In my youth, I was never the visually artistic type. I was always better with words.
I tried my hand in art class, like all the other kindergarten kids, but it was always for a grade - never just for fun. Even with the weight of an academic evaluation looming in the atmosphere, I usually failed to produce a product I was proud to bring home to Mom. Nevertheless, Mom marveled at and praised every piece of work I carted from class, but I knew the truth. My "artwork" was less than outstanding, to say the least. I don't even take pride in my stick figures, so why I was excited to try a painting class is beyond me.
I was, however, eager to do something different. Corkscrews and Canvas came to my rescue.
The inside of the studio is welcoming, bright, and decorated with creations from various classes. There's even a table for food, since *wait for it* you can bring your own!
That's right, enjoy a relaxing evening customizing your canvas & munching on your snack of choice. They also sell a variety of wines, beer, and soft drinks to wash down all your sweet and salty goodness. Who knows, a few glasses of Chardonnay might unleash your inner Salvador Dalí.
One flat fee includes all you'll need for the class: a blank canvas, painting materials and an instructor.
Classes can accommodate about 30 guests, so sometimes it's a real party.
Our theme for the evening was "Retro Garden," and I had no idea how I was going to turn my canvas into the lovely display above the instructor's stage...
... but we took it step by step.
Before I knew it, my piece was coming together, and it didn't look nearly as bad as I had expected.
I was even proud to add my signature at the end.
The color scheme doesn't really coordinate with the decor in my apartment, but this little sign in the bathroom quickly changed my tune.
And so, my artistic journey was complete!
Laura's was pretty nice, too.
Of course, I couldn't've painted a single stroke without the help of our instructor, Kristen. She was fantastic (and she loves Toby Keith; she made that very clear).
If you're interested in taking a class, you'll want to sign up in advance. Space is limited!