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Motzaei Shabbos Night Activity

Michal Frischman

It’s not a weeknight, everyone is relaxed after Shabbos, and there’s a solid chunk of time just waiting to be filled. Whether you’re looking for something to do with your kids, your spouse, your friends, or alone, we’ve got exciting suggestions for these long winter Motzaei Shabbos nights.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Even the artistically challenged will enjoy a good paint night, where a group leader or a hired art teacher directs the class in recreating a painting or photo they have chosen. With clear step-by-step instructions, the leader details exactly what to do; which colors, brushes, and techniques to use; and in what order. Usually, the high quality of the end result shocks no one more than the painters themselves.

“It’s all about picking the right picture,” saysYiddesBidnick, a Cincinnati art teacher who runs paint nights. “You want the end result to be striking, so pick a picture that you find beautiful, but that’s easy enough to paint.”

She suggests looking for a picture or photo that features something without extremely rigid ratios. A landscape, a nature picture, or even a cartoon could work, since they can look nice even when the proportions are off. Painting a person or a still life with intricate details may not be so successful. Also avoid pictures with tiny details — even if all the painters are adults, simpler is better.

Another tip, adds Yiddes, is selecting a picture with an interesting background. “A streaky, blended background will look nice covering a large part of your canvas,” she says. “Blending colors is very simple, but it looks impressive.” 

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