her lifelong passion, teaching the fundamentals of cooking to kids as young as 3 years old. She also offers themed adult classes, during which she schools students on how to prepare hors d'oeuvres and three course meals at home. In addition to its standard curriculum, Cook It Up hosts parties that range from cake decorating for kids to sushi rolling for adults.
At 118 West Studios, patrons will find everything they need to make the sounds they want to hear. The space is outfitted with a mix of digital and vintage equipment, such as microphones, compressors, monitoring systems, and preamps. After a studio session, an in-house engineer and producer can make recordings of instruments, vocals, and commercial voiceovers even crisper than a plate of bacon served on a fall day. The studio space also features a stage, where musicians can schedule shows, video showcases, rehearsals, and private parties.
Rock and Roll High turns children into rockstars through lessons and summer camps that mold eager novices into capable maestros. Popular week-long summer camps help kids assemble bands, practice their instrument and write songs, and even shoot a music video. At-home lessons for children or adults cover a choice of instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, and voice.