Cathy and Chuck Willd opened Pop Goes the Easel by combining their respective talents. Cathy—a painter with a talent for acrylics—blends impressionism and realism in her work, which has sold through the Thomas Kinkaid Art Gallery. Co-owner Chuck pours his musical talent into Pop Goes the Easel's TV theme song ads and also assists with classes. Chris Comeaux rounds out the team as manager and class leader, where she guides students of all ages through the creation of featured paintings that include realistic landscapes and more.
The instructors at BubblesNBrushes break down the myth that one needs to be born a creative person, graduate from a prestigious art school, or live in 16th-century Italy to be a painter, teaching anyone, regardless of their experience or skill level, how to create their very own masterpiece. During nightly classes, they provide students with a canvas, paints, and instruments before leading them through an easy, step-by-step process. Featuring subjects that range from multicolor sunsets to cute animal portraits, each session focuses on a different style of composition. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages, light snacks, and industry-grade muses.
The teachers at Pink Elephant Art Studio ignite creative sparks with their featured painting classes, which provide step-by-step instruction for novice and experienced artists from beginning to end. With their favorite snacks and drinks in tow, guests set to work with provided materials to transform blank canvases into stylized landscapes, delicate still lifes, or jazzed-up Rorschach tests. At the end of each BYOB session, private party, or kids’ class, students leave with their handiwork.
Photographer David Olds snaps his camera, confident that he’ll capture each subject’s unique personality. With every flash, David preserves cherished memories in the form of family, senior, and maternity portraits, and takes a creative and tasteful approach to his more risqué glamour and pinup shots. In addition to photographing clients posing in front of gorgeous backgrounds, in the past he's also shared the tricks of the trade with aspiring shutterbugs in digital photography classes.
In The Vintage Easel’s painting classes, students learn from famed painters such as Van Gogh and Edvard Munch. While both men have long since departed this world, their techniques live on in their brushstrokes, which students replicate with step-by-step instruction from local artists. Each class focuses on a single work, which can range from Munch’s The Scream to simpler images, such as a large sunflower. Of age students can bring along bottles of wine or beer to sip during class, while younger students can bring empty bottles to look at wistfully. The studio provides all nonalcoholic materials, including paints, brushes, easels, and wineglasses.
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Experienced art instructors at Vino2VanGogh guide fledgling students through three-hour painting productions within the inviting walls of a cavernous, trendy studio. The studio supplies artistic equipment, gourmet cheese trays, wine openers, ice buckets, and glasses, though students should bring their own wine and Fun Dip snacks. Students follow seasoned painters as they walk through step-by-step painting processes, and a Bose sound system serenades them with the dulcet melodies of Pandora radio. The studio recommends arriving to classes 20 minutes early to mingle with fellow classmates or to warm up creative muscles with rigorous lunges.