Visual Arts Brampton (VAB) has been serving the arts community of Brampton since 1986. Its focus from the beginning has been on helping emerging artists, teaching school-aged children art, and hosting open studios frequented by established artists. While this mission is still central, in the last few years VAB has gone through some changes.

In 2016 VAB introduced two new evening programs. It recognized not only a desire within the community to try something new with no long-term commitment, but also something for adults to do that doesn’t involve a bar, a nightclub, a restaurant, or a movie theatre. All of which can get costly and in some cases even boring.

On the second Saturday of every month is a TryArt Evening. Each month a different art technique is demonstrated and people can sign up for a one-time two-hour session and leave with their own completed art piece.

For someone who has never been arty but has wanted to check it out, TryArt Evenings are great way to go. It is a great introduction to art to get your latent creative side going. Even better, all materials are provided within the cost of the session.

For $25 you can enjoy an evening of artistic expression led by a practicing or professional artist that will help you leave the evening with a completed art piece. It is definitely something different to do on a Saturday night. On the particular night I attended, we learned about the art of calligraphy.

Along with TryArt Evenings VAB has also started offering a BYOB Paint Night on the last Saturday of every month. Yes, BYOB as in bring your own beverage, alcoholic or not. This program is obviously more geared toward adults looking for more than just a quiet night in, but do not want things to get too crazy.

This monthly step-by-step painting session is taught by a different instructor each time with a changing theme. Again, all materials are included in the $25 session signup cost.

Since space is limited, it’s a good idea to call ahead or sign up online to reserve your spot for the evening. And private bookings for larger groups are also possible.

All told, VAB has created a no-pressure, fun, inclusive environment where you won’t feel intimidated. You can have a great time learning a new art skill and being creative.

For more information, visit the VAB website or join the Meetup group to find out what’s coming up.