WOOSTER — In the beginning, Laurie Schultz knew she wanted to own her own business someday. But she didn’t really know if her years teaching art to elementary students would translate to adults.
"I did it one time and loved it so much," she said after parents asked her to do paint nights for them.
And Schultz found teaching elementary art for 16 years (including in the Wooster City School District) really helped while trying to teach art to adult students without much training.
More than a year later her business, A Brush and a Beverage, is still growing
"I think a lot of people don’t know the concept," Schultz said, despite being open for more than a year. "The concept is kind of a new age Bob Ross."
But instead of watching Bob Ross paint on a TV screen, Schultz is leading a class of up to 25-30 painters. Schultz generally teaches one painting step by step. And artists will learn the basic concepts as they walk out with their own take on the painting she is teaching.
Curious artists can attend by themselves (there are a la carte options) or bring in groups of friends, as the sessions are meant to be social. And painters have their selection of beverages to choose from while they are painting — wine, coffee, or hot chocolate.
In the future, she said she is planning to add woodworking classes, wine bottle painting classes and children’s classes. Basically, Schultz said she is up for hearing any idea to bring groups into the fold.
Schultz has classes scheduled in advance for artists of all ages (obviously, underage painters can’t drink adult beverages) and also is seeing growth in the private events she books.
"The number one thing is, people want to do something different with their birthday parties or holiday parties," she said she has seen from her clients. "There’s no technology base at all here," Schultz added, so the classes are great for getting children off their phones.
"I have a great clientele," Schultz said. "I have some people who are regulars. I never thought I would have regulars. I figured it would be something that people come in once and that’s it."
For more information or to schedule a class or event at A Brush and a Beverage, located at 149 N. Walnut St., call 330-641-5100 or via email at email@example.com.
Reporter Steven F. Huszai can be reached at 330-287-1645 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He is @GeneralSmithie on Twitter.