As I count down the 52 school days left of my teaching career, I've decided I need to find a way to support and stabilize my income between painting sales. So I started a small painting party business. I love drinking, painting, teaching and making art fun for new artists. So it seemed like a natural fit. I invested in class sets of easels, paint, brushes, and water buckets. I gathered friends and hired a photographer to do a dry run. I bribed my friends with a free painting class, wine, and pizza. There was one problem... I was struggling to find the perfect venue to host these parties. I was going to hold the dry run in my condo's club room but for so many reasons, it would not be a good fit on a regular basis. My studio is far to small for more than 3 people to set up in so I couldn't use it for the parties.
Luck would have it, The Art Factory KC was looking for new artists to exhibit Kansas City themed art in their store and was also hosting classes but were short on instructors. They found me through my website while searching for artists and I asked them if they were interested in hosting painting parties. The answer was an overwhelming "YES!" Less than a week before my painting party was scheduled to be held in the club room, we switched the location over to The Art Factory in Overland Park, Kansas. 12 of my friends were able to make it, however lost they were trying to make their way from downtown to OP. We even had 4 walk ins who paid to take the class that day for a total of 16 lovely people. I'll post pictures soon when I get them back from the photographer, the lovely Adri Guyer.
I was nervous teaching the class for the first time, not sure how raunchy I could make my jokes, how much paint to dole out, how quickly to move through the steps... But when it was all said and done, two hours later, we all had a finished painting and had a great time. Afterwards, The Art Factory manager asked if I could teach one class a week, to which I enthusiastically said "Yes!" I'm truly looking forward to coming up with paintings for the class, meeting new people to introduce to painting and doing what I love to do best, paint and sip :) Along with all this goodness, some of my artist friends and jewelers who attended the painting party will now be showing their work in The Art Factory KC. Success all around!
If you are interested in joining in a class, my next class is at The Art Factory in Overland Park, Kansas on February 26th at 6pm. The class will fill quickly, so reserve your spot online now. It costs $35 and includes all the materials and one glass of their house wine. Show up early to get a head start on the sipping before you start painting!
I hope to see you all soon at a show, at a gallery, or at a painting class or workshop!