Most of my life I have considered myself to be a “creative type”. I sing, I used to play the tuba and viola, and I still love to write. But when it comes to art, I’m not the greatest. Nerves seem to always get in the way and, before I know it, my steady hand looks like it’s being shaken by a small earthquake.
Needless to say I was elated, yet sweating bullets, at the thought of attending a painting event with the Tampa Bay Bloggers. Had I done this before? Yep! Two times, actually. My experience didn’t make me any more confident, though, especially when I found out that we would be painting “So Starry” (a simplified rendition of Starry Night by Van Gogh”).
From the minute you walk into the studio, there’s no doubt what goes on here. Beautiful paintings line the walls, and the room is set up with tables classroom style so participants can easily see the instructor from wherever they are.
I definitely got a few ideas for other paintings I would like to come back and try. Some of their classes are actually geared towards couples and painting with children. What a way to get the family involved!
Once we were settled in our seats, we were introduced to Hannah (the manager of Simply Art Studios) and Jackie (a local artist and our instructor for the night). Hannah explained that Simply Art was not a franchise studio, and their reach goes beyond just painting. They also hold classes like jewelry making, floral arranging, and they even had an Easter egg dying class to celebrate the holiday.
Then it was time to break the ice. I’ll let you know right now I was not expecting this. Hannah actually prompted us to take one of our available paper plates, place it on top of our heads, and use the pen to draw things she would call out. It was hilarious! The prompts were a flower, a tree, and a self portrait.
How did I do?
Jackie was an excellent instructor. She followed a logical order to the features we painted, yet she highly encouraged putting our own personal touches on the piece. The methods used were made much easier thanks to our tools, which included a sponge to cover large areas and chalk to outline or mark where details would be painted later. There were also blow dryers there to help our canvasses dry more quickly between steps; a genius time hack in my opinion.
We were given time for snack and drink breaks, but I was such a perfectionist (read: behind) that I decided to keep plugging along. They give you the option to bring your own beverages and nibbles here, which takes the experience up from just painting to an artsy party.
Right before my eyes, I saw my half-painted canvas turning into something more recognizable. I really did it!
So without further ado, here is a quick montage of how my “So Starry” took shape:
Drawing in details
Starting to paint the accents
The finished product!
It’s got that “Lindsey” flair
In the end I did far better than I had imagined I would. Thanks to Jackie and Hannah’s patience and expert instruction I managed to paint a piece that, until now, I had only ever looked at. I was amazed!
Now it’s your turn! I am giving away one entry for a class at Simply Art Studios. Feeling artsy? Feeling lucky? Well go ahead and enter… What are you waiting for?! (The winner will be picked at random next Thursday, May 15th)
You can check out the class schedule here
*As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers I was invited to come paint in return for an honest review and a giveaway on my blog. I was not compensated in any other manner, and the opinions expressed here are my own.