Paint & Wine Classes: Test Out Your Artistic Ability

By: Toni Cunningham | January 13, 2014

What’s more relaxing than leisurely sipping a glass of wine? Doing so while painting a scenic landscape or tiger’s eye on a piece of canvas.

If you’re thinking, “I don’t have an artistic bone in my body,” relax. You’d be surprised to learn how many paint and wine studios there are in the Metro Detroit area that will teach you how to do just that—get in touch with your artistic side. At a class (which typically lasts two to three hours), you’ll be taught how to execute your project step by step, courtesy of a knowledgeable instructor. All of the supplies are included, with the exception of the snacks and drinks you bring along.

So the next time you look out the window at the snow falling, sigh and utter, “There’s nothing to do,” head straight for your computer and check out the painting projects that are right at your fingertips, then get signed up!

Wine & Canvas serves the greater Detroit and Ann Arbor areas, and is somewhat of a traveling paint and wine class. This means that instead of having a studio location, Wine & Canvas pops up in various locations, many of which are restaurants.

Such locations include Woody’s Diner in Royal Oak, Hayden’s in Canton, Portofino in Wyandotte, and Joe’s Crab Shack in Ann Arbor.

The price per seat is $35, and each session lasts three hours. Attend a few and who knows, in a few months you just may have your own art gallery going!

Painting with a Twist, with locations in FerndaleFarmington and Shelby Township, offers two-hour classes ($35 per person) as well as three-hour classes ($45 per person).

All you have to do is sign up for the class of your choice online, and bring your favorite bottle of wine, along with your friends, to the class. What could be easier?

Painting with a Twist is a great excuse for a girl’s night, or even a larger group—you can book a private party and receive a lesson with just your friends. Locations in Rochester Hills and Ann Arbor are coming soon.

Paint and Pour has studios located in Ann Arbor and Brighton, housed in Elmo’s Hideaway and Studio West, respectively.

While the price of a class may vary slightly, a two-hour class will typically cost you $35, while a three-hour class costs $45. Girl’s Night Out classes are held every Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and cost a mere $25.

Paint Party Royal Oak, located at 2514 W. 14 Mile, Royal Oak, hosts adult evening painting classes for $40 per person, which equips you with everything you need to create your own masterpiece—a canvas, paint, brushes, the whole shebang.

Other classes offered include a weekday daytime adult rate of $30 and Paint a Small classes suitable for children ages 7 and up for $25.

Pip’s Painting Pub, located at 113 Maple St., Wyandotte, offers a variety of painting and wine classes all week long, as well as classes for children and families on Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m.

Classes are held on the following days:

  • Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., $25
  • Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., $30
  • Thursday and Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., $35
  • Saturdays at various times, $40

Pip’s also offers open studio time on Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m., where you can hone your painting skills free of instruction, but you still have access to all of the supplies.

Painting Escapes, located at 827 Penniman Ave., Plymouth, offers adult and family friendly (read: sans wine) classes for $35. You can find the calendar here.

Before you sign up, remember this: coupons are occasionally posted on the Painting Escapes Facebook page. Also, once the following month’s schedule is posted on the Facebook page, if you sign up for a class within the next three days, you’ll receive 15 percent off. Cheaper prices as a reward for planning ahead? I’ll take it.

Paint and wine classes are a great excuse to get off the couch this winter and do something that may be a little bit out of your comfort zone if you’re right brained (the art part, not the alcohol). Happy painting, and take it easy on the wine!