I would like to explain the private party concept and answer the most frequently asked questions.
A lot of people ask, “What do I need to do to have a private painting class?” I would say the first thing to do is see if you have 5 interested friends. If you have 5 friends, relatives or kids over 8 years old, you have yourself the makings for a private party in your own home or other location. We can paint literally anywhere with tables and chairs. So, we can paint in places other than home that you may have access to, such as churches, restaurants or coffee shops, with permission of course! I have had many classes in people’s garages which was really awesome because there was much less fear of paint messes. Acrylic does stain fabrics, but wipes off of tables and chairs just fine. Just keep in mind, people need a bit more space than they do to eat a meal. I like to give each person about two feet of width and depth at a table, that about covers it.
“What if I cant get 5 people to paint with me, or don’t have enough room?” Well, if you can get 3 besides yourself we can reserve a date for you at Free To Be Studio for just yourselves. I can have up to 10 total, so if you just want to paint with your friends exclusively but don’t have the space at your home, we can paint here as well. Free To Be Studio has expanded to a larger, cooler location with patio painting on nice days!
Another question I get is, “What do I need to supply for the painting party?” and “Can we drink?” Both awesome questions. You supply tables, chairs and painters, and I bring everything else, including paper towels, and water cups, and of course the canvases, easels, paint and brushes. Feel free to eat and drink whatever you like at your private party! One of my favorite things about the private party is people feel more relaxed in their own home, so you do your thing and we will have a blast painting.
Many people are surprised to hear that I don’t typically charge to travel within the Portland/Milwaukie area. I really don’t mind travelling and enjoy being with people in a relaxed environment which being with friends in their home offers. I would, however, charge to travel outside of the immediate area, we would have to negotiate that based on your location. Keep in mind that many times I book about a month out. Most of the classes I offer are $25 with the exception of the 12 x 24 which we use for the Ball Jar Flowers which is $35 and the Paint Your Pet class which is $40 due to the extra preparation needed.
“Can I choose my own painting?” Yes!! Choose from the gallery or from paintings you may have seen on the Free To Be Art Facebook Page. The one thing I can’t do is copy someone else’s art or something you have seen on a different painting site, but you can show me what you like so I can find inspiration to draw from. Or if you say to me, hey Michele, I’d like to paint a flamingo or hot air balloons, I have been known to create a new painting just for you. You get the idea.
I ask that you give me at least two weeks notice if you are going to cancel a private class as I have reserved that date for you and would need time to fill the spot with something else. I do require a $100 deposit which is not refundable if the party is cancelled with less than two weeks notice. If it is not cancelled the $100 can go toward 4 guests payments.
I love teaching Couple’s Classes and having Birthday Parties as well. If you have any other questions you can always email me at email@example.com. Text or call 503-957-1026
Here is me doing a birthday party, what a great experience this was for all of us!
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