Every year at Christmas, my family does a grab bag with whatever family members wish to participate. Being that we have family all over the country, some gifts are hand delivered, and some are mailed. This year, my cousin had my mom in the grab bag and present her with a coupon for a painting class and to take a guest! I’m not sure who was happier- my mom or me! We wish my cousin could have been in Pittsburgh to give a gift, but this gift certificate quickly became a favorite.
A little background: My mom is an artist (painter). She grew up painting and continued on until she decided she wasn’t a fan of being told what to paint. She couldn’t have someone say she needed to go out and stare at something and then paint it. She’s very artistic and very creative, and that stopped her creative juices. She has painted on and off through the years, but not for any particular reason, and hasn’t done much lately. That’s why this gift was perfect- she was able to go out and paint, but not have to think about it. P.S. my mom loves to draw and color, and when I was in grade school and brought home page that needed colored for homework, she would do it! ha She claimed it wasn’t worth my time when I had other homework, but she loved it.
Now, where do I fit in? Definitely not with the creative or artistic abilities, that’s for sure! I just got to tag along! I have zero creative juices, and am not artistic at all, but heard this was totally capable of the worst painters (that’s me!)
Immediately after Christmas, my mom started looking at the schedule. That’s the first thing I like about Painting with a Twist. The schedule is on the website and you can view the painting of the night. if you don’t like it, pick another night. On the 15th of each month, the next month’s calendar became available. By the time we looked in early January, most of the awesome paintings were sold out so we waited until the 15th to see February’s paintings. We chose a painting that we felt would look good in both of our homes, and booked it!
I had a few friends who have actually done this, and I was amazed that their paintings looked just as great as the original! I was a little apprehensive that mine would not look close to what it should, but I was really excited to try it. The first thing to note is that you are allowed, and encouraged, to bring wine, food, beverages of all sorts! We had people with plates of cheese and crackers, dips, soft pretzels, tortilla chips, etc. The staff made it so accommodating and really made you feel at home and at ease.
Once we arrived, we both put on our aprons- really nice that they supply you with these so you don’t have to worry about getting it on your clothes! It is acrylic paint, so it typically stains your clothes, but they help you immediately try to get it out if that happens.
Just look at all those paintings! There were so many different and unique ones!
There was an instructor along with two helpers who would walk around and watch what we were doing, help us, fix the mistakes, or tell us good job. This allowed the instructor to keep moving along and not get stuck helping everyone out. She started on time, which I loved. I hate waiting around after the start time for no reason.
You could tell they knew exactly what they were doing, and helped us achieve the same look. I was skeptical mine would ever look like the finished project, but I kept trucking along listening to her. At times, I think it was better I had no previous experience because I wasn’t so OCD about getting things perfect (but I was OCD about different parts of the painting!).
There was a break in the class to allow the background to dry (this picture) and they played some games with all of the students. It was a fun ice breaker and a way to relax for a few minutes! Though I had no idea how a blank canvas could turn into something like a painting, I realized everyone’s will be different, but everyone’s will be similar, too.
The class was from 7-9, and ended at 9 o’clock. She showed us the last steps so we could all finish by 9, and if you needed to keep working, you could for a few extra minutes. I’m such a time follower, so of course I loved finishing on time, haha.
My mom and I finished and I loved the results! Aren’t they great?! Both are different, but the same image. I am not sure where I am going to hang it yet, but I’m already hooked and can’t wait to go back!
A few other tidbits that I loved about Painting with A Twist:
- They really do lead you through everything. The instructor even messed up on the heart to show us how we could fix ours if we did the same.
- The helpers helped by walking around and making sure we had enough paint/ refilled the paint supplies/ answered our silly questions, and so forth!
- You can get a frequent painter card to get stamped everytime you go. Once you go 10 times, you will get a free painting class, and your own embroidered apron.
- There is a party room that you need a minimum of 10 people for and you can choose the painting you want to do, and bring in your food/drink (same as if not in a party room) for the same price.
- The cost is so reasonable. For the 2 hr class, including the apron, the paint supplies, and canvas, was only $35! That is not bad at all if you ask me. There are some more difficult paintings that are 3 hours in length and are $45.
- There really are tons of paintings, so you will be able to find one you like!
There was actually nothing I didn’t like about this. I can’t wait to go again! My mom and I are hoping to get a group of 10 (or more) family members together to rent the room and have a blast painting! There were so many groups of girls out for a girls night, which was a fantastic idea! I think Aaron would love it, too, and am thinking of making it a date night soon! There were a few mother-daughters, few men, few couples. Overall it was fantastic, and I have a painting to hang in my house!
There are a lot of locations, so check it out and see if one is near you!
Are you a good painter? Ever painted before?
Have you ever been to one of these?
What kind of image would you like to paint?
I am not being compensated for this post in any way. We used my mom’s gift certificate from Christmas. I just loved it so much I wanted to share!