Surrounded by walls tacked with sunny works of art, rows of easels prop up paintings in progress, their evolving canvases commanding the attention of aspiring artists. This scene plays out every day at Paint Lab, a creative haven where talented instructors ignite pupils' imaginations with positive encouragement. The studio's classes teach the technical elements of acrylic, watercolor, or oil painting while students craft their own rendition of a classic work, capture the human form in figure-drawing sessions, or turn their pen toward anime and cartoons. Adults pique their artistic sensibilities with liquid inspiration during classes that provide refreshments and cheese, and younger Picassos can pay homage to their favorite lunchbox by painting it in battle dress during after-school or weekend children's workshops.
title: Fluent City
html_text: Fluent City's campuses train tongues in the basics and nuances of up to 10 languages, depending on location, through interactive group classes. Experienced teachers introduce groups of students to vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in a student's chosen language. Languages are divided based on students' incoming level of proficiency, and group courses run for a total of 20 hours. Although not included with the class, students can also meet with instructors in flexible private lessons tailored to each pupil's individual needs.
Nancy Griffin, the founder of Mommy Care, knows that pregnancy, childbirth, and new motherhood each bring their own individual challenges and joys for both the mind and body. So she created a thoroughly researched fitness program that caters specifically to the needs of new mothers and mothers-to-be. Nancy is a natural childbirth instructor who holds a master's degree in child development as well as fitness instructor certifications. She uses this training and expertise to lead classes such as pregnancy exercise and recovery exercise, as well as sessions on pregnancy nutrition, all of which support natural methods for childbirth and care. Since its founding in 1986, her program has caught the attention of many news outlets, including Today, and Nancy has contributed articles to Mothering magazine.
Using experience gleaned over years as a broker and educational consultant, Kartik Subramaniam and Adhi Schools have been guiding students toward real-estate licensure since 2003. With detailed online and in-person courses, Adhi helps prepare each pupil for the California license exam via included textbooks and three preparatory exams. The school also assists graduates by placing them in contact with brokerages to start their new careers. The Adhi Schools' curriculum is recognized by leaders in the real-estate field, and operate in multiple locations throughout Southern California.
Nestled in the cockpit of a Socata TB 10 Tobago–a single engine aircraft with a luxurious leather interior–fledgling pilots soar over Los Angeles and the ocean with a South Coast Aeronautics instructor by their side. These teachers lead on-the-ground training as well as hands on Discovery Flights to teach new pilots the ins and outs of flying. In addition, they provide training for full on private pilot licenses, which enable holders to legally fly their own plane or ride their pet albatross to work. After earning a PPL, students can also garner an instrument rating and commercial pilot certification to seek a career in the skies.
Working with clay is both deeply meditative and creatively stimulating for Antara, who has been ceramic artist for 41 years. A skilled teacher with a masters degree in art therapy, she helps others access their own creative reserves at her pottery school, Earthstone Pottery. During wheel-throwing and hand-building classes, students work clay into both functional and abstract pieces, and those who opt for a six-week pottery series can follow their creations from conception to firing. Specialty classes that are centered around Native American pottery styles and honor traditions from the past, are also available.