Frequently Asked Questions
1. What's the difference between a regular class ($35) and a "Palette Knife" class ($45)?
The "Palette Knife Series" is a chance to try something a little different than normal painting with brushes. We paint primarily with palette knives, utilizing acrylics and acrylic mediums to create vibrant sculptural paintings that JUMP off the canvas! This class is a little more expensive because of the more expensive materials involved, particularly the thickening medium, and the special palette paper and tools. You could say there is a bit more room for experimentation when painting in this style, and most people who give it a try find it completely liberating. You are forced to surrender some control with a palette knife, and magical things can happen. "Palette Knife Series" are tossed in at random with the regular schedule, just to keep things a little spicy. Be sure to snag a seat as soon as the class is posted, they are limited and tend to run out quick!
2. What do I need to bring?
Once you've signed up, you just bring yourself! All the art materials we need are supplied. Even though I provide aprons, maybe wear some clothes you wouldn't mind getting a little paint on. We work with acrylic, which is water-based paint, but it doesn't come out of clothes very easily, just a heads up. PLEASE DO NOT BYOB, since classes are held at public restaurants/bars.
3. So I can't even draw a stick figure, is that ok?
What you probably mean is you haven't actually sat down and tried to make art in a long time, or you've tried before, and had a negative experience. All I ask is that you leave your ego at the door, (particularly the ego that tells you how terrible you are) and just get loose with some paint for a few hours. This is meant to be completely for fun, it's a friggin painting class, a chance for you to see if you like art enough to pursue it further on your own. Maybe this will be a one-and-done. We won't know until you show up and try.
4. Are kids welcome?
Absolutely!! I've had everyone from 6-year-olds to 90-year-olds join my classes! As long as everyone's got a good attitude, and parents recognize that there is alcohol consumption present, if it's ok with them, it's ok with me!
5. Can I pay in person instead of Paypal?
Unfortunately, in the past, people who have signed up and opted to pay in person many times just didn't show up, and their seats sat empty when they could have been given to other people. Also- easels, canvas, water jar, poured paint, etc are all set up for the reserved seats ahead of time. This is why it's important to have everyone pay for their seat online when they sign up. If you strongly prefer paying in person, just email Bri.
6. What if I need to cancel?
In the event that you must cancel your reservation, if it's 24-hour notice, simply contact me, and you can easily be refunded your $35 per person via paypal. No-shows & cancellations made the same day as class will not be refunded.
7. Can an outdoor class be cancelled due to weather?
When we have the pleasure of painting at one of Folly Beach's best outdoor venues, such as Chico Feo, we are of course at the mercy of Mother Nature. If a bad storm appears to be approaching, we will likely switch class locations to another great location near Folly Beach. In the event of a class cancellation, however, everyone will be easily refunded via Paypal.
8. Can I choose what painting I want to paint?
Since Paint with a Buzz is mainly a one-woman-show, each class follows one specific painting, as shown in the class Schedule. I strongly encourage everyone to get as creative as they want, whether they follow along with the class or paint something completely of their choosing. You've got the tools, I love when people go rogue. The instruction provided, however, will focus on the piece chosen for that class.
9. When will new class paintings be posted?
I personally create each painting from collective inspiration that I see, photos that I take, and from memory. I try my best to keep things interesting and to have as many posted in advance as possible. Typically, you can count on checking out the next class paintings online 3-4 weeks in advance. If the date you're interested in is not posted yet, either sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of the screen or "like" the FB page to stay updated on when the new classes are posted! The Instagram and Facebook pages are usually updated on a daily basis.