Paintings are a window into the artist's thoughts, from Pollock's chaotic canvases to the little frowny faces on each star in Starry Night. Paint it out with this Groupon.
$15 for a Two-Hour Themed Painting Class ($30 Value)
Participants slather canvases with acrylic paints to depict candy still lifes, city landmarks, whimsical landscapes, or paintings in the style of the old masters during the course of a two-hour class. Instructors provide all paints, brushes, canvases, and aprons. At the end of class, each student can take home his or her completed work.
Art a la Cart
The detail-oriented instructors at Art a la Cart take students through each painting step-by-step, showing them how to mix and blend their own colors and build compositions from the background without having to first live among paintings in local art museums. They supervise students in a themed class series as they paint still-life fruit and candies, portray whimsical landscapes, depict parts of the San Francisco skyline, or emulate the style of a classic artist. Groups explore each subject and question its lack of Renaissance cupids in one of five locations, which include wine-cellar tasting rooms, underground wine bars, and a modern minimalist cocktail lounge. Staff members supply all acrylic paints, brushes, and other gear for each class; and though they don't provide any libations, instructors encourage participants to bring or purchase their own drinks.