Art is all about freedom and fun - until you remember your fourth-grade teacher, you know, the one with the pinched nose and squinty eyes, who criticized your rooster tail or said your house couldn't possibly have a round window above the garage. Then, suddenly, your free-flow muscles get a little tight, just like that teacher's cranky mouth, and your forehead starts to fret and your mind freaks until you're holding your paintbrush so tightly your knuckles turn white.
And that's where Brittney Wilson steps in with her play workshop: Canvas and Cocktails.
Wilson's Canvas and Cocktails studio has been making a splash in Cherry Creek and South Glenn for three years by bringing the fun back into art. Though she earned a fine arts degree from Auburn University and continued her studies at the Lorenzo de Medici School of Art in Florence, Italy, she has dropped any stuffiness she might've picked up along the way, and now she's all about the essence of art:
"It is my objective to bridge the gap between fun art and fine art," Wilson writes on her website. "I look forward to helping you relax, have fun, and go home with a piece of art you can say is uniquely yours."
The studio caters to everything from families to bachelorette parties, and now Wilson takes it to go.
"Everyone I know who has gone has just loved it," said Maja Russer, director of events and entertainment at The Keystone Neighbourhood Company. "The store in the Front Range has been getting rave reviews, but sometimes it's hard for people to make it to Denver so we thought we'd bring them up to the mountains."
And with the upbeat creative class for both the artistic and not-so artistic comes a theme most mountain people can relate to: Participants will learn, step by step, to paint pairs of colorful skis. Russer expects 50-75 people.
"It's easy, fun and totally stress free," Russer said. "By the end of the night, you will be amazed at the artwork you have created."