At Peace Art Paint n Sip, located on James Street and owned by Pam Murray, catering to repeat customers is built into the fee structure, with discounts available for those who visit frequently. With more than 30 classes per month at 15 area facilities and venues, business is going strong, she said.
Many studio owners have a fine arts background and do most of the teaching themselves, and others have a few rotating instructors at the helm. While part of the job is being technically proficient in teaching each piece by breaking it down into “baby steps,” the job is a bit more nuanced: You have to also be able to be the life of the party, make people laugh, and make them feel they are getting a relaxing night out as part of their cost of participation, which can range from $25 to $40 in the Worcester area.
While the alcohol serves as a catalyst for relaxation as artists settle into the night, Susan Dunshee, who recently moved her business, Just Paint, into a new space at 174 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, insists that paint-and-sip nights “are not at all about getting drunk or partying. People are just here to relax and have a good time.”
Paint parties allow for painters, both seasoned and green, to enjoy a drink or two — thanks to the economical BYOB option, which applies to snacks as well — while they follow step-by-step instructions to achieve some semblance of the model painting.
#8220;Paint-and-sip#8221; parties, at which easels, canvases and inspirational libations are the main event, have been gaining popularity in the Worcester area with no signs of slowing, and recent trends in the industry have allowed for even more people to experience the joy of art.
In addition to corporate events for networking or team-building, the city’s open spaces are fair game for setting up studio.