This post about wine and painting is sponsored by Muse Paintbar. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I had such a fun time this weekend with my friends and fellow blogger babes, Andie and Sammy. I have so many things on my list of places in NYC to try that when the opportunity comes along to cross one of them off, I jump on it! I was so excited to partner with Muse Paintbar to try out the relatively new addition to our Manhattan scene and the perfect night out with your gal pals.
To start this whole post off, I would like to say that I realized I am simply too impatient (oh and too lacking in talent) to be an artist. I just want you guys to know that going in, so you’re not shocked when you see my final product…
Here’s the deal: For Muse, you simply book based on their calendar of events and by painting. You reserve and pay online and just show up, check in and grab your seat. It’s a super simple process and they seem to have it down to a science in Tribeca. Everything was seamless and required very little effort from the attendees.
One of my favorite things about Muse is that they also offer a full menu! I had just had dinner, so I didn’t eat, but I did try the Pinot Grigio (painting and wine is the perfect pair). If I were to have ordered, these are what I would’ve tried, because they sound delish:
- Cheesy Chicken Dip
- 3 Cheese Mac N’ Cheese
- Brownie a la Mode
Once we got our bottle and settled into our spaces (with an easel, paintbrushes, a canvas unlimited access to paint and other necessary supplies like paper plates and paper towels), we just chatted until it was time to start. That’s when Sam, our awesome instructor, started the class. She basically stands on a stage and paints each step of the process so we can see how it’s done. She explains everything from what brush and paints to use to how to add more dimension to the trees and hills.
It was extremely easy to follow and the atmosphere allowed for more imaginative people to go off the books and paint different colors- see the pink trees below that a woman in our class painted so beautifully!
After Sam completed a step, she would let us catch up and blasted music while she came around and offered help and suggestions. By the end of it, Andie, Sammy and I were quietly painting until one of us remarked how therapeutic it was to listen to music, paint and sip.
We truly had a blast and left feeling so relaxed and creative without having to deal with the repercussions (aka mess) of a DIY project. Yep, they even clean up for you!
By the way our painting is called the “Cerulean Path,” so if you’re interested in painting the same one, just find it on the calendar and book that day. My only word of advice: you probably shouldn’t wear bell sleeves or any top you’re super attached to. That seems pretty implied when you book a painting class, but I never stopped to think about it and definitely made a mess of those big sleeves…
Final suggestion: it also makes for a great date night! There was a pretty even mix of couples and lady friends at our session.
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I hope you enjoy the photos from our fun time at Muse, and feel free to let me know if you decide to book your own paint party!