Over the past few years paint and sip classes in Sydney have become incredibly popular. With a glass of wine or a beer in hand, everyone can enjoy unleashing creative skills they didn’t even know they had. The best thing about wine and paint classes is that they teach you to believe in yourself, relax and let go of your painting inhibitions.
Many businesses have taken their own spin on the paint and sip concept over the years. It's known by many different names including everything from wine and paint, to drunk painting, brush and sip, or just wine painting. No matter the name, the idea remains the same. You rock up to a paint and sip studio with a bottle of wine in hand and the room will be setup with easels, canvases and all the painting materials you will need! Then all you need to do is pour yourself a glass and follow the step by step instructions to create your masterpiece.
When did paint and sip start?
From what we can gather, organised paint parties really started to take off in America in 2007. One of the first business ventures was the New Orleans based Corks N Canvas (now Painting With a Twist) founded by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney, which went on to become one of the biggest wine and paint franchises in America. The idea was simple: open a studio where like minded people, groups of friends and even work colleagues could come to spend a fun night painting and drinking. Since then, countless variations have sprung up in cities all over the world and paint and sip is used as a fun way to activate bars and community spaces.
Why do people love it so much?
What's not to love? It doesn’t matter what kind of party you’re throwing, paint and sip is a proven hit with people all over the world mainly because you don’t need any experience to do it. No one cares if you've never been to a painting class before or you haven't picked up a paintbrush since primary school, because it's all about getting a bit tipsy and giving it a go. Creative classes like paint and sip offer anyone the chance to get out of the house, be surrounded by friendly people and try something they haven't done before. And the fact that you get to have a glass of wine while you're doing it makes it even more enjoyable!
Four tips for getting the most out of your first paint and sip class:
Don’t be afraid to ask for help: The teacher isn’t there to judge your painting ability. If you're having trouble getting started or following the instructions the teacher will be more than happy to help you out.
Don’t judge yourself: It’s easy to say your painting looks terrible but just remember, everyone's painting style is unique and there's no right way to paint.
Be adventurous: It wouldn’t be art without a little risk. When you’re going through the painting process, don’t be afraid to change things up a little and put your personality into your art.
Have fun: Paint and sip was designed to be fun. Leave whatever baggage you have at the class door and get ready to let your emotions flow straight onto the canvas.