Cork and Croma promise a creative night out. All you need to do is bring a bottle of wine or beer, and they provide everything else you’ll need.
The workshop ticket includes a 40 x 50cm blank canvas, paint, brushes, easel and apron. There is also glassware for your beverages and fridge to keep the bottle cold.
There is a range of different paintings to finish, so you’ll find one that suits your personality. When you book your ticket, you’ll see which painting they are doing that session. You’re also welcome to change the colours, the shapes, the style or add your own elements.
I’m tempted by the following paintings: Faces of Frida, Floral Shadows, Plant on Pink, Brisvegas Story Bridge, Hello Cocky, Happy Little Trees, Summer Dayz and Acting Koi. Head to the paint options for a full list of possibilities: https://www.corkandchroma.com.au/painting-options/
The sessions run for two and a half to three hours, with plenty of breaks to stretch your legs and mingle. You’ll bop along to the funky tunes, which are turned off at intervals so you can listen to the teacher walk you through the next steps.
I was interested to know if painting while a little tipsy would result in a better painting. It does help to limit the amount of negative self-talk and doubts you might have (which is fairly normal with most artists).
I’d suggest not wearing your best clothes, as I forgot and wiped my dirty brush on my jeans. Also, you might like to finish early so your painting will dry – especially if you are taking public transport home (otherwise maybe put an old newspaper in your car to lay it on). However, one of the best thing about the class is that they’ll clean up your brushes and palettes for you.
Handy tip: Gift vouchers are also available. There is a 10% discount for group bookings of 8 or more people.
I was happy with the results, and with a hook on the back, I’ll be able to hang my artwork up on the wall. The classes are suitable for beginners to prolific painters.
Head to the Cork and Croma website to book your class: https://www.corkandchroma.com.au/product-category/brisbane-montague-road/
Mummart Sessions for Mums and Babies
Cork & Chroma offer a baby-friendly painting session aptly named ‘The Mummart Sessions’. The idea was sparked for founder Hillary Wall after giving birth to her first baby and attending weekly ‘Babes in Arms’ movie screenings at a few local movie theatres.
The babies can be next to or worn by mum while she paints a self-guided artwork and connects with herself and her creativity. It’s an ideal way to create more community around the studio and get mamas in our city doing something for themselves, with their little ones in tow.
About Cork & Croma Brisbane
Cork and Chroma’s flagship studio launched in Brisbane in 2013. It is the vision of our lead artist, Hillary Wall, and her husband B.J. Wall, who joined the team full time in 2015. After spending some time in Sydney operating the Surry Hills studio, these days you can catch them back in Brisbane.
It’s a place where you can relax with friends, celebrate a milestone, or linger on a date – a place where you can savour a glass of wine and play with paint. We know that creativity and fun go hand in hand.
Montague Road, South Brisbane.