You arrive to a space set up with lots of table and easels.
The paintings on the walls represent other classes that you can take.
There's an area in the corner to set up the food and wine that you're encouraged to bring to class. Here are some of the early arrivals tasting the wine they had just bought around the corner . . . in downtown Grapevine.
Everyone is given a canvas with the outline of that night's painting lightly applied with carbon paper. Then the instructor steps through how to paint it.
After some progress is made, everyone breaks for more food and wine and a walk around.
As you can see, by looking at the handful of canvases in this photo, everyone paints together, painting the same colors in the same places in the same order. It's a little like Follow-the-Leader. Or Paint by Number with alcohol (and no numbers).
The lady in the foreground is a frequent painter; she had filled up her card (buy 10 classes and earn a free one) and was given her own embroidered Painting with a Twist apron last night. She told me that learning to paint was on her "bucket list." And I could tell that she's having a ball doing it.
Here's the artist at work's view . . . or mine, anyway. I never really saw anything the instructor was showing . . . but she did a great job of describing things as she went along.
When we were all done except the "finishing touches," there was another wine and food break. It was a little surreal to look across the room and see nearly 40 painted canvases that are essentially the same.
Then we add the finishing touches and took a group shot of the 35 painters holding nearly identical "paintings" of the Dallas Skyline.
If you live in Texas, Louisiana or Florida, it might be a fun way to spend the evening, especially if you (or a friend) "isn't a painter" and wants to feel like one . . . sort of. I have had only limited experience with paint and brushes and it made me want to do more. I also thought this abstract Dallas Skyline would be an interesting QUILT design . . .