Though a picture is worth a thousand words, mere photographs of words are considered counterfeit and are, therefore, useless in most picture-word exchanges. Create a work of real value with today's Groupon: for $5, you get admission to two open-studio sessions at Corks & Colors Studio, located in the Santa Fe Center for Innovation and Economic Development building on West University Avenue (a $10 value). Open studio sessions are held on Saturdays noon–6 p.m.
Aspiring artists of every skill level are invited to hone their craft in Corks & Colors' fun, relaxing studio. Each studio sitting presents amateur brush bearers with a shape-shifting selection of objects to paint on their own, ideal for cultivating crafts at a leisurely, comfortable pace. Art materials including paint, brushes, and extra tubes of je ne sais quoi are provided, though guests will purchase their own canvas upon arrival (starting at $7).
Tag-team Monets can attend one session together, or a lone Pollock can splatter solo over two sessions. Pack a painted lunch of snacks and beverages to fuel inspiration, as well as clothes that don't mind accidentally doubling as a canvas.
Years ago, Rebecca Barborak went to a BYOB painting class and found that it combined her love for art and red wine. She decided to start her own paint-it-yourself studio, where students of all skill levels bring forth flowers, animals, and landscapes in painting classes in both BYOB and child-friendly varieties. The studio also hosts casual open sessions where visitors can work at their pace on canvas and pottery pieces. Beneath the paintings that festoon the walls and cover the dozens of mysterious safes, private parties and camps can reveal the secrets of painting.