CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- When Danielle Snidow started her painting class business over the summer, she had in mind doing one or two events a month at local restaurants.
By November, Uncork & Create had a permanent home on Quarrier Street.
"Now we're doing at least five events a week," Snidow said. "That's in about six months time it went from two events a month to five a week. That's a huge increase."
Local artists lead customers through the step-by-step process of creating a painting. The business supplies the materials and participants leave with the 16- by 20-inch painting they make.
During adult sessions, participants may bring their own bottles of wine. Refreshments are provided for children and family events.
"The great thing about our events is that you don't even need any painting experience at all," Snidow said. "Most people that participate have never painted before and they all turn out really good."
Artist Ian Bode recently led a class of children through the process of painting Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night." The key to teaching these classes, he said, is finding a broad piece with a few key elements.
"You just try to find something that has a lot of room for the individual and whatever techniques they may or may not have," Bode said.
The classes aren't meant to teach complex art concepts, Bode said.
"I'm not going to be up there teaching them about one- or two-point perceptive or shading or the color," he said. "But there's going to definitely be some key elements of just Art 101 that they're going to be doing in the class that I'm sure will sink in."
A businesswoman with a love for local art, Snidow got the idea for Uncork from a friend doing something similar in another city.
"I looked around to see if we were doing anything like that in Charleston and we weren't," she said. "So I thought why not do that myself?"