Art can portray the world’s most complex subjects: the passion of love, the horrors of war, and the despair of fruit waiting to be eaten. Hold a mirror to nature with today’s Groupon to the Painting Lounge in Brooklyn. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get a two-hour BYOB painting workshop for one person (a $50 value).
- For $45, you get a two-hour BYOB painting workshop for two people (a $100 value).
- For $75, you get a two-hour BYOB painting workshop for four people (a $200 value).
In the Painting Lounge’s BYOB workshops, students work with brush and canvas and sip on alcoholic creativity aids brought from home, re-creating classic artworks in a casual learning environment that suits first-timers and experienced paint slingers alike. Instructors provide aspiring Picassos with paints, canvases, brushes, easels, aprons, and step-by-step guidance, helping them to complete the evening’s featured painting and avoid common painting mistakes, such as adding excessive wrinkles to faces or wearing overly tight berets while painting. No setup or cleanup is necessary, and students may bring alcohol to the class to stimulate creativity and group bonding. Doors open 20 minutes before the start of class, and participants must arrive by the start time listed on the calendar to keep up with instruction.
After earning his BFA at the nationally renowned Rhode Island School of Design, Kevin Tarasuk began exhibiting his darkly surreal paintings at galleries around his hometown of Miami before making the move to New York City. Now, he helms the Painting Lounge, a personable art studio where students learn the proper techniques of painting, such as composition, shading, and glaring at clocks until they melt. In workshops, Tarasuk has earned praise from his ecstatic students, who have heralded him as “a very, very talented artist” and “a patient and engaging teacher.”
Answer: absolutely zero. To prove it, we sent a very nervous writer to document his first paint and drink experience.