Creating a 2-D rendition on canvas requires either the ability to masterfully wield a paintbrush or the strength to flatten a fruit bowl. Discover your artful brawn with today’s Groupon to Express Yourself Studios in Maplewood. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get a Painting-n-Pajamas workshop for two children aged 2–5 (a $40 value). Workshops are held every first Friday of the month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.<p>
- For $20, you get a Art4Real workshop for two teenagers (a $40 value). Workshops are held every second Friday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.<p>
- For $20, you get a Coffee & Canvas workshop for two adults (a $50 value). Workshops are held every Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.<p>
Led by owner Simone Anthony-Brown, the talented staff at Express Yourself Studios guides students toward completion of their own color-splashed canvases in a fun, social setting. During each painting workshop, brush wielders convene in the brightly colored studio to create personal masterpieces using a specific piece of inspiration, which may include anything from Tim Nyberg’s abstracts to Monet’s scandalous still lifes of naked fruit. Youth Painting-n-Pajamas classes meet to design colorful canvases, collages, and pottery while munching on pizza and sporting printed pajamas. Teenaged Picassos-in-training gather at individual easels on a long, central table during Art4Real, chatting and noshing on pizza and beverages as they create their frame-ready paint, mixed media, and graffiti art with studio-provided supplies and gentle tips and tricks from their friendly brushstroke savant.
More mature artisans can raise their brushes to the smell of roasting beans in Adult Coffee & Canvas workshops, which welcome student-provided caffeinated beverages. Completed artwork from students and professionals line the studio’s vivid green walls, providing added inspiration, and an impromptu color-blindness test for would-be artisans.