Without painting, no one could accurately depict the enchanting beauty of an old mill or the rich, velvety texture of Burt Reynolds's chest hair. Capture the captivating beauty of all nature's wonders with today's Groupon: for $39, you get either a one-month paint-lab membership (a $105 value) or two painting classes (a $78 value) at Rembrandt All You Can Art in Metairie.
Rembrandt All You Can Art is a fun, relaxing studio aimed at translating the joy of painting for artists of all skill levels. Proficient portraitists who have already nailed the fresco fundamentals will want to take advantage of the one-month paint-lab membership, allowing open studio time to suit hectic schedules (normally 1 p.m.–9 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday). Rembrandt provides paint, brushes, and easel, but not the price of a canvas, which can be purchased blank ($5) or with a pre-sketched design ($7) for painters who would rather focus on brushstrokes and color theory than compositional skills. Instructors are on hand to assist artists whenever needed, but painters are welcome to bring their own instructional materials, be it Bob Ross's The Best of the Joy of Painting or the ghost of Salvador Dali's moustache. Paint-lab hours are subject to change, so be sure to call ahead and check the current schedule.
Paint-flingers who crave structure can opt for two two-hour classes that provide all materials, including a 16"x20" canvas and step-by-step instruction to guide each stroke, allowing artists to relax and exercise creative influence over the color palette. Participants are welcome to bring their own snacks and wine; Rembrandt provides the glasses, napkins, and corkscrews. Class length is determined by the artwork selected, and painters must call ahead to schedule their session.
Paint-lab membership expires six months from purchase; the painting-class option expires in three months. Painters under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- After a few hours of painting, everyone walks out with a dry work of art suitable for hanging or giving as a gift. – Missy Wilkinson, Best of New Orleans