Paintbrush in one hand, cocktail or beer in the other. Not many people can say they’ve done exactly that. Let me introduce you to Paint Nite, where you can socialize, drink and let your creative juices flow. Don’t worry if your simple stick men aren’t masterpieces. Even if you think you can’t paint, its worth a shot. You’ll be surprised at all the techniques you can use with just a few colors. Taught by real artists, Paint Nite sessions, are easy to follow, and the instructors are willing to help you out each step of the way.
My session was at noon on a rooftop bar in Long Beach, this was the perfect excuse to day drink. We arrived right on time, and all the canvases and paint supplies were set on long communal tables. They gave us time to get settled and order drinks, I ordered a Smog City Coffee Stout (yumm) and some water (which came in a cute mason jar glass) . To get started we did a little spirit finger warm up and our teacher, Zach, told us some house rules.
What I loved about Paint Nite, was that it’s not the traditional art class, it felt like a big party! WE had some funny rules for example 1. If someone accidentally drinks their paint water, everyone takes a drink 2. if someone spills their paint water every takes two drinks. FOr painting rules, you have the freedom to paint however you like. At the end of the day everyone's painting will look unique and different.
Our assignment was to paint a sunset scene with hills and two trees using only five colors and a small amount of paint. Each step was taught flawlessly and Zach made it super easy to follow. I brought my boyfriend, who had barely any painting experience. In the beginning, his blending and gradient colors were actually better than mine! This surprised him as well, it was cute seeing a huge grin on his face. Then he started painting trees and then it turned into abstract… if you know what I mean haha.
The whole class took about 2 hours to finish, and when you look at your completed masterpiece, you finally get that creative buzz. You are an artist, everyone’s an artist! We are all capable of creating beautiful things.
Check out Paint Nite and find a class near you! Most session sell out so I suggest booking as soon as you can. Use code INSTA at checkout for 35% off your entire purchase. Have funa and drink creatively!