Getting Creative at The Paint BarArt & Culture, Crafts
We love to make a mess and create something with our hands, but like most people, we often spend our days in front of a computer. That’s why we love taking time after work or on the weekends to do something tactile and artistic.
A few weeks ago, we had to chance to take a class at The Paint Bar on Newbury Street. In addition to the Back Bay location, the team also runs a Paint Bar in Newtonville. The concept is great – make a painting with lots of direction from the class teacher, while having a glass of wine in a relaxing, welcoming environment. Many of our classmates hadn’t picked up a paintbrush since grade school, and there were definitely some people who were a bit intimidated at the beginning of the class. However, the easy-going nature of the staff had us all laughing and joking in no time.
To begin, each participant suits up in an apron, gathers their paint, and then finds a seat where canvas and brushes are waiting. One benefit at The Paint Bar is that the space is set up to do painting classes all the time, and so participants have a good view of the teacher from most seats. There was also a bit more working space for each person at The Paint Bar than at some other painting events we have gone to elsewhere. The teacher wore a microphone, and turned the music down as he was giving instruction, which we really appreciated. Here I am, ready to go!
We chose a date when the subject was Boston-centric: that famous Citgo sign! I would certainly suggest taking a look at the calendar and selecting a class based on the painting offered. Everyone’s style is different, and these classes certainly are more fun when you like what you are creating. We had a great time, and would definitely recommend checking out The Paint Bar if you want a chance to use paint and brushes again!
The Paint Bar. Locations in Back Bay and Newtonville. Classes often book up, so you may want to reserve in advance. Most classes are $35. For more information and a list of classes offered, check out The Paint Bar website.
Image Credit: Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman