I’m not sure if you know, but before I wanted to be a journalist, I wanted to be a painter. I seriously considered going to art school before my very conservative, university professor father very strongly opposed to this dream of mine. So being the good daughter (I am Asian after all), I resisted a little bit but let go of my dreams eventually.
I still do doodle here and there and I do plan to make a small painting area once we move to the new place, which I’m very excited about it. But in the meantime, I do find it hard to actually find time to sit down and paint. So when my friend and fellow blogger Mel from living-in-stuttgart.com invited me for an “art night,” I jumped at the opportunity.
ArtNight was founded in Berlin, 2016. It started in the German city and has now expanded to other ones, including Stuttgart and other neighboring countries like Austria and Switzerland. Basically, a local artist instructs guests on how to paint or draw a certain artwork. Simple as that, but boring it’s not. The founders state that ArtNight is not an art class but a fun workshop where you can meet new people and develop a more fun relationship with friends, colleagues and even family. It would also be an excellent gift for anyone.
It’s a brilliant idea. You pay a fee and you join a group of people to paint at a venue, be it a gallery, bar or even restaurant. There is everything you need, from the paints, the canvas to brushes. There’s a theme that you can choose from before you book the event and we chose Paul Klee, the Swiss German artist.
It felt amazing to sit in front of a canvas and just paint. The class lasted for two hours and it was the first time I left A in the evening alone with G. She was fine the first two hours but as the night progressed, she needed Mommy to come home. Which I did, with two arms full of my canvas and take out.
- Available cities are Berlin, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Munich, Koeln, Frankfurt, Bonn, Bielefeld, Kiel, Hannover, Mannheim, Duesseldorf and Hamburg.
- Classes cost around 34 euros.
- For more information and booking, visit artnight.com.
All photos by rachelsanghee. July, 2017.