You are reading

BYOB Painting Classes Come To 31st Street

Upper West Side Location

Upper West Side Location

April 11, 2016 By Michael Florio

Astorians can learn to paint while enjoying their favorite wine or beer at a new space on 31st Street.

The Paint Place, which offers painting classes and private lessons, opened in late March on the second floor of 31-21 31st St., according to lead instructor Cary Mitchell.

Students at the Paint Place receive all the necessary supplies for a lesson, such as a canvas, brushes and paint. An instructor then walks through the painting process, step-by-step.

“We make it really achievable and really fun,” Mitchell said. “At the end of the class you have a nice piece that you are proud to display.”

However, Mitchell said the Paint Place is not just about teaching the techniques.

“It is about having fun being an artist for a couple of hours,” he said.

The shop offers BYOB classes, where participants 21-years-old and up can bring their own beer or wine to drink while painting.

“It’s not a drunken rowdy party,” Mitchell said. “But a glass of wine while you paint can help open the creative process.”

There will also be family classes held every other Sunday morning, for parents and children to paint together, Mitchell said.

Classes cost $45 per class and can seat up to 60 people.

The Paint Place also offers private events such as group classes, office parties and children’s birthday parties.

One event called “Paint Your Pet” allows participants to send in a photo of their pet and have it professionally sketched. They then attend a class and have an instructor help them paint it.

“After two hours you have a nice customized pet portrait,” he said. “No other studios offer this.”

The Paint Place currently offers public classes Thursday through Sunday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. The plan is to expand to seven days in the summer, Mitchell said.

Private events can be booked seven days a week.

This is the Paint Place’s second location. The first, located at 72nd Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side, opened two years ago. Classes at this location, which can hold about 25 people, are regularly fully booked. This made the owners look into opening a second location.

They decided to do so in Astoria after hosting several offsite events in the neighborhood.

“We love the neighborhood so much,” Mitchell said. “There is a wonderful energy and it is a hip place to be.”

They continue to host offsite events in New York City as well as Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut.

 

email the author: news@queenspost.com

One Comment

Click for Comments 
Maryellen

I attended a Friday night session two weeks ago with Cary. So much fun and, as a complete non-painter, Cary made the experience fun and enjoyable. Fun night out!!

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Five Queens startups win $20,000 each in 2024 Tech + Innovation Challenge

May. 19, 2024 By Czarinna Andres

A diverse range of businesses, including a yoga studio, an olive oil distributor, a female health care provider, a sustainable mushroom farmer, and an AI-powered physical therapy service, have been named winners of the 2024 Queens Tech + Innovation Challenge (QTIC). Each winner will receive a $20,000 grant to support their business operations.

QBP Richards, advocates rally to demand Mayor Adams restore funding to City’s libraries

May. 17, 2024 By Gabriele Holtermann

A rally was held at the Queens Public Library at Forest Hills on May 16, during which Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott, union reps and library advocates called on Mayor Eric Adams to reverse the proposed $58.3 million budget cuts to the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), and the Queens Public Library (QBL) for Fiscal Year 2025, which begins on July 1, 2024.

Queens elected officials secure $70 million from New York State Budget for school safety equipment in religious and independent schools

May. 17, 2024 By Anthony Medina

Religious and independent schools throughout the city will soon receive additional funding for school safety equipment, thanks to Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi and State Senator Michael Gianaris, who, after extensive advocacy efforts, successfully secured $70 million from the New York State Budget for 2024-25 for Non-Public School Safety Equipment (NPSE) grants.