Have you ever wanted to paint your pet? Create your critter? Portray your pooch? Color your cat? Now you can with this month’s Corks and Canvas class at South Arkansas Arts Center! “Paint your Pet Portrait” Corks and Canvas class will be held on Thursday, May 20 or Friday, May 21, at 6:00pm at SAAC. This special workshop will be hosted by local artist Michaela Wise who specializes in pet portraiture.

Corks and Canvas is a fun filled night of painting with your friends for people who have always wanted to try their hand at it and have some fun along the way. Snacks are provided and participants should bring their beverage of choice. Class fee is $40.

If you want to be a part of this in-person Corks & Canvas, just follow the link to the reservation form.

In order to participate in this session, Michaela will need a picture of your pet at least a week in advance of the class. Michaela will prep the canvas, draw the pet, then guests will paint it in the workshop. Participants will be contacted by email as to where to send their pet’s photo after they have registered for the class.

“I’m Michaela Wise, a local artist in El Dorado, and I paint portraits of people’s beloved pets. I would love to see all of your sweet fur babies and paint a portrait of them with you! Paint your pet is always such a fun class and I can’t wait to see what you create!”

She grew up in Louisiana, but moved to El Dorado before starting junior high. Moving to south Arkansas helped her make connections that would one day lead her to her current career as an artist. In junior high, she began take classes with Maria Villegas and soon blossomed into a prodigious young artist. As she grew into herself, her talent, creativity, and passion grew as well. After graduating high school at Parkers Chapel, she pursued a degree in Studio Art from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Now a mother to a 6-year-old little boy and a resident artist of El Dorado, Michaela continues to be devoted to art and teaching and conveys her enthusiasm through her classes. She hopes to inspire children to let their creativity and talent shine just as her teachers at SAAC inspired her when she was a young artist.

For more information on this fun class, please call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474. Tables will be physically distanced and attendance will be limited for guest safety.