Art Expressions: Four Painting Studios with Wine

By local contributor
Marilyn Hawkes

For some folks, putting a paintbrush to canvas can be a little daunting. They might think they lack artistic talent or maybe painting is just out of their comfort zone. If this sounds like you, help is on the way. There are painting studios (with wine!) scattered around Scottsdale that have instructors at the ready to help you fashion a fabulous work of art. And if you already have mad painting skills, paint-and-sip classes can be a fun way to sharpen your expertise. All studios supply paint, brushes, aprons and easels.

Here’s a quartet of painting studios to inspire your inner artist.


Art of Merlot

If you’re feeling creative, head over to Art of Merlot in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale for a fun afternoon or evening of painting guided by professional artists. Pick a painting template and then create your own masterpiece in a beginner-friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Instructors weave in and out between the easels and lend plenty of encouragement during the two- and three-hour classes. It’s a great spot for date nights, girls’ nights and holiday gatherings. The studio accommodates groups from 10 to 50, and can help secure catering, limousines and other services. Bring your own beer and wine (no hard liquor) or purchase onsite.


Carrie Curran Art Studios

This McCormick Ranch art studio run by mother and daughter duo Carrie and Maggie offers a full complement of creative experiences for children, first-timers and fun seekers. Classes, all taught by experienced art instructors and professional artists, include Van Gogh Vino, where guests paint step-by-step alongside a local artist; and Paint Your Pet – a session to capture your “best friend” on canvas. Bring your own food and drinks and Carrie will provide the wine glasses. Snuggled up to Lake Marguerite, the studio is a scenic setting for bachelorette and birthday parties, corporate events and bridal showers. Carrie also teaches Mimosa & Monet Mornings at The Hermosa Inn, where you can paint amid the resort’s desert gardens while sipping champagne.


The Brush Bar

Let your hair down at The Brush Bar in Old Town Scottsdale where you can unleash your creativity. There’s no need to bring your own beverages because the studio has its own beer and wine bar – and the first glass is on the house. Check the studio’s calendar for instructor-led classes featuring landscapes, whimsical motifs and holiday-related themes or open-studio classes where you can paint and make crafts freestyle without an instructor. The Brush Bar provides everything you need - all you have to do is show up and be ready for a good time. Private, corporate and team-building events are available.


Wine & Design

At Wine & Design you can get your paint groove on, drink your favorite chardonnay and let the good times roll. This intimate North Scottsdale art studio offers a variety of public and private painting parties for all ages and skill levels. Grab your significant other or a group of friends, pack up your favorite wine and snacks, and the studio will supply the rest. Arrive early for all sessions to get uncorked, smocked and in your seat.