This post is sponsored by Uptown Art. As always, all opinions are my own.
I am super excited to announce that I have partnered with Uptown Art, a premier painting studio in Chandler where you can meet, drink and paint happy!
Trust me when I say that this place needs to be added to your bucket list especially if you don’t quite consider yourself an artist. By the end of the class, you will be calling yourself a Young Picasso 😉
Thank you to Uptown Art owner Ginette for hosting my 3 cousins and me so that we could have a fabulous girls night out!
I always wondered why everyone on my Facebook feed who went to a painting (and drinking) class always had really great looking paintings…and I finally have the answer! There are two main factors: #1) The canvas comes with the drawing stenciled in and #2) the instructors are SO GOOD at their jobs! They tell you exactly which colors to mix and how much of each color needs to be mixed to achieve the perfect color. But they also stress that this is your painting and you can honestly choose any color.
Let me tell you that this is the perfect event for a girls’ night out, family night out, or a date night! My cousins and I had so much fun!
Throughout the class, there were definitely moments where I thought to myself ‘oh this doesn’t look right’ but at the end it all came together!
You are encouraged to bring your own drinks and my cousins and I opted for some wine 🙂 We saw several people bring in cheese and crackers so I’m definitely bringing snacks next time. The cool thing about Uptown Art is that it is next door to Yo Love, a frozen yogurt place and you get a discount if you go in with your Uptown Art apron.
There are two instructors per class: one is teaching (Ashley) and the other one (Ned) is walking around and helping people who are struggling. I was surprised to see that not too many people struggle, because honestly the teaching instructor does such a great job of providing guidance that you only really need extra help if you weren’t listening like my cousin Brenda ;).
I was curious how she ended up at Uptown Art and it’s actually a funny story. She says she remembers looking at a friend’s art on his Facebook page and thinking, “He is good! He could totally get a job at Uptown Art!” Then she thought, “Wait a minute,… I could do this! I should get a job there!” So she called the studio to see if they were hiring, submitted her portfolio and the rest is history. Her job as the instructor is not only to take people step-by-step through the painting, but to instill confidence, to encourage, to cheer them on, and finally to celebrate with them at the end.
She loves empowering others and Uptown Art helps her do that. She says that in literally every class, they hear someone say, “oh I could never paint that!” or “wait till you see how bad mine will be!” but the end result is always a beautiful painting. I’m a little ashamed to say that I was one of those people. I honestly didn’t think my painting would look that great, but it did! I love it and it’s hanging in my kitchen now 🙂 so thank you Ashley!
She is impressed constantly by everyone who comes into their classes. Most people haven’t painted since high school and are nervous but according to her it takes courage to try something new and to put yourself out there. She is in awe of people who come in and just throw caution to the wind which I think is a great way of looking at the world.
She believes everyone should add Uptown Art to their bucket list because when wine is involved, nothing can go wrong and I agree! She says that there have been so many people who have come in with no painting experience at all, discover they love to paint, and come in all the time. How awesome to be able to help someone discover a new passion in their life, right?
I LOVED my experience at Uptown Art. Everyone was really friendly, the class I went to was very high energy, and I walked out with a beautiful painting. My favorite part, however, is that they are big believers in giving back to the community. If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you will know that I am a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona program so giving back is very important to me.
Uptown Art gives back via their quarterly visits to the Phoenix’s Children Hospital to paint with patients, to various kids camps, to Paint Your Pet Fundraiser classes, and they are always looking for ways to contribute.
Thanks for reading everyone. I hope to see you at Uptown Art soon! Stay enthusiastic!