At Orlando Bartending Academy, professional bartenders school future crops of drink slingers in a realistic bar atmosphere. The instructor-owned-and-operated facility's main draw is its 40-hour mixology course, which grants students bartending certification. It also covers alcohol awareness training and a flair seminar that teaches fledgling bartenders how to entertain customers without resorting to the popular bar trick of sawing guests in half. Small class sizes enable instructors to provide one-on-one attention, and job-placement assistance ensures students always have a place to apply their skills.
The professionals also educate home bartenders during couples' martini classes, teaching guests to make a lineup of popular martinis for delighting future dinner-party guests.
The teachers at Wine and Canvas believe anyone can be artist. In fact, they draw out skills from people who have never even held a paintbrush before. To do this, they guide participants step-by-step through the process of replicating a painting during three-hour classes held at different restaurants and bars throughout the city.
To keep each class fresh, they regularly change up the selected masterpieces, which can be anything from the Eiffel Tower at night to an abstract rendering of trees. No matter what and where they teach, though, they always supply students with all the necessary accoutrements, including paints, canvases, aprons, and pronunciation guides for realistic French-accents. The one thing they don't supply is wine, allowing guests to choose for themselves what to drink at the venues' full bars.
These nights on the town are for adults only, but they do host kid-friendly cookie and canvas nights for children wanting to discover or flex their artistic chops.
While attending beauty shows around the country as a technical instructor, Lisa Mitchell found that many stylists were struggling with the same issue: how to turn their talent into a successful business. As a salon veteran with a penchant for maintaining full bookings, Lisa realized she was in a position to help. Today, she uses a small classroom setting to give stylists and salon owners insight into attracting clients—whether it's through managing day-to-day operations or mastering new trends. But Lisa's expertise isn't just limited to haircare. As a licensed real-estate agent, she can also help clients sell or purchase their business as well as negotiate commercial lease agreements.
A recent transplant to Altamonte Springs, dedicated pianist Joyce Lundeen has spent the last 30 years teaching students of all ages to coax melodies from the ivory keys. Initially unsatisfied with the instructional books on the market, she has published more than 50 of her own, which are used by piano teachers across the United States. In addition to learning to read and play music, students can hone improvisational skills and learn music theory.