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 this Groupon to Sketch and Sip in Riverview. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get a 2.5-hour BYOB painting class for one (a $40 value).
- For $35, you get a 2.5-hour BYOB painting class for two (an $80 value).
At Sketch and Sip, seasoned artists guide groups through the creation of an original painted canvas in convivial BYOB classes that have been featured on NBC’s Daytime. Under the guidance of passionate teachers, such as studio owner and professional artist Patty Sisco, students swipe natural-hair paintbrushes or their ponytails across a 16”x20” canvas to create a designated design. Pictures vary depending on the scheduled class, in which students may embellish abstract poppies with their own whimsical details or brighten flowers, trees, or martini glasses with hues hand-mixed on their own palettes. Easy-to-follow instructions take budding Van Goghs of all levels through the creative process—from painting a background color to determining which ear to remove—and everyone goes home with a completed canvas. All pupils need bring are their favorite bottles of vino, as teachers supply all materials, including aprons, canvas, paints, cups, and bottle openers.
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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.