"It's not just about art. It's about learning a little bit, and doing art, and letting them create too," explains Kristine Godziuk to the St. Albert Gazette. As the owner of 4Cats St. Albert, a children's art studio with one-day workshops and extended classes, Godziuk drives this viewpoint home by lacing her curricula with age-appropriate art history. While crafting a piece of pop art by silkscreening a soup can, students may learn about Andy Warhol's 25 pet cats named Sam. A self-portrait session gives way to a discussion on Frida Kahlo. During a six- to seven-week Artist of the Month series, children dig into the work of two artists per class, letting small fingers experience the challenges of their respective media. Artistic adventures and further learning continue beyond each class with accompanying 4Cats art books and collector cards with links to educational cartoons on the studio's website. The franchised company, with locations throughout Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, was named for Picasso's favorite café, Els Quatre Gats, where he pondered various shades of blue and took inspiration from townsfolk who could turn their faces inside-out.
Though Parenting Magazine named Color Me Mine as one of the best places for children?s parties, painting pottery isn't just for kids. It's a fun, relaxing way to make something beautiful and unique, no matter how old you are. Inside the bright studio, more than 400 raw ceramic bisques line the shelves, their blankness emanating possibility and the thousand-yard stare of an inanimate object. Forms range from basic bowls and mugs, to puppies, dolphins, and cookie jars?each customized by the artists who paint them with colorful glazes by means of brush, sponge, or slamming a can of paint with a sledgehammer. The studio's staff shows visitors the ropes, and collects pieces to be fired in the kiln before they?re ready to pick up in about a week.
At Movimento, owner Juan Medrano and his team of trainers guide clients through training and nutrition programs designed to instill long-lasting healthy lifestyle habits. Instead of focusing on shedding an extra 10 pounds or looking toned, trainees are encouraged to commit to improving their health in ways that affect every aspect of their lives. Trainers work to make fitness routines exciting and fun, and strive to create a motivational and supportive environment for every client.
Lime-green and bright-blue walls flank the brightly lit facility, where clients choose from three types of training sessions: 1-on-1, semiprivate in a group of up to four, and larger group classes. Supplementing the calorie-incinerating routines are seasonally available nutrition programs.
At Lotus Soul Yoga, experienced practitioners and instructors lead a wide variety of yoga classes. The multidisciplinary gym offers styles such as hatha, vinyasa flow, yin yoga, and warm flow. Additionally, the studio offers classes geared towards beginners, pre- or post-natal customers, and even family yoga, which is kid-friendly.