Canvas Creations

Pamela Clapp talks to Nancy Beechwood, age 7, about painting The Grinch, which will be the canvas project at the next kids’ painting party Friday, Nov. 28 at The Workshop. Clapp has group painting parties for adults at the studio as well.

If you’re looking for something fun to do with a group of friends, then consider a painting party at The Workshop.

Pamela Clapp, who oversees the studio in downtown El Campo, has been hosting canvas painting parties since the shop opened in April 2016.

Over the past 2 1/2 years, she has encouraged those who have never picked up a paint brush to create their own masterpieces.

For each party, whether it’s for kids, adults, couples, corporate team building or employee appreciation, everyone paints the same image starting with a blank canvas.

“It’s not sketched out, but I break it down as we’re all painting together,” she said.

This way, each painting is unique.

“They will all look different,” she said. “Everybody has their own style.”

For the adult parties, Clapp provides refreshments like tea, hot apple cider and cookies. Those attending can bring their own beverage and a snack if they wish.

Children’s parties are structured a little differently, because they have more energy and require more supervision. During the session they will paint a canvas, complete a craft, have pizza and play games if time permits.

“We have plenty of things for them to do to keep them busy,” she said. “It’s just a whirlwind of excitement and really cute how all of their paintings turn out ... they are so cute.”

The next kids’ session, painting The Grinch, will be Friday, Nov. 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. with plans for another class next month.

“I am really excited about The Grinch,” Clapp said. “The Grinch is so fun.”

Over the years, Clapp has discovered which images are more popular. If a class is full and there is still interest, she will schedule another class.

Typically, no more than 25 participants is the most she has room for, but she has done as many as 28. This month Clapp has had 13 painting sessions so far. “The most ever in a month,” she said.

Some of the more popular canvas parties have been the Christmas wreath, teacher canvas, pumpkins and most recently, the red truck, which she plans to have again next month.

Clapp is also excited about an adult class where participants will create an image of a white church in a winter landscape. She is calling it “The White Steeple.” This class will be Thursday, Dec. 13.

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