Wine and art have been inextricably linked in mainstream culture ever since people realized that sniffing one made the other taste better. Enlighten interchangeable palates with today’s Groupon Art Uncorked, valid for any San Francisco public event; check the calendar for upcoming sessions. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get a three-hour painting class for one (a $45 value).
- For $40, you get a three-hour painting class for two (a $90 value).
- For $80, you get a three-hour painting class for four (a $180 value).
Satisfying aspiring artists and oenophiles alike, the local instructors of Art Uncorked host each of their workshops at a different wine bar or restaurant, where students sip fermented-grape libations while replicating the painting of the day. Paint solo or recruit a posse of brush-brandishing pals and try your hand at reimagining a row of colorful flowers during Life Is Good at Pause Wine Bar on Wednesday, August 24 at 6 p.m.; capture the natural beauty of a stand of California Trees at Cellar 360 on Thursday, August 25 at 6 p.m. Art Uncorked also supplies all necessary artistic materials, including paint, aprons, brushes, and a Mona Lisa painted in grape juice. At the end of the approximately three-hour class, all paint-slingers head home with their own handmade masterpiece. Though drinks are not included with today's Groupon, all Art Uncorked events tender tasty drink specials to fuel the artistic process, serving up savory syrahs and snifters of gasoline.
During three-hour classes at Art Social, instructors strive to foster an environment as lively as the paintings that inspire them. At various restaurants, wine bars, or galleries across the Bay Area, students begin the evening chatting with classmates against the backdrop of soft music and clinking wine glasses. Once students have settled into their personal painting stations, instructors delve into history, context, and scratch 'n' sniff features of the evening's chosen painting, which has included works such as Gustav Klimt's The Kiss or Van Gogh's Starry Night. Step-by-step instruction ensures students of all levels take home a personal masterpiece, whether it is a replica of the painting being taught or the bowls of fruit that haunt the student's mind.