Now that you've finished celebrating New Year's in Paris, you'll need a way to preserve all that art you "borrowed" from the Louvre. Today's Groupon gets you $100 worth of custom framing at Fastframe for $40. Fastframe will frame pretty much anything, having once framed a 13-foot anaconda skin—use up to three Groupons per order if you need to frame larger items such as Soviet-era propaganda murals, conceptual art installations, and annoying little brothers.
The kiln-savvy teachers at Cibolo Creek Pottery show students how to fuse colored glass, use a throwing wheel, or hand-build ceramic structures. Pottery classes build on fundamental skills, such as using glaze, wielding appropriate tools, and shaping clay into functional toupees. During scheduled classes, pupils can customize their painted clay or glass creations to yield eye-catching decorations such as those in the online gallery.
The trained ice artists at Signature Ice Sculptures handcraft each frosty luge, allowing party hosts to send liquids careening down ice art never touched a by mold or machine. Watch hotheaded beverages cool down as they trickle through the custom-designed luge, fashioned from a majestic 3.5-foot-tall block of Olympic-medal-winning frozen water. Bring a cold conversation piece to a fire-throwing party, or have the frosty chiselers sculpt a luge with the name of your grandmother's favorite cat for its birthday gala. The details of each sculpture last around four to six hours at 70- to 75-degree temperatures, and eventually melt down into equally beautiful puddle art.
Deck the Walls' designers specialize in the art of framing. They draw from a stock of hundreds of frame and mat options—some wood, some metal, some painted, some raw—to find the perfect complement to every image or object destined to live within such borders. They preserve original pieces of art, favorite posters, and even sports memorabilia such as jerseys and game balls in wall-mountable plexiglass cases.
Artworks seeks to strengthen creative children's artistic instincts and inspire self-expression through classes and events that focus on experimentation and imagination. Art classes ($100–$150/10 classes) introduce children ages 2–10 to past artists and techniques through open-ended exploratory projects. Instructors encourage budding apprentices to creatively craft with media and materials rather than demanding exact likenesses of older siblings in papier-mâché. Classes are offered throughout the school year and into the summer at both the Nacogdoches and Mainland locations.