Art After Dark fosters creative expression in a nightlife atmosphere. Classes provide all the necessary materials to create paintings, decorate wine glasses, or carve pumpkins, and students can bring their favorite drinks to celebrate their new artistic accomplishments. Kids' sessions focus on age-appropriate pictures during small classes and birthday parties.
Kids' sponge-like brains can't help but absorb their surroundings, which unfortunately may be becoming increasingly stressful. "Never before in human history have we been flooded with [so much] information and technology," founder Kelli Slavin says. "Parents don’t know how to deal with it. Kids don't know how to deal with it." But she helps combat overburdened minds with The Light Academy's combination of Kundalini yoga and art classes for kids. Kundalini yoga focuses on breathing as the gateway to inner peace and health. It "stimulates the glandular system [and helps] engage the brain … and promote general wellness." She leads kids through Kundalini exercises, helping them to soothe their minds and teaching them to cope with anxiety and stress, ultimately pushing them to connect to their inner "greatness."
With that inner greatness, kids can interpret the world through art. "Giving kids a creative outlet is very important," Slavin says. "They're downloading whatever is in their head and making something beautiful." Classes delve into exciting projects, such as creating original comic books and making kites, or arming homemade piñatas with popsicle-stick swords or giant, weeping doe eyes.:m]]
Colors & Bottles' founder Jessica Burley and her band of talented local artists are dedicated to supporting local emerging talent and businesses through art instruction held at nearby venues. Their resident artists travel to local eateries and art galleries, where they teach students of all skill levels to fashion dimensional masterpieces through step-by-step instruction. They also kindle creativity during private parties held at the location of your choice, asking only that the destination be outfitted with enough tables, chairs, and paint-by-numbers templates of the Sistine Chapel ceiling for all invitees. Colors & Bottles has received a nod for their engagingly creative events on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and within the pages of the Columbus Dispatch.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
I have my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Classical Guitar and have 24 years' experience teaching private guitar. My lessons are designed around the goals of the student. I give students a solid foundation in technique so he or she can get the most out their hands, all in a patient environment.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
The student must have their own guitar and, if taking classical, their own footstnd. He or she purchases the appropriate book from me.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
To do what I love, music, and the passing of music on to others.
What do you love most about your job?
I love witnessing students realize their goals for the guitar, whether those goals are very modest or very ambitious. Beginner students sometimes come in hardly believing that they could one day play the guitar. It is very satisfying to see their dream gradually become a reality.
Over the Moon Studio provides all the tools you need to unleash your inner artist while painting ceramics as creatively as you like. An entire wall of pre-fired ceramics gives you plenty of choices, ranging from plates and mugs to animal- and holiday-themed figurines. Pieces are glazed, after which customers can come pick up their creations. Paints in every color under the rainbow and paint brushes with thin and thick tips help you turn ceramic pumpkins orange and Christmas trees purple—just like real ones are before people paint them green.
Artists Uncork'd fosters creativity in a relaxed, judgment-free studio. Students don't need to bring anything except a willingness to create. The studio takes care of the rest, offering brushes, canvases, acrylic paints, and instructors that lead classes in step-by-step techniques that result in a finished painting. Artists Uncork'd holds classes for adults, families, and children, and it also hosts private painting parties—ideal for birthdays and bachelorette parties.