From some funky trees to a cool, rainy night, visitors to The Painted Lyon bring a whole variety of worlds to life with bright paints and brushes—and a little help from the bar's libations. During paint-and-sip classes, instructors teach students how to re-create paintings. They walk them step-by-step through the painting process while budding Monets sip beer, wine, or complimentary water.
Alternatively, visitors can drop by any time the studio is open to grab a drink and a small canvas from the Paint Bar. They can paint a work preselected by the studio or create whatever they'd like without worrying about time constraints or art teachers telling them that trees can't be hot pink.
Bartenders Garrett Blackwood and Mike Mitchell realized that their city lacked a professional bartending school, leaving aspiring bartenders high and dry. So they started Blue Label Bartending School, a school that turns pretenders into bartenders. The school’s reputation has allowed over 250 mixologists to land jobs not just in Oklahoma, but as far away as Maui and New York. Garrett and Mike recognized that non-professionals also desire the ability to casually make a cool cocktail or two, so they started a class for at-home mixologists. In it, they focus on quick, accessible recipes and skills designed to impress friends at a party or flight attendants on a long flight.
Of the thousands of ceramic bisques that line the shelves of P3 Creative Ceramics & More, exactly all of them were manufactured right in Tulsa. During open studio, guests can use provided brushes, sponges, and stencils to coat one of the many forms with acrylic paints, which are available in a rainbow of colors. With help from the patient and knowledgeable staff, visitors can bring their creative visions to life, whether its an artistic dinner plate or a mug. The studio also offers canvas painting, as well as wood and glass crafts onsite.
Located on a 13,000-square-foot campus, Paul Mitchell The School Tulsa educates blossoming stylists under the teachings and legacy of its renowned, eponymous founder. Skilled instructors draw on the Paul Mitchell network's eco-friendly philosophies to enlighten students with hands-on training and textbooks printed on highlight foils. The comprehensive salon-centric curriculum enlists the multiple intelligences method, which helps pinpoint each pupil's unique strengths and develop a customized learning plan. Future scissor masters then hone their nascent skills at a fully functional, onsite salon, where certified trainers supervise services such as haircuts, coloring, and conditioning treatments.
Everyone should have a way to express themselves. That’s why the instructors at Tulsa Art Center are passionate about guiding visitors through a wide variety of art classes, ranging from watercolor to clay sculptures. The instructors firmly believe that artistic talent can be learned or easily purchased from a palm reader, and classes for all ages and skill levels welcome both burgeoning artists and established experts. Students can learn to illustrate comic books and build a foundation in storytelling during book-illustration classes, or pick up a pencil at the learn-to-draw class.
With an all-access pass to a full class schedule and all exercise components in the Just for Ladies facility, gentlewomen will glisten and gleam as they sculpt their upper and lower bodies using the Shapemaster toning system. These silently motorized toning tables use repetitive isokinetic motion to flatten abdominals, improve posture, and increase one's range of motion—working both sides of the body equally rather than just the one used to dangle perilously from cliffs. Otherwise, sweat it out on a variety of cardio machines, including stair climbers, stationary bikes, treadmills, yackety saxes, and ellipticals—all equipped with TVs to keep boredom at bay. To keep sweat donations social, Just for Ladies' expert instructors blast groups of bodies with classes in aerobics, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba (classes vary by location).