Creating a masterwork of art can be like wandering through a maze: after a lengthy period of reflection and contemplation, you’ll still probably starve. Appreciate the figurative risks and transcendent joys of artistic creativity with today’s Groupon to Modern Center for the Arts in Leominster. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get a BYOB (beer and wine only) art class for two adults, held Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (an $80 value).
- For $20, you get a two-hour drawing workshop for kids ages 7 and older, held Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (a $40 value).
Modern Edge's hands-on workshops teach students to paint, pencil, and chalk in an energetic atmosphere charged with the instructor's decade of teaching experience and infectious passion. Unlike traditional date activities such as riding a tandem bicycle or competing in a staring contest, Friday night couples' art classes fuse individual creativity with togetherness. As couples sip beer or share a bottle of wine, they learn about painting abstract art and practice it with provided supplies, rendering images reminiscent of cityscapes, landscapes, and movement. After the class is over and the glasses are empty, students can take home their finished masterpiece to hang above a fireplace or decorate a neighbor's front door.
Playful drawing workshops furnish kids 7 and older with a variety of sketching materials such as charcoal, colored pencils, chalk, and ink. Within the bright new studio space, comfortable kid-size stools and tables invite tykes to spread out and focus on family portraits or scientific studies of the sun's rays while bolstering creative talents and patience. Classes cap at 20 people–– small enough for students to receive personal attention, big enough for vibrant mixing and mingling, and the perfect size for creating a human pyramid.
Art on the Rocks
Stacey Sparrow has a knack for teaching art. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art with a teaching certification, Sparrow has been helping students locate their inner Rembrandts for a decade while also creating her own commissioned works. With the help of a dedicated staff, she helms workshops and classes for adults and youngsters alike, rolling out specialty sessions such as vacation art programs that study the techniques and quirks of various artists, such as Picasso’s Blue Period and Michelangelo's tendency to sleep on the ceiling.