Gardner Village Blog Paint the Town FUN this Summer!
Tuesday Jun 27 2017

Step inside this happy Gardner Village shop, and you'll not only discover gorgeous art and home decor...

The Art Cottage at Gardner Village 

You just might discover your own creative potential! You see, beyond being a store where you can add pretty pieces to your life, many of which were made by local artists, The Art Cottage is also a classroom. 

summer home decor 

Two classrooms, actually. One upstairs and this one, which is located on the main level. 

 The Art Cottage classroom

No matter where you sit, you'll learn new tricks of the trade and tap into your inner artist, whether you come with experience or not. 


With today being my handsome husband's birthday, he and I were treated to a night out at a Paint Party. Talk about a fun date night! 

 paint night date night

Whether you come with your better half, gather your pals, or fly solo, you're sure to enjoy two relaxing hours of color and creation at one of the watercolor courses taught here. 

 painting poppies

To give you a better idea of what to expect, here's a look at our Paint Party experience! 

dressed to paint 

As soon as you enter the happy classroom space,  you’ll find your supplies have all been put out for you. 

 watercolor paint supplies

As have the tasty treats! What a spread!

 class treats

First things first—the apron! Lookin’ good, ladies!

 The Art Cottage aprons

Time to pick an inspiration piece. There are many styles and ideas to choose from.

inspiration art

 pick an inspiration piece

Or you can bring an inspiration piece from home. This talented student grabbed a pic of her brand new puppy from her phone and set to painting!

puppy painting

With an inspiration piece selected, it’s time to sketch. 


Grab those brushes. Let’s paint! 

paint brushes

 learning to paint

beach painting

Bonnie, our talented and encouraging instructor, offers some cool watercolor pointers along the way. 

 watercolor techniques

If you’re looking for a way to unwind, watercolor painting is where it’s at. It’s so relaxing to simply sit and focus on a single, creative task. 


Show-and-tell was a regular occurrence. Bonnie was so nice about sharing our progress and cheering us on! If you’re in need of a confidence boost, her class is where it’s at!

Bonnie the instructor 

It was so fun to walk around the classroom and see the different styles and ideas taking shape. Everyone had their own unique spin on their art!

 paint party at Gardner Village

It was also great getting to know some new friends. This sweet mama, Christy, actually bought this class for her daughters, granddaughter, and her to do together as a Mother’s Day gift. As her daughter so aptly put it, it takes a loving mom to buy her kids gifts for Mother’s Day. What a fun thing to do together! 

abstract watercolor art 

Our youngest classmate, didn’t let her lack of age hold her back. She got right in and made beautiful art! 

 youth classes

I loved watching and hearing students helping fellow students along the way. Ideas were offered and praise was abundant. It was a very supportive space to learn. 

class students 

 watercolor classes at The Art Cottage


Time for the full reveal. Everybody created something magical to take home and love!

watercolor painting citrus pineapple

watercolor painting citrus lemon orange

watercolor paintings rabbit popsicles beach

paint party class at The Art Cottage

Don't forget to sign your name!

birds on a wire watercolor

What a great way to spend some time! For more on The Art Cottage's Paint Parties, click here or call the store (801.561.1372). You can even schedule private events with large groups, which would be such a neat way to stay cool this summer. Gather your friends! If painting isn't your cup of crafting tea, check out their caliigraphy classes. There's something for all interests and ages (including youth classes). Or simply stop in and check this serene shop out. You'll be glad you did. I know I was!

Megan Hoeppner

P.S. Don’t forget the sweet Woodland Fairies take flight for another year on June 24th, 2017. This is your last week to see them before they head north to cooler weather. [Shirt available in Shopaholics at Gardner Village.]

fairies take flight shirt Shopaholics

Labels: paint parties, paint night, date night, watercolor classes, the art cottage, gardner village, megan hoeppner, utah, salt lake area