I Took a Painting Class and Learned a Lesson in Self-Acceptance

I went to my first painting class at Painting with a Twist!

I’d never been to Painting with a Twist before, but there’s a local studio near where I live so I decided to go with a friend. It was so much fun and really relaxing – so much more relaxing than I was expecting. I used to love painting and my mom put me in several studio painting classes when I was a child, but I hadn’t painted anything in more than 10 years.

Most Painting with a Twist locations have class schedules online of what the local studios are painting, so I found one that I thought was pretty and reserved my spot. It was about $35 for a 2-hour class with quite a big canvas that you get to take home.They provide you with the easel, paint, canvas, brushes, water cup – and everything else that you need to paint. You don’t need to know how to paint or have any artistic ability at all because a teacher will walk you step-by-step through the entire painting process. Also, at some of the nighttime and weekend classes, you can bring your own alcohol and snack to drink/eat while you paint. (There’s also kid classes too, in case you’re concerned about people drinking during the classes, or group classes for things like birthdays or parties.)

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Once everyone in our class arrived, the teacher began painting. She started by showing us how to make the sky color for the background, and then onto the colors of the leaf foliage. The last step was adding the trees and leaves. Unfortunately, our instructor breezed right through the instructions and I was racing to catch up with her the whole time. I understand why she went so fast, because we only had two hours to paint and she left about 30 minutes at the end of class for us to perfect our paintings, but it still went by super quickly. She was a great teacher and I learned a lot about painting from her, and would definitely take a class from her again. Plus, she is an incredible artist. At the end of the class, it’s also nice to leave a tip for your teacher (which I didn’t know before my first class).

Overall, I really enjoyed painting. I found that I would get lost in the brush strokes, not thinking about anything but where I was going to paint next. There were times where the class was dead silent because everyone was so absorbed into their art. In a world of technology, it was nice to create art that I can hang on my wall and have forever.

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I’m going to admit it: I definitely struggled with painting the trees and leaves. However, I found that the more you paint over it and try to change it, the worse it gets. For me, it’s best to try, fix a little if necessary, and then leave it alone. I found that painting was a challenge in self-control and self-acceptance. You need self-control to not sabotage yourself and your painting because otherwise it can get out of control really quickly. You need self-acceptance because, no matter what you want, your painting will end up the way it ends up. There’s no do-overs or changing major mistakes. If you hate your painting, then you hate it — but still, you MADE it. It came entirely from you and you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself. You tried your best and that’s all that you can ask of yourself. At first, I hated my painting, but then I learned to love and accept it. It also helps if you walk away from it for a bit and come back, because the time away from your painting gives you some time to process and think about what you’ve made.

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The funny thing, too, about this art class was that everyone’s paintings came out differently. We all had the same tools, paints and instructions, but somehow we all interpreted them and put them on the canvas differently. Some people had amazing blending in the foliage colors, some had amazing trees; some paintings looked very whimsical while others (like mine) were bright and bold. No one’s painting was awful but instead had personality. The paintings showed off everyone’s individuality, and how different we all think and act. It was fun and inspiring to see.

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My friend and I wish our paintings. We both recieved the same instructions and materials, but our paintings came out so different, yet both beautiful in their own ways.

My painting is now hanging on my wall in my apartment and I love it. It’s a subtle reminder to myself for self-love and self-acceptance. To not be so hard on myself. This all started with a simple painting class, but ended up as a lesson in self-control and self-acceptance.

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My painting ❤

I highly recommend taking an art class, whether it’s painting or woodwork or ceramics or whatever you like, because you might learn more than you’d think.

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Thank you for reading! Have you ever taken an art class before? What’d you think of it? Let me know in the comments below and like this post if you want more like it!

Xoxo’s

Emmalee

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