Artists always want muses without realizing they are a big responsibility, demanding regular walks, a ticket to every sunset, and smoothies made of old pastels and greek yogurt. Cultivate your creativity an easier way with today's Groupon: for $69, you get one four-hour adult or child art lesson at Bronte Art Academy in Oakville (a $175.15 value, including HST). Classes for kids and teens are held Tuesdays–Fridays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adult classes are offered Fridays from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m.
At Bronte Art Academy, experienced paint slinger Paul Ross Sandilands leads would-be artistes through hands-on lessons covering a variety of mediums, techniques, and subjects. With options for adults, children, and one-eared geniuses, each four-hour course tackles media such as watercolour and acrylic painting as well as graphite and pen-and-ink drawing—with all necessary supplies provided except canvases needed for select classes ($20). In one day, students might create a dreamy landscape, a lifelike family portrait, or invent a third use for paint-filled water balloons. Bronte Art Academy keeps class sizes deliberately small, with no more than eight students at a time, so that each budding Botticelli can receive close attention and assistance. To ensure a refreshing experience, the studio uses nontoxic, solvent-free paints and brushes made from actual strands of Leonardo da Vinci's beard.
Bronte Art Academy
Founded with the goal of introducing pupils of all ages to the visual arts, Bronte Art Academy coaxes forth the inner Renoirs within all those who enter the studio during a host of hands-on lessons and camps. Under the capable direction of Paul Ross Sandilands, a local portrait artist who has taught at the Ontario College of Art & Design and served as a painting companion to Canadian artist Harold Town, budding masters explore their potential with a variety of artistic media, from watercolour to graphite. Paul also shares his knowledge, techniques, and passion for creative expression during in-studio sessions, where students can create their own take-home masterpieces portraying family, the ocean at sunset, or Roger Clemens as a 19th-century robber baron.