Art explores the great mysteries of the world, such as the secret of Mona Lisa’s smile and why the Renaissance was swarming with winged babies. Delve into the unknown with today’s Groupon to the Museum of Cultural Arts, Houston. Choose from the following options:
- For $55, you get a four-hour mixed-media sculpture class for one (a $110 value).
- For $75, you get a four-hour pop-art portrait workshop for one (a $175 value).
- For $99, you get a four-hour mixed-media sculpture class for two (a $220 value).
- For $135, you get a four-hour pop-art portrait workshop for two (a $350 value).
All materials for the workshops are provided, and extra classes will be scheduled as necessary.
The Museum of Cultural Arts teaches students of any artistic ability how to dip their hands into expression, unleashing their innate creativity, heightening their social awareness, and fostering community. During each mixed-media sculpture class, an assistant lays plaster on students’ cheeks to create full-face masks and to whisk away evidence of a pie-eating contest. As the unique impression solidifies, participants amass their choice of Charming Charlie costume jewelry and other artistic accouterments to embellish their creations. Afterward, students take their finished piece home to mount on a wall, give to a friend, or make an indelible impression at a job interview.
To prepare for the pop-art portrait workshop, students email in five close-up profile photographs of themselves or a loved one, preferably shot against a light background. The Museum of Cultural Arts’ resident artists transfer one of the photo’s outlines onto a canvas, which pupils then paint in accordance with their creative whims. The resulting four-color pop art image stands out on a wall, and can be used as a double to escape conversation from colorblind neighbors and mailmen well-versed in echolocation.
Museum of Cultural Arts, Houston
Art can foster a sense of community and inspire social change. It is this belief that drives artists Reginald and Rhonda Adams, who founded Museum of Cultural Arts, Houston in 1999 when they noticed a lack of community participation in the arts. Using their vibrant center as a springboard, the couple and their staff have brought art programs to more than 30 public schools and 15,000 underserved youth, helping the youngsters unleash their innate creativity and heighten their social awareness. Within the museum, rotating exhibits, such as May’s Queens of Creativity Mother Earth Exhibition, carry pertinent social messages such as the importance of calling Earth’s core on Mother’s Day. Community projects such as a recent mural painting for a school and collaborations with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society help carry out the museum’s mission as a vehicle for expression.