Archaeologists examine ancient pottery to identify a culture's preferred cooking methods and to determine which of its members was the World's Greatest Dad. Make timeless memories with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $18 for a 2.5-hour pottery class for one (a $39 value)
- $36 for a 2.5-hour pottery class for two (a $78 value)
Students of any experience level arrange to drop into a regular ceramics session to create their own pottery pieces using the pottery wheel or hand-building techniques before glazing their inventions and entrusting them to the staff for firing. Students can return within 10 days to pick up their finished pieces.
- $75 for one six-week group drawing, painting, ceramics, or instrumental or vocal music class for an adult, teen, or child (up to a $154 value). See the 2012–13 class catalog for class descriptions and schedules.
Open Arts Studio
If Open Arts Studio’s huge array of classes seems a bit eclectic, it’s partly a reflection of the diverse interests of its founder, John Armstrong. An intent student of visual arts since childhood, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in music and classical vocal performance; today, he teaches both drawing and music classes.
Armstrong, his wife Lucy, and their staff of instructors approach learning through three key elements: technique, creativity, and fun. They use this template to cultivate skill within a noncompetitive atmosphere combined with a structured curriculum—for instance, drawing teachers use the open-arts drawing method to help kids break down objects into easily grasped curves, angles, and shapes while encouraging them to develop a unique style of their own. Artwork lines the studio’s halls, and an exhibition with cookies, juice, and coffee punctuates each session with a chance to share students’ work with friends, family, and agents looking for the next big thing in crayon drawing.