Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Spirited Art

Recently, I found a place called Spirited Art

This is what they say about themselves:

Spirited Art® is an optimistic, creative class for folks who want to learn the basics of acrylic painting in the company of great friends and good wine. In each class we will show you step-by-step how to create your own masterpiece that you can be proud of and take home at the end of the night. Don’t worry if you can’t even draw a stick person. We believe it’s easier to learn when you’re having fun; and if you know your letters, shapes and colors then you are prepared to learn how to paint!

They hadn't met me and my friends yet! :)

So, I thought it would be a fun evening for us as a girls-nite-out and we left the guys at home, grabbed our bottle of wine and dessert and headed out.

This was our project for the evening.
The Tree of Life
(it's very small, but I took it off their website)
There were probably 20-30 women there.....even some roller derby girls! That was a fun conversation to over hear!!!  :)

Here are April and Wendi all happy and excited to try their hand at painting...

 Each person gets their own canvas, easel and paint.
The teacher stands and the front to demonstrate and then there are a couple of other teachers roaming around to help....and boy did we need them!
 They start you off easy with some basic shapes.  Although you are wondering what it has to do with a tree for a while! ha!
 ....and if your shape is too far over...just paint another one..hmmmm.

 after a few shapes and Vs, you are supposed to have the start to your tree.
This is where the laughing really begins!!!
One woman txt a picture of hers to a friend and she txt back "oh, you are painting an owl!"  We all got a laugh out of that one!
 Then she tells you to paint OVER your trees with black and gold...don't worry you will be able to see where your tree was.....riiiiiight!
 At this point and step, the teacher came up behind the lady across from me and said (very nicely I might add) "stop painting".  We all burst into laughter.  What she really meant was that she already had too much paint on her canvas and just needed to stop that step.  However, it came out STOP PAINTING.  Oh, it was down hill with the jokes from there!
 Oh look, the tree is coming back.
However, it's looking a bit ghoulish!!  Not sure that's what I want for the tree of life!
 Ok, now we are adding some color.....
 and birds and flowers....
 Pretty proud of that bird!!!
Finally, my finished project........tada!!!!

 Not bad at all for a person who has trouble drawing stick people!!!!

And here are all of our paintings!

Oh my word, this was so much fun!!!
And a really great idea for a girls night out!

Just make sure you are OK with laughing at yourself!!!
I did a lot of that!  :)


skoots1mom said...

those are beautifully done...
It will look great next to your 'thankful tree'

LuAnn said...

Nice job girls - and what a fun memory !!!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

How fun is that!

You will have to show us a picture of where you place this at home!


Kim said...

That looks like a hoot! Definitely something to put in my "to do" list for next furlough :) I didn't get to spend near enough time with my SILs and this would be a really fun kind of thing for us to do!

Anonymous said...

How cool is that and wow I really like the art...amazing!

The Sneaky Mommy said...

How fun was that?!? LOVE your paintings!

Patrice said...

LOVE!!!! So much fun!


Love them! I did a weird cross at Sip N Strokes here and for someone who is not art minded....was very proud of my efforts. I loved the tree and agree it will look lovely with your thankful tree.

April's adventure said...

well...it looks like we had a lot of fun??!!! :-)

Mimi said...

It sounds like something that I'd love to try!

Hugs & love,

rita said...

Great idea!
Cool project!

Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

So cool! Looks like a great time. :)

Stella said...

Beautiful paintings ladies!

momma frans said...

love the paintings!! thats something ive never been able to do.
it definitely looks like an owl at first, i agree.