Art explores the great mysteries of the world, such as the secret of Mona Lisa's smile and why the Renaissance was swarming with winged babies. Delve into the unknown with this Groupon.
$40 for a Guided Painting Party for Two (Up to $80 Value)
Hosted at a variety of local venues, Bottle and Bottega's public, private and corporate painting parties provide painting materials and expert guidance to foster participants’ creativity. Artists guide participants through the steps of painting a particular piece in the party-like atmosphere while guests open up creatively and enjoy a glass of wine. The subjects vary and have included renderings of multihued bicycles, the Eiffel Tower at dusk, and a van Gogh–esque striped vase full of red poppies, though students are welcome to paint whatever they’d like. Quick-dry acrylic paints make canvases easy to tote home afterward. Check the schedule for class offerings; Bottle & Bottega hosts classes at a variety of local venues, but it will open its own studio soon.
Bottle & Bottega
Stephanie King-Myers and Nancy Bigley founded Bottle & Bottega as a fun, artistic space where guests could, as King-Myers phrases it on their website, “feel like they’re having a party in their living room.” Established in 2009, the guided painting emporium has already expanded to seven main locations in three states that offer private and corporate events alike.
Lynette Martin helms the Evanston branch, which extends from Rogers Park to Northbook. After years of dabbling in styles of art that ranged from pottery to ballet, she swan-dived fully into her creative leanings and left the corporate world to launch a Bottle & Bottega franchise. Lynette, along with a slate of local artists, encourages participants of any artistic level to unleash their creativity onto the canvas, creating their own versions of famous paintings that they can hang in their living rooms or over their bathroom mirrors in an attempt to be famous themselves.