If you’ve read back to earlier posts on New England State of Mind, you may remember that over the summer I wrote about a paint night at Muse Paintbar in Manchester, NH, the first I’d ever done. Since then, Nick had been asking for us to have a paint night together. For one of his Christmas gifts, I found a deal on Groupon for a paint class for two at the Urban Art Bar in South Boston.
We looked online at the Urban Art Bar class calendar, chose the “Winter in Boston” painting as our favorite and signed up for that date. Walking in to Urban Art Bar on the night we were to create our masterpieces was instantly welcoming and relaxing. The space was open and nicely lit with various artwork decorating the walls, both on display and for sale.
A bartender was behind the counter next to the entrance mixing up, pouring and popping open drinks which included a variety of cocktails, wines and beers. There was a food menu with yummy appetizers to munch on, but we had eaten beforehand. The music playing certainly got everyone ready for fun, as it ranged from golden oldies to disco hits, upbeat 80s tunes to today’s top 40.
After hanging up our coats, putting on our aprons and securing a couple of seats near where the instructor would be guiding us, I headed up to the bar to get some drinks. Nick started with a Coors Light and I decided to go for the Shipyard GingerbreadHead Ale. I had been trying to order that beer since Christmas time, and other bars had always been sold out! I was glad I was able to try it, albeit after the holiday season.
While we were some of the first to arrive, the space filled up quickly. The artist teaching the class, Roscoe, was outgoing and humorous and got us right into the spirit of painting. He taught us which brushes to use, which colors to mix, and to be unafraid to really move the brush around the canvas. Best of all, he made it very clear that these paintings did not have to be carbon copies of the original and we could add our own unique touches.
I’m not very self-confident when it comes to making art with my hands so I mainly stuck to the original painting. However, I did make it my own by using a different brush and painting style for the trees, and skipping ahead to other parts of the painting when I didn’t feel like working on the pieces the class was working on in the moment. I also painted brickwork on the lamp post section of the painting, to cover up the imperfections I had made while attempting to recreate the 3D effect.
There were smiles all around and I could tell Nick was having a great time on his first (and much requested) paint class. While there were a few people who decided to follow Roscoe’s okay on being different, Nick decided to be very different with his, adding an ice rink, UFO and large sun with a face to his painting…quite whimsical, I must say!
All in all, we had a blast at Urban Art Bar, and it was the perfect activity for a Friday date night. The class lasted from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. which was a great length of time to have a few drinks and complete the painting without feeling rushed. Classes are offered at various times on weekends and during some weekdays. Check out the Urban Art Bar calendar, and book your paint class today!
The Urban Art Bar – 709 East Broadway, South Boston, MA, 617.596.0553