I have always had a "type-A" personality. I work very hard and I often overload my schedule with obligations. While I love my career, it is very stressful. A few years ago, I developed insomnia that my doctor told me was likely due to my high-stress life. I knew I had to find a way to relax, but I was unsure how to do it. I didn't want to take pills or anything. I decided to re-visit an old passion of mine, which is painting. I loved to paint in art class in high school, but I hadn't painted since! I bought the supplies I needed and from the moment my paintbrush touched the canvas, I was in love with art again. Art has helped my life so much I want to inspire others to embrace art as therapy. I plan to post many art tips on my new blog!
Virtual painting classes can include introductions to acrylic and oil painting techniques, watercolor basics, and color mixing strategies. Choose a virtual painting class to participate in by yourself or share your interest in painting and orchestrate a virtual event that you and your friends can enjoy together.
Before committing to a virtual class that is going to require you to pay a membership fee and purchase materials, read some virtual lesson plans and learn about the types of paintings that will be produced. There are many different art styles, and you may be fond of a particular painting type or want to try out a class that will go over basics associated with varying painting techniques.
Review free and paid membership painting courses. Consider the amount of time that is reserved for each lesson, the materials you will need to get started, and the number of projects that will be presented during a class. Choose a beginner class if you haven't painted in many years or if you have no formal experience, and choose a more advanced class type if you are artistically inclined and would like to be presented with some challenging project types that will allow you to expand your painting techniques.
Hosting a virtual painting party is a fun way to learn painting strategies and share artwork with some of your friends. Talk to your closest friends about your interest in hosting this type of party and allow input about the type of painting project that appeals to each person and the level of commitment that everyone is willing to take on.
A party can be a single painting session that involves completing an introductory project or it can be an ongoing event that requires some painting steps to be completed at the same time each week. Look for a class that will support your wish to speak with your friends and share artwork with one another. A video chat function may be offered via a painting platform.
If you want to promote a casual vibe and want the option of expanding the group activity for a longer duration than what a lesson is intended for, choose a pre-recorded class session. On the day or night of the painting party, encourage everyone to set up their work areas, adjust their webcams, and check in with one another. Sharing a bottle of wine or a dessert recipe remotely can be included with the painting session.