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Cocktails and Creativity: The Social Creative

What could be better than channeling your inner Picasso while sipping on delicious cocktails? Sounds pretty hard to beat right? Well this is exactly what local Canberran business ‘The Social Creative’ offers a few nights every week. The Social Creative is a local business who hosts artistic classes in a range of Canberra’s most popular bars including Treehouse and Honkytonks (which are both conveniently located in the Civic Circle). Combining cocktails with creativity, sparking flair and fun, its the perfect post work activity.

The Social Creative runs a number of different workshops including acrylic paint, water colour, pastel and charcoal sessions as well as occasionally offering terrarium making. Each workshop also has a set image you’ll be working on and the best way to see what events they have to offer is to check out there facebook or eventbrite pages. 

Tickets to each class are limited and come at a price of $55 per session. Each session includes everything you need to create your masterpiece including the canvas, paints, brushes and of course the expertise of the artist who runs the evening. While the event doesn’t include any food or drinks in the package, the events run from 6:30 – 8:30, making it easy to pick up cheaper food and drinks during the happy hour specials.

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A night filled with SO MUCH cuteness! We had the sweetest dogs, beautiful cats, cheeky birds, gorgeous horses and even a incredible unicorn 🦄 To book into one of our fun, creative classes, visit the link in our bio x

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Despite not being any good at art, I decided to take a dive and give one of Canberra’s most up and coming activities a go. I went along to one of the Social Creatives events at Treehouse Bar to see for myself what all the hype was about, and let me tell you, they did not disappoint.

Nervous about how the evening may carry out – due to my lack of artistic ability, I was pleasantly surprised to see they had the basic outlines of the painting already drawn onto each canvas. This at least guaranteed that my painting was going to resemble the giraffe we were going to be painting and not just a yellow blob on a blue canvas.

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Before the class started, I took advantage of treehouses half price drinks special and got my hands on a cocktail (or 3!) while talking to a few of my friends I had roped into coming with me. We chatted with the artist and a few of the other workshop participants making for a really friendly and relaxed atmosphere. 

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We first started with working on the background and were instructed each step of the way, being guided to use the right amount of paint (tip – you can’t use to much) and the correct strokes. As we progressed through the workshop, the instructor was very helpful and friendly. She bustled around making sure everyone had enough paint and continued to guide us through each step, from shading the giraffe, to adding the final touches and (in her words) “bring your giraffe to life”.

Being guided each step of the way definitely helped and made me feel a lot more comfortable. I was no longer stressed about making mistakes and just enjoyed myself, chatting and painting the evening away. Of course, for those of you that are more art savvy than myself, there was plenty of opportunity to drift off the path and make your masterpiece a little more individual, but I played it safe and based mine off the example the artist had prepared earlier. 

Overall, The Social Creative workshops are a very fun. After enjoying a few drinks and good food, you get to walk away with a piece of art you created and I promise you don’t need to be the next Van Goh to enjoy yourself! 

The finished result! Photo by Ashleigh Redpath

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