As I wrote about before, I discovered Groupon. I am not a fanatic (yet), but I have used it a dozen times now for cheaper movie tickets and a couple of other things. One of those extra things was a half-price entry to a BYOB painting class that we went to with friends last week.
The place we went offers 2 and 3 hour painting classes and you bring your own alcohol and snacks. You can view their class schedule on their website, choose your favorite, book online or on the phone, and then just show up with what you want to eat or drink. They provide the canvas, brushes, and paint. Then you take your seat and munch away as a lady walks you through creating the painting you chose.
In the class we went to, they had an example painting of what it will look like in the end, and the painting leader told us step-by-step how to recreate it while she painted it all over again in steps. You can either follow along exactly or start throwing in your own changes and colors.
Our group was the special one that teachers roll their eyes at. The painting leader and assistant quickly figured out that we could be left the hell alone and be fine. Giggly, rebellious, and a little crude, but just fine. 😀
I’d like to argue that talking about “painting your bush” in 50 different ways is something to be laughed at by anyone, not just us…but anyway…
So we got there 15 minutes early as requested, grabbed our smocks, and found our assigned seats. We got our snacks and drinks lined up the way we planned on eating them and waited for everybody else to arrive. When the class started, we figured out really fast that our paintings were not going to be identical to her painting.
We followed along pretty closely for pointers on which brush to use and how to mix the colors, but we then added our own feelings and twists. There ended up being two breaks so the paintings could dry long enough to move onto the next steps. In the end, the 3 hour class went by super fast and we were all really happy with the night. Some of us liked our results better than others, but everyone had a great Friday evening.
So this is what the example was that everyone was shooting for:
This is my husband’s final painting:
This is my final painting:
Yeah, I like his better too. 😉 And we are totally going back as soon as they are on Groupon again! I just can’t pay $45 for something I paid $22 for now…I got spoiled.
Have you ever been to a BYOB painting class? Would you try it out?
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