The supportive instructors at Otto's Fine Art Academy work closely with blossoming artists to build upon foundational drawing and painting skills and encourage creativity. In small classes for children, teens, and adults, the studio teaches students to work with materials ranging from basic pencils to more advanced watercolors, pastels, and oil paints. The instructors pride themselves on giving one-on-one attention, and allow students to work at their own pace as they strive toward their own goals, such as finishing a landscape painting or winning a game of tic-tac-toe. Week-long summer camps follow specific themes that can included outdoor art, impressionism, and Picasso-inspired monsters.
The Waukesha County Museum, which started in a basement room of the old courthouse in 1914, houses a more-than-2,000-square-foot repository for American history. The Memories of World War II touring exhibit pays homage to veterans, photographers, and reporters with more than 100 photos from Associated Press archives in addition to testimonies and hundreds of artifacts donated by local residents. Duck into the Greatest Generation Theater for a 20-minute film that illuminates the sagas of four local surviving WWII veterans.
The Ultimate Man Zone thrills visitors' musky adventure glands with a nonstop smorgasbord of man-focused yet woman-friendly activities, competitions, concerts, and giveaways. For two nights, Waukesha's Center Court Sports Complex transforms into a garden of manly delights where samples of microbrews from Wisconsin microbreweries such as Lakefront Brewery, Horny Goat Brewing Co., and Capital Brewery sing sudsy siren songs for those 21 and older. After exiting the beer garden, attendees can face off with saucy mugs in the wing-eating contest, one of the weekend's many competitions and tournaments. Other showdowns come in styles such as Texas Hold 'Em, 2-on-2 laser-tag and paintball matches, bench-press competitions, a cornhole tournament, and an NBA-style 3-point contest.
Throughout the summer, the paved paths of Frame Park welcome outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and interests, including riders seated on High Roller Fun Rentals's unique bikes and pedal carts. Two-, three-, and four-wheel vehicles transport groups down the 1.7-mile river walk?a path flanked by playground equipment, picnic areas, gardens, and volleyball courts.
For those looking to make a splash, High Roller Fun Rentals also maintains a floating fleet of creature boats, canoes, and kayaks. These inventive vessels allow groups of two, three, or four to navigate the Fox River with ease. And for added convenience, the rental center hands out maps to encourage exploration.
The core is quite literally at the center of all the classes at Infinite Balance & Wellness. Each session are informed by PiYo, a mind, body and spirit connection that combines elements of Pilates and yoga, for a dynamic workout. Basic PiYo works to lengthen and strengthen muscles during moderately paced routines, whereas PiYo Stretch is slower paced, focusing on breathing exercises and the most body-conscious way to curl into the fetal position during awkward encounters. The final iteration is Pumping PiYo, with weight added to suit the students level of participation.
In "From France to Spain," the Wisconsin Philharmonic ends a season that paid tribute to the great French composers with a border-breaching grand finale that links the Gallic tradition to Spain and the U.S. Joined by award-winning young Spanish soloist Jose Franch-Ballester, the orchestra leads with Debussy's Clarinet Rhapsody, followed by Copland's Clarinet Concerto, whose quintessentially American character shows up in the score's jazzy passages, which Copland composed in a star-spangled tuxedo. A suite of Spanish-flavored pieces from Basque composer Maurice Ravel concludes the evening, beginning with the notoriously difficult Alborada del Gracioso and culminating in the satisfying rhythmic thrum of Bolero.