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 $25 you get two hours of drop-in studio time for adults and children at The Art Spot located in Westwood (a $50 value). The studio welcomes drop-in students to schedule two-hour sessions from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. MondayFriday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Art Spot's workshop connects artists with professional materials, individual workstations, and friendly guidance to help them tap into their creative inclinations. Drop-in studio sessions present visitors with two avenues for crafting framed 2-D artwork: flesh out one of hundreds of pre-made sketches using studio materials, or build an image from scratch using acrylic paint, artistic vision, and the pair of cracked spectacles that prevented Picasso from lining up facial features correctly. A friendly instructor installs each student at a well-lit drafting table equipped with a box of basic mark-making materials, pointing out a meticulously organized supply cabinet of colored pencils, three kinds of pastels, brush art markers, watercolors, and acrylic paints. Coordinated media ensures that draftspeople pair the right materials for their masterpieces, saving brushes' wet kisses for cold-press watercolor paper or canvas and smearing pastels' thick lipstick on acid-free cotton paper. Those working without a sketch who would prefer access to the studio's full panoply of pigments may buy their way out of acrylics for an additional fee ($25/hour).
Three resident artists lend their skills to every ten students, helping beginners work through frustration by showing them how to measure contours and foreshorten a the flat side of a crepe with the grids at each workstation or by demonstrating alternate viewpoints using the studio's reference library of art books, videos, and still lives. At the session's conclusion, gentle hands mount newborn artworks on easel-backed boards with clear covers, ensuring safe trips home.
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