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Big Smiles as Channels brings Art Participation to the People

04 Mar Big Smiles as Channels brings Art Participation to the People

With the huge interest in art now shown on television, budding artists will be encouraged to put brush to canvas at an innovative new event at Channels in Little Waltham on Wednesday 18th March when professional artist and qualified art teacher James Mackenzie hosts his Art & Sip night as the first in a series of events for both adults and kids, following a hugely popular inaugural Kids’ Arts Party during the February half term.

Having gained a fine art degree, James worked as a portrait artist before going on to teach art in secondary schools. Throughout his career, James has continued to paint both landscapes and his signature portraits which capture the extremes of human emotion. Now, with his runaway success at Channels, he is delighted to make his sessions in Essex a regular feature: “I love to teach”, James comments, “and I’m so excited that we have booked in art classes for the rest of the year. Art should be for everyone”.

 Art & Sip, which capitalises on the rising popularity of painting, will be an opportunity to mingle with fellow painters and enthusiasts, soak up instruction from a recognised artist and create a painting to take home. Following the massive success of the first Art Party, a complete schedule of new dates for all ages has now been confirmed.

“We’re not putting pressure on anyone to produce a masterpiece,” says Channels manager Katie Squire: “This is an opportunity for everyone to have a go or improve their painting skills. We are running the Kids Art Parties as a series of double sessions timed to fit in with holidays and half terms. There will be a cooked lunch/dinner for the children and we would suggest that they turn up in clothes which will survive a hot wash! We supply the paints and the canvas and the adult evening sessions will feature a hot buffet of delicious home-cooked food and a glass of prosecco, which should encourage the release of those creative juices!”