Painting gives humans a necessary outlet for imagination, which, if not released, can manifest itself into a date-ruining desire to sculpt a self-portrait of mashed potatoes. Use your imagination responsibly with today’s Groupon to SunDust Gallery in Mesa. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get a walk-in and paint-your-own-art session for one person (a $25 value).
- For $23, you get a walk-in and paint-your-own-art session for two people (a $50 value).
SunDust Gallery’s brush-wielding pros guide hands through the painting process in the combination studio and award-winning gallery. As most beginning artists find it difficult to paint without first walking in, walk-in and paint sessions invite pupils to enter, claim an 8”x10” canvas panel, and settle into a work space at one of 30 easels. Studio assistants drape guests with protective aprons before forking over brushes, paint, and palettes on which students mix pigments and experiment with brush strokes. As pupils transform bare canvases into wall-worthy creations, assistants share wisdom and techniques on perspective, composition, and how to render an eye whose gaze follows the viewer until he turns around suddenly.
Prospective artists can unleash creative juices onto blank canvases Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations are necessary, though large groups of artisans may want to call ahead. Owned by a local artist and professor, the gallery houses work by over 150 local artists and is located one half-block west of the Mesa Arts Center near an array of restaurants and coffee shops.
SunDust Art Gallery
SunDust Art Gallery is truly a family-run operation—Ron Floyd, a retired university art professor and a recognized abstract artist, opened the 5,000-square-foot gallery with the help of his wife Mary Lou Floyd and son Chris Floyd. Opened in 2009, the studio's initial goal was to provide the Southwest's eclectic and often-unnoticed artists a home, and today it has grown to encompass a gallery collection that regularly features many such artists and mediums for which the region is well known, such as sculpture, jewelry, and photography. Throughout his long career as an art professor, Ron learned to teach students how to overcome artistry's intricacies, and he now operates out of SunDust's studios with accessible painting and drawing classes.