As part of my campaign to get out of the house and live a little, I decided to take a painting class. I used to love art in high school and I was good at it, but that was more than 20 years ago.
I thought I would try to revisit an old passion and see if I still had it. And if I didn’t, at the very least I’d get to paint a few happy little trees in the process.
When I checked in, I was given my canvas and palette (rectangular poster board) and I headed over to the paint station where I chose the instructed amount of colors that I would need.
The class is BYOB, and I just knew that in this swank part of town everyone would be eating caviar and drinking Cristal. I was feeling all self-conscious about my water bottle and granola bar, but I looked around and people were munching on cookies and Baked Lays and Pringles.
I may have even seen some Boone’s farm in there, but I just glanced around quickly at first because I went by myself and I was a little nervous. There were about 30 people.
The instructor was great and assured us that this is art, and this kind of painting is going to be complete chaos and totally different from your neighbor’s and DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT.
Though we all looked at our neighbor’s papers throughout the class, she was right and it was fun. We were given guidelines on mixing colors and the overall look, but encouraged to do it our own way with our own touches, and just go with it. I liked the dark blues for the background.
We needed a lot of new colors for the next layer so I mixed up a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. We mixed the colors right on the paper in front of us. And wiped our hands on our aproned pants.
I was having fun and the music was good. A girl just gets a little crazy when they play Welcome To The Jungle as part of the 80’s/90’s mix they have going in the background, you know? “YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE!???”
The wine was flowing so I was not the only one singing. It helped with the chaos parts of the painting! And they played a lot of other nostalgic toe-tapping sing-along stuff. I really relaxed and had fun. The painting is the Nashville Skyline.
I figured it was best to go with something abstract to start off with in case it was really bad! I didn’t care much for how mine turned out at first, but it grew on me over time!
This would make an awesome girls night out! They also offer couples and children’s classes so I will definitely be back.
I took this class at Uptown Art. The cost of this 3 hour class was $35. Coupon sites regularly offer deals for half off of classes like this. I wasn’t able to get in on that deal since I signed up for the class the day of. I just got a hankering for it and didn’t want to wait.
I give this experience two big thumbs up! I didn’t paint any happy little trees, but I gave my inner child a great big bear hug and that made it worth it all.
Go out and do something fun! You’re worth it!