Creating a masterwork of art can be like wandering through a maze: after a lengthy period of reflection and contemplation, you’ll still probably starve. Appreciate the figurative risks and transcendent joys of artistic creativity with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get a BYOB art class for two at Art of Merlot in Scottsdale (a $90 value).
Under the guidance of professional artists, students at Art of Merlot chat, laugh, and sip wine while wielding brushes and transforming paint into personalized works of art. Each class runs for two or three hours and sets artists on a course to complete a predesignated painting ranging from van Gogh's Red Poppies to Monet's Labrador Puppies Eating Water Lilies. Painters can bring wine, while Art of Merlot furnishes all the necessary art supplies, including paint, brushes, aprons, easels, and canvases. A relaxed environment and encouraging teachers help students of all experience levels explore their creative sides. By the end of the class, each artist will depart with a 16”x20” painting to proudly display on a mantel or hang from a rearview mirror. Art of Merlot's laid-back atmosphere and chorus of uncorking wine bottles create an ideal setting for a girls' night out, a date, or a team-building session for a minor-league bullpen. In addition, the studio leads alcohol-free classes for those 15 years of age or older for family-friendly artistry.
Art of Merlot
Glasses of purple merlot or golden chardonnay stand out against the white tables at Art of Merlot, a BYOB art space where students of all ages explore their creative side and learn to replicate paintings by Van Gogh, Kandinsky, and other artists. The studio provides paint, brushes, aprons, easels, encouragement, and canvases, as well as glasses and corkscrews for wine. Each class is held in a relaxed and fun environment and led by a professional artist that guides students into creating their own masterpieces. Art of Merlot also hosts private, corporate, and bridal events as well as kids camps and birthday parties.