Describe your painting experience before Social Art.
None to nil
Top reasons you have kept returning?
1. I have fun 2. Girls night out 3. Lots of laughs 4. I enjoy painting and making a blank canvas into a beautiful picture 5. Makes me feel satisfied 6. I have something nice to hang up on my wall and a conversation piece.
Overall, would you say Social Art is recommendable to anyone?
Yes Social Art is very recommendable to everyone. I love that it is in a studio where the teacher, Lisa, can concentrate on you and make sure that you are having fun and painting the picture properly. Lisa takes the time to check everyone's painting, offer suggestions, help you if you're stuck, and also converse and make you laugh. She also plays the best music!!!!
Katie Papp (and her beautiful Mom!)
My top reasons for returning to Social Art are: 1) Atmosphere: I always have a great time at social art, the environment is always cheery and positive, the music and atmosphere is just really welcoming! 2) The Bring-home Masterpiece! No matter the painting or its difficulty I always go home with a painting I love and am proud of. It's so incredible to look around at everyone's painting and see their own unique personalities reflected in their painting! 3) The instruction. The way to make each and every painting is broken down in easy-to-follow steps and creativity is always encouraged! Lisa is super helpful and positive, her attitude is friendly, encouraging and just plain fun!
I absolutely recommend Social Art to any and everyone who wants to have a great time and take home a masterful painting!
January 2016 was when I saw a post with an invitation to a ‘Paint Night’. My curiosity was sparked; it was an adorable painting so I registered for the event. I remember walking into the studio that evening; it was comfy, casual and cozy. What a blast, so much fun and I was hooked. Each month I would review the paintings available and decide on which one I was going to do. It really is such an affordable way to get out for the night and relax, laugh, and take home the prize.
Read Alanna's story of how Social Art brings her and her friend together on a monthly basis:
I love going to Social Art KW with Nicole and I try to go at least once a month, we have done 8 paintings now and I love every one of them.
Between the two of us working multiple jobs, and myself having two kiddos this is our one night a month that we get to catch up and enjoy (and relax finally!) I love that we found something other than nursing that we both love to do and get to bring home something beautiful with us.
I love the atmosphere in the studio, and will always continue going! #socialartkw
Rebecca Bearinger Fay
Read Rebecca's story of how Social Art played a part in her sense of belonging at her new job! Thanks for sharing Rebecca!
I was brand new at my school this year, and early on in the school year as the "new girl," I put out an invitation for colleagues to go out for a night of painting... and fifteen of us came! It's one thing for a staff to be kind or even welcoming to a new person. It's another thing when they accept your invitation. In a few months, colleagues have become friends. Thanks for being part of that journey. And thanks for wanting experiences, memories and connections for your patrons. That's me in the back row, middle, belonging.
Thank you Irene for sharing! I hope to see you out lots more with your mom for some painting therapy!;)
My mom and I came for our first Social Art night back in December. Mom has always wanted to get into painting, but ever since I can remember she has been too busy taking care of everyone else and never doing things for herself.
As for myself... I had just had a beautiful baby girl 5 weeks earlier and after a horrible labour/delivery and recovery plus a very colicky baby I really needed a night out with my mom:)
It's beautiful to hear what the meaning behind a particular painting can mean for someone. Enjoy Christine's Social Art story!
In April of 2015, I lost my aunt to cancer. She was an extremely creative person that could change junk into wonderful, beautiful pieces. When a friend told me about Social Art, I had a look and came across this owl painting, and instantly knew that I had to paint it as owls were her favorite animal. I am extremely glad of the outcome, and will think of her with fond memories every time I look at it.
Love Sharon's story of what Social Art has meant to her! I bet you'll be able to relate:
The first time I came to one of your painting nights I had just lost my job, and moved back to the area after living away for about 10 years. I didn't really know anyone, and saw your ad just when I needed an excuse to get out of the house. I came by myself, and fell in love with you instantly (but you know that ). You sat me with some pretty cool people, and I had a great time. I had such a good time I came by myself again. Long story short, I've been here for awhile now, have started my own business (Clover and Chrysalis >> Check it out!-side note from Rachael), and I've been thrilled to count you among the friends I've made. I no longer come alone, I bring the new friends I've made, and refer you to anyone who'll listen. I love that Social Art KW is so warm and welcoming that it's comfortable to cross the threshold whether you bring a group or come solo! Thanks Rachael!
THIS is so beautiful! I'm beyond happy to hear of this friendship story from Rebecca!
My friend and I went to social art for a fun girls night out. While painting we started to chat and she decided to share about a tough time she was going through. Painting together made it easier to talk. Even though the conversation took a bit more serious turn than I would have imagined for a girls night out, we still had a blast and left very happy. Now I have a painting hanging in my house that makes my heart smile for three reasons.
1. I am so proud of how beautiful I think it turned it, FYI I am not a very artistic person.
2. My kids giggle when they look at because they think it is so cute.
3. It reminds of an evening where my friend and I made our friendship even stronger.
Enjoy Julie's beautiful story of her rekindled love for painting:
I am so happy to have found such a wonderful place to reconnect with my love for painting! I used to dabble when my grandfather was still alive, he loved to see my creations. When he died, the love for painting died with him. Then I got married, had my girls and no time. Then I saw the Social Art website, thought what the heck, Rachael is amazing, so patient and sweet. Her love for painting has rekindled mine!!! Thanks so much!! Julie Wybenga
My first experience was great - took my friend for her Christmas gift. We loved it. (wine painting)
Second time, I took my hubby for a Date Night Out. (lighthouse painting)
This fall I took my youngest daughter for a night out. It was great. So grateful you let us reschedule when we accidentally missed our event. (Warm Fall painting)
Here is Penny's story, and I love it! It's amazing to hear of friendships beginning because of Social Art!
I will never forget my first time. I went alone on my Birthday, I had tried to get friends to come but it didn't work out. I couldn't have my sister with me because she had to stay home to watch/take care of our mother. I was so nervous, I didn't know what to expect and I'm not usually good meeting new people in a public space. To my surprise Marnie was there. We work at the same company and had known each other but hadn't really connected outside work. She invited me over, we had dinner together, painted together and forged more of a friendship. Since then we have become even greater friends and have done many paintings together. I also love that so have gotten to know you Rachel, what you do is amazing, making art accessible to everyone. Thank You!#SocialArtKW
Thanks Penny! So glad to know you and thank you for sharing your story with us!
Something special about a mommy/son date! Enjoy this story from Kathy:
Me and my son :), we were so excited and were looking forward to our paint date. We had to reschedule but you were so nice about it and let us come on an other night and paint something else. My son had a blast and loved learning how to paint an owl-he's 7 and loves art. Thanks again we will coming again soon. I love our mommy and son time.