Painting a portrait is a more sophisticated way to study facial features than stealing a mannequin or challenging a snowman to a staring contest. Capture a range of expressions without succumbing to frostbite with today's Groupon: for $75, you get four three-hour oil-painting classes at Lynda Diamond Paintings (a $150 value). Classes take place Wednesdays or Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Lynda Diamond indoctrinates students into the art of oil painting with intimate instruction and a focus on cementing basic skills. During intensive training sessions, pupils fill their right brains with classical painting techniques and transfer them from mind to brush to create oil-based portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. Endowed with an eclectic fine-arts background, the professional artist infuses old master methods with contemporary twists in order to expand the repertoire of seasoned painters and inspire beginners to explore traditional and modern trends. Diamond encourages oil-painting apprentices to embrace their individuality while composing pieces that show their personalities and help light poorly lit hallways.