Can I paint?

What could be better than letting your creativity flow while sipping on a glass of wine?  According to my mom, nothing! Paint-and-sip is a trend where people, generally middle aged moms, get together for a paint class while having a glass or two.  The appeal: trying something new while maintaining the comfort of a group activity; and of course, wine. These classes have risen in popularity and are offered in many cities, including here in SLO.

Although I can’t have a glass of wine, I am very intrigued by the idea of a teacher-led painting class.  Lucky for me, an opportunity presented itself.

The Cal Poly Craft center is offering their own version of paint-and-sip (minus the sip). I must confess, I am no artist. So putting my painting skills to the test is definitely daunting. To ease my nerves, I made a pre-class check list.

  1. Find a friend to bring with me. Nothing eases nerves like a pal to possibly fail with you. And if nobody is available, make a new friend!
  2. Find some dirty old jeans and a ratty t-shirt. I don’t want my clothes to become the art project!
  3. Attend the class with no expectations. Time to let my creativity flow, even if it’s a total bust. Wish me luck!

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetWell, the results are in. Turns out, I’m not a total travesty.  The class was fantastic! The instructor gently guided us through each step. I felt so relaxed and not at all stressed about the result of my piece, I was merely enjoying the process. We painted the beautiful Morro Bay. The group was small, which made the experience more intimate and allowed the instructor to have one-on-one time with each student.

Paint Night is a new class at the craft center. The instructor, Kellen Breitenbach, helped create the program and was excited to become the first teacher. “It’s fun to paint and I like to help other people be creative!” said Breitenbach about the success of her first class.

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Student listening to Breitenbach’s instructions

Overall, I would say the class was a great success and I would highly recommend it to my friends. It was a great stress reliever and a fun way to put my creativity skills to the test. The other students were wonderful to learn with, and each painting had its own original flare. I am looking forward to turning 21 so I can participate in a real paint-and-sip class, but until then, this will definitely do.

Sign up for paint night or other classes on the Craft Center website. Check out the talent of our amazing class and see their social media for more inspiration. Happy crafting!







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