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What You'll Get
Creativity can strike at any moment, whether you're near a canvas and brushes or beside a slumbering strongman and many rolls of toilet paper. Learn to recognize opportune moments with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a 2.5-hour painting class at Sketch and Sip (a $40 value) in Riverview .
Sketch and Sip, featured on NBC's Daytime, is a unique and easy-to-follow workshop in which paint slingers of all skill levels create their own wall adornments while imbibing lively libations in a friendly, music-filled atmosphere. Learn how to create fantastic frame-fillers by watching lead brush buff Patty Sisco, an impassioned scribbler since childhood and professional artist since 2000. Everything you need to render dashing designs—which vary each class—is provided, including a 16"x20" gallery wrap canvas, acrylic paint, aprons, cups, napkins, brushes made with natural hair, and bottle openers to penetrate decanters of sippable courage and artistic creativity.
There is no need to worry about speed or experience, as Patty paces her lessons to accommodate everyone. Bring a friend, date, or wine-loving muse and leave with a finished painting ready for hanging, trading, or tacking to computer monitors as homemade screen savers.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 2, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required, subject to availability. 24 hour cancellation notice required. Non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Sketch and Sip
Far from being an artist possessed, Patty Sisco derives the same benefit from painting as she does from a long bubble bath. "All you are thinking about is your brushstrokes, not your bills," she told the Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch, speaking to the therapeutic value of her classes at Sketch and Sip. These sessions supply students of all backgrounds—including those who have never before lifted a brush—with canvas, tools, and a step-by-step demonstration on how to create their own vibrant masterpieces. As they work, Patty encourages her guests to imbibe drinks they've brought from home and plays serene music to prompt creative flow. She moves throughout the room to offer tips on technique and helps with corrections in case students’ hands slip or they change their minds about adding a goatee to their horse portrait.
Though the classes, which have been featured on NBC's Daytime, are responsible for much of the studio's reputation, Patty also plans other community craft events. Each week on Wacky Wine Glass Wednesday, visitors embellish cups with fetching colors and patterns. Artists can even customize an image for their friends or family to paint during private parties, teaching children to color in SpongeBob SquarePants and encouraging coworkers to bond by sketching each other's staplers.