The H.L. Mencken quote “Nothing can come out of an artist that is not in the man,” has inspired many to create soul-baring self-portraits and mosaics made from bellybutton lint. Draw upon your inner artist with today’s Groupon to the Brooklyn Artists Gym. A $199 damage deposit is required when redeeming this Groupon; deposit will be refunded at the end of the month-long membership if equipment is in its original condition. This easily accessible haven for creation is located within the artist-friendly neighborhood of Park Slope/Gowanus and is easily accessible by public transportation or ethereal transcendence. Choose from the following options:
- For $99, you get a one-month open studio membership (a $199 value).
- For $60, you get two three- to four-hour workshops (can be redeemed by one person or split between two people; a $120 value).
- For $30, you get one three- to four-hour introductory art workshop (a $60 value), or $60 toward other classes.
Brooklyn Artists Gym—a newly renovated 10,000-square-foot art studio and gallery—helps burgeoning brush buffs manifest their inner creativity by providing studio space and a spectrum of workshops. Individuals choosing the membership have access to a 4,000-square-foot studio 24 hours a day, ensuring artists have ample space to house any unexpected, couch-surfing muses. The membership includes a locker for art supplies, use of the kitchenette and lounge, and a personal drying rack for completed pieces of culture.
Those opting for workshops can select from a schedule of fine-arts offerings led by professional artists. Learn how to reinvent flat images in Intro to Drawing, a course that emphasizes lines, gestures, contours, shading, and shadows. The Intro to Mono Prints course (additional $20 materials fee) guides students through the ancient technique of carving images onto linoleum blocks, a useful skill for etching proclamations of love on tree trunks or kitchen floors. Enrollees in the DIY Silk Screening class (additional $40 materials fee) learn how to build and prepare a screen for transferring visual metaphors onto T-shirts, which can then be taken home and worn with artistic pride. The $30 option allows the value of the Groupon to be applied to a more expensive class.
This Groupon does not cover additional material fees.
It can be hard for an artist to get their art in front of collectors, gallery owners, and influential people in the art world, which is why Trestle Gallery can be such a valuable resource. The nonprofit contemporary art space in Gowanus, Brooklyn, showcases new works by under-represented artists, giving them the chance to get some necessary exposure without hanging their paintings on the backs of city buses.
Trestle not only represents burgeoning artists, but also offers them professional-development services. These include monthly critiques where artists give and receive feedback and panel discussions with established artists and art-world professionals. Those who want more instruction can participate in Trestle’s community classes to learn new artistic techniques or meet a mentor.