Jessica Shops Pick of the Month
Fun Classes for a Fraction
Looking for a way to get creative, stay cool, spend time with friends or all of the above? You’re in luck! I’ve found some of Atlanta’s most fun classes and scored some exclusive deals just for you. First on the list is Dance 101 (Dance101.org, (404) 542-3887), an exercise concept studio, which applies the art of dance to fitness for adults. Save on any eight classes for $90 to be used within a year (a $70 savings!). From jazz to ballet, samba and more, classes are open so drop in anytime!
Next, nurture your inner designer by creating bracelets, baubles and more at Brina Beads (BrinaBeads.com, (404) 816-8230) with a buy one, get one half off class deal (good for three months, must book by November 1).
Finally, get out of that makeup rut and into a Fall Trends Makeup Class at Authentic Beauty (MyImageJourney.com, (404) 849-0443). Save $5 off of any one class or get a free eye or lip pencil to complete your new look. Mention “JessicaShops for Best Self” to receive all deals. Take a lesson in savings and have some fun!
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Fans of Cirque du Soleil can now replicate the experiences seen on stage with this one-hour introductory aerial silks course. Fly, twist, twirl and take your body to new heights in this beginner-level class at the Sky Gym for only $20. With a class size of just six, you’ll be up in the air in no time. After taking the introductory class you’ll then be eligible for two more classes or the Beginner’s Course.
Details: Atlanta (404) 371-8997, (404) 309-9696; Kennesaw (770) 794-1575, www.aerialsilksatlanta.com
Binders isn’t just a great art supply store, it also offers interesting classes such as Calligraphy One: Italic with Anne Elser. This often sought after font style is perfect for wedding invitations and design, and you’ll be able to execute it in just six sessions. Drawing these letters is about developing rhythm and pace, and the italics will add a nice touch for beginners while still challenging advanced writers. $190
Details: (404) 237-6331, www.bindersart.com
By now you probably know that the Atlanta skyline is a beautiful thing. What you probably don’t know is how to capture it in an oil painting. That’s where John Guernsey comes in. With a six-week oil painting course on Monday mornings starting September 12, he’ll teach you some important skills about painting an expressive landscape. The hands-on course will go over the importance of composition and color mixing. By the end of the class, you’ll have your own masterpiece to take home.
Details: The Art School in Sandy Springs, (678) 755-1079, www.theartschoolinsandysprings.com
Basics of Edible Gardening is a one-time class at the Atlanta Botanical Garden that will teach you the fundamentals of growing your own garden fresh foods in a low-maintenance, low chemical environment. You’ll learn about soil prep, bed layouts, crop rotations and more in the two-hour session on September 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The class is taught by the Botanical Garden’s own horticulturist and is $29 ($24 for members). For more classes to refine your green thumb make sure to visit the website.
Details: (404) 876-5859, www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org
Take a hike! Spend a day in the outdoors exploring a trail without worrying about lunch. This one-day cooking class on September 11 with Chef Michele Phillips will teach you how to make nutritious, tasty meals for the next trek you take in the wilderness whether alone or with friends. Create salads, hummus and pita chips and even oatmeal dessert bars to be savored during the hike and used on your way down. Visit The Cook’s Warehouse for more inspirational cooking classes.
Details: (800) 499-0996, www.cookswarehouse.com
Unleash your sultry side on the dance floor with weekly salsa classes. Come with or without a partner and learn the Latin art form from the pros at Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta. Choose from two different locations (Midtown and Duluth). There are weekly classes, special events and so much more. Beginners are welcome.
Details: Atlanta (404) 897-5556; Duluth (678) 417-7555, www.myballroomdanceclub.com