01.13 Just let your inner artist out at Just Paint in Worcester

By Rachel Shuster

Located at 138 Green St. in Worcester, Just Paint is a fresh addition to the art scene in the city, offering people of all ages a chance to let their inner artist out.

Open since July, Just Paint has made a name for itself for being a comfortable outlet for creating artistic masterpieces or just having a fun night out.

Owner Susan Dunshee describes Just Paint as a place for art and entertainment. “I’ve always loved art, and as a mom, I always looked for something for birthday parties,” she said.

However, Just Paint doesn’t offer children’s birthday parties. “We had a three-hour adult birthday party where we had a 48 by 60 canvas. During the class, everyone did a piece of the canvas, which, at the end, was the birthday present,” Dunshee said.

Just Paint offers regular weekly classes for all ages. “Each class is two hours, and we offer classes for pre-schoolers, children, adults and seniors,” Dunshee said.

Classes are structured based on the age of the students, but each class includes a lesson in canvas painting and using acrylic paint. For the children’s classes, the lesson plan is focused on different mediums of art and creating lines.

The adult classes are focused on creating an overall piece. Did I mention that the adult classes are BYOB?

“My motto for the adult classes is to have a glass of wine in one hand and a paintbrush in the other,” Dunshee said.

Instructors are local professionals of all ages and backgrounds, which means each class offers different techniques. “It’s a diverse mix of instructors ~ anywhere from a 20-year-old to an Iraqi refugee who was an artist in Iraq,” Dunshee said.

Just Paint also has a retail section showcasing handmade gifts for sale such as purses, soap and bags made by local artists.

Pricing for classes varies. Pre-school classes are $10, children’s classes are $15, adult classes are $30, and senior classes are $20. All classes include supplies and instruction.

To get a spot in class, you must pre-register. Dunshee also posts a monthly calendar on her Facebook page describing the theme for each class.

Just Paint
138 Green St., Worcester