Art has the ability to move people in different ways, whether it instills a sense of empathy in a sensitive soul or a sense of ravenous hunger in a paint-chip addict. Gain power over the emotions of others with today's Groupon: for $80, you get four hours of private art classes at Root Division in Mission District (a $160 value).
Root Division's studio artists, along with other local professional artists, teach novices the skills on how to wrangle wild, untamed species of art using just their brushes, pencils, and smudged fingers. Classes run the self-expressive gamut from drawing and painting to sculpting, video, photography, and more, but all combine the time-tested wisdom and boundless curiosity of a 97-year-old baby. Unlike dressing a pet whale in a sailor suit, the classes do not require a serious time commitment, but they will immerse students in an educational and engaging environment that allows them to grow as an artist and walk away with some well-crafted original artwork. One student can power through all four hours in one private session, spread it out over multiple private sessions, or bring along three friends for a one-hour group session. Although classes are adult-oriented, most are open to high-school students as well.
Yelpers give Root Division a near-perfect 4.5 stars: