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 a two-hour children's art class (a $30 value) at Van Grow: Art Studio for Kids, located in Fort Worth's Cultural District.
With the belief that creativity livens the senses and soothes the mind, Van Grow: Art Studio for Kids covers the fundamentals of arts and crafts with two-hour Saturday classes geared toward three different age groups. Tote 2- to 3-year-old tots to the vibrant space in which they'll engage in story time and partake of a medley of painting, beading, collage, and crafts. During this period, tykes will have the chance to delve into such artistic endeavors as spicing up their 401(k)-plan paperwork with the addition of elbow macaroni. Four- and 5-year-olds will receive a lesson in drawing and watercolor painting and work with clay, collage, and crafts. Six- to 12-year-olds can glean artful tidbits during the drawing and acrylic-painting instruction and learn how to apply color to canvases or their own emotions.
Drop-off is optional for the two older groups, giving parental units a chance to create their own magnum opuses in the form of parking-lot wheelies. A guardian must remain in the art studio with 2- to 3-year-olds for the duration of the lesson.
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.