$15 for $30 Worth of Pottery or Painting Classes at Van Grow: Studio of the Arts

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Teens paint bisque porcelain in pottery class or receive guided instruction on weekly theme in painting class

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Expires Nov 28th, 2012. Limit 2 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. Valid only for ages 13-18. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$15 for $30 Worth of Pottery or Painting Classes

Weekly two-hour teen classes include all paints and supplies. Attendees to pottery-painting classes need only pick out their own bisque pieces, which range from $3 to $100, and usually average around $20. Van Grow: Studio of the Arts fires decorated pieces in the kiln, a process that can take up to two weeks to complete. Alternatively, drawing and painting classes yield guided instruction from a teacher, who nudges students along as they mix paint and apply brushstrokes to blank canvases. Each painting class has a different theme; June classes will tackle subjects including owls, Monet's water lilies, and Van Gogh's sunflowers.

Van Grow Studio of the Arts

Owners Maarten and Hanna Vanderstoel created Van Grow Studio of the Arts to promote creative thinking and problem solving in children through artistic crafts. Boasting degrees in fine arts and studio arts, respectively, Maarten and Hanna teach most of the classes and prepare the curricula for all of the studio's camps. TCU graduate Alma Worrell manages the open studio and paint-your-own-pottery rooms, which are also accessible to adults. Van Grow's upbeat instructors nurture creativity and confidence across three age groups, offering classes, parties, and workshops to pique a wide range of interests. Courses foster each student's individual vision, rather than a mastery of technique, and help to develop motor skills, self-esteem, and the ability to sculpt gummy-bear replicas of Rodin's The Thinker.

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