In our quest to do new and interesting things in DC, my friend and I were able to nab a couple of spots at the ever popular Art Jamz. For those of you who have never heard of it, Michael Clements, founder of this great experience, began this venture last year as an answer to creating a unique experience in an otherwise routine town, filled with the usual options for evening activities.
Admittedly, it took me a long time to be able to attend one of these sessions and I’m glad I finally got the chance. In addition, we couldn’t have been in a better location – the American Art Museum’s Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard. This indoor atrium with an outdoor feel has bands that play in the evening with a bar and a cafe available. Luckily, we were able to listen to some great jazz as we painted.
How it Works
Start by getting your tickets. Go to http://www.artjamzdc.com. On the right side of the home page are the available dates and venues. Click on the one you want and it will take you to the eventbrite page. Note that included in this price are the canvas, all the paint, paint brushes, the easel and everything else you need to create your masterpiece.
On the day of, make sure to have your ticket in hand and once inside, grab a canvas and pick your space! Unsure of what to paint? Sketch it out! They have pencils available for you to use and trust me, it’s a lot easier than trying to paint over something when you want to switch direction. Then, when you’re satisfied with your sketch, start painting away!
One of the Best Experiences in DC!
We had an amazing time. For the next two hours, we painted away to live music. It’s amazing how focused one becomes and how relaxing it actually is. If you have time, walk around and see what others are painting – it’s amazing how talented some are! Below are what myself and my friend created.
A Couple of Things to Note
1. Make sure you wear clothing that you don’t care about. We didn’t get any paint on anything, other than our fingers, but we made sure to wear things that we’d be comfortable getting messy in. My advice: Wear nothing expensive.
2. Take two hours and leave the third hour to let the painting dry. It comes home with you right after the session.
3. They can do group sessions and fundraisers!
4. It’s addicting – once you’ve done it, you’ll want to do it again