Studio vino – Paint and Sip workshop.
Studio Vino established in 2015 and I had been meaning to go to one of their events for a while, and the series of mini workshops on offer over the Fringe period are the perfect opportunity to give your art skills some air – even if you fear (like I did!) that you don’t have any talent for painting.
There’s lots of session options, some of which focus on a style, and others that recreate a piece. A few themes are water lilies, paint your partner, Frida and the famous Japanese work ‘The Great Wave’. I chose the abstract session, as I thought it would be less pressure if my work failed to meet my lofty, unrealistic expectations.
The walls were lined with works from an earlier ‘Frida’ session’s work, and it was truly curious to see all of the different interpretations and approaches in recreating some of most famous images of Frida Kahlo.
Our packed session saw a very mixed crowd grabbing a glass of wine and a spot at an easel, before the options were laid out. There were two colourful works that the studio had chosen as a base, one of which was to be demonstrated throughout the session by our leader, Jenny. We were also offered the option of selecting another work of our own choice, and being not much of a follower that’s what I did. I settled on something that was somewhere between the abstract theme and Impressionism (Monet’s home territory), and I blindly set to work alongside my cousin who had chosen to follow the demonstrated work. All of the paint, brushes, canvas and protective clothing to complete your work were supplied, and we had a great afternoon with plenty of opportunity to work, chat, and look around at the work of other participants over the two hour session.
We were both pretty happy with what we came up with during the workshop, and it was a great opportunity to do something creative in a social setting – so different than what you’d normally expect for a fringe session.
Highly recommended for something different for a catch-up.
Review by Sarah List