Itching to dive into your creative side? Sign up for a paint and sip class and unwind while learning how to create a masterpiece. Here are five studios with plenty of seats. By Carly Petrone/Corey Wehlan
Paint and Sip Studio
246 W. 80th St., Studio 16
New York, NY 10024
Step into Paint and Sip Studio for a relaxing painting class taught by experienced local artists. This relaxing environment is perfect for beginners and aficionados alike, thanks to the instructor’s step-by-step instructions. Even if you’ve never picked up a brush, you’ll walk out the door with a painting to be proud of thanks to this stress-free class. Classes range from $35-$45 and private parties are also available.
Paint Along NYC
129 E. 27th St.
New York, NY 10016
Paint Along NYC makes it easy to be creative because they provide you with all the materials you’ll need. Create a display-worthy piece on a 16″ x 20” canvas during a fun two-hour session. Friendly instructors will lead you through a group class where you’ll draw jewel-toned tulips, coral bouquets, and even famous works like “The Scream.” Students can also bring their own bottle of wine or beverage of choice – they’ll provide the corkscrews. So get your brushes out and dive into the acrylic paint because you’ll walk away with a masterpiece. Classes are $45 for two-hour workshop, $55 for three-hour workshop.
The Paint Place
243 W. 72nd St.
New York, NY 10023
The Paint Place offers classes for individuals, groups, and families on everything from classics like Monet’s Waterlilies to a Paris café street scene. They even offer something a little naughty with their Erotic Arts Night class, which allows students to paint something a bit more risqué than their typical choices (must be 21 and over.) Bob Ross fans can also sign up for their Tribute to Bob Ross class and paint their own “happy clouds.” Most classes are $45 and last two hours.
Course Horse Paint Along NYC
129 E. 27th St., 2nd fl.
New York, NY 10016
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A stress-busting combination of gentle guidance and the wine of your choice make paint-and-sip, BYOB classes at Course Horse a perfect antidote to the daily grind. The atmosphere is easy-going and non-judgmental. Knowledgeable instructors support the creative process, but know when to let each participant’s muse take over. Two-hour classes are $45 and provide points, which can be used towards a wide variety of other classes, ranging from floral design to wood working.
Painting With A Twist
228 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Gather up your best buds and head to Brooklyn for a fun and interactive Painting With A Twist class. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and paint along with a trained artist. Don’t worry if you forget the bubbly, this place offers a variety of drinks and snacks for sale. Most of their weekday classes take place in the evening, so it’s the perfect way to unwind after work. Feel like a true artist and tackle their popular Master Class, where instructors teach you step-by-step techniques on how to create iconic works like Monet’s “Love Boat” and Van Gogh’s “Irises.” It’s also a great place to throw a sweet sixteen, a team appreciation event, or a bachelorette!
39 W. 14th St. Suite 401
New York, NY
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Painting Lounge makes it easy to paint thanks to their three locations in Midtown, Chelsea, and Williamsburg. Beginners are welcome – the first step in class is to trace the image using a stencil and then instructors will cover the basic techniques to get you on the right track. Plus, any “mistake” can be fixed or simply reinterpreted as intentional strokes of genius. The studio is BYOB, so come ready to unwind while tapping into your creative side. Classes range from 2 hours to 3.5 hours and cost from $50 to $65.
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Carly Petrone is the founder of Petrone on the Rocks, a lifestyle site about food, drinks, beauty, travel, and more. She lives in New York City.
Corey Whelan is a freelance writer in New York. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.