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 $40, you get a drawing and painting workshop at The Artisan Learning Studio (an $81 value). Workshops take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Artisan Learning Studio proffers a home base for many Charlotte artists, musicians, and master craftsmen, drawing in even more creative spirits each day with its drawing and painting workshops. Produce a 2-D representation of a favorite mammal, childhood stuffed toy, or pet T-Rex during the acrylic or watercolor animals workshops, mastering textures, layers, and shading, or splash an empty canvas with a personal rendition of a pristine environment during one of the basic landscape elements sessions.
Owner Tina Steele Penn instructs each brush-wielding session—pulling from her experience as an accomplished artist in the medium of oil painting—and bringing an infectious enthusiasm to each class that can make the hairs on the back of your paintbrush stand up. The Artisan Learning Studio provides all painting materials, although participating future Van Goghs should tote along a cardboard or foamcore board (approximately 11”x4”) to safely transport masterpieces home.
Art Classes with Tina Steele Penn
Raised by a mother who believed in each person's innate artistic abilities, accomplished brush master Tina Steele Penn harnesses that sentiment, a lifelong love of art, and a fascination with color to guide others toward their inner Monets. Within her two studios, she crafts a welcoming atmosphere where artists of all skill levels can tap into their imaginations and unleash creativity and imprisoned winged dragons. Her classes and workshops encourage students to delve into media such as acrylic, watercolor, and oil paints, whereas her private sessions guide pupils toward their individual goals through one-on-one guidance.