Three-Hour Mosaic, Stoneware or Tile-Making Workshop for One or Two at The FuzzyLightbulb Studio in Troy (Up to 72% Off)

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Artist of whimsical, dark work leads students through classes that tackle techniques for making vibrant decorations for the home or garden.

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Artistic expression can take the form of a vibrant painting, a decapitated sculpture, or front-yard hedges trimmed into the shape of longing. Let creativity blossom with this Groupon:

Choose Between Two Options

  • $68 for a three-hour mosaic, tile-making, or stoneware garden-plaque class for one (up to a $225 value)
  • $125 for a three-hour mosaic, tile-making, or stoneware garden-plaque class for two (up to a $450 value)

Students in the mosaics class lay out a design for small tiles on paper, then etch it into a slab of hand-rolled clay while instructor Robilee McIntyre shows them how to add three-dimensional texture. Stoneware sessions result in a colorful, hangable piece of outdoor art that may be inscribed with inspirational quotes, whimsical designs, or especially victorious Scrabble scores. Tile-making students design a press mold to craft one or two colorful tiles.

McIntyre will take care of all necessary firing once her pupils' pieces are kiln ready. A mosaics class is planned for Saturday, June 9, at noon, a stoneware class is planned for Saturday, June 23, at noon, and further classes—each capped at 15 students—will be scheduled according to demand.

The FuzzyLightbulb Studio

Robilee McIntyre's sculptures, masks, and crafts have been stylistically compared to Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss. The slanted roofs and oblong proportions of her miniature houses recall the domiciles of Whoville, while her playfully macabre faces would fit in alongside the colorful characters of Beetlejuice and Corpse Bride. Dark, yet whimsical designs such as these have garnered two studio spaces and the accolades of clients who call McIntyre "a fantastic artist and a wonderful communicator." Her miscellany of life experiences both bitter and sweet, including losing both of her parents, have shaped her artistic outlook. She named one of her studios after her father's two college nicknames and surrounds her porcelain houses with flowers in honor of her flora-adoring mother. "I seem to think in 3-D," she muses, "and these sculptures are a rewarding way for me to conquer the limitations that illustrating on a flat page holds for me." Not content to just create her own magnum opuses, Robilee educates burgeoning artists with loving instruction that invites them to answer the insistent beeper pages of their own creativity.

Creative projects and pursuits, from beading to glass blowing