Hosting art-based parties has become more than a small business for me,
It has become a calling. My life mission is coaxing out the tentative 'creative' that bashfully lurks within. Having taught kindergarten through middle school, I've always been struck by the incremental decline of children's creative confidence. Entering into art class as young five year olds, they believe they are invincible. As the years progress, many label themselves as inept and lock up that spark and throw away the key. I help them find their key again!
How it began
Six years ago I stepped out of my position as an art instructor at a nearby private school in order to help my expectant daughter navigate the turbulant waters of young and single motherhood. It was a challenging leap of faith. But the life that came, the memories that formed, the love that was strengthened has made us richer in love and compassion.
An ardor for art
Art Parties were begun as a means of sharing my ador for art as well as for creating a more flexible schedule for earning income. I jumped into the ‘paint and sip’ arena through a friend’s insistance on using her new employer, ‘Living Social.’ Like a good friend, I trusted her and was not disappointed. Over the next two months over 200 guests filled the seats of my small studio. There were lots of laughs, great reviews, and a second ‘campaign’was set up to follow on the heels of the first.
The next few years sprinted by at warp speed. Our daughter found footing in a niche career perfectly suited for her talents. Our grandson crawled, spoke, trained in potty finesse and began preschool. Art Parties have remained at constant weekend variable, with my list of participants growing to over 900!
Scratching the itch
I have no idea WHO originally came up with the idea of painting in a guided group session as a means of entertainment, but,WOW! They sure stumbled onto a way to scratch an itch. We humans enjoy the company of our friends, families ( even co-workers sometimes! ) and painting with them forges enduring memories.
I confess. I derive a lion’s share of joy in hosting Art Parties. I adore the personal connection I form with those who come. And keeping these connections alive through my e-news campaigns has facilitated a steady stream of returning ‘party friends.’ Routinely observing happy faces, proud displays and contented enjoyment all combine to reassure me I’m in my ‘sweet spot.’ So many have commented that my home studio creates a cozy space where they feel more like family than participants. To that, I always say, “YES!!’
The joy it brings
Most of those who plan a party have little experience in painting. Some are tentative. But upon being assured that I have taught art to KIDS for years, they quickly relax and enjoy the ride. In fact, my goal is to lower obsticles in such a way as to give as many people as possible, the opportunity to experience the peaceful delight that’s derived by utilizing the right side of the brain!
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