Creativity can strike at any moment, whether you’re near a canvas and brushes or beside a slumbering strongman and many rolls of toilet paper. Learn to recognize opportune moments with today’s Groupon to U.S. Art and Design. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get a nude figure-drawing class with demonstration for students 18 and up (a $40 value). The class takes place at Coffee Ali in Pleasanton on Fridays from 9 p.m.–12 a.m. and Sundays from 7 p.m.–10 p.m. Students 21 and up can bring their own alcoholic beverages.
- For $22, you get a two-hour drawing class for youths 8–18 years of age (a $45 value). The class takes place at U.S. Art and Design’s office in Pleasanton. Click here for the class schedule.
- For $79, you get four two-hour drawing classes for youths 8–18 years of age (a $180 value). The class takes place at U.S. Art and Design’s office in Pleasanton. Click here for the class schedule.</p>
At U.S. Art and Design, a staff of working artists lead hands-on sketch sessions for adults and kids. Adults 18 and up gather within the green walls of Coffee Ali to commence BYOB drawing sessions with 45–60 minutes of demonstration and instruction, during which the teacher will impart simple figure-drawing tips and explain how to create a self-portrait that ages for you. Armed with provided paper and charcoal, students will then sketch the silhouette of a live nude model over the course of two hours, pausing for sips of self-brought wine or beer (over-21 patrons only). Alternately, youths try out basic drawing techniques and discuss their favorite crayon flavors during one or four two-hour kids’ and teens’ classes.
When Omar Morineau was 17 years old, a local businessman named Cal handed him an airbrush and car-paints, entreating the teenager to “learn how to use ‘em.” The self-taught youth was soon plastering flashy graphics on sports cars, and before long had moved on to custom surfboards and his own mural business. Then he thought he’d get some higher education. A stint at L’Acedemia di Belle Arte in Florence informed his expressive technique, which ranges from anatomically accurate, occasionally surrealistic oil paintings to stylized graphic designs for bands, businesses, and the lemonade stands of overly ambitious five-year-olds. Today, when he isn’t laboring on his latest commission, the enterprising artist promotes creativity through classes for all ages, with early-childhood sessions aimed at fostering a love of creation and workshops for older students focused on launching careers in two-dimensional and computer arts.