Have you ever wished you were more creative? Perhaps you’ve toyed with the idea of taking a painting or pottery class? But invariably a list of excuses immediately scrolls through your mind. Things like…

“I’m not talented or creative enough. I’ve never done anything like that.”

Or

“Don’t art classes usually run for eight or twelve weeks, progressing from basics to advanced techniques? Who has time for that? I barely have time to work, grocery shop, feed my kids, and shower!”

Or

“If I’m going to do something special for myself, I’d rather plan something with the friends that I never get to see.”

Pair Wine with Your Art

There’s good news! Over the last decade, a wonderful trend has been growing steadily in popularity that revolves around art you can make while drinking wine. I mean, what could be better than that? It ticks all the boxes and soothes all the worries that might prevent you from taking the creative plunge. After all, everyone is a little braver with a glass of crisp Chardonnay or a mellow Merlot in one hand, balancing out the uncertainty of the paintbrush in the other.

Plus, it’s typically a one-time event, where a project is selected that can be completed from start to finish in a 2-hour window. Although budget for more than 2 hours as people often arrive early to check-in, chat, and pour that first glass of wine. And it’s social! Bring friends so you can embrace your inner artist together for an all-in-one fee that includes art supplies, instruction, and refreshment.

Paint, Craft, Stich… and Sip

While the “paint and sip” industry, as its often called, is loosely believed to have started around 2007, there are now hundreds of boutique and franchise operations across the United States and beyond. And it’s no longer limited to just painting. The art you can make while drinking wine has broadened in scope to include painting on a more diverse set of media, things like wood and glass, and to also encompass things like building murals from tile, and yarn crafts like knitting and crochet.

Make it an Event

A recent evolution of the art you can make while drinking trend is the relocation of events from art studios to lots of other fun spots. You can now book your own party and make art with a larger group of your closest friends in the comfort of your own home, which is a great way to mark a special occasion like a birthday or wedding. Or, you can blend art, food, and wine and attend a special pop-up event at a local eatery.

In all cases, the artistic process is guided by a professional artist who is there to provide instruction, as well as support, and to answer questions along the way. These kinds of events provide a genuine opportunity to be creative and build artistic skills, while also giving you a unique experience to share with friends and family and a work of art to serve as a memento. You decide if it ends up on your wall or in the garage.