This could also be called – Making Friends On The Internet. Who doesn’t make friends on the internet these days??
I have a very deep (and expensive) love affair with Canvas and Cocktails. But for good reason! I have at least 8 paintings at home, painted 4 as gifts… and keep coming back for more!
Canvas and Cocktails makes painting FUN. It’s an adult art class where the focus isn’t on perfection but enjoyment. Oh, and they serve beer and wine. Very important!
It’s an extremely popular class in Denver – so much that last year, Canvas and Cocktails expanded to a second location and most weekend evenings (and popular paintings like Starry Night) are quickly sold out. At both locations.
I picked a Wednesday class for us to go to because there was a better chance of the class having many open spots and it was a painting of the ‘Denver Sunset’!
The way these classes work is pretty cool – each night, a different painting is featured and instruction will be given for how to paint it! All canvas, paint, smock and clean-up are included in the painting fee (usually $35-40). At the end of the night, you leave with your finished masterpiece! Calendars are online but also posted on giant boards in each storefront.
Now, I know ‘instruction’ sounds really scary but it’s not at all. Canvas and Cocktails has gained its popularity because it makes art accessible and FUN.
The instructor stands at the front of the room on a little stage and shows each step of the painting – how to mix the colors, how to get certain textures with your paint (ie – looking like waves, grass or sky), how to paint the details. In between instruction, the instructor plays loud, fun music. Everything from today’s popular songs to Sweet Home Alabama to Michael Jackson.
I also spy a Nike Fuel Band! Mary snagged one recently.
And this is Diana STANDING and me sitting on the chair. #stilltaller
Canvas and Cocktails is always a fun night but Wednesday was especially fun because a bunch of girls who follow and talk to each other on Twitter, blogs and Facebook regularly finally met in person and get to know each other IRL (in real life)!
(Thanks for the photo, Tiff!)