What You'll Get
Without proper instruction, aspiring Van Goghs wouldn't know the proper way to hold a paintbrush and aspiring Dalis would have no idea how to melt a clock. Learn to master your form with today's Groupon: for $89, you get five weeks of adult or children's art classes at Chicago Art and Design Center on Greenview Avenue (a $180 value). Most classes do not include materials, which vary by class and can cost around $30 and up.
Instructors at Chicago Art and Design Center encourage artists of all ages through small classes (around eight students) that span a variety of mediums and forms of matter. Dip a brush into a watercolor class, or a beginner or intermediate oil-painting class, where lessons run the gamut from palette layout, color mixing, and application techniques to principles of composition, color, and light. Artists with a vendetta against ceramic try their hand at mosaic classes, where substrate smashers begin by creating an 8"x8" framed wall mirror before perfecting their skills on a second project, and more experienced mosaic students can create an advanced project, such as a complete mapping of the human genome using only one tea saucer.
Miniature minds are opened in Kids Open Art Studio, which guides kids aged 5 to 10 through an odyssey of various mediums such as drawing, collage, clay molding, and chalk, with one week focusing on art from international cultures. Alternately, Interactive Art Story begins with a group reading for kids aged 3 to 5, followed by a half-hour re-creation of the story by acting or playing a game, before kids craft an representative art piece by painting, coloring, sculpting, or deconstructing the narrative arc and angrily debating the role of the protagonist.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required, subject to availability. Classes must be taken consecutively. Valid only for Oil Painting, Water Color, Mosaic, Interactive Art Tory, Young Artist, and Kids Open Art Studio classes. Art Materials provided for first week only. Non-transferable. No cash back. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Chicago Art and Design Center
Aspiring artists from all walks of life are welcome at Chicago Art and Design Center, where instructors guide guests through hands-on oil-painting, watercolor, and mosaic-making sessions. Whether they're there for a class, a bachelorette party, or a practice art-heist, visitors to the green-walled studio are encouraged to get creative.
BYOB art parties help nervous artisans loosen up enough to create their own paintings or mosaics. At the other end of the age spectrum, kids can also get in on the fun: besides twice-weekly open art studios and themed birthday parties, children can sign up for painting classes, knitting and embroidery sessions, and hands-on fashion-design camps.