Choose Between Two Options
- $13 for three admissions to Art for the Heart ($27 value)
- $20 for three admissions to Little Piggies ($45 value)<p>
The first option is valid for open-creativity play time, in which children and parents explore their opportunities within an art studio full of supplies. Alternatively, Little Piggies is intended for kids aged 6 months to 2 years. During this free time, parents are free to let tots express themselves by rolling around on carpeted floors and using most surfaces—including themselves—as a canvas for organic finger paint. Parents should also expect to get dirty. There’s a cleaning station onsite, though families should bring their own wipes and towels, too.
The studio also offers complimentary popcorn, coffee, tea, and WiFi.<p>
Watercolors: From Grade School to Great Art
One medium art students might learn to use is watercolor paint. Learn why it's both fun and deceptively difficult with Groupon's introduction.
A watercolor painting begins with a brush, heavy paper that won’t warp beneath the weight of water, and watercolor paints—each a mixture of pigment, arabic gum, and texture-enhancing additives such as glycerin or even honey, squeezed from a tube or picked up by moistening a dry cake. From there, the artist can choose from a palette of techniques suggested by the medium’s flexibility and unpredictability. With a large brush and an angled work surface, anybody can create a full, even wash of color. Applying a damp brush to dry paper offers control over the crispness of the line, whereas a wet-on-wet technique produces large areas of color that blossom across the page. Masking fluid can block off areas of pristine white—a necessity when working with truly transparent watercolors, which do not come in white—and a sprinkling of salt creates a snowflake effect.
Abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning reportedly said that watercolors were “the first and the last thing an artist does.” Children are often given a box as their first step up from crayons, but the very mutability that makes it an attractive medium to parents also makes it difficult to master. Once applied, the paint can always be re-wetted and manipulated, meaning that the small accidents of working with liquid can be reshaped. At the same time, the paint's transparency means that nothing can ever be truly covered up. These factors make watercolor painting an inherently improvisational technique, but with practice comes the ability to better guide the pigmented pools.
Art for the Heart
Imagine you're a toddler or a young kid. Now imagine you're allowed to get paint anywhere you want—on yourself, on your clothes, and even on the floor. It sounds too good to be true, but that vibrant dash of freedom is part of the everyday at Art for the Heart. Here, organic finger paints, an onsite cleaning station, and a staff of fun-loving supervisors encourage even the messiest dreams. Self-guided projects are the focus here, with children mining an array of supplies—like glitter, paint, and towel tubes—to make their own ideas shine. There are art and sewing classes, too, which focus on specific projects.
Run by a set of parents—one of whom is also an elementary school teacher—the studio is as much for caregivers as it is for kids. That's why Moms and Dads are also encouraged to play and paint at the open play sessions, Little Piggies appointments, and birthday parties. Grownups can also enjoy free amenities such as wi-fi, coffee, tea, popcorn, and lumbar-friendly seating.