Make Your Own Masterpiece With the Help of VisArts at Rockville

Do you long to give voice to your inner Van Gogh? While draining a glass of Merlot? If so, then you’ll likely feel right at home at Cocktails and Canvas, one of a handful of adult-oriented arts classes held by VisArts at Rockville, where you spend one night trying to duplicate a masterpiece.

VisArts at Rockville is “a dynamic, non-profit arts center dedicated to engaging the community in the arts and providing opportunities for artistic exploration, education and participation.”

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Paintings at VisArts

Brush with greatness: A look at some of the works you’ll be trying to recreate: Steinlen’s La Tournée du Chat Noir poster (left), Van Gogh’s The Starry Night (top right) and Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa. (Son of Groucho, Wally Gobetz & Timothy Takemoto via Flickr)

Cocktails and Canvas is a series of one-off, three-hour classes where “students” are provided a 16-inch by 20-inch canvas that is partially sketched with a painting’s image. And it’s your job to fill in the rest. Some of these paintings are pretty famous, but most I’ve never seen before.

Here’s the gallery of paintings you’ll be trying to replicate. Clicking on a painting will tell you when it’ll be tackled in class. Don’t worry, there will be an instructor on hand to guide you along, and the rest of the materials are covered as well: paint, brushes, easels, cups, mixers and an apron.

Of course, what makes this class so fun is that you get to drink while daubing. In fact, VisArts will supply everyone with a complimentary glass of red or white wine. So, despite the name, no cocktails, but who cares? Wine and painting are probably a better match anyway. You can buy more drinks for $3, and this includes beer, both “domestic and imported.”

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Classes are $40 (but if you go through Groupon, they’re $24) and range in size from 20 to 30 participants. Registration is done online, and a nice feature of the site is that when you click on an individual event, it will tell you how many spaces are available; it will also let you know the difficulty level of each class.

Here is a list of events. Classes run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If you don’t rent an apartment in Rockville, it’s no problem, because the Rockville Metrorail station on the Red Line is right there.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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