Classe Petit is situated in Melbourne's lively university district with easy access to public transport. The intimate art class of no more than fifteen is held in an industrial coffee shop/bookshop, where an interesting selection of local and international small press publications are sold.
Inspirational art teacher Sheng Yi Lee, a web designer by day, manages Classe Petit weekend social art classes. For the past year and a half, talented artist Sheng, has dedicated her weekends to flourishing her creative vocation. From this passion, Classe Petit, consisting of the Paint and Sip class, drawing workshops and art tutoring for all ages, developed.
Sharing three and a half hours with other like-minded people where imagination and innovation take precedence, is a special way to spend a weekend afternoon. Gather up a group of friends, celebrate a birthday, bridal shower, or organise a corporate team building workshop. Even if you have never picked up a paintbrush before in your life, this is the place to be adventurous and learn through your curiosity and love for art.
Classe Petit run different themed classes each weekend. Extracting inspiration from Masters artists such as Van Gogh and Monet, Sheng utilises oils, acrylics and different styles of painting in each unique lesson. With aprons on, the lesson begins with your own workstation, equipped with a desktop easel, canvas and brushes. Simple step by step instructions for how to create your own individual work of art is provided. The leaflet contains the sessions' theme and relevant tips regarding how to begin, concepts, appropriate colours to use and importantly, how to mix them.
Our theme for the afternoon was Van Gogh's Sunflowers, using acrylic paint. A personal favourite of mine. After a brief introduction to the artist and the schedule for the afternoon, the fun starts. There are no rules at Classe Petit. There is no wrong or right. In a class with so many unique individuals, there is an abundance of different ideas and styles. Keep it as close to the original painting or add your own flair or twist to the theme. The original masterpiece by Van Gogh flaunts vibrant Autumn colours of mustard yellows and terracotta browns, but by simply changing the colour palette, suddenly you have produced your very own modern reproduction. The most important thing is to relax and enjoy the experience. Sheng is there every step of the way offering advice, assistance and encouraging explorations of ideas.
The Paint and Sip class also provides complimentary wine and tea with light refreshments of cheese and crackers. An enjoyable afternoon spent meeting new people or chatting amongst friends while creating your own personal masterpiece. Paint and Sip events can be organised at the Yarra Valley wine region, for a more exclusive and lavish afternoon adventure as well.
So, whether you are an artist or not, spring into one of Classe Petit's Social art classes to find inspiration and unleash your creativity.