If you read this recent post, you know I’ve been fighting a tough battle with depression for the past few months. One of the things I’ve been trying hard to do in order to start feeling better is to get out and DO THINGS. To plan fun activities that will get me out of the house, preferably with other people.
Soooo I immediately said yes when Pinot’s Palette offered me the opportunity to try a painting class for free, and to bring a guest. Naturally, I brought my mom! We’ve been meaning to try a painting & wine night but hadn’t gotten around to it yet, so this was perfect. Get out of the house: check. See my mom: check. DRINK WINE: CHECK!
It’s easy to sign up for the class you want online — just find the Pinot’s Palette location nearest you and scroll through their calendar to pick out the painting you like the most. I tried to find one that both my mom and I would like so I settled on some red flowers.
When we arrived for our painting class, I was happy to see that the vibe at Pinot’s Palette is casual, bright, and open with tons of example paintings all over the walls to inspire you. We found our assigned seats, which happened to be right in front of the already-finished reference painting. Score!
At everyone’s station is an apron to wear, a blank canvas on an easel, a cup of water, brushes, paper towels, and of course the acrylic paint.
The teacher stood at the front of the classroom with a microphone and walked the class through the painting step by step while painting along with us. That way, if we were ever confused about what she meant, we could just look up and see what she was painting.
There are a couple of breaks during the class to get a drink from the beer & wine bar, use the restroom, and just step away from your painting for a bit. (Staring at anything too long will make you crazy — gotta get some perspective.)
I personally used the break to get some wine for me and my mom and to take this amazing, candid photo (lol):
Here’s my painting one step away from being finished:
And here’s a proud me with my finished work! I love how it turned out, even though at some points in the process I wasn’t sure if I would. I mean, just take a look at the step two photos up…yikes.
Me and my mom both had a fantastic time together and we both said we’d love to do it again!
If you’re looking for something fun and new to do with friends or even as a special date night to unplug with your significant other, I highly recommend signing up for a class at a Pinot’s Palette near you! Find a location and learn more about unplugging with Pinot’s Palette on their website.