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Group Painting Classes vs. Clubbing

Set the scene. It’s a Wednesday afternoon. The workweek is at the halfway point. You have your eyes set on the weekend. You and your friends are trying to figure out what to do to make this weekend memorable. One friend mentions going to the bar. Everyone sort of groans. Not the bar again. Another night of spending too much money to drink too much alcohol, only to feel bad about it the next morning.

Another friend mentions going to the nightclub. Ears perk up a bit. Well, the nightclub is definitely a shade better than the bar, isn’t it? After all, there is dancing involved at the nightclub. Right? Or is this just another road towards buying overpriced drinks, drinking too much alcohol, possibly making poor decisions, and then ending up feeling bad about it the next day?

How about a third option. Enter in Life With Paint, Australia’s premier company for offering both private and public group painting classes. And yes, you can bring alcohol if you want. We offer “paint and sip” classes; we just ask that you drink in moderation.

Looking at the Pros and Cons

At a Life With Paint private group event, you and your friends can:

  • De-stress from the workweek.
  • Learn a new skill.
  • Boost your creative side and watch your friends do the same.
  • Uplift your crew/squad with the joy of creation.
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment when you finish the class and have your masterpiece painting to show for it. (Truly memorable!)
  • Take those first steps towards becoming an artist.
  • Share laughs and good times with friends, all in an environment where the space is well lit, where you can hear each other, and where there are few distractions (unlike a nightclub!)
  • Make new friends and network with other like-minded, creative individuals. Maybe even meet someone special!

Now, compare the above to what you’re going to get at a nightclub. At a nightclub, the end result will probably be something like the following:

  • Spending more money than you were planning on spending.
  • Drinking more alcohol than you were planning on drinking.
  • Trying to dance on the dance floor but you can’t really because it’s too crowded.
  • Trying to network and chat with new people but you can’t really because it’s too loud.
  • Possibly trying to meet someone special but you can’t really because it’s too loud AND it’s too crowded.
  • Staying up too late.
  • Sleeping in too late the next day.
  • Waking up with a hangover, essentially tainting the entire day because of it.

There’s nothing wrong with an occasional night out. But the critical thing to remember is moderation. And we want to encourage a fun, safe, exciting, invigorating, and creative weekend. That was the original goal, right?

Rather than spending the night out at the nightclub, why not sign up for a private event with you and your mates and a Life With Paint host artist? It will truly be doing something different and memorable. You can even bring a beer or a bottle of wine with you. Just remember. Moderation.

Rave Reviews for Life With Paint

Hundreds of people are writing rave reviews about Life With Paint. From Alice Springs to Brisbane, Perth to Melbourne, Gold Coast to Sydney, Canberra to Darwin, our Life With Paint group events bring something entirely new to the table for engaging, healthy, creative, and unique weekend fun.

Check out what these three, recent students had to say about their Life With paint group painting classes:

Suzanne Hastwell said:

  • “Wow! What fun! No experience necessary, no skill necessary. Just go, have a great time and follow along with what your teacher is telling you to do. It’s that easy – really it is!! A great way to spend a couple of hours on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Try it for yourself today. You have nothing to loose and a great skill to learn.”

Hyun Kim said:

  • “We booked a private event for staff at my workplace. They came to us, set up everything we needed and guided us through the whole painting process. It was so much fun and everyone agreed that it was very relaxing and rewarding. We painted the blue cockatoo…and even with our limited painting experience, everyone’s paintings turned out absolutely amazing! I would highly recommend this for a staff work event, hens or a chill afternoon with some mates.”

Sammi Wonderland said:

  • “Took my partner to one they put on in Darling Harbour for a surprise date night and it was awesome. The teachers were so helpful and there was no pressure at all. My partner and I are such amateur painters but we loved that we could walk away with a painted lion each that now both hang on our wall!”

More testimonials can be found on our Facebook page or our Google business profile. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Put the Nightclub on the Shelf and Try Something New This Weekend

Ready to boost the creative side of your friend circle? Ready to de-stress with your mates in a way that doesn’t involve the bar scene? Ready to get the girlfriends out for a fun, creative endeavor with a little bit of wine but no creepy bar-hopping men? A two hour class with one of Life With Paint’s host artists might be the perfect activity for you and your friends.

We have host artists in cities like:

We even have host artists in New Zealand! If you’re ready for a fun afternoon or evening that you and your friends will never forget, fill out our Private Event Quote Request Form today. One of our staff will get in touch with you, and we’ll get right to work on planning your group painting class!

Less Sip, More Paint

Less Paint and Sip, More Paint and Create!

Paint and sip. Here is an activity, one could even call it an industry, that is rapidly growing. Paint and sip consists of group painting lessons accompanied by the consumption of wine or other alcoholic beverages.

Since 2007, the number of “paint and sip” franchises has increased rapidly. Just in the U.S. and Canada alone, there are about 1,000 paint and sip companies. The trend is catching on down here in Australia, and Life With Paint is at the forefront with the largest group painting company on the continent.

Life With Paint and the “Paint and Sip” Tradition

The paint and sip business model is simple enough. Customers sign up for an event, they select a date and time, pay for their ticket, and then show up at the predetermined time and place for their class. The class encourages participants to bring alcohol. Sometimes, if the paint and sip venue has a liquor license, it will provide the booze. The painting lessons are led by professional artists.

But let’s be very clear about something. The degree of drinking done in a paint and sip class will significantly determine the outcome and overall enjoyment of the course.

Life With Paint has taught 2,184 classes to over 54,600 students at 17 excellent venues across Australia. We’ve taught painting classes for quite a while. We’ve assessed our methodology over and over again. And we’ve worked hard to improve our process. Our goal has been to bring the absolute best possible painting experience to our students.

Over our several years in the trade and our thousands of students serviced, we’ve found that it’s best to host paint and sip painting classes with an emphasis on the painting aspect. More paint, less sip.

And why is that?

From our research and surveys, we’ve discovered that most people sign up for a group painting class with the following objectives in mind:

  • More than fifty percent of students sign up for a class because they are interested in creating a beautiful piece of artwork.
  • About a third of our students sign up because they are looking for a fun way to socialise and spend time with friends and family.
  • A small percentage of students say they signed up for a class to meet new people.
  • Only about ten percent of our students say that the inclusion of alcohol was the “deciding factor” in them signing up for a paint and sip class.

With that in mind, we’ve structured our paint and sip classes to keep the focus on the artwork and the social engagement, with the wine and other beverages being more of an afterthought. We saw some classes get pretty boozy in our early years. We learned from surveys that those classes were never as thoroughly enjoyed by our students as the more paint-focused courses were. Plus, the more students drank, the more difficulty they had in creating beautiful paintings, (which was their main reason for signing up in the first place).

Let’s clarify. Life With Paint does host paint and sip events for legal-drinking age participants. But we encourage moderation. Rather than making a paint and sip event 50 percent paint and 50 percent sip, Life With Paint puts 90 percent of the focus on the paint end of the event, and perhaps 10 percent of the focus on the sip end.

Taking a Painting Class at Life With Paint – The Big Difference

Our students submit rave reviews for our paint and sip classes. And while Life With Paint hosts group painting classes at cafes, coffee shops, lunch shops, and pubs, we encourage our students to focus on the artwork. We want our students to make good memories, and to remember those memories. And most importantly, we want our students to have a great time and to create masterpieces that they will love for years to come.

All of that is much easier to do when one is not intoxicated. For the sake of coming together as a group and creating great artwork, we encourage significant moderation at our paint and sip events.

A complete list of the downsides to taking a painting class while drunk would be a pretty long one. But here are a few, quick items:

  • We all know what alcohol does to our coordination. When intoxicated, it is more difficult to control the fingers, hands, and wrists. That makes the simple act of painting more difficult.
  • While some people feel more socially open in the presence of alcohol, drinking lowers the creative side of the mind. That’s not what we want in a painting class!
  • Alcohol consumption also reduces memory function, and we want to be creating good memories, not losing them!
  • Taking a group painting class allows you to learn a new skill. But when students drink too much, they find it more challenging to learn the art of painting, and to retain that knowledge.

Leave the Sip at Home

For those who want a totally clear mind and memories that will be well remembered, we encourage you to “leave the sip at home.” In addition to hosting adult classes, Life With Paint also hosts family-oriented painting classes, classes where we do not allow alcoholic beverages to be consumed during class hours.

If you are interested in taking a social painting class but can only find alcohol-heavy courses, sign up for an event with Life With Paint. We offer great painting events, classes where we dive into the beauty of creation through painting.

At Life With Paint, our goal is to foster a community of budding artists in Australia. We are working hard to create an art movement. And while alcohol is sometimes appropriate in times of celebration and merrymaking, we like to keep it as limited as possible. We hope to see you in our next painting class, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to create some fantastic artwork!

The Emotional and Spiritual Benefits of Painting

When we think of paintings and the art of creating paintings, we might remember paintings we’ve seen, artwork we’ve admired, paintings we’ve purchased (or longed after). For the vast majority of us who are not already highly skilled artists, we equate painting(s) to the artwork of others that we see and appreciate.

We might even equate the art of painting to the emotions, feelings, and sentiments that we feel when we look at paintings. Some would say that there is an emotional and spiritual benefit to looking at and merely appreciating paintings.

But what about the emotional and spiritual benefit of creating paintings? Most of us would usually never think of this because we don’t consider ourselves capable of creating such art via a paintbrush and canvas.

Not only is there a significant emotional and spiritual benefit in painting, but anyone can create fantastic paintings, especially with the help of Life With Paint social painting classes.

In Life With Paint group painting classes, our artist-instructors give students a means by which they can enhance themselves spiritually and emotionally through the art of painting.

The Benefits of Painting – How Painting Helps us Soar Spiritually and Emotionally

There’s a great deal of valuable research and philosophical thought on the emotional and spiritual benefits of painting. For example, the Encyclopedia of Philosophy has an impressive dissertation on the connection between art and emotion. That dissertation is worth quoting:

  • “It is widely thought that the capacity of artworks to arouse emotions in audiences is a perfectly natural and unproblematic fact. It just seems obvious that we can feel sadness or pity for fictional characters, fear at the view of threatening monsters on the movie screen, and joy upon listening to upbeat, happy songs. This may be why so many of us are consumers of art in the first place. Good art, many of us tend to think, should not leave us cold.”

Art makes us feel something when we observe it. It follows logically then that art would make us feel something compelling when we create it as well.

And it’s not just philosophers and other artists who feel this way. Some scientists even theorise that artistic expression does not stop at making us feel good. These experts believe that creative interaction in the arts can be used as a way to heal people, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Quoting a peer-reviewed research paper published in the National Library of Medicine:

  • “Use of the arts in healing does not contradict the medical view in bringing emotional, somatic, artistic, and spiritual dimensions to learning. Rather, it complements the biomedical view by focusing on not only sickness and symptoms themselves but the holistic nature of the person. When people are invited to work with creative and artistic processes that affect more than their identity with illness, they are more able to ‘create congruence between their affective states and their conceptual sense-making.’ Through creativity and imagination, we find our identity and our reservoir of healing.”

So we see that creating art, drawing a brush across a canvas, and making something is not only emotionally and spiritually uplifting for us; it is also something that heals us. And last but not least, it is something that we all can do, even if we’ve never done it before.

Life With Paint offers a chance for people who have never before held a paintbrush in their hands to create beautiful masterpieces that they can then take home with them. Students hang their artwork on their wall and appreciate the memory and the creativity that their Life With Paint class inspired in them. A lot of art appreciators become art creators after their first Life With Paint class. These social painting classes are a great way for a beginner artist to get started with painting.

No knowledge of painting techniques is required. Expect a great time and an emotionally uplifting, spiritually fulfilling experience.

From Our Students – The Emotional Benefits of Painting, No Experience Required!

At Life With Paint, we bring students into our fun and engaging social painting classes and give them a relaxing, fun, engaging experience. Within just an hour or two, students who have little or no experience painting can create incredible works of art, works of art that make them feel great.

One of our recent students, Laaken Atkinson, talked about how she was able to create a fantastic piece of art with zero experience. She said:

  • “Life of paint was honestly so fun!! I attended here with one of my my girlfriends and I had no painting experience whatsoever, the staff were wonderful and easy to follow there steps! I’m no Picasso but my painting turned out pretty well and I’m proud of myself. If you’re up for having a great night out with your girlfriends then definitely come here ! I reckon this would be fun for a hens night too, I did also see lots of couples attend, so next time when I attend I will bring my bf with me! til next time :)”

Another student, Ben Fogarty, wrote a review on how relaxing and soothing his Life With Paint class was, and how, again, no experience was required for him to create artwork that he was quite proud of:

  • “I went with my wife and a friend to do a class – it really was a wonderful night. Relaxed, lots of laughs, and you get to paint a picture, which has never been something I felt confident I could do. Although I didn’t know anyone else, everyone really enjoyed it – you could tell. It’s a great night out. Highly recommended.”

Are you ready for an emotional, spiritual journey? Are you prepared to take your first step into the fantastic world of the arts and painting? Please fill out our contact form to get signed up for one of our social painting classes. We promise you won’t be disappointed!