There’s an awesome little place in the Lincoln Square Mall called The Art Party Studio. You’ve probably seen something similar where you live. You find a painting you want to paint from their calendar, sign up for it, then paint it! Super fun!
I went with my LTG group from church last Tuesday and we had a blast! (LTG stands for Life Transformation Group. More about that here!) We painted an adorable pumpkin. That way it doesn’t have to be displayed year round.
After you check in, you find your seat. It has your canvas, paint, brushes, and water all ready to go. Once it starts, the instructor shows you what to do step by step. At the end of two hours, you have a pumpkin!
It was a lot of fun to paint something and I felt like I was in art class. I haven’t been in art class since junior high. I really wish I could have taken more art classes in high school and college. But I didn’t in high school because I took stuff like chemistry, calculus, and physics (dangit, math and science and preparing for engineering. . .) I didn’t take any in college because of my schedule chock full of ECE classes, more math, and other fun. Plus, you’re kind of limited on what art classes you can even take if you aren’t an art major. (Something I think that should be changed! If I want to take an elective drawing, pottery, photography class, I should be able to take one, dag-nabbit! I guess there’s always those community classes at Parkland. . .)
Some tips for maximizing your fun while painting:
- Do not be anal about getting everything ‘just so.’ You’ve got to complete your painting in under two hours. You’ll just get frustrated.
- Treat yo’ self! Bring yourself a snacky snack and a drinky drink to enjoy whilst painting.
- Don’t worry if your painting isn’t turning out exactly like the example one. You’re painting it, of course it will look different. Enjoy the differences!
- Go with friends!