A super-fun idea for the ultimate night in for adults, a sip and paint provides a party atmosphere (with delicious snacks and drinks) while letting the imaginations run wild and the creative juices flow. Remember to save some time for the students to share their masterpieces with each other.
Self-portraits give everyone the ability to depict how they see themselves on a canvas. Some may paint theirs true-to-life, others hyperrealistic, or even as cartoons.
With wine forming a significant portion of the ‘sip and paint’ model, try taking inspiration from the wines you’re enjoying. That could be as straightforward as painting the wine bottle itself or some grapes, or you could take inspiration from the area the wine has originated from.
Interpret the same picture
If you’re in need of some inspiration, try adding a picture to the middle of your area, and have everyone try to replicate it. While you don’t necessarily want this to turn into a competition, everyone having their own version of the same piece of art hanging in their home can really bring your friend group together. This could also include all following the same step-by-step tutorial.
Paint your future
To combine painting with visualization, perhaps ask everyone to paint their dream future. Whether that’s a future house, car, job, pet, family, or more.
Coming up with an overall theme is a great way to encourage everyone’s imaginations. Themes could be flowers, weather, seasons, destinations, the sunset — really, they could be made up of anything you can think of!
Another simple option is a color theme. Think bold reds, muted blues, or sunflower yellows. A color theme is another opportunity for everyone’s works to be cohesive while giving them the chance to creatively express themselves as they wish.
Follow a tutorial
Alternatively, follow an online painting tutorial. Plenty of these can be found on YouTube, including videos from the go-to paint expert of all times Bob Ross. Beginner online lessons can be found in abundance on YouTube.
Bring in some expertise
If you are not an artist yourself and you’d like to add an extra special touch, consider contacting a local studio. Often, they’ll be able to put you in touch with local artists who may be able to facilitate the evening, give a step-by-step painting guide, and provide easy canvas painting ideas or help everyone perfect their brush strokes.