Great art can transport a person away from his or her troubles, whether they are financial, romantic, or shipwreckical in nature. Today's Groupon provides a do-it-yourself method for evocative escapism: for $15, you get your choice of introductory art class from four options offered at The Artisan Galleries and Learning Studio (up to a $39 value). Each Groupon is good for one class, but you can purchase four Groupons if you wish to take all four introductory art classes or even the same class four times. All introductory art classes are two hours long; The Artisan Galleries and Learning Studio provides all materials.
The Artisan Galleries and Learning Studio is the home base for many Charlotte artists, musicians, and master craftsmen—drawing in more creative spirits each day with its four introductory art classes and a precisely calibrated tractor beam. Introduction to Drawing ($26) yanks daydreaming doodlers out of the claustrophobic confines of college-ruled notebook paper and equips them with basic techniques and methods. Introduction to Watercolor ($34) tutors students in the art of watercolor washes, wet-on-wet applications, wet-on-dry applications, and basic guidelines on how long to wait to paint after eating. Introduction to Acrylic ($35) covers the finer points of this fast-drying medium, with tips on paint mixing, canvas preparation, and the power of painting with polymers. Finally, Introduction to Oil Painting ($39) introduces budding Bob Rosses to the canvas-based fantasy worlds that can be brought to life with a little linseed oil, a can-do spirit, and an eldritch incantation.
All classes at The Artisan Galleries and Learning Studio are taught by its owner, Tina Steele Penn, and her staff. Tina herself is an accomplished artist in the medium of oil painting, and she brings an infectious enthusiasm to each class that is guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your paintbrush stand up. With classes offered for children as young as seven, today's Groupon lets parents of potential Picassos reclaim their living-room walls from their kids' disorienting trompe l'oeil Crayola frescos.