Creative talents, like houseplants and celebrities, wilt without proper attention. Play paparazzi to painting talents with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a group improvisational-painting experience from Shelley Shanks' Scribble Birds, held at Chelsea Wine Bar in El Lago (a $40 value).
Combining freeform painting with socializing, Shelley Shanks' Scribble Birds invites artists of all skill levels to join in colorful revelry by providing supplies and instruction in a relaxed environment. Groups gather around canvases and easels on the last Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. for around two hours, grabbing drinks from the nearby bar that can serve as liquid inspiration or as a diluter for watercolor works. Paintbrushes dance across canvases, colorfully waltzing to the tune of the artists' desires and creating an original piece that accompanies students home.
Nestled beside Taylor Lake, Chelsea Wine Bar's views of the waterfront influence the details of half-painted landscapes. Hardwood floors, antique accents, and hand-painted murals fill the two-story venue and transport patrons to rustic Europe, where the Grand Masters, such as Michelangelo and da Vinci, battled for supremacy with speed paintings of themselves winning arm-wrestling matches.
El Lago Estates
4106 Nasa Pkwy.
El Lago, Texas 77586