What You'll Get
- Paint and Wine Experience for One
- Paint and Wine Experience for Two
- Paint and Wine Experience for Four
Impressionism: A Little Light Painting
Some of the painting techniques you might practice stem from the impressionism art movement. Learn why its pretty pictures were once shocking with Groupon’s introduction.
Before Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Pissarro were household names, they were anonymous by choice. In 1874, under the aegis of the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Printmakers, they launched an independent exhibition marked by works whose soft lines seemed to ripple with light and motion like canopies of leaves in wind and sun. Although it may be hard today to see anything but bright, breezy beauty in Monet’s haystacks or Mary Cassatt’s mother-daughter pairs, the style came as a shock to the art critics of the time, who were used to sober color palettes and meticulous attention to realistic detail. Now, however, the painter’s hand and materials asserted themselves on the canvas in short brushstrokes and a suggestive rather than restrictive approach to lines. Although that first exhibition included the Monet painting Impression, Sunrise, the hazy harbor scene would not have come to name the entire movement if not for one of its detractors. In a review, the critic Louis Leroy threaded a litany of complaints around the term “impressionist,” sniffing that “wallpaper in its embryonic state is more finished than that seascape.”
Impressionism focused on naturalism, but a form of naturalism unedited by distaste for the encroachment of technology and city life. Images of landscapes, city scenes, families enjoying leisure time, and ballerinas stretching for rehearsal show affection for the messiness of earthly life. After the main movement dissolved, artists continued using many of its techniques, forming a body of emotionally vibrant work that came to be known as postimpressionism. In its informal hall of fame are such luminaries as Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, and Paul Cézanne.
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About Paint 'N Pour
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We offer step by step instruction in a fun, social environment filled with upbeat tunes! Our business is different from many of the other places because we have a vintage-chic studio with a lovely bar, well lit studio and free parking. The goal is to just have fun.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? The owner has been a professional artist for over 15 years but also has acting and improv experience so marrying her two passions to bring entertaining art instruction to people was a dream come true.
What do you love most about your job?
We love for people to just let go and have fun.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
The best reactions are when people surprise themselves. You will walk away with a fun, colorful painting but it's all about the process and enjoying the night and drinking a little vino!