A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published November 5th 2018
Glowing Hallow Paint in the Dark Special
The paint and sip scene has certainly been on the rise over the last year in Sydney. The idea is to drink a bit too much wine and let your liquid creativity flow. What's not to love? Having my first experience of this at Cork & Canvas' exclusive Halloween event, the 'Glowing Hallow', I can vouch that it's a hell of a lot of fun, not to mention therapeutic.
Creating stunning artworks like these with a little liquid inspo
The brand new Cork & Canvas Crows Nest studio, right next to Stoned Crow, is ultra modern. It's a clean and airy place that envelopes you, becoming a blissful bubble from the world outside. When you walk through the doors, you feel as though you can truly leave all your worries of the day outside on the street.
Exceptionally welcoming art mentors and directors play a big part in this. It may feel a little daunting going to such an event, especially if you haven't picked up a paintbrush since you were 5 years old. However, the mentors did a great job at having friendly chats with individual guests, reassuring us that no experience is necessary and that they lightly guide the sessions under the assumption that most of us coming through the doors are beginners. Expect a relaxed vibe of comfort and fun.
Find a collection of vibrant paintings adorning the walls. These not only look beautiful and brighten up the studio but are there for your inspiration. Some feature the silhouettes of trees, with animals like owls. Some feature a moonscape and a starry night. Some a city skyline. They are all great examples of what you will be painting.
Grab an apron and be a part of this whimsical experience
Each class takes on a theme in terms of the type of painting your mentor will be guiding you through. Over the 2 or 3 hours, they will stop a few times to teach you a fundamental step in this creation, giving you plenty of time in between to play around with what you've learnt. Own interpretation and personal ideas are highly encouraged.
Wine glass poured. Paints chosen. Ready to let the creative juices flow.
Acrylic paint is the usual. However being Halloween, we had some UV glow-in-the-dark paint thrown into the mix. We were casually guided through a moonscape, painting under a black-light to get some radiant neon reflections woven through the scene.
In between steps, the mentors are there to grab you more paint and help you should you feel stuck. The number one thing is to relax, pour another glass, and just go with your own flow. Enjoy how your unique artwork turns out. I was so far behind everyone else and resorted to some abstract paint flicking to cover up. It was great.
Cork & Canvas provide aprons, glasses, plates, and ice. You are encouraged to bring your favourite snacks and bubbles, be that wine, beer or other liquid inspiration of choice. Pigeon holes are provided to store stuff that may get in the way, so it's all too easy no matter where you're coming from.
Go from knowing nothing about art to a beautiful finished piece in just 2 hours
A paint and sip session would be a memorable way to celebrate events such as a birthday, a Christmas party, work function, and so on. There are different paintings each day of the week in Darlinghurst and Crows Nest, so be sure to check out their website for a session that takes your fancy at corkandcanvas.com.au.