As longtime BFFs, we share a ton of the same interests and hobbies but when it comes to fine arts, we have...drastically different skill levels. Let's just put it this way - back when we were little teenage gals, M won first prize in our high school's art contest with her still life painting; meanwhile, B is still valiantly attempting to master the art of the stick figure. When Art by Friends NYC invited us to attend one of their paint nights, we couldn't wait to dust off our brushes and spend an artsy night out on the town together!
|The inspiration painting for our class|
The concept behind Art by Friends is simple - they provide all the instruction and materials you need to create your very own work of art, all in a relaxed, social environment. Not only do they offer classes in a variety of painting styles, but they also have craft project nights - we can't wait to return for one of those workshops!
Each participant received her own workstation, easel, and a large, traceable image (depending on the difficulty of the piece, some classes are freehand painting and others begin with tracing).
We suited up in the official smocks, and were ready to let the paint splash all over the canvas!
We certainly weren't the only gals who had paint on the mind this evening. The class was bustling, lively, and energetic!
One of the great things about Art by Friends is that they host their classes in all kinds of hip venues around the city. Our class was held at a German beer hall, so obviously we decided we simply had to have some absolutely enormous beers to pair with our paint.
Hey, it kept the creativity flowing!
Once our beers were in hand, it was time to get down to business. First, we traced our images.
Here is the instructor's sample for the drip-paint technique:
|B with Tara, one of the Art by Friends founders|
By the end of the night, we had shared two enormous beers, 4 paint palettes, and lots of laughs, and walked away with two totally fun, unique paintings. We loved that we were encouraged to put our own spin on the paintings and that the class was well-suited for a wide range of skill levels.
Art by Friends holds events regularly throughout the NYC and Westchester area - check out their calendar for upcoming dates. They also host private parties, if you're interested in spicing up your annual company outing, or trying something new at your next family reunion. This was a great way for us to break up our routine of girls nights out at cocktail lounges - it was so much fun to throw on a smock and try our hands at something new. If you're looking for a chill, relaxing, awesome new activity to check out with your pals, Art by Friends will definitely have the perfect class for you. We can't wait to go back to try our hands at another paint style, or one of their craft nights!
Are you ready to break out your inner Picasso with Art by Friends?