Paintlounge, photo by Lee Chu
Feeling the urge to create? These four paint and sip studios provide all the supplies, step by step instruction and wine to get those creative juices flowing.
Come in and paint anything you want, anytime you want at this welcoming, freestyle studio. Don’t worry: all staff members are artists themselves and are happy to lend a hand when needed. Those looking for more guidance can opt for a workshop, where you’re guided step by step through a painting. Better yet, sign up for a technique workshop to boost your skills. Single? Quarterly speed dating events have you working on a canvas with a myriad of different partners, allowing you to find just the right muse.
The Painted Cabernet, Santa Barbara
Forget dinner and a movie, knock off a Van Gogh or some funky Day of the Dead skulls as you discover your long-lost inner artist. An abundance of local wines, champagne and beer let you sip and stroke in style, and each participant receives a complimentary glass when creating at the upscale urban studio. The Painted Cabernet also offers special events like Karaoke Night for when you want to unleash your most expressive self.
Vin Gogh, Calgary
Tuck into savoury appetizers as you go from blank canvas to finished product within a few hours at Calgary’s first paint and sip studio. Nights are reserved for classes that are ideal for a girls night out or a date night. Kids can join in on Saturday morning sessions, and on Saturday afternoons the studio can be rented out for children’s birthday parties. Parents can drop their tots off or hang around while nursing a glass of wine. Sure beats laser tag.
Brush Party, Phoenix
It’s BYOB at this studio located in Phoenix’s trendy Art District. Sip on your favourite bevvie as you pick up your brush and encourage that artsy side to break free. At the end of the workshop, you get to take away your masterpiece, while they clean up the mess. After taking part in specialty classes like all-you-can-eat gourmet pizza night, you’ll understand why this is particularly rad.
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