During his summer-camp days in Maine, a young Pablo Picasso showed an innate knack for poison-ivy treatment but scored low marks in popsicle sticks and finger paints. One-up pint-size Picasso with today's Groupon: for $10, you get studio fees for up to four at Color Me Mine (up to a $40 value). Choose between two locations in Norfolk or Virginia Beach. Studio fees cover all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing. Today’s deal does not include the cost of ceramic pieces, which can be purchased on-site for an additional fee, with most pieces ranging in price from $10 to $25.
Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawas will follow six easy steps to craft aesthetically pleasing objects, first choosing a ceramic piece (not included in today’s deal) from Color Me Mine's selection of hundreds of seasonally changing options, such as plates, mugs, molded animals, and mystically materialized emotions. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or one of Color Me Mine's helpful technique sheets, painters select an underglaze from a collection of more than 60 colors, then gently beautify their objets d'art with the focus and ingenuity of a peregrine falcon possessed by Norman Rockwell. Color Me Mine handles all kiln-firing work, allowing clients to pick up their final products four to seven days after painting.
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Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international network of DIY ceramics studios caters to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces, including vases, flatware, await the muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.