It was my “artsy-craftsy” sister’s birthday, and I’d found the perfect gift. A paint and sip evening at The Canvas on Broadway.
What’s a paint and sip event? It’s a painting class where you also have wine and music and the best part is you don’t have to be artistic. I know I’m not, but I created a masterpiece all the same that is now proudly hanging in my office. Well, I think it’s a masterpiece anyway.
Here’s how it works. Each class creates a specific image and the instructor walks you through the process step-by-step. Stephanie was energetic and fun, giving detailed yet unique instructions on “proper” technique. For instance, in our class when we added swooshes of color, we’d all say SWOOSH in this funny voice while adding a flourish of color to our canvas.
There was also a musical soundtrack for the night. For each segment, Stephanie would explain, demonstrate, then play a track or maybe two, while we recreated what she was doing up front. We had a good group on a Saturday evening and we all sang along to the tunes. Some of us, including my “artsy-craftsy” sister, danced a bit as well (much to the chagrin of her totally embarrassed daughter). And yes, there was wine.
These painting experiences are becoming more popular and can be found in lots of locations. I definitely recommend giving one a try for birthdays, special events, date nights or even just because.
By the way, my other sister, the practical, in-the-box one, also had a very good time. She even thanked me for getting her to try something new.
Written by Lori Simms, deputy director of marketing, Missouri Division of Tourism.