Picasso once said, "Painting is just another way of keeping a diary" before washing a still life of broccoli in blue oils and finishing a cubist portrait of the schoolyard bullies. Eloquently articulate your emotions with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two children’s workshop sessions at 4Cats Arts Studio in West Kelowna (a $40 value). This Groupon may also be applied toward one session of a workshop valued at $35.
4Cats Arts Studio's workshops inspire children ages 2–15 to sculpt, craft, and paint masterpieces in the energetic confines of its professional arts studio. Bear Polymer Clay shows hands between the ages of 3 and 6 how to mold multicoloured ursines and decorate them with textured scarves, piles of silver fish, and cool-looking scars. A slightly older set (6–12) can take a shot at capturing their own elusive air of stoic nobility while replacing their bodies with a robot during a Self Portrait session.
Lilliputian Degases can also hone their styles in one workshop worth $35—exploring traditional facial filigrees in a First Nations Clay Mask session or giving an esteemed head and shoulders the royal treatment during Clay Bust. Otherwise, manifest your own muppet in Puppets and use it to heckle poor parliamentary speeches from the House of Commons' balcony. Students use only professional-quality art materials, all of which are included.
4 Cats Art Studio
4Cats Art Studio founder Joey Simon and her son Jet developed their fun and educational art program in 2005 while transposing the techniques they learned in a library's collection of art history books onto blank canvases. Since then, their process of teaching students about an artist's method and then allowing them to practice it on their own has expanded throughout North America. The studio draws its name from Els Quatre Gats, or The Four Cats, a café in Barcelona where Pablo Picasso often showcased his work and shared intellectual musings with cats.
Much like the legendary brush wielder, students between the ages of 2–15 expand their creative abilities at 4Cats Art Studio, first discussing famous artists and then using their techniques to create original pieces. Each 60-minute class begins with a history lesson on a famous artist such as Frida Kahlo or Paul Klee, followed by a creative project using the featured artist's techniques. After learning about Frida's life and love of animals, students create their own colourful self-portraits. Likewise, classes on Klee integrate music and colour-mixing techniques to teach students how to truly capture the emotions of a trumpet.
2109-A Louie Dr.
West Kelowna, British Columbia V4T 1R5