Coffee and canvases

By: Alex Best, Contributing Writer

Inspired by the increasingly popular events held in the Baltimore club and bar scene, participants at “Sip ‘N Paint” followed along as a student instructor guided them through painting a steaming mug of coffee, Saturday in the Patuxent Room.

The event, hosted by Towson Housing and Residence Life was an event featuring instructed canvas painting served with light refreshments.

While an instructor was present, students were encouraged to make their own interpretations as they let their creativity flow.

“We weren’t expecting so many people to come,” senior art major and member of the HRL event planning team Nicole Cathom said. “We were expecting to get about a hundred or so, but so many more came out. We actually had to turn some people away, which was a little disappointing, but now we know we have room to plan even bigger things for the future.”

Among those who attended, the general reception to the event was overwhelmingly positive.

“I really thought that Sip ‘N Paint was a nice idea and it was something different than what you usually see around here on the weekends,” freshman law and American civilization major Tiara Brown said. “It was cool to see how they took this fun bar event and scaled it down to make it work in a college setting.”

“Sip ‘N Paint” was the first of many events hosted by the Housing and Residence Life as a part of their new “HRL Weekends.”

Some of the future events ideas that are in the works by the group range from Olympic Games to a murder mystery night.

The group also hopes to collaborate with other organizations around campus to put together larger and more comprehensive activities.

“Our group is specifically made to cater to those students who like to stay in or hang out on campus during the weekend,” Cathom said. “We’re really excited to roll out new events and keep students engaged this semester.”

HRL will be hosting a screening of “How to Be Single” as part of their next event, “Pajama Movie Night,” Friday, March 11 in Loch Raven at 9 p.m.

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