When you’re just starting to get to know someone, deciding where to take them on dates can be pretty stressful. Movies? Dinner? Drinks? C’mon, you can do better than that.
DateArtist is a brand new Toronto-based start-up that can help you with just that. The basic idea is they set you up with a “Date Artist” according to a creative activity of your choice and you get a hands-on experience of that activity. It’s one-on-one with you, your date, and the Date Artist, and you don’t even need to have any previous experience.
My date wanted to try out wax sculpting, so we met with our Date Artist, Julie, at her studio gallery on Queen West.
We honestly didn’t know what to expect because neither of us had ever done anything like this before. As soon as we walked into Julie’s gallery, she greeted us kindly and made us feel right at home.
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Julie told us about the basics of wax sculpting, showed us her work, and shared her personal stories with us. She grew up close to where we did, and we bonded over that. My date told her all about the potentialities of Instagram for artists. As she walked us around her cozy little gallery, I was instantly drawn to her work and its dark themes.
Julie asked us if we wanted to make a face or a hand, and my date wanted to make a face. He ended up making Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy instead of a face, and I ended up making a face that turned out to be Dobby from Harry Potter. Clearly we’re not artists, but we had a lot of fun creating our sculptures. We were also the first ones to try out sculpting so that was really cool.
Whether you’re stuck on date ideas or you just feel like trying something completely novel, it’s a really great experience. I would definitely recommend trying DateArtist out. They organize everything for you so all you have to do is show up with your date. There are even other activities like oil painting and tango dancing if you’re interested. It’s way cuter than just taking your date to dinner.
Julie informed us we were just below High Park, so we decided to go there after. We checked out the zoo and walked all around the park and even though the leaves hadn’t exactly changed colour yet, it was a beautiful fall sight. If you decide to do sculpting, you should check out High Park.
If you’re interested in more of Julie’s work, here’s her website.
P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on art galleries to visit in Toronto.
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