POP QUIZ: What do you get when you take two contrasting activities and blend them perfectly together to create a masterpiece of fun? Art bars! Canvasing the state, this hot trend is the perfect way to explore your inner creative while enjoying your favorite beverages. So the next time you’re looking for a fun and different way to paint the town red (blue, orange or green), try one of these artsy activities.
Arte Wine and Painting Studio – Wauwatosa and Delafield
From formal classes to flying by the stroke of your brush – Arte Wine and Painting Studio offers a little something for everyone. Create your masterpiece while sipping on art inspired craft cocktails, wine or local beer. The studio servers are also local artists, so not only can they bring you a beverage, but also can help you perfect your piece. Not ready to explore your inner artist? No problem. Arte Wine and Painting Studio hosts unique events like poetry readings and live music – so no matter what form of art you enjoy, Arte Wine and Painting Studio is sure to please.
The Green Room Lounge – DePere
Don’t let the name fool you - the second and fourth Sundays of every month bring an array of colors and art bar themes to the lounge during Pass the Paint/Pass the Wine. For only $20, you’ll get a canvas, paint, brushes and a bottomless glass of wine (or soda). However, there is a slight twist to this evening of creation. Every 15 minutes you’ll be asked to switch canvases with someone else in the group. This musical chairs style of painting leads to interesting and extremely unique masterpieces that can be purchased for a small fee with all proceeds going to local charities.
Don’t Drink the Paint – Racine and Sturtevant
Enjoy two-hour classes at Paul’s Pub in Racine and Grapes 2 Glass in Sturtevant for just $35. The fee includes a canvas, acrylic paints, brushes, other supplies, and, of course, a cocktail. Classes are typically held during the week with one or two weekend dates each month. If you’re ready to explore your creative side or are looking for a fun group activity… do try Don’t Drink the Paint.
Vino & Van Gogh – Madison
If you can drink, you can paint! That is the Vino & Van Gogh mantra. This painting party on wheels will deliver all the necessary supplies to your home for your very own private painting gala. Nervous you’ll get more paint on the carpet than on the canvas? No problem! You can visit one of the many establishments in Madison where Vino & Van Gogh teaches.
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