Looking for a fun evening in Scottsdale, Arizona where you get to walk away with a parting gift that is all yours? If so, you should sign yourself up for a Van Gogh Vino painting class at the Carrie Curran Art Studio in Scottsdale.
Last month, Joyce and I had an opportunity to take one of the classes and we had so much fun that we are looking to do it again soon.
What is “Van Gogh Vino“? In a nutshell, it is a two to three hour painting class where you create your own 16×20 masterpiece under the direction of a professional artist. The vino part comes in because you are welcome to bring a bottle of wine or any other beverage to enjoy while you are taking the class. When we were there, one group even brought in some finger foods to enjoy as well.
Each month Carrie Curran Art Studio posts a calendar listing the evenings they are offering the class as well as the painting that will be reproduced that evening. Options from Van Gogh, Monet and Kandinsky are just a few of the artists represented and you can select anything from landscapes and still lifes to more abstract subjects.
Upon arriving for our course, we were directed to put on aprons and were shown to our workstations. Our canvases, paints and brushes were there ready and waiting. We poured our drinks and got ready to go.
I admit, as someone who has virtually no experience with painting and is not very artistic, I was a little nervous as to how my final product was going to look. However, the instructor could not have been more friendly or helpful. She guided us through what to do with what colors and brushes as well as gave us pointers on what brush strokes to use. We used her canvas and work as a guide and went from there. We took periodic short breaks to let our canvases dry and that allowed us to see our other classmates’ work. A couple of hours later, we each had a finished painting to take home and display.
Overall, we had a great evening, the instructor was great and the camaraderie between the students led to a lot of fun. I am excited to go back for round two.
In addition to Van Gogh Vino, Carrie Curran Art Studios offers more formal painting classes, painting classes for children and you can also book private parties/corporate events there.
Carrie Curran Art Studios
10636 N. 71st Way, Suite 12
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
– NW Corner of Shea Blvd and Scottsdale Road
Carrie Curran Art Studios Website