Art explores the great mysteries of the world, such as the secret of Mona Lisa's smile and why the Renaissance was swarming with winged babies. Delve into the unknown with today's Groupon: for $45, you get one month of half-day art classes, including supplies, at Dazzio Art Experience in St. Petersburg (a $90 value). Available classes and times can be found here.
Veteran visualist Judi Dazzio recolors her students' perceptions, teaching both adults and children to work with the tools and mediums used to paint, draw, and sculpt. Budding artists drag brushes across dry surfaces to imbue canvases with new hues in watercolor, acrylic, or oil-painting classes. Sketchbook addicts unlock the secrets of graphite in drawing courses, and digital artists and resumé builders can sharpen their savvy in an Adobe Photoshop Elements course. Children's art classes focus little ones' relentless creativity, energy, and desire to mar pristine surfaces through simple skill-building and artistic-exploration sessions. Most classes last 2.5-4 hours, meeting once a week to provide ample time for teaching, free creative time, and graphite-dust fights over the course of the month.
Dazzio's class fee includes all the necessary supplies, which come from the center's bottomless storeroom, monitored and replenished regularly by paint gnomes. Judi Dazzio's resumé, which includes a position as the former director of art education in the state of Louisiana and paintings featured in the Williamson Museum in England, attracts a slew of other qualified professional artists to teach at her establishment.
Dazzio Art Experience
Judie Dazzio believes that everyone can be an artist. And at Dazzio Art Experience—a comprehensive art school—she helps everyone from children to adults and novices to professionals harness their creativity. Though she's a painter herself—having won awards for her work with watercolors and acrylics—she caters to range of artistic interests, offering classes in acrylics and watercolors but also branching out into sculpture, illustration, and Photoshop. For the experienced artist, she and her instructors provide developmental classes to help them produce portfolio pieces and host group critique sessions.
Beyond teaching her students the techniques to create, she also displays their works in a gallery attached to her school. Here, rows upon rows of painted canvases, sculptures, and handcrafted jewelry showcase their newly acquired talents.
Downtown St. Petersburg
627 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701