Me The Artist



Me the Artist

CityCenter of City North

5355 E High Street, Space 109

Phoenix, AZ 85054

www.metheartist.com

480-822-7999

We love trying artsy things, and few things rate higher on our list than a paint brush in one hand and wine glass in another. "me the artist" in CityNorth (next to Desert Ridge in North Phoenix) is another BYOB studio option for anyone looking to have some fun and make a "me'sterpiece."

The studio was started in 2010, but moved to it's current location on High Street in CityNorth in Oct 2011. There's several things we enjoyed

about the me'vent we attended. The studio is a BYOB environment, and our class was not shy about breaking open a bottle at 11am! We were running a bit late, but the owner, Ruby, was very gracious about getting us set up and caught up to the rest of the class. But even though they're really nice, don't be late like us! The studio actually opens a half hour before your class, which is the perfect amount of time to have a sip or two and plan any variations you want to make to your me'sterpiece.

Of the studios we've been to, "me the artist" was the most put together and intentional feeling. Don't get us wrong, we loved the funny sayings painted on the aprons of The Brush Bar, but MTA has their logo on the walls, aprons, and even sells t-shirts and wine glasses. When you check in, they'll give you a pre rubber banded set of paint brushes, and you just pick your 16x20 canvas, and pump out your paint (the numbers below each jug tell you how many pumps you'll need for the specific painting you're making). If you're customizing the colors in your canvas you can adjust your pumps, and you can always go back for more.

The tables are lined with butcher paper, which is where you'll do your color mixing. If you're like us and have the tendency to accidentally put your hand in your paint mixtures, "painting clothes" might be a good idea despite the aprons! However, we do like the naughtily artistic feel of paint on the tables! Your instructor (me'guide) will take you through

every step of the painting while allowing and sometimes suggesting ways to customize your me'sterpiece. Even for first time painters, you can walk away with something unique and fun that others will appreciate. If painting freehand is intimidating to you, The Art of Merlot in Old Town Scottsdale uses tracing paper to transfer an outline to your canvas and gives a more standardized look. Personally, we prefer the freehand, more relaxed feel that "Me The Artist" and The Brush Bar give during their classes.

If you would rather have a me'vent outside of the studio, for groups of 10 or more and a $75 set up and travel fee, your me'guide can come to you. Which is great for a baby shower or birthday, but the studio is really well put together, complete with a special washing room to rinse your brushes and get the paint off your elbows. To pick your painting, simply go to the calendar on their website. Most weekday events are at 3/3:30 or 6/6:30, which gets you out of class





in time for happy hour at Kona Grill or Blue Martini. It's perfect for a ladies night out or date night if you want to make an event of the entire afternoon or evening. And you even get a great souvenir to boot!

For more art classes around the Valley besides me the artist, check out our Phoenix art page!

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