Without blank canvases, artists would paint every uncovered surface, resulting in unusable china plates, ruined white T-shirts, and pink and purple labrador retrievers. Get creative within the lines with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of figurine painting at Paint for Fun in Dover.
Paint for Fun’s imaginative, paint-splattered emporium equips artists of all types with the tools and supplies needed to creatively adorn plaster figurines and decorative knickknacks. Buttressed by a stockade of paint and brushes, artists pick pieces from a selection of plaster figurines including piggy banks, seashells, and animal statuettes. Pigmented brushes can manipulate iconic characters such as Snow White, Batman, and Buzz Lightyear ($8.99) or daub a fire truck ($6.99) in classic fire-engine pink. Once vibrantly coated, the personalized pieces withstand a heavy dousing of acrylic spray gloss, which seals the paint and enables it to withstand chipping, aging, and jealous taunts from unpainted garden gnomes. With no firing or glazing needed, the finished figurines pop from store shelves to home shelves in the same day, providing customers a perfect last-minute gift or a quick way to appease a demanding art agent.
Paint for Fun
A former art teach of 30 years, owner Patti Spinelli welcomes students of all ages into her studio to superimpose colorful imagery upon three-dimensional figurines and placards. More than 100 unique pieces beckon to painters, who are encouraged to don aprons, brushes, and paints to festoon pottery pieces with colors they draw from a vivid palette or channel through a past life as a kaleidoscope. The studio's lively instructors roam the workspace doling out encouraging words and helpful techniques. Patti also hosts intimate art classes, opens her studio to group parties, and stocks traditional canvases for those who prefer rendering still lifes or globes from a time when the Earth was flat.