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.
- $22 for $40 worth of art supplies, studio time, and beverages
- Click to see a studio price list
In June 2010, after a late-night session of painting, drinking, and generally rousting about with a group of friends, magazine editor Michael M. Clements found himself pondering an unshakeable question: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could do this at a bar?” The seeds of ArtJamz sprouted almost immediately into a traveling party, where the caterers brought not only beer and wine but also all-you-can-paint palettes, for-sale blank canvases, and invaluable artistic expertise. In the two years since that fateful, paint-spattered night, ArtJamz has become a citywide phenomenon, organizing collaborative events with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and finally realizing the founding fathers’ vision of a tie-dyed capitol building.
Although these creative enablers still operate pop-up events at galleries and retail spaces across D.C., the brand-new, 1,800-square-foot permanent studio in Dupont Circle has an open-house policy to enable paint parties seven days a week. Freestyle paint sessions and classes are offered, charging separatley for studio time, canvas, and drinks. Day hours keep artists aged 5–18 in mind, whereas nightly sessions feature beer, wine, and creative cocktails for the 21+ set. More than 32 distinct colors await inspired brushes, and the walls of the cozy venue are fair game for a fresh coat. A trained staff is always on hand to offer advice if needed or requested, and to make sure nobody loses an ear.
ArtJamz is a fun creative expressive place.Dante M., Yelp, 7/15/13
What an awesome, creative, chill place.Nini J., Yelp, 6/17/13
“Wear old clothes and sneakers or jogging clothes. Nothing nice because paint is everywhere! Great fun for all ages! ”
“Fun and creative way to spend a Friday evening”
“Bring with you an idea of what you'd like to paint, and avoid wearing any clothes that are your favorite. Super fun though, took my boyfriend who had no clue what he...”
“Bring with you an idea of what you'd like to paint, and avoid wearing any clothes that are your favorite. Super fun though, took my boyfriend who had no clue what he was doing and when it was all done he admitted he had a great time :)”
1728 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, District of Columbia 20009