In ancient times, art lessons instructed pupils on how to defend themselves against natural predators by intimidating them with wooden brushes and blending into the surroundings using an advanced knowledge of colour theory. Experience advances in modern art with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a two-hour canvas-art workshop at Evangelia Decorative Art Studio in Burnaby (a $50 value).
Trained in multiple artistic styles in Europe and North America, owner Evangelia spreads knowledge gained during her art and interior-design ventures with classes and seminars in various fine-art subjects. Canvas-painting workshops take pupils through two hours of wet-media experimentation and canvas small talk on Thursdays and Saturdays. A class limit of no more than 10 bristle brandishers allows for individualized attention and beckons groups of friends to host painting parties based around a theme or particularly evocative carpet sample using the exotic and environmentally friendly provided materials. Each hue handler leaves the session with his or her own completed work and the ability to turn yogurt with sprinkles into van Gogh's The Starry Night. Due to class-size constraints, interested students should call two weeks in advance to schedule a time.