The School of Arts and Sciences offers plant enthusiasts two days' worth of ambling horticultural education in six different tourable garden locales. Family groups of up to six people can explore six flora-infested Tour of Gardens spaces, either in self-guided sessions or expertly guided tours. Roam the oak-infused lawns and historic rose gardens of the Goodwood Museum & Gardens, or gain the help of a guide to unearth botanical secrets in the secluded Hidden Garden. An educational session at the Organic Vegetable Garden provides aspiring subsistence farmers with tips on garden layouts and compost making, ensuring they'll never again be forced to bite into the sauna-grown potatoes sold in seedy grocery establishments. Junior family members can bounce across a rubber-cushioned, fun-filled green space in the Backyard Playscape.
The Aveda Institutes are full-service beauty schools where esthiology students work under the supervision of licensed educators, using plant-derived, eco-friendly Aveda products to perform services such as hair styling, waxing, and massages. A haircut ($12–$18) and retouched hair color ($30–$40) chisel and paint a head into a pedestal-worthy work of art, and a relaxer ($68+) soothes strands as tight as a self-doubting horse moments before the Kentucky Derby. Whip skin into creaminess with a 60-minute facial ($40 during nonpeak hours, $60 during peak hours), de-bush brows ($10) and strip underarms ($20) with a waxing, or file, shape, and exfoliate fingers with a 60-minute spa service manicure ($15, $20 with polish change) and 75-minute pedicure ($20, $25 with polish change). Body-wrap treatments and massages ($40 during non-peak hours, $50 during peak hours ) melt away stress like a hot iron pressed against a synthetic-hair wig.
Locally owned and operated for more than 30 years, Brush & Palette Studio plucks recognized artists from the community to teach selected courses in a variety of art forms. Dedicated instructors encourage students to pursue an interest in anything from fine art to clever cartooning, helping them hone in their technical skills while fostering their creative spirit. Adult classes are often limited to 12 students or fewer and include options such as oil painting and watercolor. For aspiring Van Goghs age 5 and older, Brush & Palette offers drawing, painting, mixed media, and cartooning classes, in which students will get individual instruction that can lay the foundation for a lifetime of artwork. This deal is not valid for the preschool class. Class availability may be limited, so call early to get the best selection. Many classes require students to bring their own materials. Supplies can cost anywhere from around $30 to more than $100.
Though Amy Koontz Knippel’s resume teems with prestigious education and accolades—she possesses a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, was awarded the Visual and Media Artist Fellowship from the South Florida Consortium, and received the Millennium Cultural Recognition Award from the Florida Secretary of State—she’s not one to keep the secret of her talents to herself. That’s why she started Natural Photo Safaris: she knows that others love photographing the beauty of the world as much as she does, but might not possess her level of training. She leads groups out into the world to capture eye-catching sights in a range of photographic styles while she teaches guests the ins and outs of their own cameras. She instills the core principles of taking good pictures regardless of what kind of equipment her students wield, even catering to students with older-model cameras that take film.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.
The crew of professional instructors at Music Lessons Express is comprised of professional musicians and teachers, many of which have achieved or are pursuing degrees in music, and many of which perform professionally in Tallahassee and internationally. They focus on a variety of instruments, including the guitar, piano, violin, voice, and harmonica. Music Lessons Express holds regular workshops for subjects such as songwriting, and they also provide students with ample opportunities to perform via recitals and gigs throughout the community.