At Create Art Studio, owner and instructor Karyn equips prospective paint-slingers with the instruction and inspiration to realize artistic dreams during step-by-step classes, private parties, and open-studio sessions. The studio seamlessly combines two of Karyn's greatest passions, drawing on both her art-education degree from Purdue University and more than 10 years of classroom experience as a teacher.
During the two-hour step-by-step sessions, she and other instructors equip aspiring artistes with all of the necessities to create an original masterpiece, including smocks, easels, canvases, paints, brushes, and haughty French accents. In addition to the instructors' aid, creatively challenged participants can glean clever ideas from the inspiration wall, which helps pupils explore art-worthy subjects beyond traditional bowls of fruit and sunsets. Like conscientious speakeasies, the studio invites guests aged 21 and older to bring along their own snacks and alcohol.
While some artists gravitate toward certain media, Ilene Layow—or “Eye” to her friends since childhood—unabashedly loves them all: glass, pencil, clay, pastel, metals, acrylic. Her body of artwork is staggeringly diverse. She has designed murals for both homes and businesses, painted family portraits, created silver jewelry, formed intricate candleholders out of clay, and fused glass to form night lights perfect for scaring off closet monsters that hate beauty. She has even developed her own art form she calls “formscapes,” which combine the gentle contours of landscapes with abstracted shapes. In flexible classes tucked into a tidy ranch house, she introduces many of the crafts she loves to teen and adult students.
At the Eastwood Syracuse Piano Studio, the owner and instructor draws on more than 40 years spent tickling the ivories—plus more than 15 years of teaching experience—to train students of all ages and skill levels. He meets with pupils every week to refine their knowledge of music theory, music reading, and piano basics, such as playing scales. Daniel also assembles students into regular group classes where they compete to see who can flawlessly play instrumental classics. He also invites his pupils to participate in two annual recitals, where they can showcase their talents for family and friends. Moreover, students have access to several music competitions and take part in performing on the Steinway Concert Grand Piano at the Steinway Piano Gallery of Central New York.
In central New York, the artisans at Brennan Stained Glass Studio work with extreme heat and traditional techniques to craft elaborate stained-glass windows and art pieces. In addition to producing the stained-glass dome atop Alexandria Bay's Boldt Castle, the team has designed and installed windows for thousands of churches, temples, schools, hospitals, restaurants, and office buildings. The team also instructs students in the art of stained glass with its own unique approach. Lessons include basic instruction in the copper-foil method to create window panels and sun catchers. Students may also learn how to design their own custom fused-glass plates so they can stop arguing over dish ownership with their dogs.
DMB Dance Productions owner-director Danae Bader has been a professional dancer since the age of 12. As a performer, she's appeared at Aloha Stadium for the 2003 Pro Bowl and on the stage of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance. As a teacher, she's directed an inner-city arts program and served as a judge and instructor for a major dance competition. Danae and her staff at DMB train dancers of all ages and abilities, whether they're just starting out or preparing to compete.
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ADDC provides enjoyable and disciplined instruction at every level. We utilize a modern and contemporary style fused with classic dance technique. We instill an importance of the growth through a dancer’s own creativity. Teamwork, commitment, and fun are all elements we teach our dancers everyday!