Painting Classes

tree painting

Now that I’m a grown-up with a full-time job and responsibilities, I find it much harder to find time for hobbies, particularly ones I enjoyed when I was younger. No, I’m not talking about having hilarious AOL Instant Messenger convos with my classmates or dressing up my Barbies.

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed art. I used to fill sketchbooks with my drawings- mainly of people and their faces- and actually enjoyed taking the art classes that were required of me in high school. I loved my art teacher and was honored to be one of his best students (his words, not mine!) and to get into an advanced painting and drawing class my junior year of high school.

But since graduating high school many years ago, I’ve rarely found the time or ambition to start up drawing or painting again. And a few weeks ago I realized just how much I missed it when I attending a painting class with a co-worker. We attended a a recreational painting workshop in Hoboken at Art e Vino studio. I had always heard of these BYOB art classes, but never had gone to one until recently.

byob painting

For those 2.5 hours, I got to mix my acrylic paints to make the perfect earthy colors. I painted strokes of different thickness on the crisp, white canvas and slowly watched as my landscape painting came together- sort of. I was definitely a bit rusty and couldn’t measure up to a few others in my class, but I enjoyed the process. For those few hours, as I sipped wine, listened to Lana Del Rey and laughed with my co-worker, I remembered just how much I used to love being artistic. Whether or not my “masterpiece” came out like the original photo, I had lots of fun expressing my creative side.

Upon returning home, James insisted we hang the painting up in our apartment since it was so good (he’s so sweet, isn’t he?) so it’s now hanging in our bedroom since it matches the colors of our bedspread and furniture. I had so much fun at this event that I’m looking forward to the next one. Who wants to go with me?


  1. This weekend I was talking about the BYOB painting classes I saw on groupon, they sound so fun and your painting is really good. Happy you had a nice time.

  2. This looks fun! We did a sip and paint for one of my friends bachelorette parties and it was so fun!

  3. That sounds like an awesome event! Artmaking has definitely gone on the back burner since I finished college, but I know that Minneapolis has tons of workshops like this. I should challenge myself to go one month since it looks like a fun time and a great way to stretch those creative muscles.

  4. I love this! Every so often a friend posts some art on facebook and raves about these kinds of BYOB places. Unfortunately we don’t have anything like that around here, but I’d love to give it a try!

  5. Oh this sounds like so much fun! I find painting to be really relaxing and who doesn’t love wine? šŸ™‚

  6. This sounds so fun, I love how yours turned out. I always wanted to get into painting, but never had a chance. Let me know when the next one is, I would love to come! šŸ™‚

  7. Literally someone could hold my hand to paint in the lines and somehow it would look like poop. I am just like the WORST when it comes to painting or drawing! I’ve seen these nights and they look like so much fun!

  8. These classes sound so much fun! My friend and her bf recently went to one, and now I really want to go too! x

  9. Sounds so fun! And yay that it is up in your room! šŸ™‚ I used to be really good at art, sketching and painting. But I stopped and I would love to do something fun like this! If I lived by you I would totally go!

  10. Your painting is SOO good!! I love it!! You need to keep up the painting, if I were in NY I would totally go with you! šŸ™‚

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