Painters who love the Bob Ross method of step-by-step instruction will enjoy a workshop in "social painting" this week at Beehive Books.

Painters who love the Bob Ross method of step-by-step instruction will enjoy a workshop in "social painting" this week at Beehive Books.

Art Nest Studio will present the first in a series of workshops from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 30, at the bookstore, 25 N. Sandusky St. in Delaware.

The cost is $25 per person and includes all art supplies, an apron, hands-on instruction from a professional artist and a box in which to take the finished painting home.

Those who attend do not need to have artistic skills – just the ability to follow instructions.

Kay Carroll of Art Nest Studio said social painting is a fairly new concept and the workshop is more than just an art class.

She said it's a good option for those who have a desire to paint, but can't make a weekly commitment to a class.

In addition, the workshop encourages students to talk and learn from each other, as well as receive needed instruction.

"I like to say that it's 'art as entertainment,'" Carroll said. "If you haven't painted in a long time, this is a great place to start."

Students will complete the art piece in two hours, which may surprise them, she said.

"You will achieve something you wouldn't have been able to reach on your own," Carroll said. "Then you get to take it home to enjoy."

Carroll has a degree in art education and has taught art for many years. She also worked as a children's shoe designer in New York City.

Art Nest Studio has a Facebook page where Carroll has posted the art piece that participants will paint during the workshop. She also has posted images from previous social painting workshops.

Although many instructional art workshops are designed to produce identical paintings, this workshop will produce paintings that look very different.

"As everyone is working, you may glean things and learn things that you want to try, and we embrace all skill levels," Carroll said. "We want people to embrace imperfection, too."

Much like the late Ross, who taught viewers how to paint and encouraged them to try new things on the PBS show The Joy of Painting, this workshop will follow suit.

"I love Bob Ross," Carroll said. "Anyone who can encourage people to expand themselves out of their comfort zone is great."

She said anyone who wants to bring home a painting and learn something about themselves is encouraged to attend.

"Surprising yourself has value at any age," she said. "And P.S. – it's totally fun."

To register for the event, call Carroll at 614-832-8246.