The influx of DIY workshops across the nation is a sight I love to see. With colorful storefronts and beautiful projects hanging inside, the streets have been given a cheery break from yet another pawn shop or gas station. The evolution from the Paint and Sip culture to a DIY Craft Workshop setting has been a nice break from the strict painting trend. There are many reasons why DIY Craft Workshops are better than paint classes but I’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 reasons. Check out the list below for the top reasons DIY Craft Workshops are a superior choice for a night out with your friends and family!
1. Make something you’ll be proud of and proud to give!
More often than not I leave paint and sip classes with an unfinished feeling (or any paint anything, for that matter). Should I have shaded that leaf for a few minutes longer? Should that flower be purple and not pink? Maybe when I get home I can work on it a little longer with the paints I haven’t touched in years…
With the streamlined process of staining, assembling, and stenciling at most DIY Craft Workshops, there is a clear stopping point. You can take it home and admire the professional finished quality instead of wondering what else could be done to make it look better. Clear finish lines are always a plus in our book.
Have a million weddings to go to this summer? Trying not to break the bank on gifts? Many craft workshops allow personalization on projects that are perfect for newlyweds. Though, not everyone loves that flower painting you should have painted purple from painting class last week. Everyone says that handmade gifts are always better, so make them one that is truly special!
Having the ability to make custom projects make DIY craft workshops much more unique. Even though you still gather with friends, sip some wine, and do an art project together, each participant leaves with their own one-of-a-kind piece of art. Do you want to make a doormat that says “Come Back With Tacos”? No problem. Do you want grandma’s favorite quote above the oven? Sure thing! A “No Boys Allowed” sign to hang above the newly constructed blanket fort in the living you? You got it.
3. Men are more apt to come if power tools are involved!
Have you been begging your hubby to come paint with you and your friends every week for the last year? “Just one class,” you say, “You’ll have so much fun!” What if you told him you could use a drill, hammer and all of his other favorite tools? Not to mention he would win date night and look super manly in the process. What more could he want?
DIY Craft Workshops are generally more active and hands on. You won’t find yourself sitting for too long, unless you get tired from all that building! Also tell him and all his friends that the girl to guy ratio is significantly in their favor. Is he still not convinced? Have him read this article about Why Women Love Creative Men.
4. Project collaboration
If you tried to work on a painting with a partner before, you’ll know that it hardly ever works out well. Even painting the kitchen wall with two people can get complicated. I have yet to come across a Paint and Sip style class that allows a couple or two friends to work on the same project. Maybe because they know it will end in divorce proceedings and name calling.
However, at DIY Craft Workshops like Craft Love DIY Workshop, it’s easy to collaborate on one project with your loved one, friend or even your kids! They even encourage it. One day you will all look back on the project with fond memories and not stress wrinkles.
Learning how to collaborate on any kind of project is immensely helpful in today’s society. It teaches adults and children alike how to effective work together and share ideas. Publications across all outlets outline many reasons why working together is beneficial with the more significant reasons of being able to raise self-awareness or one’s abilities and limitations, work in a larger scale with more hands on the project, and my favorite term of “creative abrasion”.
It is not often we are told it’s ok to disagree (unless you’re a WWE wrestler). Natalie Nixon explains that the term “creative abrasion” “was coined by Jerry Hirsch when he was an executive designer at Nissan. “Abrasion” is a process of wearing down through friction. We typically associate friction with something negative, but friction in its purest form is energy. So why not convert that energy that comes from working with people who are different from you, into something positive? Leverage the differences and work to identify what can be complementary about them”.
Interested in reading more about the benefits of collaboration? Check out Nixon’s full article here.
5. More Combination of Mediums than Paint Classes
At these workshops the student is able to learn and combine many mediums of art such as woodworking, graphics, painting and drawing. Learning new skills at any age helps keep the brain sharp, and touching up on old skills never hurt either.
“Challenging your brain with mental exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them… Many people have jobs that keep them mentally active, but pursuing a hobby or learning a new skill can function the same way.” reports Harvard Medical School.
6. Diversity of Personal Art Collection
Let’s face it, you only have so much wall space for paintings. There are only so many bathroom walls to fill as a last resort unless you’re really trying to make the garage bright and colorful, too. DIY workshops have endless project choices for inside or outdoors and not just for the walls. Perhaps a monogrammed wooden sign by the mailbox? Flower planters by the windows? A new door mat? Some workshops even offer pillows and handbags as an option.
7. Company Party Fun
Nixon’s article (mentioned earlier) continues to explain the benefits of corporate collaboration for employees. “Collaborating propels your firm to become a learning organization, a popular phrase right now that refers to organizations which have cultures of ongoing learning, and structures that support that learning through safety nets for failure, and opportunities for growth in all aspects of employees’ lives. Each time your firm collaborates with others you optimize the capacity of your associates to extend beyond their comfort zone, grow, and in turn, stretch the boundaries of the organization”.
So, stuck on the next company christmas party? Might I suggest taking everyone to a DIY Craft Studio? Not only will it build the team’s co-working skills and raise patience levels, it’s always hard to appease everyone’s likes. With these workshops, each person can choose their own project and not be confined to painting birch trees like everyone else. Craft workshops are good for all types with all likes and preferences! Not to mention you will be helping everyone out with holiday gifts for the year. Teach your team to think outside of the box!
8. Confidence Booster
More often than not, I hear people exclaim they are not artistic or crafty at all. This is usually followed by a scoff, eye roll and change of subject. Personally, I appreciate the DIY Craft takeover because it is teaching those who “aren’t crafty” that they are happily wrong. By joining any two to three hour public workshop you are learning important skills as well as getting a much needed confidence boost.
Maybe no one taught you how to use a drill before, and that’s not your fault! But by the end of these classes you will be a drill pro and can promptly go home and fix all those small jobs you have been nagging your significant other to do (like to loose bathroom doorknob upstairs).
Boost confidence of being handy at home to fix those small jobs. You also won’t have to wait to hang whatever beautiful art you made in class. Grab that drill and hang it yourself!
I love art for the reason that it brings incredible joy to those who create it but also those who view it. Knowing that you built a toy box on a random monday night while drinking wine and actually found it fun and easy is a confidence booster everyone needs.
9. Bring your Kids, Your Snacks, and Especially some Wine!
Yes, you can still bring wine and snacks to most DIY workshops, but unlike most paint and sip workshops, family-friendly classes are a common theme for DIY workshops popping up. And for those days when you leave the kids at home, a little bit of bubbly won’t make you drill your hand to the table. It might even make you feel more creative! The idea that alcohol makes you more creative in an interesting and highly researched topic. Though we won’t go into more detail here, you can read more about the relationship between drinking and painting in another post.
The environment that these workshops create always seem more inviting for families than traditional paint classes. There is more space to frolic around without worrying about tipping over someone’s easel. Though most workshops still use paint, they use significantly less which reduces the risk of your child returning home with pink hair or leaving colorful little fingerprints on your dashboard.
And our last topic but certainly not least and perhaps the most important: freedom to create your own style! DIY craft workshops have developed a more personalized method and individual art experience than most paint classes with the availability of one of a kind projects and not the re-creation of the same painting.
Melissa Purtee, an art teacher in Raleigh, North Carolina, decided to attend a paint and sip class to build upon her own abilities as a teacher and see through the student eyes. In her article, she recalls realizing that “the fear of failing is very real, even for adults, when the task is to recreate an example. Everyone in the class was comparing their work to the example and worrying that it fell short. Do we do the same thing to our students when we show them a model and ask them to replicate it?” The class helped her understand more “how directional activities and fear are related” and that as a teacher she had to evolve to eliminate that fear.
We see a similar evolution with DIY Craft Workshops and the freedom to explore many methods and projects. This helps eliminate the fear that their project won’t look exactly like the one example provided and the anxiety throughout the painting process. Now we are able to choose our own projects, stain colors, methods of distressing wood or style of pillow and create a unique and original piece. With less stress and no pressure to achieve paint shading perfection leaves more chances to be creative and free.
I think it is safe to say we vote for DIY craft workshops over paint classes any day. For the freedom, the wine and the confidence, we strongly suggest you sign up for one soon! With hundreds of project to choose from, you are sure to find something for everyone. Don’t forget to to bring snacks, drinks and good company.
Enjoy your time so much that you want to go back already? We thought so 😉