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!







How to filter the flyers

Everyone who attends Cal Poly has seen the immense amount of flyers and advertisements posted on every wall, door and post around campus. As the new quarter comes into full swing,

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetclubs and events flyers are trending.

However, I’ve taken the time to linger around the bulletins. My eyes are drawn to the bright colors and clever designs, promoting various art events and activities I should participate in.  Why don’t we take initiative to check these out.


Here are 5 helpful tips to filter the flyers and find your interests

  1. Find 3-5 flyers that catch your eye. This is a good place to start, then narrow it down.
  2. What are you looking for? Decide what kind of art you are searching for; Photography? Modern? Canvas? Performance?
  3. Do you want to observe or participate? There are plenty of opportunities for both, you just have to choose!
  4. Follow up information. Locate when, where and who is in charge of this event, sign up if that is necessary.
  5. Don’t overload. There is no need to spread yourself thin, pick one or two activities at a time, you want to enjoy yourself and avoid stress.

One that caught my eye was Smile and Nod, our campus improv group.  They have open auditions each quarter and shows every weekend! Ryan Clahaan, a newer member of the Smile and Nod team emphasized excitement of participating and observing.

“I was really nervous but I had seen the show before an thought it was hilarious… I highly suggest everyone try out even if they don’t think they’ll do a good job. You never know until you try!”

This is one example of an event that can be found on a flyer. They advertise their auditions and shows. This is a great show to attend with a friend, or bring one along to ease the nerves of an audition.

It’s important to seek follow up information. Smile and Nod advertises on both their website and social media.

If improv isn’t what your looking for, keep filtering those flyers! I hope that as I seek involvement in the art and performance community, I will encourage others to do the same.