From the Kardashians to the ‘Bellas’, everyone seems to be jumping on the painting bandwagon and if it’s good enough for them, then who am i to exclude myself from the latest creative craze?
I wouldn’t class myself as ‘artistic’ by any stretch of the imagination, but i’m always looking for a challenge and the added bonus of wine being actively encouraged, meant it was definitely worth investigating.
With events across London almost every night of the week, you just have to pick your preferred artist/location and you’re all set. You get to see a photo of the painting you’ll be attempting, so don’t worry, you won’t be going in completely blind. After much debating, we decided on a Banksy evening, hoping that if worst came to worst, we’d come away with a faux masterpiece that we could sell on eBay for a couple of thousand pounds.
The evening started with the artist introducing herself and her colleague, explaining the format of the evening and then setting us up with aprons and paints for the evening.
We then set about the first few stages of the painting, wetting the canvas, learning the best technique to create the waterfall effect and trying our best not to get acrylic paint on ourselves or our clothing.
After completing the background, i was lulled into a false sense of security that i might actually be an artistic genius, but by the time we started on the girl’s silhouette, i had well and truly been hit with a dose of reality. Luckily the amazing late 90s/early 00s soundtrack which accompanied the event made sure i didn’t stay disheartened for too long.
I loved this evening and will definitely be going back to see if perhaps i can do any better at Hockney, Monet or Picasso.
Locations: London, Birmingham, Brighton and Hertfordshire
Timing: Varies by location
Tickets: £25 – £35