Artistic expression can take the form of a vibrant painting, a stunning sculpture, or front-yard hedges trimmed into the shape of longing. Let creativity blossom with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a two-hour BYOB art class for two at Youthful Expressions Studio in Maryville (a $70 value). January classes are set for the 14 and 28, with classes following every other Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mary Jane Booth, a photographer, and Cindy McDannel, a graphic artist, make up Youthful Expressions' mother-daughter team, teaching students of all skill levels the finer points of painting in informal art classes. During two-hour adult art lessons, 10–12 students put paintbrush to canvas alongside new friends and a brought-along spirit of choice, such as a bottle of wine or the corked-up ghost of Vincent van Gogh. During the session, amicable instructors equip pupils with the materials and information necessary for capturing subjects such as colorful floral patterns or fanciful scenes of mermaids. Visitors leave with their own masterwork, perfect for hanging on the living-room wall or nailing to the front of the fridge.
Youthful Expressions Studio
At Youthful Expressions Studio, three generations of women inspire others to summon and embrace their inner artists using nothing but a little bit of paint, some wine, and a load of friendly encouragement. To run the studio, photographer and writer Mary Jane Booth enlists the help of her talented daughter, Cindy McDannel, a painter and graphic artist, and her arts-minded 11-year-old granddaughter, Kassidi. Together, the three of them make up Youthful Expressions’ "3 Pack," the name of which pays homage to the all-rodent super-group the Rat Pack. The trio continuously hosts fun and accessible art parties for all ages. The two adults also teach BYOB Paint the Town art classes for grown-ups.
Though Youthful Expressions Studio sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.