Though now remembered as one of our greatest artists, Leonardo da Vinci was once the most notorious vandal, constantly foiling police with his backward-written graffiti tags and getaway aerial-screw helicopter. Appreciate self-expression with today's Groupon to the Diverse Art Center. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get one month of urban art classes (a $55 value).
- For $20, you get one month of keiki art classes (a $40 value).
In weekly classes limited to 20 students, the Diverse Art Center's expert instructors wed a fine-arts curriculum with hip-hop culture to promote creative expression among Honolulu's urban youth. Swapping paintbrushes for spray cans, urban art classes employ disciplined, classical studio techniques for the liberating cultural expression of street art. By the end of the month, colorful and deeply personal graffiti tags and murals will grace wall-sized canvases, reflecting their creators' newfound confidence and stepladder expertise. Open to all ages, class meets every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Alternatively, younger students age 4–12 can enroll in keiki art classes, which supplant Saturday-morning cartoons with a month of sculpture and painting. Using a variety of mediums, from watercolors and acrylics to charcoal, little hands produce personal, expressive paintings and mold clay into miniature dioramas of their favorite congressional debates. Classes meet every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and additional sessions will be added for both classes based on demand.
Diverse Art Center
When educator Nicole Kealoha set out to enrich her community, she harnessed the vibrant power of hip-hop and urban culture to captivate young people. Her nonprofit Diverse Art Center, launched in 2008, seeks to foster connections between youths and the community via enriching and engaging instruction from professional artists. The accomplished teachers and artists—including leading local art figure Shaun Castro and award-winning dancer Josh Skittle—strive to instill positive values and self-esteem in their pupils as they shepherd them through the many mediums that comprise hip-hop culture, including dance, music, and the visual arts. No fewer than five area schools participate in the center's fitness-focused Healthy Hip-Hop program, and daily urban art instruction includes tutorials in hip-hop lettering, break dancing, and beatboxing with inner-city kangaroos.