Making Art and Much More at ArtBar Tokyo
Imagine sitting with a paint brush in hand, palette full of colours in the other, sitting in front of a blank canvass. Sounds a bit intimidating, perhaps? Well, at ArtBar Tokyo, this is exactly what groups of people regularly do and have a blast doing it. I participated in my first ArtBar experience a few nights ago, and can't recommend it enough.
Copy-and-pasted from their website:
"Artbar painting sessions are for the art enthusiast -- from beginner to expert we make it fun for all. That being said, no prior art experience is welcomed and encouraged. Simply sign up for a painting session based on your preference and schedule. We provide all of the supplies!
Our artist instructors will then lead you, step-by-step so you can watch your painting unfold from a blank canvas to your own-personal masterpiece. By the end of the session, you will have your own original artwork and some new creative talents to take home with you!
At Artbar, we believe life is too short to not be inspired! So join us to get creative without inhibitions."
When my session first started, you could feel the tension in the air. People kept reminding each other how much of a beginner they were and how they expected their paintings not to be much more than splotches of mess. But after a few glasses of wine (included in the the participation fee), nerves relaxed, and before you know it people were too focused in what they were painting to talk.
During the session, we were assisted and encouraged by our instructor, who not only gave us tips and techniques to use, but also taught us how to make the most of our time and inexperience.
After all was said and done, we held a mini-exhibition and talked about our work. As an artist and art teacher myself, I was extremely impressed by the results of my peers. I found it amazing what we were able to achieve in the limited space and time we had - and all the while imbibing alcohol!
It was an incredibly fun evening, and one I look forward to experiencing it again. I highly recommend you give it a go - just check their website or Facebook page (see below) for upcoming events!
Former Deep Japan Writer