Last week, I went to a painting class alone. While I had never attended a class alone, I knew this was a painting I really wanted to have in my home, and if I had waited until someone wanted to go with me, I’m not sure when I’d actually get to paint it. At the end of the class, the teacher said, “Good for you for going to a class by yourself!” Going to an event like this helps you become more independent and put yourself out there. What helped me get over the fear of going alone was knowing that this was something I really wanted to do and that I’d have fun doing it. You get to meet all kinds of people who have the same interests as you and who are willing to learn, so don’t be afraid to talk with people. I’ve found that by commenting on something you like about someone else’s painting and engaging in class are great ways to get a conversation started.
I’ve attended five painting classes over the past two years and I love them! It has inspired me want to paint in my own home on my free time. Below are some painting tips:
You can be a beginner! You don’t have to have to have any painting experience to go to a painting class. The more of them you go to, the more experience you’ll gain.
Pick an easy painting-The easiest one’s I’ve found have a colorful background and a large object with few details. While I was nervous to paint the tree, I knew I could cover up any mistakes by making the tree bigger and adding more branches or leaves. Also, when booking the painting pick one that will coordinator well with your home’s interior colors.
Ask the teacher questions-If you’re unsure how to paint a certain object ask because they can explain or show you how to paint it. During the class I took when painting the tree, my teacher explained painting it by thinking of making the letter Y, which you can see at the top of my tree. Also, be sure to ask for more paint and paper towels when needed.
Remember this is your painting so color it how you like-If you don’t like a certain color on the painting then don’t use it. For instance, throughout the tree was supposed to be red but I tried it at the bottom of the painting and didn’t care for it, so instead I blended the red with brown and black to make it disappear. My most favorite part of painting is coloring the background which sets the mood for the whole piece. I enjoy making my backgrounds light-most have a white base then two colors added, so I really try to blend the white in with the base colors as much as possible to make a pastel color.
In the end everyone’s painting will look completely different and it’s fun to see just how different they all look. You should feel proud of your accomplishment for going to an event alone and know, that doing things for yourself will make you happiest.
Have you taken a painting class? If so, did you enjoy it? Would you or have you gone alone? Let me know in the comments!