Lets Have Some Sketches

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While you are at home observing your hygenic practices during this quarantine period, you can as well do some amazing things together with your children, brothers and sisters.

We understand that you have really missed our paint parties, and in order to keep you in that painting and drawing spirit, we have come up with a sketching series with a lot of video tutorials that will guide you through the sketching processes.

It is easy to get disheartened when you produce a couple of rubbish sketches, that are out of proportion and look a bit weird. Don’t worry, you must keep at it, and know that it does take a bit of time to find your groove, but when you do, it is great to have that confidence in your ability.

One good thing about skeching is that, the more you train your observation and thought-process the sooner you will feel ready to get it down on paper. This is where you will begin to benefit from also practicing your drawing skills to make sketching more enjoyable as your sketch will be more appealing as a drawing.

To start with, grab your white paper and pencil or biro as we sketch this handsome man with glasses. 

Sketching a Man with Glasses

Find below other sketch tutorial videos you can also practice.

You can also follow us on our Instagram page to see our day to day sketching activities, and guess what? you can also tell us what you would like to draw by sending us a private message. 

Sketching a Cute Dog
Sketching a Landscape Design
Sketching a Cute Kitty

All you missed at Paint & Sip at the C-Lab

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On Friday, October 6, at 6:00pm, C-Lab partnered with Art Splash Studio and made social innovation themed paintings. The event’s challenge was  “Use your Painting to Advocate for a Social Problem.”

Art as a medium of expression has been known to challenge views and change narratives, and that is why they partnered with Art Splash Studio to bring this program to members of our community.

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Art Splash Studio – Paint, Sip, Create

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Art Splash Studio is a virtual art studio offering a social art experience through its “Paint Nite” painting classes. No experience necessary!
Paint, eat and sip on cocktails while you create. Instructors will guide you through painting your very own work of art, each week you get the opportunity to paint one of Art Splash Studio’s original paintings from their library.

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Ever had been inspired by a brilliant idea, then immediately dismissed it as impossible for the Nigerian market? We’re talking about those ideas that people deem “too foreign” for Nigerians to patronise or appreciate. These foreign concepts may actually end up being  your ticket to being a Motherland Mogul.

Two women who have pushed through in their attempts to introduce concepts and made profit doing so are Tokunbo Sotinwa of Bubble Tii and Crystal Ikanih of Art Splash Studio. Tokunbo and Crystal show us that it is possible to replicate something from the US and Taiwan in Nigeria. They are also bothcurrently participating in SLA’s Accelerator program.

If you’ve never heard of bubble tea before, it is flavoured tea with tapioca pearls. The idea for bubble tea was born in Taiwan and subsequently the trend spread to other Asian countries before gaining popularity across the world.

Tokunbo is credited with bringing the bubble tea phenomenon to Nigeria to surprisingly good results —Bubble Tii has managed to expand locations to a second store within 12 months of launching the first.

Art Splash Studio organises painting classes for grown-ups in Abuja. The idea came from when its founder Crystal Ikanih was visiting friends in the US. So what do both women say about tailoring a “foreign concept” to the Nigerian market?

Creating a demand where there was none previously

You can expect that this will be very challenging. For Tokunbo, people did not know anything about bubble tea in Nigeria. She overcame this challenge by first starting off by appearing at outdoor events. This helped introduce her product to her targeted demographics. Bubble Tii also appeared at pop-up events where people were offered to taste different flavoured bubble teas.

While there was no specific demand for painting classes in Abuja, Crystal saw an opportunity in the demand for alternative entertainment. You’ve surely heard people complain about how Abuja can be boring. Crystal is tapping into this market with Art Splash Studio and her Paint Nite, where people paint while drinking wine.

Another important way to create demand is through social media. Social media is a very effective tool to create buzz.

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Art Splash Studio debuts in Abuja

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Art Splash Studio, a new form of social entertainment has debuted in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Art Splash Studio is a virtual art studio offering a social art experience through a “Paint Nite” painting classes hosted at different venues in Abuja.

According to the founder, Crystal Ikanih-Musa, during the session, you paint, eat and sip on cocktails while you create. This is the ultimate happy hour combination. No experience is necessary. Professional artist serve as instructors who guide you through painting your very own work of art. Each week you get the opportunity to paint one of our original paintings from our library. At the end of the night you leave with your very own creation. We also host private parties, birthday parties, and corporate team building events.

Crystal Ikanih-Musa is a Nigerian born and raised in the United States. After finishing law school and taking the bar exam three years ago she packed her bags and moved to Nigeria and has been living in Abuja ever since.

Looking for a new form of entertainment is what inspired her to start Art Splash Studio.

“I was bored with doing the same things each weekend. Either you go clubbing or go to a restaurant to eat. Those are the only two options.”

On a trip back to the US her friends told her about a new form of entertainment where you paint and sip on wine. After a bit of research she thought this was a great idea to implement back in Nigeria to fill the entertainment void.

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