Posted on: February 19, 2014
Tempe’s TCA Gallery’s Art After Work program is perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to pick up a paint brush and paint something, but lacked the confidence. Bob Ross, that sweet, soft-spoken artist whose PBS show “The Joy of Painting” (ahhh, remember all those happy little clouds and trees), convinced me that anyone can paint with practice. I sat spell-bound for an hour each week in front of the TV watching Bob create all those majestic landscapes on his canvases. He made it look so simple. However, as Bob said, it takes practice. Given my lack of natural talent, I knew it would take lots and lots of practice for me to ever render anything remotely recognizable. It was all too intimidating. I lacked the confidence to do anything about it until this this year when I heard about Art After Work at the Tempe Center for the Arts.
Art After Work is fun and requires no art experience. During a two and a half hour session you get to paint a picture based on a work of art by a well-known artist. The instructor, Laura Hukill does a great job of taking you step-by-step through the process. In the class I attended, we worked from a painting by Gustav’s Klimt’s titled Tree of Life. However, Laura made it clear that we could interpret and paint it any way we wanted. Most of us were real beginners, but all the paintings turned out pretty well. Even mine, especially when viewed from several hundred feet away.
Art After Work takes place once a month from 6-8:30 p.m. now through May. The cost is $32 and includes all of your art supplies plus $7.50 food and beverage voucher in the TCA’s lounge. It’s a good idea to arrive early if you want to purchase something to eat. The menu is small and on the evening I went, several items were gone by the time I arrived. Space is limited and tickets must be purchased online by noon of the day prior to the class.
I had a great time. If you’ve ever been tempted to try your hand at painting, this is a good place to start. So give it a shot. The two and a half hours fly by and it really is a terrific way to put the stresses of the day behind you. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the TCA.
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