In many communities, there is a demand for more painting clubs for adults. Too often, existing groups don’t fulfill existing interest because clubs hold restrictive hours, incorporate too-specific groups, or are simply full. If you’d like to give artists a time and place to engage their craft—whether for fun or their artistic betterment—consider opening your own art club. Here are some tips on how to start a painting club for adults that best services the community.
Ask Yourself: What’s the Goal of the Group?
It’s necessary to first determine who the group will include and what its purpose is. Do you want a club that helps serious artists hone their individual crafts? Do you want to create a space for fun and creative painting? Or do you want something completely different? You could even host a weekly group geared toward artistic coping strategies for mental illness. Determining your goals will help you figure out how you’ll market the club to others and plan activities. This way you can meet members’ expectations of what the group will entail.
Find a Venue
Next, you’ll need a physical location where you’ll meet. Libraries and community centers are common places to reserve for meetings. Consider whether your venue has supply storage so you don’t have to lug materials around for every meeting.
Charge for Enrollment and Materials
Another part of starting a painting club for adults is enrollment and material costs. Your enrollment costs must meet a sweet spot—expensive enough to ensure people invest themselves in the club while not pricey enough to drive people away. Then again, if you don’t have many costs associated with your club, you can offer it for free as well. Also, consider how you’ll fund additional supplies and determine what you can buy. You can budget your costs according to the available funds your group has.
Get Creative with Activities and Lessons
Once you understand how much your club can spend on materials, you can get creative with your purchases. For example, you can show them how to use Color Pigment Powder to create their own custom paints. The paint-making process itself is an extremely satisfying art project, and you can tailor your paint’s qualities to each painters’ needs. You could also plan a getaway to an art museum and have members bring a sketchpad to draw on as they become inspired. However you choose to spend time as a group, continue to find creative outlets to keep people coming back.