A child shows early signs of creativity by artfully spilling ice cream and denying that a pacifier is a pacifier. Feed youthful creativity with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a "How to Make a Cool Monster" playshop with Claymate Creations (a $45 value).
Artist Anjee Mai Emerson's three-hour "Hour to Make a Cool Monster" workshops lead crafty clay molders through the ins and outs of creating miniature earthen replicas of mammoth monsters. Pupils sponge up Emerson's considerable monster-crafting experience to conceive of and shape a cute- or creepy-looking creature out of polymer clay, ready to ornament a desk or guard shoes from covetous gnomes. All supplies are included, and creations are ready to be taken home at the end of each lesson. Classes are appropriate for anyone 8 years old or older and are limited to eight students, ensuring plenty of student-teacher interaction and an army of mini monsters big enough to take on the evil clone of almost any Supreme Court justice.
At Claymate Creations, Anjee Mai Emerson celebrates her two passions: art and play. Inspired by her joy in creating sculptures, she uses her colorful creation haven to share that love with students aged 8 and older. She leads them in shaping polymer clay monster sculptures, motivating them to tap into their imaginations to bring one-eyed green gremlins or self-destructive socialites to life. In each three-hour playshop class or private party, up to six guests gather in this casual learning environment. Anjee encourages them to have fun playing with clay while they flex their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
She also showcases her own work throughout the studio, and sells her handmade monsters, earrings, magnets, and stationery at a handful of local boutiques.