Artists always want muses without realizing they are a big responsibility, demanding regular walks, a ticket to every sunset, and smoothies made of old pastels and greek yogurt. Cultivate your creativity an easier way with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of pottery-painting on Ladies Night at Van Grow Studio of the Arts, located in Fort Worth's Cultural District.
With the belief that creativity livens the senses and soothes the mind, Van Grow Studio of the Arts covers the fundamentals of arts and crafts with classes and open studio hours for all levels. Friday evening's open pottery-painting studio (6–10 p.m.) caters to a more mature audience, providing aesthetic ammunition for a unique night out. Bring out your inner child's inner Picasso, working with a selection of paintable, prefabricated bisque (starting at $3 apiece) from teapots to cowboy hats. Adorn a vase worthy of a Keatsian ode or dedicate a doggie bowl to T.S. Eliot, known for his reverence of canine dishware.
Fill a festive studio with friends and refreshments to turn an uninspired Friday night into a prismatic jubilee of the senses. Within two weeks, your glazed masterwork will be fired and ready to switch out with a priceless artifact from the Smithsonian.
Van Grow Studio of the Arts
Owners Maarten and Hanna Vanderstoel created Van Grow Studio of the Arts to promote creative thinking and problem solving in children through artistic crafts. Boasting degrees in fine arts and studio arts, respectively, Maarten and Hanna teach most of the classes and prepare the curricula for all of the studio's camps. TCU graduate Alma Worrell manages the open studio and paint-your-own-pottery rooms, which are also accessible to adults. Van Grow's upbeat instructors nurture creativity and confidence across three age groups, offering classes, parties, and workshops to pique a wide range of interests. Courses foster each student's individual vision, rather than a mastery of technique, and help to develop motor skills, self-esteem, and the ability to sculpt gummy-bear replicas of Rodin's The Thinker.