Horizon, Host: Ted Simons

April 17, 2014


Host: Ted Simons

Arizona Artbeat: Painting with a Twist


  • Painting with a Twist is a Tempe school where a professional artist will teach you to paint step-by-step. The twist is you get to bring your own favorite adult beverage to the class. We’ll take a look at Painting with a Twist.
Category: The Arts   |   Keywords: the arts, painting, twist, art, artbeat, tempe, school, artist, beverage, professional,

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Ted Simons: In tonight's edition of "Arizona ArtBeat" we recognize the struggling artist within us. Producer Shana Fischer and photographer Ed Kishel introduce a place where you can unleash your inner Picasso.

Shana Fischer: The creativity is in full flight on Thursday night at Painting With a Twist.

Shernell Mays: Painting with a Twist is a place where you can come with your friends and family and find where your inner art is.

Shana Fischer: The new business in Tempe is hoping to inspire the inner artist in everyone. And you don’t need to know a Matisse from a Renoir. The owner Shernell Mays hopes to teach you how to paint like a pro.

Shernell Mays: I feel bringing local artists into the studio not only helps them build their clientele with their personal art, but also just having our customers coming in and seeing that we're supporting our local artists, that's the most important thing.

Shana Fischer: Each night showcases a different genre. In this session students are learning about impressionism through the work of Vincent Van Gogh and his painting "Starry Night." The students learn how to hold a brush to mimic Van Gogh’s brush stroke look. They also work with bright colors to achieve the rich look in the original painting. Every move of the artist teacher is broadcast on a monitor so students can follow along.

Kelsey Mills: The artist teaching me is a lot better pathway. When I look at the painting I don't think I can do it. But when she sits there and it's step by step, my looks just like hers and hers looks perfect, I can do it, I can do it.

Brittany Cadanet: Having a professional artist show you the ropes help as whole lot. They are very step by step, more like a paint by number. It's not as crazy as you just looking at the painting and having to do it yourself. That definitely help.

Shana Fischer: Recreating a masterpiece can feel a bit daunting but you do get a little help here thanks to the twist, a chance to sip while you paint.

Shernell Mays: BYOB helps. They feel like they can't paint, so bringing a little wine helps them relax and get loose and they create beautiful art.

Kelsey Mills: Bring your own beverage has a different twist, it loosens you up a little bit, you can open up, talk to your neighbor and go with the paint.

Shana Fischer: Painting With a Twist uses acrylic paints so they dry quickly, which means you get to take home your artwork at the end of the night along with some great memories.

Shana Fischer: It's more than the art. It's how you feel when you leave. Most people feel like they accomplished something, and they know that they had a great time and it's something they want to continue to do.

Ted Simons: Painting With a Twist's involvement in the community includes donating a portion of their proceeds to a different charity each month.

Ted Simons: Friday on "Arizona Horizon" it's the "Journalists' Roundtable," an update on the many bills being considered in the waning days of the legislative session. And we will discuss what's next in the campaign finance case against Attorney General Tom Horne, Friday on the "Journalists' Roundtable." That is it for now, I am Ted Simons. Thank you so much for joining us. You have a great evening. Captioning Performed By LNS Captioning www.LNScaptioning.com

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