Alcohol Friendly Art Classes in Pittsburgh

Published On September 10, 2014 | By Nuria Marquez | Lists

They say alcohol lowers your inhibitions but could it also kick start your creativity? These places around Pittsburgh are testing out this theory with instructor-led painting classes featuring your favorite cocktails. Grab your paintbrush! Grab your friends! Grab your bottles!

Photo credit: Paint Monkey
Photo credit: Paint Monkey

Paint Monkey 

You bring the drinks, they bring the paint. Paint Monkey brings in local artists to teach you the ropes while you enjoy a cold brew. They go through a specific painting step-by-step but still encourage you to make it your own and get creative! Located in the heart of Lawrenceville, it’s the perfect place if you’re looking to switch it up on date night. Not only do they provide all of the art supplies, but you won’t have to worry about bottle openers or corkscrews.

Painting with a Twist 

Voted one of the best places for a night out with friends by Pittsburgh Magazine, this BYOB art studio is the perfect place to discover your inner (drunk) artist. The brand originally started as Corks N Canvas in Louisiana and it has now opened over 160 locations across the country. Corks N Canvas is still based in Louisiana, and together with Painting with a Twist, the two are the largest employers of aspiring artists in the US. Each night they host a different themed class, ranging from “Pittsburgh City Lights” to “Whimsy Cats.” There’s one current Pittsburgh location and two more opening soon in Monroeville and Mt. Lebanon, so there’s no excuse to miss out on this great experience.

Color & Bottles 

Photo Credit: Colors & Bottles

By now you’ve probably realized just how much painting and drinking Pittsburgh has to offer. But in order to stand out from the rest, Color & Bottles stage their classes in local bars, wineries, restaurants and even art galleries. The concept is the same: BYOB art classes; but with a different location almost each week, these classes come to you! By supporting local artists and businesses, they help expand the sense of community in each of these neighborhoods. If you happen to see these guys stopping by your local neighborhood bar, be sure to check them out and BYOB!

Create a Canvas 

Create a Canvas was started by a local elementary school art teacher, Kristin Teeple in the hope of bringing art to adults and children around Pittsburgh. Unlike the other art studios, her studio hosts smaller classes of 12 people and allows you to pick the painting which you and your group would like to work on. They aren’t BYOB, but their adult classes have drinks and appetizers ready for you to order when you come in. If you’re not into painting canvases, try out their wine glass painting classes, in which  everyone in your group will get their own wine glass to decorate. The team of instructors will even provide you with a theme or a variety of ideas to get you going.

Photo credit: Pittsburgh Magazine
Photo credit: Pittsburgh Magazine

Clay and Wine Fridays 

Clay and Wine Fridays are a part of the Union Project, a community organization in East End dedicated to providing a home for local artists, non-profits and entrepreneurs. The classes only occur about once every three months, (the next one is scheduled for November 21st) but if you can make it to one of their sessions, they’re well worth it. They have all the supplies you need for your clay creation: clay, firing, and of course, wine. You’ll get a chance to play on the wheel and learn a bunch of different hand-building techniques! It’s a great way to support an awesome organization while creating your own masterpiece.

Kiln N Time 

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill pottery studio. Kiln N Time allows you to come in either in a group or on your own, pick a handcrafted piece of pottery to paint and decorate in your own creative way. Thursday through Saturday nights are reserved for date nights, so if you’re looking for a fun alternative way to spend time with your babe, grab a bottle and reserve a spot. The packages include two and a half hours of studio time along with paint and glazes. All you have to do is bring your snacks and drinks!

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