One of our Dad/Daughter Dates that is becoming a tradition is Painting with a Twist. There are other similar companies if you don’t have a Painting with a Twist franchise nearby. It is an easy way to spend a couple of hours with very little planning. If you’ve never heard of this concept, they take non-artists (like myself) and turn you into an artist for the day. An instructor gives you step -by-step instructions on how to turn a blank canvas into a masterpiece.
When you log onto the website you will find a calendar that shows the painting that is being offered that day. Choose the painting that looks like the most fun, register online, and you are ready to go. There is no preparation needed! When you show up, you are given a canvas and a palette of paint. You’ve got every brush you’ll need, your cup of water for the brushes, and your painting apron.
A couple of tips that have come in handy:
- Make sure you check the age of the event. Each painting has a minimum age level. Some of the paintings you can choose from might look difficult, but if it says 7+ then the instructor is able to help a 7 year old (and you) paint it.
- If you live in a larger city and you don’t find a painting that your child or spouse would find interesting, check the surrounding area. We have five or six places within a thirty minute drive and they each have unique painting calendars.
- “A Twist” is a drink. When we aren’t in a pandemic, people buy wine or other drinks while they paint. If you have strong feelings about alcohol, this may not be the place. I’ve been multiple times and have never seen one person intoxicated.
- Paint stains. Most of the time you are using paint that will not come out of your clothes. With the apron that is provided, you shouldn’t get paint on you, but there is always a chance. Don’t wear your brand new outfit you just bought.
- They will do paintings that connect. Amanda and I painted an Austin cityscape on a date night. We each had our own canvas, but at the end of the session, our two canvases were put together to form one large painting.
- In the Covid world, many of these franchises are doing “at home kits.” You pick up your supplies from the store and watch a video online. I would not recommend this. Every time I’ve been, I’ve needed more paint to finish my painting. If you run out at home, you run out. Also, you can buy a canvas and paint at Hobby Lobby and find a YouTube video to have the same “home experience” for much cheaper.
I don’t have an ounce of artist in me, but painting is somewhat therapeutic for me. Both of my daughters have enjoyed it and they like taking our paintings home to let people pick whose is better (we may have a competition problem in our home). Amanda and I have been twice and I don’t think we’ll go back. It’s not fun for her. She wants her painting to look like the painting that the teacher made. It doesn’t matter that the teacher is a professional artist. Since it looks different it drives her crazy (again, we may have a competition problem). Go for the fun, don’t go looking to come out with a painting that’s going into a museum.
Total cost for two people will put you at $75 – $90 for the date.