Sunday, January 25, 2015

Paint by Numbers

Unleash your inner artist, with a drink or two


OK, so maybe the last time you showed your artistic side was when you signed up for that college elective class (the live nude models may have had a hand in that).

Now that you've matured, here’s our guide to unleashing your inner Cezanne. Or at least Warhol.

On canvas, anyway. As far as becoming a famous lothario, that's on you.

Every artist needs a muse. Like your new neighbor down the hall, for example. Take her to the ICA on a Sunday afternoon for their Make/Made class (free with museum admission), where experienced artists will explain how works in the ICA’s permanent collection are made before guiding you through creating your own masterpiece — even if your muse ends up with all the credit. 
Free (after $15 museum admission). Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Seaport (617-478-3100)

Everybody's art looks better after a few drinks. That's the idea behind The Paint Bar and Urban Art Bar, both of which offer one-off painting sessions that blend instruction with BYO booze. And since you do your best thinking at the bar, check out Paint Nite, where your favorite watering hole is converted to a fully equipped art studio for the night. With every shot, you'll get closer to Da Vinci.
$35 hereThe Paint Bar, 248 Newbury St., Back Bay (617-467-5777)
$35 hereUrban Art Bar, 159 Old Colony Ave., South Boston (617-596-0553)

Ready for your big reveal? Make your way to Central Square’s Out of the Blue Gallery, where for $25 you can showcase three pieces of art for the month. Better yet? Rent the whole space (contact the gallery directly for pricing), invite your muse and her gallery-hopping friends, then bask in the glory of your new artistic greatness. Just make sure the drinks are flowing first, which we suspect won't be a problem.
106 Prospect St., Central Square (617-354-5287)

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