Artistic expression can take the form of a vibrant painting, a stunning sculpture, or front-yard hedge trimmed into the shape of longing. Let creativity blossom with today's Groupon: for $25, you get admission to a two-hour BYOB painting class at Xpressive Arts Center in Poway (a $50 value).
During Xpressive Arts Center's BYOB painting classes, groups of five to eight students learn new pigment-slinging techniques while socializing and enjoying a convivial drink. Each session comes with all necessary supplies, including a canvas, painting supplies, and muse rental. Bring a choice of spirit to act as your inspiration: beer for foamy shores, wine for an indigo sky, or vodka for an overturned bucket of paint thinner in a garage. Classes are scheduled on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m.–9:30 p.m. throughout the month, lighting up the wide windows of the center's low-slung, stone-clad historic building.
Xpressive Arts Center
Bonnie Stromer, a registered art therapist, opened Xpressive Arts Center to make art programs available for everyone in the community, animating her belief that the arts are an important form of self-expression and communication. Inside the historic stone building, instructors lead an array of classes in printmaking, beadwork, and painting to stoke the flames of each individual’s artistic expressivity. During the popular BYOB painting sessions, groups of painters bond and learn new techniques over wine, beer, or basically any kind of matter that starts with the letter b.