The Original Playhouse Children's Museum was once the opposite of a playhouse—it was an empty house. That is, until founder Ellen Przybocki came along. She had spent the previous decade teaching in local elementary schools and, with skills and the building's potential, drew on her experience to transform the house into an hands-on, educational playground.
Size: six rooms, each designed to foster creativity in kids age 3–8
Eye-Catcher: the table in the Art 101 room, whose tabletop—which kids paint, draw, and sketch on—looks like a massive green iguana
Permanent Mainstay: the Wonders of Water room, where youngsters create human-size bubbles and stage experiments in troughs of water as they discover what floats, what sinks, and what dons a snorkel
Don't Miss: the Nature Nook, where kids learn about animal biology and befriend a slew of stuffed animals
Everyone deserves to treat themselves every once in a while so head to 75-80 Dragway in Monrovia today and have some fun.
These kickboxing classes feature a variety of kickboxing and cardio moves, keeping you aware and focused.
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?
Produced by veteran Voice Artist Tommy Griffiths- as heard on national broadcast radio and TV including "Caillou". I work with beginners and pros. Hear more at www.homevoxoffice.com .
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Bring your voice! That's it. Everything is provided, and you'll leave with a slickly produced VO Demo in about 2 1/2 hours.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I started doing Voiceovers and radio more than 30 years ago.
I love to pay it forward by sharing my passion, skills and talent.
What do you love most about your job?
Watching students go through the process of learning and earning.
I have students who auditioned for and landed paid work in their first week.
Ron Layman's decorative indoor-painting instruction harks back to thousands of years of artisans' decorative and faux-finishing techniques. Drawing from the colorful traditions of neoclassical plaster finishes and trompe l’oeil techniques, his methods build on the past while incorporating modern styles of glazing and color washing. His commissioned work can be seen in private homes and commercial locales, and when he's not imbuing work and living spaces with his talents, Ron teaches multiple-day workshops in The Faux School studio nestled in Frederick's historical district.
Drawing on 20 years of experience as a master painter with the North American Decorative Artist Association and boasting the ability to spell Michelangelo, Ron guides artists of all levels through basic and advanced home-design techniques, incorporating paint, textured finishes, and lime-based Venetian plasters, which add depth to plain walls and floors. Ron also helps his students to explore new approaches to home decoration, with lessons that help students to take control of their environments or take steps toward forming their own home-decorating businesses, regardless of prior artistic experience.
Faux finishes easily turn a boring room or a dull piece of furniture into a work of art—whether it's marbling, wood graining, Venetian plastering, or trompe l'oeil. Artist Ronald Layman has devoted his career to perfecting these faux finishes, and perfect them has has. A fourth-generation painter and craftsman, Ronald has been commissioned for projects at prestigious institutions such as the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.
Since 2001, Ronald has also headed The Faux School, where he teaches beginner and advanced painters his many techniques. The Maryland studio is a particularly inspiring atmosphere for students, as it's housed in a historic building outfitted with original tin ceilings, marble columns, and, of course, plenty of faux finishes. Students can opt to pursue serious training or pop in for a fun evening of BYOB painting.