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 pintsize Picasso with today's Groupon: for $19, you get $40 worth of ceramics and studio fees at Color Me Mine in Rancho Santa Margarita. Studio fees are $8 for children younger than 12 and $10 for adults.
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. 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.