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David teaching a paint and sip class at the Impossible Dream Studio

David leading a paint and sip class

Next "Paint and Sip" FRIDAY, October 7, 2022

Paint and Sip classes are "just for fun." It's a party with your friends in which you sip BYOB wine and snacks and do a guided painting with a friendly instructor. Register ahead of time time on-line or in the store. ALL Skill Levels WELCOME! I will guide you at each step, so don't be afraid you can't do it...

Woman and man showing off their amazing fauvist paintings they did at the July 1, 2022 paint and sip at the impossible dream studio, florence texas

Teri and Fred show off their paintings at the July 1 event

Painting on the Porch (with Artist, David Borden)

What is more Texan than spending some time on the front porch with your friends on a warm summer night? The Impossible Dream Studio is hosting a “Painting on the Porch” event as part of First Fridays in Florence. Bring your friends or meet new ones and paint flowers with the help of local Texas Artist, David Borden. Learn something new regardless of your skill level (All Levels Welcome). David will do a demonstration guiding you through the painting as you follow along on your own canvas, or strike out on your own creative adventure. Either way, at the end of the evening, you’ll have a finished 8 x 10 acrylic painting.

  • Friday, December 4, 2022, 6:30 to 8:30pm

  • Impossible Dream Studio

  • 105 N. Patterson Ave., Florence, TX 76527

Included in the price:

  • 8 x 10 canvas

  • Acrylic paints and brushes (but you’re welcome to bring your own materials)

  • Fun on the porch

You bring:

  • Beverage and snacks of your choice (BYOB) You may bring sodas, water, beer, wine, etc...

  • Great attitude

Price: $25

painting of a purple flowers in a glass vase by artist David Borden, oil on panel

"Flowers"

oil on panel

David Borden

  • 6:30- 8:30 pm

  • All materials provided (brushes, canvas, paint)... except the beverages and snacks. BYOB encouraged

  • You'll leave with a beautiful acrylic painting on a 12 x 16 inch canvas

  • This is a guided painting , but you can paint whatever you want. Subjects change each time, so you can take the class every time and make a different painting.

  • $35 per registration (Registration OPEN)

  • Classes need a minimum to make, so register on-line or in person before the event to ensure the event isn't canceled due to low registration!

  • Minimum age 12 years old. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Students at the Paint and Sip, Impossible Dream Studio, Florence, Texas

Students having fun at the paint and sip

Saturday Studio Classes

Do you want to concentrate on the skills you want to learn without having to sign up for the same, tired old art class? Work on your own projects at your pace with coaching from artist, David Borden. We can work on drawing, painting with oil color, acrylics, or printmaking. This is a mellow, personalized art experience, working side by side with other artists and focusing on your needs.

David specializes in landscape and portraits.

$20 per Saturday. 2 hour slots anytime between 10am and 3pm. Pay by the month or as you go. Cash, check, card...

If you're interested, contact David at david@impossibledreamstudio.com

"The artistic atmosphere of the space and David's positive attitude and talent make it magical" -- Karen Brizendine Standridge


Artist David Borden working on a landscape painting at this easel

Artist David Borden working on a landscape at his easel

Woman drawing at an easel in the Saturday Studio at the Impossible Dream Studio.

Karen drawing at the Saturday Studio

How are Studio Classes Different from Regular Art Classes?

You can learn facts from a lecture. For example, if I were to tell you that the United States declared its independence from Britain in 1776, but the current constitution didn’t meet its ratification threshold of states until 1788, you’d be able to cite that fact in a later conversation. Art, however, is not simply the memorization of facts. You can memorize that the sky is the brightest part of a landscape or that human eyes are typically one eye width apart, but until you put those facts into practice, make mistakes, and correct them, you don’t really “know” it?

Can Anyone Learn?

What is something you’re good at? A sport… cards… an instrument… all of those things required you to “learn by doing” with the help of a coach. Art works the same way. If you want to learn how to do it, all you need is a supportive coach and practice. The good news is that the practice is fun.

How does a Studio Class Work?

You pick your project, or get assistance picking it from me. I’ll even help with the selection of brushes, paints, and other art supplies. I can help you set up your palette and other artist mysteries. We select a subject, such as your dog Sparky, your media, such as acrylic, and the support, such as canvas. You draw the subject from reference material. I coach you through the process and see what skills you need to work on. I’ll suggest techniques or exercises to help you get better. We do the same with the painting. I help you as you mix colors and paint the canvas. We do this with your next project and your next one. We increase the difficulty when projects are too easy and reduce the difficulty when the project is too hard. We try to stay in a place where you are comfortable, but a little challenged. Over time you get better and better.

Man drawing at a table in the Impossible Dream Studio

Phil honing his drawing skills at the Saturday Studio

Why are Studio Classes better than Regular Classes?

We all learn at different speeds. In a studio class, faster students can go faster and don’t feel their time is wasted waiting on slower students. Slower students go at a comfortable pace and don’t feel like they're holding up the class. Everyone is happier and more productive… and no one cares who’s faster or “better.” Also, BYOB for those who wish.

What level do I need to be?

It doesn’t matter. We start where you need to start and go where you want to go. If you feel you can’t draw, I’ll teach you how to draw. You’ll be amazed at how well you can draw if someone coaches you through the process.

"Absolutely Awesome. I went last week and David is a great Art teacher. Low key and casual, but a great learning experience." --Phil Duncan

Watercolor Classes (Beginners)

with Annye Townsend

The hugely popular Watercolor classes are taking a summer break. Check back in September for updates.

Contact Annye directly at 281-923-2902 for more information.

BYOB

watercolor class at the Impossible Dream Studio, Florence Texas. Image of a person painting cactus

Beginning Watercolor

June 20-21 Class was "Outer Space!"

Children's Program

The Children's Program is taking a much needed break after a busy summer! Check back end of September for updates...


We are learning about some of the greatest artists in the world.

Students will be able to choose their favorite artist(s) and then make their own original work inspired by the artist.

Each class is from 9am to noon, Monday or Tuesday. You can sign up for one day, 2 days, or all 4! Each day is $45.

Local Florence Artist, Paige Morse, has teamed up with the Impossible Dream Studio to hold summer art classes. Next classes:

August 1: Picasso and Matisse

August 2: Van Gogh and Kandinsky

August 8: Haring, Warhol, and O'Keefe

August 9: "Street Art"

We will be taking our art outside to share with the public! We will be creating temporary art on Main St. in Florence (with permission of course). Parents and residents can admire the students work out "in the wild" - we will be outside from 9am -12pm so dress accordingly i.e. shorts, hat, sunscreen

Paige will be teaching 3 hours per day from 9am to 12 noon.


Classes fill fast, so don't delay and miss your opportunity


Contact Paige Morse at paige.morse.creative@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.

Drop-ins welcome when slots are available.

Are you an Independent Artist, Artisan, or other Creative who wants to put on a Workshop or Class?

You won't find a more affordable studio rental option in Central Texas. You rent the space by the day. You make all the profit. For price list and rental terms, click here, or contact David at david@impossibledreamstudio.com

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