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: for $55, you get two three-hour art classes (a $150 value) and a membership (a $35 value) to Losina Art Center (a $185 total value).
While equipping artistic minds with perspective-expanding classes, the Losina Art Center engenders a community of artists of all experience levels. Russian artist and Losina Art Center founder Olya Losina teaches many of the center’s classes, each designed around a theme and open to artists of all levels, from newbie painters to those possessed by Henri Matisse. Explore the art of capturing a person’s face in the Portraiture class, which delves into approaches ranging from photorealism to pop art to Where’s Waldo? –style minimalism. The landscape art classes lead a brush’s attempt to capture the beauty of city streets, mountain scenery, and Germany’s famed Valley of 1,000 Vacuum Cleaners. Other class options include abstract art, academic drawing, still life, and more. With a membership, budding Botticellis receive a 10% discount on art supplies and framing at select businesses as well as a free personal webpage for posting pictures of completed art.
Individuals are responsible for bringing their own materials, such as a canvas, paints, brushes, and paper towels. Classes that have a live model will incur an additional model fee ($7–$9).
Losina Art Center
In 1991, the eponymous founder of Losina Art Center, Olya Losina, moved to La Jolla from Moscow, where she was raised among a vibrant artistic community and served as the art director for the Soviet Union's largest multilingual publishing facility. Losina's fine-art methods, which she honed while obtaining her master's degree at Moscow University, focus on teaching art as a science. While helping her students at the center to work toward mastery of portraiture, the human form, landscapes, and still-life subjects, she performs exercises that aim to reach them on a subconscious level. Together with Losina, the students examine the conscious thoughts that often intrude upon creative expression. They approach the artistic consciousness as a surgeon would approach a brain when trying to dislodge catchy pop tunes from the frontal lobe. With obstructions cleared, pupils find themselves able to work freely and efficiently.