Always interested in something new, I eagerly accepted my friend’s invitation to attend an evening of Canvas and Cocktails at South Glenn in Centennial, CO. The check-in line was out the door and inside was something for everyone. Samantha perused the shelves of the tiny boutique where she found a ring she liked. Donna, Ashley, and I took in the large, brightly lit space crammed with cafeteria style tables and wooden stools. Student paintings lined the walls and rows of blank canvases balanced on mini easels sat on the tables. After a short delay, we had our drinks and were ushered to a table near the side window.
The painting we were to copy was showcased at the front of the room and the instructor stood on a podium to the right. Aprons hung on hooks to the left and a nearby table held large jars of acrylic paint with pump applicators. Four different brushes were placed next to each easel.
The music was loud and the instructor had a British accent, to everyone’s delight. The audience was predominantly women but the few men present were repeat attendees. It was a boisterous crowd in a pleasing way. People were friendly and interactive as they admired each other’s work and offered helpful tips. It was a two-hour session with a 15-minute break. At the end of the evening, everyone was invited to be photographed with their painting.
Canvas and Cocktails has two locations; South Glenn and Cherry Creek. They offer sessions specifically for children, private parties, wine bottle painting, and an online calendar of events.
This a great activity for working women who want a girls’ night out. No artistic talent or experience is required and the instructor walks the students through step-by-step.