Creativity can strike at any moment, whether you're near a canvas and brushes or beside a slumbering strongman and many rolls of toilet paper. Learn to recognize opportune moments with this Groupon.
$32 for a Glass-Blowing Paperweight Workshop ($65 Value)
Experienced instructors teach students of all ages and skill levels to blow molten glass, harvested from a 2,000-degree furnace, into paperweights shaped as disks, spheres, or eggs. They also show students how to blow colored glass inside their creations to create swirling, iridescent blues or dappled greens and reds.
Industrial Arts Center
Industrial Arts Center president Lynn DiVenuti has thrown her energy into community functions as a chef and performing blues artist. Amy Oatley cofounded a nonprofit art gallery designed to empower those suffering from HIV. United by a passion for the industrial arts and a belief in arts accessibility for all, these two women and a team of artists as instructors now helm a range of classes at Industrial Arts Center. Teachers train novices and advanced students—some ranging from 5 years old to 85 years old—in specialized areas such as sculptural welding, metalsmithing, and glass blowing, which uses fire, molten glass, and metal pipes to affirm the practical applications of blowing milk bubbles.
Industrial Art Center of Gulfport
New President of the Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport Owen Pach is a 30-year veteran of the American Glass Movement. Though his work can be found in museums, corporate and private collections around the world, and work that has also been featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Editions, his passion and focus has always been to teach. United by a passion for the industrial arts and a belief in arts accessibility for all, he and a team of artists as instructors now helm a range of classes at Industrial Art Center of Gulfport. Teachers train novices and advanced students—some ranging from 5 years old to 85 years old—in specialized areas such as glass casting, glass fusing, sculptural welding and forged steel.