Art can portray the world's most complex subjects: the passion of love, the horrors of war, and the despair of fruit waiting to be eaten. Hold a mirror to nature with today’s Groupon to The Art Experience in Pontiac.
$12 for a five-session punch card for open-studio time (a $25 value)
Artists of all ages and abilities saunter into The Art Experience's high-ceilinged studios to explore the depths of their own creativity. Workaday stresses melt away faster than Salvador Dali's chocolate wristwatch as students draw from studio's stock of basic art supplies to craft their own imaginative masterpieces or work on projects inspired by the studio. Budding sketch artists explore media such as graphite and colored pencils, and other students use recycled materials and found objects to craft collages and sculptures. By providing their own canvas or purchasing one for an additional fee, painters spend the bulk of each two- to three-hour session building repertoires of visual expression and relationships with fellow artists. Paper, paint, and drawing materials are included with today's deal.
Open studio hours are Tuesday–Friday, 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
The Art Experience
A nonprofit community art studio, The Art Experience was founded in 1995 by six artists and therapists dedicated to the idea that art is best when made and shared with others. The organization's leadership team has handcrafted a curriculum designed to extract the creative juices of artistically inclined students from all backgrounds, which includes open-studio sessions and an artist-in-residence program for artists with special needs. Once a car showroom, The Art Experience's colorful studios highlight budding talent with natural light pouring forth from floor-to-ceiling windows and eco-friendly light bulbs that appear over the heads of imaginative minds. Aside from generating a sense of fellowship through art, the studio further deepens its community partnerships by collaborating with other area organizations, including Wayne State University.