Art can express a variety of human feelings, from joy at the birth of a child to confusion at the birth of a man-child. Eloquently articulate your emotions with today's Groupon to the Mitchell School of Fine Arts, near Robert E. Lee Park. Choose between the following options:
- For $49, you get a four-week youth class (a $120 value).
- For $69, you get a four-week adult class (a $180 value).
Drawing upon the tradition of European masters, Mitchell School of Fine Arts' professional instruction and multifarious class offerings help aspiring muse-wranglers refine their artistic prowess in an encouraging, personal environment.
Youth drawing and painting classes allow pint-sized Picassos to use pastels and watercolors on blank paper and canvases, instead of on designer window treatments and designer labradoodles. A variety of adult classes teach grown van Gogh's to paint robust animals, breathtaking landscapes, and striking mug shots. Classes incorporate lectures, demonstrations, and critiques, and students draw inspiration from photographs, models, and still-life tableaus. Artful learners can enhance their understanding of form, their sense of perspective, or their grasp of the technical aspects—such as color, surface, and texture—that can bring new life and realism to sketches of alien abductors.
Class sizes are small and allow for individual attention from instructors, who are professional artists and have participated in art shows and non-Pictionary artistic competitions. Materials are included in all classes, except the adult watercolor and oil-painting classes, which require the purchase of brushes, paint, and painting surfaces. Check the class schedule for more information.
The Baltimore Examiner interviewed Trevor Twist, artist and creative director of the Mitchell School of Fine Arts:
- There was a time when every educated person knew how to draw. Drawing was and still should be an essential component of a liberal arts education. Our goal is to teach people how to draw and paint very well. These skills improve the mind. – Trevor Twist
Mitchell School of Fine Arts
Paintings of bowls overflowing with fruit, majestic Southwestern mesas, and a white horse against an orange backdrop line the brick walls at Mitchell School of Fine Arts. Beneath those examples, students of all ages and levels learn to create their own magnum opuses under the tutelage of instructors, who channel degrees in fine art, publication in books and magazines, and a range of other credentials.
In classes, the teachers focus on topics such as landscape painting or classical drawing to help pupils master the nuances of a particular style and portray the beauty of a blossoming flower or a dirt bike that runs on flowers. An animal pastels class for youngsters inspires participants to grab soft drawing implements and sketch colorful fauna on paper. Private lessons are available, as are commissioned portraits from the faculty themselves, who will render the likeness of a loved one.