The paint and sip craze is sweeping the country, with studios around the United States starting to offer these evening events. Yet for those who have less than fond memories of art classes in school, the idea of voluntarily spending an evening trying to paint can be terrifying. Fortunately, today’s paint and sip events are the total antithesis of anything you might remember from school. Here is what you should know before your first class.
What Is a Paint and Sip?
A paint and sip is a low-key, relaxed opportunity to meet new people while indulging your inner artist. One of our experts will guide you step by step through the process of recreating a famous painting. By the end of the class, you will have completed your own masterpiece and made a new friend or two. The painting is a focus task, but the event is structured in such a way that there is plenty of time for relaxation and conversation.
What Is Provided?
We will provide everything you need. Your entry fee includes a canvas, brushes, paint, and all of your materials. All you need to bring is yourself and a healthy sense of open-mindedness and adventure.
What Should I Wear?
We provide an apron to protect your clothing. Still, we recommend that you wear old clothes, or at least something that is easily washable. If you do get paint on your clothes, wash it out before it has the chance to dry.
Do I Need to Be an Artist?
You absolutely do not need to be an artist to take part in a paint and sip. These events are carefully crafted for absolute beginners, while still being enjoyable for those with an artistic background. You will be amazed by what you can create, even if you have never picked up a paint brush before.
Is Alcohol Provided by the Studio?
The Paint Place is strictly BYOB, and we ask you to limit your consumption to beer and wine. We are happy to provide cups, a corkscrew, and a bottle opener. You must be aged 21 or above to partake in alcohol consumption.
What Are the Options for Kids and Teens?
Kids and teens are welcome to join in a paint and sip, but parents of younger kids should be advised that these events are geared toward relaxed adult conversation. If your child is easily bored, a paint and sip might not be the best environment for him. However, if you have a child who mixes well with adults, feel free to bring her along. We find that most kids are ready to join a paint and sip somewhere between the ages of 8 and 10.
Kids can also enjoy their own special experiences. For smaller children, we offer family painting days on weekend mornings. These events are geared towards ages 4 to 8, though younger kids who are mature for their age and slightly older kids who still need a bit of help with self-direction are also welcome. You and your child can work collaboratively or independently, and our fees are charged per canvas rather than per person. This means that you won’t pay twice to work on a single painting with your little one.
We also offer summer art camps in late August. The first session is for children ages 6 to 10, while the second session is for those aged 10 and above. The sessions delve into collages and mixed media, as well as some basic information on famous artists.
Can I Have a Private Event?
Private events are always welcome at The Paint Place, from kids’ birthday parties to bridal showers to corporate fundraisers. Our team will be happy to help you select a theme and a painting, and even to assist you with decorating ideas and catering options. If you are considering a private event, we invite you to give us a call to discuss our fully customizable options.
With a dedicated and caring staff of professional artists, The Paint Place is dedicated to bringing a love for art to those who never pictured themselves as artists. We strive to create a noncompetitive and relaxed atmosphere that focuses on self-expression and building relationships. We invite you to give us a call today at (212) 799-0112 for more information or to book a seat in an upcoming class.