ArtJamz

Dupont Circle Studio

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In a Nutshell

Artists of all-ages design a purchased canvas with provided acrylics at open-house studio; of-age artists can sip beer, wine, or champagne.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jan 15, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May buy additional as gifts. Must be 21 or older to attend after 6PM and to consume alcohol. Not valid for private group bookings. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Paintings are a window into the artist's thoughts, from Pollock's chaotic canvases to the little frowny faces on each star in Starry Night. Paint it out with this Groupon.

$20 for $40 Worth of Art Supplies, Studio Time, and Beverages

ArtJamz hosts an open-house painting studio Tuesday–Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($12/hour). The bar opens at 6 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday and only artists 21 and older will be allowed to attend. Before 6 p.m., artists of all ages don smocks and wield the studio’s brushes, paints, and graffiti markers to blanket the walls or a purchased canvas ($12–$20) with musings. Two Night Owlz sessions are held Tuesday–Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ($12/hour). Night Owlz sessions are also available in two-hour packages ($35), which includes a 20"x24" canvas and complimentary Honest Tea.

ArtJamz

In June 2010, after a late-night session of painting, drinking, and generally rousting about with a group of friends, magazine editor Michael M. Clements found himself pondering an unshakeable question: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could do this at a bar?” The seeds of ArtJamz sprouted almost immediately into a traveling party, where the caterers brought not only beer and wine but also all-you-can-paint palettes, for-sale blank canvases, and invaluable artistic expertise. In the two years since that fateful, paint-spattered night, ArtJamz has become a citywide phenomenon, organizing collaborative events with the Corcoran Gallery of Ar and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and finally realizing the founding fathers’ vision of a tie-dyed capitol building.

Although these creative enablers still operate pop-up events at galleries and retail spaces across D.C., the brand-new, 800-square-foot permanent gallery in Dupont Circle has an open-house policy to enable paint parties six days a week. Day hours keep artists aged 5–18 in mind, whereas nightly sessions feature beer and wine for the 21+ set. More than 20 acrylic colors await inspired brushes, and the walls of the cozy venue are fair game for a fresh coat. A trained staff is always on hand to offer advice if needed or requested, and to make sure nobody loses an ear.

ArtJamz

In June 2010, after a late-night session of painting, drinking, and generally rousting about with a group of friends, magazine editor Michael M. Clements found himself pondering an unshakeable question: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could do this at a bar?” The seeds of ArtJamz sprouted almost immediately into a traveling paint party, where the caterers brought not only beer and wine but also all-you-can-paint palettes, for-sale blank canvases, and invaluable artistic expertise. In the years since that fateful, paint-spattered night, ArtJamz has become a citywide phenomenon, organizing collaborative events with the local museums, galleries and restaurants, finally realizing the founding fathers’ vision of a tie-dyed capitol building.

Although these creative enablers still operate pop-up events at galleries and retail venues across D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, the permanent studios in Dupont Circle and Crystal City have an open-house policy to enable paint parties every week. Freestyle paint sessions and classes are offered, charging separately for studio time, canvas, and drinks. Day hours keep artists aged 5–18 in mind, whereas nightly sessions feature beer, wine, and creative cocktails for the 21+ set. More than 20 distinct colors await inspired brushes, and the walls of the cozy venues are fair game for a fresh coat. A trained staff is always on hand to offer advice if needed or requested, and to make sure nobody loses an ear.

Customer Reviews

This place is great!! Amazing service, tons of fun and you get to bring out your artistic side!
Amanda P. · January 18, 2013
ArtJamz was so much fun! Loved it.. would return over and over even without a groupon!
Anastasia C. · January 18, 2013
This place is amazing! Great staff and so much fun! Will be back. Thanks for a.great time!
Rahima S. · January 18, 2013

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