Paint parties look likes they can be a daunting task. But they are actually quite easy and fun. The hardest part is getting the painters to relax and realize that they CAN do art! Here's a paint night I did for a group of friends. The theme was cows, because cows are awesome.
This was an awesome paint party held at an elementary school as a fundraiser for Carroll County Food Sunday. I taught one section of the paint night, doing the fabulous Flamingos. And the full-time teacher at the elementary school taught the other section of the paint night, doing the brilliant birds! They both turned out amazing and we had a wonderful time!
I got to have the wonderful experience of teaching a painting party for a wonderful girl and her friends! It was such a fun experience and we had an awesome time painting, laughing, and exploring art together.
I have noticed that in the trend of painting parties, everyone leaves with a painting that looks identical to their neighbors. This, for me, is a complete turn off for painting parties. So, when I was asked to teach one, I took my own spin on it. With my training as an art teacher I immediately decided two things: 1.) I would not sketch, draw, trace, or assist with any part of the painting for the individual. This is their painting, not mine or anyone else's. If someone wants a paint-by-number, it would be cheaper and easier to purchase at the store. 2.) Let creativity abound. If someone wants to add, subtract, include, exclude, or integrate any element into their painting that I do or don't have, who am I to say no? Let them be artists, not copy-cats.
Armed with these two rules, I presented my painting to the kids at the painting party.
When I told them the rules, they were excited with the idea that they could put many owls in, or just one. Or make their moon a crescent moon instead of a full moon. I incorporated information about impasto technique and creating branches in the style of Sumi brush painters. I was delighted with the final work of these budding artists.
Some also created sunset paintings, which were as diverse as they were beautiful.