Art can portray the world’s most complex subjects: the passion of love, the horrors of war, and the despair of fruit waiting to be eaten. Hold a mirror to nature with today’s Groupon to Artistic Abandon. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get a two-hour BYOB painting class for one (a $30 value).
- For $29, you get a two-hour BYOB painting class for two (a $60 value).
- For $57, you get a two-hour BYOB painting class for four (a $120 value).
Artist Emily Page and her assistant instructors draw on extensive training to lead excursions into the picture-painting process during BYOB classes. As happy chatter wells up into the room, teachers equip visitors with a rainbow of acrylic paints, canvases, paintbrushes, and aprons, which keep gaggles of art critics from constantly appraising the value of paint-speckled shirts. During each color-slinging session, instructors guide participants through the painting process by circulating among pupils with veteran tips. Guests can bring their own snacks to nibble, as well as beer, wine, and nonalcoholic drinkables, and Artistic Abandon stocks studios with bottle openers and cups. At the end of the class, students take home masterpieces to hang in the kitchen or swap into the vault of a prominent fruit collector. Participants can upgrade to a three-hour class for an additional fee of $10 per person.
The team at Artistic Abandon subscribes to the notion that creating art, in any capacity and with any level of skill, can be a way to better oneself. Host and professional artist Emily Page envisions the studio's events as more like a lively get together than a class and encourages each intimate group of students to get to know each other over snacks and beverages of choice. Brushes flick softly across canvas in the studio, and pupils slip happily from the room, carrying new paintings to hang over embarrassingly bad paintings of safes.