Creative talents, like houseplants and celebrities, wilt without proper attention. Nurture your inner artist with today’s Groupon to Craft Alliance, valid at the Grand Center location. Choose between the following options:
- For $65, you get one four- to six-week clay, fiber, graphics, or woodturning class (up to a $168 value).
- For $99, you get one six-week metals course (up to a $208 value).<p>
This Groupon does not include the cost of materials, which ranges from approximately $20 to $55 per course.
Recently voted the Midwest’s Best Craft/Artisan Gallery by readers of the AAA Midwest Traveler, Craft Alliance employs an educated and experienced faculty to teach students of all ages and experience levels. The Grand Center studio location in the Kranzberg Arts Center is the most recent addition to Craft Alliance’s coalition, and provides art instruction with a wide variety of courses and a substantial selection of children’s classes. Learn fundamental wheel-throwing techniques in the clay studio, or craft fibers into accessories and decor in the Silkscreen Techniques for Cloth course. Woodturning students find a home in the new Bernhard Voss Wood Turning Center, complete with seven lathes, a band saw, a sander, and a drill press; graphics classes impart the finer points of image-editing tools.
In the metals class, mechanically apt pupils learn the basics of cutting, connecting, and shaping metallic creations, forging one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, casting molds, or using alchemy to turn lead into golden tickets to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design
Art has the power to bring people together, whether in appreciation or the act of creation. The Craft Alliance Center provides both of these social adhesives, thanks to a catalog of classes covering pottery, painting, glasswork, and woodworking. The center is also home to monthly exhibitions and other events to showcase the work of both professionals and students, and give visitors the chance to appreciate local creative talent.
The focus is art in all its forms. Whether the tool is the raw flame fusing cut copper or Sculptris software running on a 3D printer, the intention to inspire and to create remains the same. Its two locations schedule seasonal terms with four- to six-week classes, as well as intensive workshops and children’s classes. Guiding each student along his or her adventure, skilled faculty instruct from experience. Most are working artists who continue to exhibit their work nationally and who participate in various aspects the art world.
Craft Alliance is empowering people with real world experience in making items like ceramic bowls, wooden spinning tops, rings and 3D printed objects. A good number of these pieces are created by hand and are meant to remind us that everyone can do something different from their everyday, workaday lives by adding beauty to a world that truly needs it.
The student and faculty artists are the backbone of the Craft Alliance community, which in 2014 celebrated its 50th anniversary. The Grand Center location represents a regeneration of an arts district already pillared by the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Powell Symphony Hall, and St. Louis University.