Since September of this year, I have been hosting “paint and sip” events at a newly-opened local art shop, Sunnyside Arts. It started out on a whim; I thought it might be fun to try. I had never been an art teacher of any sort, but I have been a party host and producer – plus I am a painter – so I figured I could make it work. And I am so happy that I took a chance and tried because the paint and sip events have been a great success.
And by success, I mean yes, they have been well attended. But even more than that, they have been successful because of the magical symbiotic experience that happens when someone creates the opportunity, environment, and tools with which someone (in this case, the people who attend the events) can tap into their creativity and make art. The idea that I have been able to inspire people to explore their creativity and perhaps spark a creative practice is certainly what drives me to continue this little experiment gone right. It’s also been a great experience for me to learn how to “teach” or facilitate the paint and sip events, which have tended to be more like a painting class with wine, than the party with paint that I had assumed they would be. They have been really fun for me and for the attendees. I will add some photos below to illustrate this sentiment.
Now that 2022 is coming to an end, I am looking forward to hosting more paint and sip events in the New Year, starting with Saturday night, 1/14/23.
For more photos and updates, see my IG @lorie_caval_studio