Without frequent exposure to art, viewers may struggle to discern whether they're looking at an impressionist masterpiece or out a heavily smudged window. Start your eye-training with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a three-hour BYOB art class for two at Kelly's Art & Frame in Alexandria (a $130 value).
Kelly's Art & Frame saturates the walls of its 2,800-square-foot art gallery with the polychromatic flush of original oil paintings, watercolors, and limited-edition prints by local and regional artists. During Kelly's BYOB art class, painters of all skill levels animate blank 11"x14" canvases with acrylic paints and brushes provided by the studio. Pupils can bring in reference material depicting a subject, landscape, or famous coffee spill to replicate or email a photograph to the studio ahead of time so the professional artists can convert it into a drawing easily transferable to canvas. The studio equips budding Van Goghs with all painting materials, an easel, and comestibles, and students may tote along a bottle of their favorite wine, beer, or melted jell-o to invigorate creativity. Small class sizes of 16 students or fewer allow for a laidback environment in which each student can interact personally with the professional artist on hand. Click here to see a complete listing of class dates and times.
Kelly's Art & Frame
Owned and operated by artist Kelly Hutchinson, Kelly's Art & Frame is home to a 2,800-square-foot art gallery where original paintings, watercolors, and limited-edition prints line the walls. Onsite custom framing services combine archival materials and meticulous work to properly preserve drawings, sculptures, and cherished pieces of ABC gum. With fellow artist Carol Fogelsong, Kelly also leads art classes, teaching the fundamentals to students during intimate group sessions.
510 N Washington St.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314