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10 Ideas For A Paint Night In CT

Paint Night Ideas
Written by Kelsey Miller

Painting is a great way to relax after a long day and get your creative energy flowing. Even if you’ve never held a paintbrush in your life, paint night events across the state allow you to release your stresses and your creativity. No experience required!

Talented artists guide you through the process of creating your own masterpieces while you also enjoy food, drinks, and good company.

If you’re looking for ideas for some of the best paint nights in Connecticut, grab your paint brushes and your friends and check out the list of options below!

1. Muse Paintbar — West Hartford, Glastonbury, Norwalk

With locations in West Hartford, Glastonbury, and Norwalk, Muse Paintbar is one of the most popular places for paint and sip nights in CT. Classes and private events are held 7 days a week with a wide array of projects to choose from, including personalized options. In addition, each event is complete with food and beverages for purchase. Classes range from $23-$45 per painter.

2. Pinot’s Palette — Stamford, Norwalk

Another great option for paint and sip events in CT, Pinot’s Palette has locations in Norwalk and Stamford. Enjoy an extensive bar menu while creating your own personal masterpiece with the guidance of talented artists. Pinot’s Palette also offers classes for younger artists so that the whole family can join in on the experience. Typical classes range from $30-$40 with special rates for private events.

3. Scene Art Bar — Unionville

For a paint night in the heart of the Farmington Valley, check out Scene Art Bar in Unionville, CT. Choose from public classes on canvas, reclaimed wood, or glass painting and grab a drink from their generously stocked bar. Can’t find a class that speaks to you? Scene Art Bar also offers open studio events in which you can exercise your creative freedom and create your very own masterpiece — but don’t worry, an experienced artist is always on duty to offer guidance if needed. Typical classes cost $35 but vary for special events.

4. Essex Paint and Sip — Essex

Located in Essex, CT, this paint and sip venue offers wine, craft beer, and small plates to indulge in while exercising your creative abilities. A team of talented local artists leads frequent classes which typically range from $30-$40 per person.

5. Painting With A Twist — Hartford

Painting With A Twist in Hartford, CT offers private events for any occasion from birthdays to office parties and everything in between. Or, grab a friend or a small group and register for an open class, where an expert will guide you through the process of creating a masterpiece while you enjoy a selection of wine, beer, and hard ciders. Classes cost $35 for two hours and $45 for three hours, in addition to special rates for family-friendly classes.

6.  Catalyst Art Studio — Wallingford

For a more family-friendly paint night, consider visiting Catalyst Art Studio in Wallingford, CT. This studio offers and classes for both adults and children where you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks, as well as events for the entire family with pizza included. Prices range from $20-$45 per painter.

7. The Drunken Palette — New London

The Drunken Palette has paint night classes for people of all ages. Adult classes take place on Friday and Saturday nights for $35 each and family classes run on Thursday nights for $30 each. In addition, Family Fun Day takes place every Sunday afternoon for only $15 each. If you aren’t interested in attending a class at the studio, bring the class to you! The Drunken Palette offers mobile paint parties that will be perfect for your next event.

8. Board and Brush — Southington, Somers, Monroe (More Locations Coming Soon)

There’s more to paint night than just canvas. Board and Brush with locations in Southington, Somers, Monroe (and more coming soon), allows you to paint your own wooden signs. These finished pieces are the perfect DIY home decor without the hassle and mess of doing it on your own. For $65 you can join a class that fits into your schedule and create any piece listed in the gallery on the studio website.

9. Pottery Piazza — Plainville

If the typical canvas isn’t for you, visit the Pottery Piazza in Plainville, CT to paint your own ceramic piece. Pottery begins at $2 per piece and averages between $16-$25. All materials are included and studio fees are up to $10 for a full day of painting. Walk-ins are always welcome and guests are invited to bring their own snacks and drinks (21+ may bring alcoholic beverages).

10. Local Restaurants and Cafes — Everywhere

It’s not uncommon for restaurants and cafes around the state to offer their own version of paint nights throughout the year. Casa Mia (Berlin), Esca Restaurant and Wine Bar (Middletown), Friends Cafe (Southington), and Concetta’s Italian Restaurant (Bloomfield) are just a few examples of venues that offer frequent paint night events. Be sure to keep your eye out for local events in your area!

What’s your favorite way to unwind?

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