RACINE — What better way to begin Easter break than to paint the Easter Bunny with your friends at a Cookie and Canvas event.
Cork and Canvas, sometimes called Wine and Canvas, has become very popular for adults. Cookies and Canvas was designed for adults and children, with the idea of having an age-appropriate snack and beverage. In this relaxed atmosphere, painters of any age or skill level are empowered to express their artistic side. Participants are given about two hours to complete a piece of art.
That’s what 150 students, parents, grandparents and teachers did on Thursday during a Parent Teacher Organization sponsored Cookies and Canvas. With a little help from a couple of art teachers, everyone went home with a masterpiece.
Jennie Hayman, grandmother of Southern Elementary students Layla and Tanner Robson, taught the adults painting techniques. PTO secretary Erin Brandford guided the students with their paintings.
Volunteers were busy setting up the “Canvas” stations and making sure everyone had supplies. They were also in charge of the “Cookie” part of the event.
As the evening progressed, bunnies began to take shape on the canvas. Everyone painted a bunny, but no two were alike. There were traditional bunnies, smiling bunnies, large bunnies and small bunnies. There were bunnies with hats, bunnies in baskets, bunnies holding signs, sniffing flowers and nibbling candy.
Simply put, there were 150 bunnies in the cafeteria by program’s end and 150 smiling faces taking home their works of art.
Cookie and Canvas was a fundraiser for Southern’s PTO projects such as Fund Day and Father-Daughter Dance.
“We had a greater interest than expected,” said PTO president Angie Robson. “To have so many people want to participate was wonderful.”
This was quite an ambitious undertaking for the group, she said, as the usual class size for a Canvas event is much smaller. As soon as the evening was over, the artists were asking when the next meeting would be held.
While Robson and other PTO members were reluctant to commit to a date before next fall, they agreed next time will be much easier now that they have a sense for planning purposes.
“This was lots of fun,” said Erin Bradford, secretary and art teacher, “but I think we need some time before we do this again.”
And with their busy schedule of end of the year activities, they are most certainly correct. Artists will just have to wait for the next Cookies and Canvas. If this first offering was any indication, they will need to sign up early.