Spring is the perfect time to clear out the cobwebs of the mind and try something new. Learning to paint is an excellent way to express oneself. Whether you want to gather with friends, sip wine and paint or get into some serious instruction on color mixing and composition, there are several places in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where you can discover and cultivate your artistic ability.
Dallas Museum Of Art
1717 N. Harwood
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 922-1251
www.dma.orgWhat could be the better than learning and creating art in one of the world’s most renowned art museums? The Dallas Museum of Art offers hands-on adult workshops in the Center for Creative Connections Art Studio or Tech Lab. The museum also offers Meaningful Moments, a monthly free workshop designed for those with early stage dementia and their family members or caregivers. Through discussion, interaction and art-making activity in the art studio participants can relax, gain inspiration, and connect with the art. There is a different theme each month. While the program is free, space is limited and reservations are required.

Creative Arts Center Of Dallas
2360 Laughlin Dr.
Dallas, TX 75228
(214) 320-1275
www.creativeartscenter.orgCreative Arts Center of Dallas also known as CAC is a bonanza for artists. For 50 years, CAC has been inspiring creativity in the North Texas area. From painting fundamentals, traditional watercolor, mixed media painting, abstract acrylic painting and encaustic and oil painting, there is always a painting class that will suit your creative needs. Afternoon, night and weekend painting classes are available from skilled instructors.

Art House
631 E. Southlake Blvd. Suite C
Southlake, TX 76092
(817) 416-4278
www.studioarthouse.comBeginning and advanced watercolor classes, as well as beginning and advanced acrylic painting classes are offered for adults at Art House in Southlake. Classes are two hours long, and are suitable for beginners as well as professionals. Lessons are taught by degreed art instructors.

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Oil And Cotton Creative Exchange
817 W. Davis St., #110
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 942-0474
www.oilandcotton.comA weekend two-day painting workshop at Oil and Cotton Creative Exchange immerses you into the world of still life painting. The course, designed for beginners and experienced painters, will cover mixing colors, composition and identifying values. Inspiration from Cezanne, Van Gogh and Morandi will be the basis of the workshop but you will be working with contemporary items. Working with Holbein Duo water-based oil paints on canvas, students’ paintings will have a modern flair to the traditional method of painting. Each student will complete one 12” x 16” and one 16” x 16” canvas.

Art In The Vine
441 E. Northwest Hwy
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 706-4585
www.artinthevine.comArt in the Vine offers a relaxed, casual environment to learn to paint and express yourself. The adult-only classes are easy to follow, even for those with no natural artistic talent. You can bring snacks and beverages. They have glasses, bottle openers and ice buckets but you will need to bring ice. You can sip on a glass of wine, gather with friends (seating for 50), get step-by-step instructions and go home with your own personal masterpiece. For those that have children, they offer classes on the weekends for younger budding artists.

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