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 Living Art Studio in Fremont. Choose from the following options:
- For $29, you get a three-hour motion-drawing workshop for adults (an $84 value). Workshops take place at 6 p.m. on Sundays and include materials.
- For $48, you get a 60-minute weekly art class for four consecutive weeks for students aged 4–7 (a $150 value). Each class includes materials.
- For $72, you get a 90-minute weekly art class for four consecutive weeks for students aged 8 and older (a $200 value). Each class includes materials.<p>
Under the tutelage of renowned realist painter Marina Bichinsky, Living Art Studio’s pupils discover rudimentary and advanced artistic techniques in intimate group classes designed to accommodate each student with abundant amounts of individual attention. Adults in three-hour motion-drawing workshops capture images of still-life setups and live models via wet and dry media while experimenting with charcoal varieties and paper size, and encouraging the models to reenact Caddyshack. Students learn from an MFA instructor how to take a subject from real life and interpret it on a page after discussing light, gesture, and movement and how these affect the mood of a drawing.
Courses geared toward burgeoning artistes aged 4–7 imbue youngsters with fundamental artistic concepts, such as balance, depth, perspective, variety, and not coloring giraffes purple. Sessions for students aged 8 and older pair small groups of apprentices with an MFA instructor for intensive sessions that apply everything from basic skills to advanced color study to exercises in still life, figures, portraits, and landscapes. Living Art Studio encourages students to dress in preparation for occasional mess and paint wars.
Living Art Studio
Marina Bichinsky knows the importance of art education firsthand. She had her first art lesson at age 5, and, though it may have seemed like a childhood hobby at the time, art paved the road for her career path, a road that had perfectly straight yellow lines thanks to her artistic skill. She studied architecture in college, earned her doctorate in visual communications, and, today, funnels these skills into her position as director of Living Art Studio. Here, she teaches students of all ages and skill levels enlisted in the studio’s classes, in which instructors trained by Marina teach realist painting techniques.
The team generally starts first-time artists off with classes that teach gesture and proportion before graduating them to charcoal-drawing classes, color study, and, finally, painting still lifes and figures. For their younger crowd, instructors lead Mommy & Me classes, during which 2.5- to 5-year-olds learn techniques amenable to their age, such as how to turn baby-food splats on highchair trays into impressionist opuses that suggest Monet and Renoir, but with an underlying current of originality in the vein of a Pissarro. The school also offers a specialty curriculum for adults who are seeking further education in areas such as fashion design, photography, and advertising.