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In case you missed it, paint and sip in Melbourne is everywhere! There's wine and painting studios popping up all over the city, and while the concept remains the same – enjoy a drink and make an artwork – each studio is putting their own unique spin on it. From weekly paint and sip sessions held in a new art house, to botanical themed brush and sip classes, and paint and drink parties that come to you, here are six paint and sip experiences you need to try.
If you’re looking to learn how to paint with acrylics Classe Petite has you covered. This sip and paint business was started by Sheng Yi, a freelance web designer and self taught artist who wanted to share her love of art with the community. A Classe Petite painting session is all about slowing down and finding the space to have some fun and connect with your creativity. Other than acrylics painting classes, Class Petite also hosts oil painting classes for anyone who has always wanted to experiment with this ancient and often-intimidating medium.
Looking for a paint and sip experience that is a little different? The Motley Bauhaus is exactly what you need. Every Tuesday night between 6:30pm and 8:30pm, this new Arthaus holds a Booze and Brushes event where you can learn the art of oil painting from founder and artist Jason Cavanagh. If you've never painted before, don't let that deter you! All students will be given a pre-sketched image of what they’ll be painting so you don’t need rely on inspiration to hit and you'll be coached through the entire session. Become a part of this new artistic community and pick up some painting skills and techniques along the way. And by the end of the night, you’ll have a completed piece of art to hang up at home.
3. Host a paint and sip party at home
Private paint and sip parties are currently one of the hottest trends for corporate team building events and private parties. Most of our paint and sip teachers offer mobile services so no matter where you are in Melbourne, they’ll head to your venue with all of the painting supplies you'll need, good tunes and great vibes included. Drunk painting sessions are perfect for beginners and are led by an experienced artist who will be on hand to give you as little or as much help as you need. So gather your friends, bring some bottles of wine, delicious nibbles and enjoy a night of drinking and creating your own canvas.
At Ladder Art Space it's all about harnessing the power of art to improve the quality of your life. They see themselves as a living destination for the growth and vitality of the arts who supports artists with exhibition spaces and workshop venues. Their social painting workshops are held in their inspiring studio in Kew, Melbourne and range from paint your pet sessions to family painting time and botanical paint and sip workshops. Each class offers a new take on the paint and sip experience, but the outcome is the same: you leave with fantastic memories, maybe some new friends, and your own handmade artwork to hang on your walls or to give as a gift.
StoryVille is a fantasy themed bar like no other in Melbourne and runs an equally as unique paint and sip experience called Tipples and Tints. Their weekly paint and sip classes cater for every skill set and all the materials are provided, as well as one of their signature welcome cocktails! The sessions are taught by an experienced artist who will take the class through the paintings step-by-step and will encourage everyone to embrace their artistic side. The theme of the painting changes every week, so you'll be creating a canvas with images like the "drink me" bottle from Alice in Wonderland, scenes from Lord of The Rings, or even Harry Potter. Go on, how many chances do you have to take a painting class in a Narnia inspired lounge?
Experienced artist Ali Hill is both an artist, art teacher and a life coach. She runs her art studio in Patterson Lakes and has loads of experience teaching people of all ages and skill levels how to paint. She teaches a range of art styles including everything from abstract, to contemporary and more traditional painting techniques, and is all about art as creative meditation. Her wine and watercolour paint and sip class gives everyone the chance to have some hands on painting practice in a real artists studio. Students can expect to enjoy a cheese platter and a complimentary drink while they learn the techniques of watercolour painting with step by step guidance. It’s the perfect way to relax after a long week at work and enjoy a glass of wine while doing something new.