Amidst cocktails and noshing, 35 to 40 students of all skill sets recreate classic works of art within hours at Drink and Dabble under the tutelage of comedian and RISD graduate Charlie Hall or his similarly talented staff members. They supply classes with artistic gear including a blank 16" x 20" stretched canvas, water-based acrylics, and aprons. After the instructor selects the evening’s canvas from Charlie's own collection or sometimes from famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh and his “The Starry Night", they guide the class through every layer step-by-step, circling the room to dispense individual tips. During short breaks, the teacher and their students eat, drink, and make merry along to a soundtrack of party tunes. By class’ end, the acrylics dry into a new version of a priceless canvas that you can take home.
Artist Deenie Pacik, armed with 14 years of crafting fused-glass artwork, 18 years of creating stained-glass, and nine years teaching at schools such as Franklin Pierce University, imparts her expertise during a variety of classes. Working out of Deenie's fully equipped home studio, small groups of students learn to fuse dichroic glass and powder into everything from shiny pendants to new work boots for Cinderella's cousin. Projects transform into translucent objets d’art in the glass kiln, which, as Deenie tells the Warwick Beacon, heats glass at three times the temperature used to bake a pizza, or eight billion times the heat used to glaze an ice sculpture.
Learn some new dance steps at Warwick's The Dancin' Feelin.
The Dancin' Feelin offers instruction in a number of dance styles, from classical to modern.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Respected school in operation for 49 years. Associated with "Rhode Island's ballet theatre", a non-profit preprofessional training company for 9 to 17 years old.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Professional qualified instructors.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Director, Nancy McAuliffe began her career as a professional ballerina.
What do you love most about your job?
Watching children and adults enjoy the benefits of quality dance training.
Instead of using dance as a means to feed competitive spirits, Busy Bodies Studio teaches students of all ages and skill levels how to use movement-based arts as a means of self-expression and self-improvement. The instructors lead lessons for children, teenagers, or adults that explore a range of dance styles, including everything from ballet and ballroom to hip-hop and tap. Regardless of the particular style that each class covers, every lesson shares the common goal of creating an inviting, non-competitive atmosphere for attendees and any ghosts just observing. This atmosphere helps put students at ease, allowing them to enjoy their experience while they become more physically fit and develop a greater appreciation for dance in general.
Eben Horton welcomes an audience while he works. At The Glass Station, the converted gas station in which he practices his craft, the artist deftly sculpts delicate wine glasses and colorful trinkets before appreciative audiences—a practice that caught the attention of Yankee Magazine. Don’t be surprised if you see someone else in front of the furnace, however: in addition to teaching classes at the Corning Museum of Glass, Horton has hosted workshops at his studio for the last 14 years.