It was date night for my sister-in-law and I, so we decided to check out Painting with a Twist, one of the newest paint and wine boutiques in Fort Collins. It was a first time for both of us and we were excited. What we had not shared with each other was that we were both a little anxious too. Stephanie and I both enjoy being crafty (painting, decorating, etc.), but it is usually in the confines of our own home and not in a class with strangers. Our anxiety about how our painting would turn out and the thought “am I even going to be able to enjoy this when I am not a great painter” was in both our minds, but we failed to share that with each other. However, let me tell you, we were greatly relieved once the class began and started having SO MUCH FUN. We actually said to each other “I can’t believe I was feeling anxious about this” or “I can’t believe it has taken me this long to attend one of these classes.” We left planning our next visit, and thinking about whether or not to bring our husbands.
Painting with a Twist is a paint and wine (or beer, soda, water) class where an instructor teaches you step-by-step how to paint the selected picture of the day/evening. There is also an instructor walking around to help out as well.
When you first arrive you check in and then grab a drink at the bar before heading over to your spot (or find your spot and then get a drink). Every person has a designated paint space already set up and marked with your name, so if you are registering in a group you will all be seated together. It is wonderful and makes it so easy upon arrival. Ok, back to grabbing your drink before getting started. The bar here has SO MUCH to offer. There are a variety of non-alcoholic beverages to choose from, not just water. Then there are many beers including local breweries like New Belgium and Odell to name a few. As for wine, they have a variety of red and white wines to pick from, AND they even carry Blue Skies Winery, which is local to Fort Collins and delicious. The bar prices here might be some of the best in town! Now that you have checked in, found your painting spot, and grabbed a drink, you’re now ready to begin.
Class starts with an introduction of your instructors. We had 2 awesome ones, including Beckie, the owner of Painting with a Twist, who was our stage instructor and the one walking us through our step-by-step. She had a great attitude and presence. Her introduction of the class and explanation of the painting process truly helped in deflating our anxieties on not being great painters. We really enjoyed Beckie and she got the group engaged and laughing. Our next instructor was Audrey and she was our floor instructor. She walked around and gave positive feedback to each of us. If she had a suggestion or tip to make, it came across in such a manner that excited you to make the addition to your painting. Thank you ladies!
The space was great for class and they even have a private party room to use for a variety of events (think bridal showers, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, girls night out, or just because parties). The music selection was also on point, a little bit of everything! The class attendees were singing along and having a great time!
The evening flow was nice...we worked on our paintings, took breaks to look at it from different angles, played a few games (with prizes!!) and mingled with the class. It was such a pleasant experience. Even though this was my first “paint and wine” class, it has set the bar very high. It has also sparked an excitement within and encouragement to continue trying new things. I will be back for sure. As for now, my painting is hanging in my daughters room and she loves the piece of art I brought home for her.
Thanks Beckie, Audrey, and Painting with a Twist staff for a great new addition to Fort Collins. I look forward to seeing you all soon.
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