Art Spot News + Reviews
"formerly Gypsy Studios"
"I love to come to painting classes each week. Christi is such a great teacher. She is encouraging, knowledgeable and makes it a lot of fun. I have learned so much in just the few weeks we have been together through her patient instruction. She has brought out the strengths of every person in the class. It is really fun to watch how each of us has grown in our abilities. I would heartily recommend Art Spot classes for anyone at any level of experience. Everyone in our class was sad to see it end and almost everyone signed up for another round of classes!"
"Art Spot on Wheels! What a great concept. I'm learning a lot about art techniques, something I've always wanted to do. It also doubles as a sort of meditative therapy for me. Having fun, learning in a relaxed atmosphere and making some new friends a long the way. It's been great. Thank you so much Christi! I look forward to a long relationship with Art Spot."
"I am about to take Christi's 3rd continuing painting class. I have progressed more in my skill and understanding in her first two classes than I have in the last ten years on my own or with various other classes. She makes learning fun!"
"The Vineyard view was beautiful, the vines green and lush. The hill behind with oak trees made a great backdrop.
This was such a fun way to spend time with a friend and with family. The really amazing thing was how good all of our paintings came out.
But the experience of doing it was so inspiring. Our teachers, owners Christi and Maria were so helpful that I made it over the rough spots when I thought I couldn't do it. Well I could and I'd do it again. A lovely experience."
"I can't believe we did a painting in 2 hours. My husband, daughter and parents were amazed when I showed them my masterpieces.
The weekend events are amazing! The scenery is beautiful, the drinks (wine/lavender lemonade) are delicious, and the act of painting is fun and peaceful. Christi is kind and patient, and is a wonderful teacher.
In our summer in Santa Barbara, the painting in the wineries is my favorite memory."
"I can't recommend a class with Art Spot more. I was planning a friend's bachelorette party in Santa Barbara and Christi made it super easy to pick a time and outdoor location where we could set up. She even let me pick something unique to paint for our bride-to-be's interests: a taco and margarita in a beach setting. 😉 She made it so much fun to follow along, and even those ours of course weren't as nice looking as hers, we had an absolute blast. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon!"
"My 7 year old daughter attended art camp and had a beaming smile every time i picked her up. She created some beautiful pieces. Maria is amazing, highly recommend!!!"
"Taking a class with Art Spot GUARANTEES you will not only have fun doing it, but you WILL come out of the experience astonished by the painting you will have completed. Can't recommend these classes with her enough if you want a great painting experience."
"Was looking for a great team building experience for a team retreat -- something out of the ordinary for the group of hyper-intelligent Type-A's. I read the positive reviews for Art Spot and decided to give it a try. Rapid response to my inquiry, a lot of questions to tailor the event and even a bit of a treasure hunt to find ourselves in a perfect shady area in a park for watercolor lessons and practice. Each person had the chance to explore a medium of expression completely new to them with enthusiastic guidance and encouragement from Christi. She made it easy and fun to get out of our comfort zones and try something new. Highly recommend!"
"We had THE BEST DAY! What a joy painting with our grown kids and their girlfriends! Brianna brought out the artist in all of us"
"This was such a fun day. Beautiful scenery, lovely people and the teacher was enthusiastic, encouraging and helpful. I hope to do this again!"
"I never realized how therapeutic painting could be. If you're looking for a new experience where you'll learn something new, be creative, make memories and take home a masterpiece you must check out Art Spot on Wheels! Our group of 3 enjoyed every minute. We painted our view of the day which was a vineyard at a beautiful winery and even though I have no artistic ability I was proud enough to hang my painting in my home. It's obvious that Christi and Maria love what they do, are very talented and love to share their gifts with others! I can't say enough about Art Spot, I highly recommend you check them out if you're local or if you're visiting the Santa Ynez Valley. My only regret is that I live 90 minutes away, if I lived closer I would be a regular at their studio in Solvang!"
"What a great experience! This was such a fun and memorable time:) For wannabe artists, we left with paintings that I STILL cannot believe we painted. Great instructor, beautiful vineyard, yummy wine and fabulous memories. We can't wait to go back again :)"
"If you are looking for private experiences or painting in the vineyard these girls are the best! Our daughter has taken classes as well as private lessons and it has been pure joy to see her blossom as an artist."
"The perfect activity for our mother daughter weekend. We started off the day with wine tasting hosted by the Koehler winery owner. We then ventured to our painting site, a covered patio with beautiful views. Christi Belle walked us through our paintings step by step. She coached us through blending colors & layering. We had so much fun! Each of us left with a painting worth framing."
"Seriously, a "must do" experience when in the region. Wonderful afternoon of painting, great wine and tons of laughs! This was a perfect birthday present! Christi and her crew were so helpful that even our first ever painting efforts turned out beautiful enough to frame and put in our home..."