First, there are drinks. Many of the classes at Liquid Canvas begin with education about a beverage?whether it's wine or something nonalcoholic?that participants sip before diving into the creative process. Each painting session focuses on a different composition, including flowers, whimsical trees, and unsteady wineglasses. Experienced artists take the lead, sharing tips with students as they tend to their canvases and explaining such painterly concepts as the rule of thirds and why ponytails don't make good brushes. Set to upbeat music, the classes are meant to be relaxed and social, and each participant gets to take their completed masterpiece home.