Paint night with a side of wine

By Amy Vurganov

Canvas painting has been on an accelerated ride towards being one of the most popular night-in social events. Companies have been sprouting up across the nation to host wine and paint nights in local studios, banquet halls, and even private homes. Paint nights have been used for birthdays, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, charity events or just a simple night of fun with friends.
There are a plethora of companies available, such as Wine and Canvas, Cocktails and Canvas, and Bottle & Bottega. The events feature local artists who teach participants how to create their own artistic masterpieces through step by step instruction with the added delight of socializing with friends. Participants enjoy sipping on a glass of wine or a cocktail and the opportunity to allow their inner artist take the lead.
As if wine and friends weren’t enough of an appeal, these canvas nights have an additional special trait: creative education. These sessions are an inexpensive way to learn how to use a paintbrush or sharpen artistic ability already in practice.  Canvas nights are also much cheaper than art school or private lessons without strict structure or drawn out lectures.  There are no lengthy commitment requirements. One night could be just enough for an intermediate artist to hone in on their signature style or for a curious newbie to find fresh passion.
Canvas parties are fun and a chance to try something new in a relaxed and encouraging environment. The only lesson to be learned here is that every person has an inner artist just itching to stretch their wings! Anyone can do this.
Wine and canvas events run approximately two and half to three hours, allowing for instruction time and a small break for drying. All participants receive a gallery wrapped canvas, easels, brushes, paints, aprons and paper products. The costs are generally set by venue, but usually average around $30-$35 per person. Some companies allow the host to choose the image to be painted, while others come with art work pre-selected, especially if the class has a theme to it. Refreshments are usually agreed upon between host and instructor, but each party is different and unique.
Canvas parties have become incredibly popular over the last five years and will most likely continue to do so. These parties are a great way to raise money for a fundraiser, celebrate a birthday or special occasion, or to simply shake up weekend activities. So if you’re looking to try something new and tap into your inner creativity, canvas parties may be just what you need!


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