Art can express a variety of human feelings, from joy at the birth of a child to confusion at the birth of a man-child. Eloquently articulate your emotions with today's Groupon: for $45, you get four consecutive weeks of half-day art classes at Dazzio Art Experience in St. Petersburg (a $90 value). Each two-and-a-half-hour class meets once a week, with 10 hours total of instruction time.
A leader in the area's art revival, this cheerful neighborhood school offers mentorship and instruction to creative types of all ability levels ages 16 and up. Each professionally taught class hones a different skill set, with drawing courses available in traditional mediums such as pastels, watercolors, and oils, as well as contemporary materials such as digital editing programs and the colors of the wind. Most classes require no prior experience, and all necessary materials are provided. See the site for a full list of available sessions to start planning your inspiration-unlocking adventure.
The St. Petersburg Times featured Dazzio Art Experience:
- Dazzio mixes things up, even with advanced students. They are sometimes required to create paintings with their left hands (if they're right-handed). Some sessions are for painting with fingers only. She'll have a "Pass the Paint Can" class, an artistic version of speed dating in which the students use a paint color for about 10 minutes before they have to trade it for another. – Lennie Bennett, St. Petersburg Times
Dazzio Art Experience
Judie Dazzio believes that everyone can be an artist. And at Dazzio Art Experience—a comprehensive art school—she helps everyone from children to adults and novices to professionals harness their creativity. Though she's a painter herself—having won awards for her work with watercolors and acrylics—she caters to range of artistic interests, offering classes in acrylics and watercolors but also branching out into sculpture, illustration, and Photoshop. For the experienced artist, she and her instructors provide developmental classes to help them produce portfolio pieces and host group critique sessions.
Beyond teaching her students the techniques to create, she also displays their works in a gallery attached to her school. Here, rows upon rows of painted canvases, sculptures, and handcrafted jewelry showcase their newly acquired talents.