What should I expect?
You’ll find easels, canvases, and brushes ready for you. You and your friends will make yourselves comfortable, and I’ll hand out the paint and show you what to do. We’ll go one step at a time, we’ll laugh and experiment, and before you know it you’ll have your own original painting!
What if I can’t draw?
You don’t need to be able to draw – we’ll work out a couple of simple shapes together (squares, ovals) and go from there. Lopsided shapes are fine, too!
No, seriously, I really cannot draw!
You know what – I hear that at every party. But it’s okay because this really is art! 🙂 Which means it’s individual – some students are exact, some are expressive. Sometimes paintings turn out a lot like the inspiration, but other times the muse takes over and wild things happen. It’s all good. Because this is YOUR time to relax and create. Art is about exploring. Plus I’ll show you how artists achieve some of their effects – you may be surprised by what you can do!
What kind of paint will we use?
Acrylic paint, which is water soluble but does stain fabrics. Acrylic paint doesn’t have a strong odor and it dries really quickly so you’ll be able to take your painting home after your party. We’re using good-quality paints, so the colors are nice and strong.
I don’t like strong colors, I prefer pastels/neutrals/black and white.
That will be just fine, you will make this painting YOURS!
What if I get stuck?
I understand – it happens to me, too. I know a lot of tricks, you’ll be fine 🙂
A big huge expanse of white is pretty intimidating.
Well, our canvases aren’t too big, and we also start with a shape to break up that white space. I won’t leave you hanging.
Am I supposed to paint the same as the teacher? What if I can’t paint as well as the teacher does?
I’ll be your guide, but the journey is yours. And what we’ll cover is the basics — you will be amazed and delighted at what you can accomplish! Really, amazing things keep coming out at these classes, and people have a great time!
I’d really like to paint my pet’s portrait – how can I do that?
Easy peasy – just bring a photo (hard copy or on your cell) and I’ll sketch it for you on the canvas, and you’ll go from there 🙂 Pets are really fun, I’ll be glad to help you express his or her personality in paint.
Can I make a painting that will match my couch?
Yes! In fact, bring a swatch of fabric with you and I’ll help you mix up just the right colors! You are absolutely welcome to adapt our inspiration.
Are you having a Paint & Party tonight?
Paint & Parties are usually private parties, where people get some friends together and paint (the minimum number of painters is 4). Sometimes I can accommodate last-minute requests, so if you and your friends are looking for something fun & unusual to do, give me a call! I also have public Paint & Parties every couple of months, check the front page to see when the next one will be.
Can we bring our own food and drinks?
It depends on the venue. Here’s the rundown:
– Carnahan Hall: Yes, snacks are fine and they have a full bar (no beverage carry-in)
– Kathy’s Kandies: Chocolate fondue is included in the price, and soda is available for purchase (no beverage carry-in).
– LE Gallery: Yes, you are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
– Spurlock’s Pub and Restaurant: Spurlock’s has a full menu of appetizers and meals, as well as a full bar (no food or drink carry-ins).
(BYOB is illegal in Indiana)
Will you come to my location?
Absolutely! I’ve Painted & Partied at sororities, businesses, and restaurants. I’ve Painted & Partied at family reunions, spiritual retreats, Girl Scout meetings and non-profit fundraisers!
We’re still working on our details, should we reserve our date?
When you’re confident that you have 4 people, go ahead and reserve your date – my calendar tends to fill up. You can choose your painting at any time – and if you’d like something special, just drop me a note. You can give me the final headcount the day before the party, I have plenty of canvases ready to go.
What is the minimum / maximum number of painters at a private party?
Carnahan Hall: Party size 24-160 people.
Kathy’s Kandies: Party size 4-24 people.
LE Gallery: Party size 4-14 people.
Spurlock’s Pub and Restaurant: Party size 10-26 people.
On-location: Party size 4-80 people.
Do you do fundraisers?
Yes! I’ve supported many charities including:
PAWS Support Network
Monticello Public Library
Tri-Kappa of Attica
The Springs Center
Loving Heart Animal Shelter
March of Dimes
Halfway Home of Crawfordsville
How long have you been in business?
I’ve been Painting & Partying with Lafayette since 2013! Nearly 5,000 people have Painted & Partied with me!