Interactive Class Experience at Art.Lab (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

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  • $18 for an interactive art-class experience for one ($35 value)
  • $35 for an interactive art-class experience for two ($70 value)
  • $69 for an interactive art-class experience for four ($140 value)
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Watercolors: From Grade School to Great Art

One medium art students learn to use is watercolor paint. Learn why it's both fun and deceptively difficult with Groupon's introduction.

A watercolor painting begins with a brush, heavy paper that won’t warp beneath the weight of water, and watercolor paints—each a mixture of pigment, arabic gum, and texture-enhancing additives such as glycerin or even honey, squeezed from a tube or picked up by moistening a dry cake. From there, the artist can choose from a palette of techniques suggested by the medium’s flexibility and unpredictability. With a large brush and an angled work surface, anybody can create a full, even wash of color. Applying a damp brush to dry paper offers control over the crispness of the line, whereas a wet-on-wet technique produces large areas of color that blossom across the page. Masking fluid can block off areas of pristine white—a necessity when working with truly transparent watercolors, which do not come in white—and a sprinkling of salt creates a snowflake effect.

Abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning reportedly said that watercolors were “the first and the last thing an artist does.” Children are often given a box as their first step up from crayons, but the very mutability that makes it an attractive medium to parents also makes it difficult to master. Once applied, the paint can always be re-wetted and manipulated, meaning that the small accidents of working with liquid can be reshaped. At the same time, the paint's transparency means that nothing can ever be truly covered up. These factors make watercolor painting an inherently improvisational technique, but with practice comes the ability to better guide the pigmented pools.

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In a Nutshell

The painting classes last up to 2.5 hours

The Fine Print

Expires 120 days after purchase. Reservation required. Subject to availability. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Interactive art class experience for one
$35 list price - 49% off - Save $17
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Interactive art class experience for two
$70 list price - 50% off - Save $35
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Interactive art class experience for four
$140 list price - 51% off - Save $71
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