The Pickled Paintbrush is an art school in Fremantle which offers Paint and Sip art classes for people of all skill levels. Paint and Sip is a popular trend which consists of group art lessons held in an art studio with food and beverages present and a trained art teacher, who guides the class through re-creating a painting with step by step instructions. The Pickled Paintbrush hosts a number of different art classes and supplies all art materials. The studio is situated in the Woolstores Shopping Centre and is a short walk from the Fremantle Train Station. The entrance is on Queens Street opposite from the Wilsons carpark.
I visited The Pickled Paintbrush on January 13 2019 with my sister to attend a Paint and Sip art class to recreate a painting called the Peony Sea. The Peony Sea is a colourful painting of a beach that was painted by an art instructor working at the Pickled Paintbrush called Anastasia. Anastasia was also our teacher on the day.
After choosing our canvas the next step we did was pick our paint
When we stepped into the Pickled Paintbrush, there were tables set up with easels and canvasses and the walls were lined with paintings. We were greeted by Gabrielle, the creator of the Pickled Paintbrush, and Anastasia. We picked out our canvasses and took our seats. I noticed that there were paintbrushes waiting for us next to our easels and aprons. My sister was impressed with the quality of the paintbrushes and commented that the canvases were an impressive size. We were shown the selection of paints that were available and an arrangement of sponges and extra paint brushes that we could use if we wanted.
I was a bit anxious about taking this painting class. Like many in the class, it had been years since I had last picked up a paintbrush. But Anastasia put our nerves to rest when she told us that we could paint whatever we wanted. If we wanted to include a mermaid or a dog riding a surfboard in our painting, that would be fine. This was going to be our painting and it could be as close to the original or as unique as we wanted. I really appreciated being told that. It made me feel more confident to pick up a paintbrush and get started.
An experienced artist will walk you through re-creating the painting
The first thing we did was paint our skyline. Anastasia instructed us to select a big brush and then dip it in some blue and then turn the brush on its side and make three dots across the canvas using our hand in the shape of a letter L as a marker. After we did that we coloured the top part of the canvas blue.
After painting my sky it was time to add my horizon line and start on my ocean
I learnt that if I dipped my brush into my water it could make my paint spread a bit further. I also decided to add a bit of white into my blue to give the appearance of clouds. The next part in the painting was to paint the ocean.
Anastasia encouraged us to select the colour sea green for this part. If we were ever unsure about what to do, we could always stop and watch Anastasia, who was working on an easel set up at the front of the room.
We were told to be as original as we wanted with our paintings so everyone added their own individual touches
One thing I really enjoyed about this class was watching what everyone else was doing with their paintings. There was so much originality in the room. Every single painting looked different. One woman included an octopus in her painting, another lady spent ages getting her clouds and waves looking very realistic, other paintings had fabulous streaks and colours and a little girl at the front of the room painted a happy scene with a big yellow sun. For my painting, I did large waves and a pink and white sky. My sister put a lot of detail into shading her waves and rocks.
I was pretty proud of my painting at the end of the class. When I showed it to my four-year-old after the class she immediately christened it "Pink Rainy Sea" and asked me if I could hang it in her room. If you would like to take a Paint and Sip class at The Pickled Paintbrush they have a range of classes you can choose from. You could learn to paint a unicorn, a little pig, some fat cats, a vase of flowers and lots more.
The finished products! My painting next to my sister's painting
Cost of admission varies from $47 to $110 per class. Classes are suitable for all ages. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Please check out their Eventbrite Page for more details. More information is also available on their website and Facebook Page.
Why? The Pickled Paintbrush hosts “paint and sip” step-by-step art classes. Come along with a group of friends, pop on an apron, pour yourself a glass of wine and pick up a paint brush and start painting!
When:Check website for more details about when to book
Where:5/20 Elder Place, Fremantle WA 6160. It is in the Woolstores shopping centre. The entrance is on Queen Street.
Cost: Choose from a range of classes. Price of admission varies from $47 to $110 depending on the class and the type of ticket chosen. Tickets can be purchased online in advance. Check Eventbrite for more details.