If you ever feel like trying something different with your friends, why not try a paint night?
Paint nights are the latest trend here as well as on the mainland. It is basically a 2-hour session hosted by an artist. The session is spent learning how to paint a particular painting, all while eating, drinking, and mingling with your friends and other attendees. It’s a very fun, laid back atmosphere – definitely a good way to wind down after a long day at work.
Paint nights are held throughout the week. Each location has its own painting, so you have a lot to choose from!
I decided to try a paint night with a few of my closest friends through PaintNite.com. The one we went to was held at Big City Diner in Aiea, and our painting was of a silhouette of a tree in a dusk/dawn background, entitled “Into the Night II”.
As we entered the room, we saw that tables were set up, and in front of each chair was a table easel with a blank canvas. Each person also had their own cup of water with two paintbrushes in it and a paper plate that was used as a palette for the paints.
We all put on aprons and our hostess/artist introduced herself to us. Her name was Andrea and she is an art teacher at a local high school. Before doing anything with our canvases, she had us say an oath that we would have fun, love our paintings, and that she wouldn’t find any of our paintings dumped on the side of the road (she was hilarious!).
Andrea made the painting process very easy for us and painted on her own canvas along with the rest of us. Although our palettes only had the basic red, blue, yellow, black, and white, it was enough to make all the pretty colors in the painting. She was very thorough with her instructions and even walked around the room to give tips and comments. After the two hours had passed, everyone in the room had their very own masterpiece. This is mine, and I’m quite proud of it:
The great thing about these paint nights is that you don’t need to know how to paint. The artists will teach you everything and provide everything for you. All you need to bring is your willingness to learn and have fun! If you are looking for something different to do, this is definitely a must-try. There is a fee to sign up for the class, but they always have deals and discounts, and it’s totally worth it. Give it a try and don’t forget to share your beautiful artwork with us!