By Wendy Wheeler and Amy Neault
The Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) Program Board helped students de-stress by hosting the Paint and Sip event in the Bay. This event is about painting an image whilst an instructor directs the painting session and everyone sips on a beverage. Hence, ‘Paint and Sip.’
Monica McMahon, Program Board Coordinator, said the event is held quarterly and originally started in the Winter quarter of 2017. “This initially was meant to be a one time event, but students loved it and it took off!”
The event offers students the opportunity for an hour of relaxation. Several rows of tables were set up and tarped over. Each chair was paired individually with a small easel holding a 10 x 12 canvas, a cup of water, two paint brushes and a small artist pallet for the paint. The type of brushes that were given were a flat brush and a smaller angled brush. Acrylic paints were distributed in the colors dark blue, black and white to create a scenic winter landscape, in lieu of the Winter quarter.
The chosen painting example consisted of a landscape containing snow, a tree, and a moon. It was meant to be something simple to create with the three colors of acrylic paint that were provided, for those who are ‘beginners’ in art.
Mariana Mendoza, a first year student and student assistant coordinator, said “Paint and Sip is meant to be a fun experience for students on campus.” The Paint and Sip events seat up to a maximum of 30 occupants and Mendoza shared that “it fills up fast every time.”
Along with the complimentary accouterments necessary for painting, ‘mocktails’ were offered for free and students had their choice between Polar Blast Hawaiian Punch, Lemon Berry Breeze Hawaiian Punch, or water.
As the event began, artist Mynor Cardona introduced himself and led the instruction on how to paint the winter-esque scenery. Cardona, age 22, is a local artist who has been creating art consistently since the age of fourteen. He is currently an art major attending community college in hopes of becoming an art teacher in the future.
“This is my third time hosting the Paint and Sip event here,” Cardona explained. “I love teaching art because there is never a mistake, you can do anything. There is no wrong answer.”
A large image of the predetermined painting was projected onto a screen before the students, and as Cardona directed the art event, he expressed the importance of the fluidity art provides. “You guys can paint this however you want. It is your painting. It doesn’t have to look exactly like the example.”
Relaxing, melodic music combined with Cardona’s calm and reassuring teaching method provided for a peaceful setting many students seemed to appreciate. As the quarter comes to an end, it is typical for tensions amongst students to run high due to upcoming tests, presentations and deadlines; this Paint and Sip event proved to be a successful attempt at temporarily relieving attendees from the tiring tasks that come with being a student.
Fourth year and health science major Lupe Tapia said her and her friend said they saw the poster advertisement for the event and decided it may be worth it to attend. Both students expressed their enjoyment of the event, saying it was “really fun” and that they learned new painting techniques to use in the future.
For more information on this event and upcoming events like it, feel free to visit the SMSU Program Board, located at SMSU 206.