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For just $25, today’s Groupon gets you $50 toward a full range of adult art classes, workshops, events, or supplies at the River East Art Center. There you can awaken your latent Leonardo with painting and drawing classes, fulfill your need to throw things with ceramics and pottery lessons, say hello to soldering in the metals and jewelry studio, or follow Picasso and learn printmaking. Your work could fetch millions once you’re dead or presumed dead.
At River East, you’re not stuck in a musty, old art school; you’re surrounded by working artists and galleries in a lively, stunningly restored timber-beamed loft complex that looks out to the Chicago River. Located at 435 E. Illinois St. in Streeterville, the complex’s spaces include a 60-foot illuminated Venetian water wall, mother-of-pearl terrazzo inlay floors, a scenic waterwalk and outdoor promenade, and an adjacent Fox & Obel gourmet grocery. It’s no wonder the building is a popular spot for private-event rentals and underground boxing matches.
All classes are taught by acclaimed resident and visiting artists. Your Groupon is good toward one-day workshops, individual instruction, group classes, and some supplies. Round up your other budding-artist friends and take a class together.
Yelpers tend to focus on the beauty of the space and on River East’s Gallery Nights. Read what they’re saying: > * REAC is my favorite art gallery. I love it. They feature a gallery night that is free and open to the public once a month… Great music, great wine, great hors d’oeuvres, and best of all ART! You can’t beat that. – Melissa H. > * You can’t really beat Gallery Night - the food & drinks are free. You get a chance to talk to some of the artists and you can tour the gallery… Check it out if you’re in the area - it’s not hard to get to via public transit and they have a really impressive collection of art. – Kim B.
Is Art Right For You?
Recently, there has been a sharp decline in the number of Americans signing up for art classes and a dramatic increase in the number of Americans engaging in religious flagellation. Take this quiz to determine which activity is a better fit for your free time:
- Which do you enjoy more?
b. Whipping yourself to remind your subservience to the deities.
- If you had one million dollars, what would you do with your free time?
a. Be creative
b. Whip yourself with a knotted cord
- Which character in The Seventh Seal do you more closely identify with?
a. The actors, the knight, or Death
b. All those people whipping themselves