Creative talents, like houseplants and celebrities, wilt without proper attention. Nurture your inner artist with today's Groupon to Craft Alliance, valid at the Grand Center location. Choose between the following options:
- For $65, you get one four- to six-week clay, fiber, graphics, or woodturning class (up to a $168 value).
- For $99, you get one six-week metals course (up to a $208 value).
This Groupon does not include the cost of materials, which ranges from approximately $20 to $55 per course.
Recently voted the Midwest’s Best Craft/Artisan Gallery by readers of the AAA Midwest Traveler, Craft Alliance employs an educated and experienced faculty to teach students of all ages and experience levels. The Grand Center studio location in the Kranzberg Arts Center is the most recent addition to Craft Alliance’s coalition, and provides art instruction with a wide variety of courses and a substantial selection of children’s classes. Learn fundamental wheel-throwing techniques in the clay studio, or craft fibers into accessories and decor in the Silkscreen Techniques for Cloth course. Woodturning students find a home in the new Bernhard Voss Wood Turning Center, complete with seven lathes, a band saw, a sander, and a drill press; graphics classes impart the finer points of image-editing tools.
In the metals class, mechanically apt pupils learn the basics of cutting, connecting, and shaping metallic creations, forging one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, casting molds, or using alchemy to turn lead into golden tickets to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
Craft Alliance in the Kranzberg Arts Center - Grand Center
Fire. Hammers. A pottery wheel. Some of humanity’s most elemental and primitive tools, yet into the 21st century they remain. And Craft Alliance Program Director Susan Donahue Yates attests that they’re some of the coolest. With each season’s catalog of classes, some of the most popular, according to Yates, let students play with fire, hammer metal into jewelry, or shape a lump of clay into something as fundamentally beautiful as a baby seal mimicking the Mona Lisa’s wry smirk.
At Craft Alliance, the focus is art in all its forms. Whether the tool is the raw flame fusing cut copper or a Mac loaded with Photoshop image-editing software, the intention to inspire and to create remains the same. Its two locations schedule seasonal terms with four- to six-week classes, as well as intensive workshops and children’s classes. Guiding each student along his or her adventure, skilled faculty instruct from experience. Most are working artists who exhibit their work and who have reaped their experience from the trenches of the art world.
Craft Alliance is not just empowering people with knowledge; they are also helping people make mugs, bowls, wooden spinning tops, rings, rugs, and digital photo albums. Many of these things are practical and serve a functional purpose. But many do not—they’re just beautiful things, like vestigial tails. A good number of these pieces are created by hand and are meant to remind us, as Yates remarked, that everyone can do something different from their everyday, workaday lives by adding beauty to a world that truly needs it.
The student and faculty artists backbone the Craft Alliance community, which in 2014 celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Grand Center location represents a regeneration of an arts district already pillared by the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Powell Symphony Hall, and St. Louis University.