What fun Paint for Fun is. That was my impression after an evening in a fully booked out class. This particular session run by the Director of Paint for Fun, Revital Carmel (or Revi as everyone calls her) is more of a social event and for absolute beginners. Held at the Hub Cafe on 35-37 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda from 7pm to 9pm, the only challenge is finding parking on a Friday night on a popular St Kilda strip, so be sure to go early if you're driving.
Other than that, just let yourself go, free yourself of self-imposed restrictions and let your inner child artist out to play with some acrylic paint in a safe and supportive environment and have some FUN!
Don't worry if you've never painted before. This is the perfect way to start putting paint to canvas with everything supplied; and you get to take home your masterpiece at the end of the night. You'll be guided every step of the way; encouraged to put your own spin on what you're painting in terms of colours and so on.
Having an example of what you're painting for the night is a great help for the beginners who needn't nut out what they're going to paint. A few sessions of painting and you'll get the gist of where to begin to start exploring your inner artist.
Revi our art teacher for the night was warm, friendly, helpful, supportive and very accommodating. She also had a good handle on timekeeping to ensure you got done all you needed to do within the two-hour timeframe. She paints along with you on a blank canvas, as she gives instructions about each step you take to emulate the painting of the night you're copying.
It's a very social event and everyone is keen as mustard in such a pleasant environment. You might even make a few new friends with similar interests. Generally held in venues like pubs, cafes, and restaurants where you can order food and beverages, you can design your own night out. Bring a friend, bring the family, bring a date, for something different to do, and you can wine and dine or snack as you paint. You'll be surprised how much you can accomplish in two hours.
Check the Paint for Fun website for other guided painting events and book your tickets. Held at various venues and run by various teachers you can book one closer to home, or take that step to go further afield for a great night out where you come home with the rewards.
Keep in mind that you can also book a private painting party. What a fun night with a difference that'll be! Everyone will take away the memory of a fun night with the host/hostess with the mostest. You can also enjoy a Paint4Fun birthday party, hen's night, girl's night out or any other celebration you can think of. You can choose any one of the restaurants and pubs on the list or pick your own venue. This way you can select your favourite from the featured paintings, or talk to the lead artist to interpret your own favourite piece. You'll again be provided with everything for the event.
Organise a group of 15 or more people and you get 10% off. At the end of my class (the result of which you can see below, as a first-time landscape artist), I received an email offering me some good discounts for further classes, which was a great surprise.