A New Craze - Painting Parties
Colorado joins the new art entertainment craze spreading across the country – painting parties with names like Painting with a Twist, Paint by Wine, Whimsey Paint and Sip, Creative Spirits, Studio Vino, and Gadabout Art.
The Painting with a Twist concept began in Louisiana with the belief that anyone, novice or experienced, can paint a masterpiece provided they had a good teacher and a bottle of wine. A typical comment after three hours and a completed art work is “I had no idea I could do that!”
My 11-year-old granddaughters did something similar in Bob Ross classes, and proudly display their art. Of course, they completed their canvas without the help of wine. Some studios cater to younger ages as well as adults.
How does it work? All studios request you arrive 15-20 minutes early to set up. Wear comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting paint on even though aprons are provided. Acrylic paints dry quickly so you will take your finished painting home after the class. Age restrictions vary.
A list of possible studio choices follows.
Create with Cocktails meets at Desert Moon Vineyards Tasting Room, 12656 E. Jamison Place #12, Englewood, CO. If you look at their calendar, you’ll see on April 30 sixteen chairs could accommodate you, a few friends, and some strangers who want to enjoy creating a copy of Calla Lily for the price of $30. Wine is provided along with all art supplies needed. Check the website for more upcoming events and picture choices, http://createwithcocktails.com/Calendar.html.
Whimsey Paint and Sip Art Studio, 500 Briggs St., Erie, offers many more available class dates. Art choices include, among others, masterpieces by Van Gogh (Starry Night) and a Monet (Bridge). Group and individual rates sometimes change with discount coupons. Find it all at their website.
Creative Spirits, 4019 S. Mason Street, Suite #4, Fort Collins runs classes Tuesday to Saturday although most scheduled classes are Thursday through Saturday. Their age limits include ages 13 and above with a limit of 49 participants. Group parties like “Sweet 16”, bachelorette, girls’ night out, date night, and/or any special event can be scheduled. They cater or you can bring your own refreshments. Like others, Creative Spirits urges team building and employee unity for businesses through this fun, entertaining experience.
Gadabout Art brings the class to you whether in your home or a location of your choice. All floor coverings and art supplies are supplied for ages six and up. The minimum is four participants, which includes the host, and a maximum of 10. With 5 or more attendees, the host is free. Allow 35-45 minute preparation time for the artist. Cost beginning May 1st is $30 for adults and $20 for children.
Paint by Wine, 7483 E. 29th Place, Denver, holds classes Thursday and Friday evenings for 8-14 people with private party reservations (8-12 participants) on Monday through Wednesday. They, too, will come to you if requested. Price per person is $35. Age is limited to 16 and up with no one under 21 permitted to consume alcohol and minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Reserve a fun, unique summer or special occasion painting party with one of these companies. You’ll be surprised at your talent!