“This is not really an art lesson,” owner William Tomkins said. “You’re here to have fun and enjoy each other’s company.”
Although customers do not need to be artists to visit William’s Art Bar, Tomkins has decades of experience in the industry.
“I always wanted to be an artist,” he said.
Tomkins—who came to the Spring area from Toronto four years ago—pursued an art education and eventually went on to complete commissioned work, which he now offers through his studio.
When Tomkins immigrated to the U.S., he opted to invest in an art-related business for the first time; thus William’s Art Bar Paint Studio was born.
“I invested in what I know what to do best, [which] is artwork,” Tomkins said.
Clients can book sessions at the studio for birthday parties, date nights, company team-building sessions or an array of other events.
Each party chooses the painting they would like to recreate, with options including landscapes, holiday scenes, flowers, animals and even portraits. During the session, Tomkins or art assistant Cookie Showalter provides guidance on how to recreate the painting.The business provides art and party supplies, while customers can bring snacks and drinks to enjoy while they paint.
“People enjoy the atmosphere here, and they enjoy the freedom they have to paint,” Tomkins said. “I don’t tell people what to do; I just show them what they can do. If they want to do just the opposite, that’s their business.”
Planning a painting party
William’s Art Bar Paint Studio hosts private painting lessons that must be booked in advance.
How to book:
- Visit www.artbarpaintstudio.com to select a painting to recreate.
- Call or text William Tomkins at 346-386-3118.
What to bring:
Guests can bring:
- Playlist on a phone
- Painting supplies: Easel, canvas, brushes, paints and aprons
- Party supplies: wine glasses, corkscrews, ice/ice buckets, paper plates, napkins and plasticware
6450 Louetta Road, Ste. 210, Spring
Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily (Private parties booked in advance only)