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-sized Picasso with today's Groupon: for $19, you get an annual no-fee studio pass (a $100 value) and $10 toward ceramics at Color Me Mine in Rancho Santa Margarita.
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 beautifully painted ceramics, first choosing a ceramic piece from Color Me Mine's selection of hundreds of seasonally changing items. Most items cost between $5 and $35; today's deal applies $10 toward that charge. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or Color Me Mine's technique sheets, painters will select an underglaze from Color Me Mine's cast of more than 70 colors, then apply paint with the focus of a peregrine falcon occupied by a Rockwellian spirit. Color Me Mine's standard colors are nontoxic, lead free, and food safe. Color Me Mine handles all kiln-firing work, allowing clients to take home their final products after about seven days. The studio fee of $8 for children under 12 and $10 for adults is waived over the course of the year, compliments of this offer's included annual pass.
Regardless of age or ability, customers will find Color Me Mine's ceramic-painting experience a rewarding dive into the creative process of an art form that dates back to the ziggurat-dwelling days of Mesopotamia.
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