Hidden in a quiet garden villa on Huashan Lu, Salon de Verve is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax with a little art. If you’re just starting, they suggest that you bring a painting or a picture that you like as a model to work from. Everything else is prepared for you, with brushes, canvases, paints and instructors all on hand. The teachers walk around the room to give guidance whenever needed, though they’re rivalled for attention by the resident labrador, which provides inspiration or just company while you paint. Sessions are 198RMB for three hours, call in advance to make an appointment.