Finding your inner artist at the bottom of your wine glass.

Last week the ­­­new Pinot’s Palette in Olathe invited me to be part of their very first painting class so I grabbed my mom and a bottle of wine and off we went for a little mother/daughter night out. If you’ve ever been curious about what a BYOB painting class is all about, allow me to ... (say it with me) paint the picture for you.  

First, let me tell you, this was not a stuffy art class. The painting class at Pinot’s Palette in Olathe had the same vibe as a happy hour — energetic staff, your favorite drinks, fun music and a great time. 

This is our class toasting to the only class rule: Have fun

This is our class toasting to the only class rule: Have fun

If you’ve ever wondered whether painting is a talent you’re born with or a skill you can learn, this class proves anyone can paint. We were given simple step-by-step instructions and taught a handful of techniques from the experts.

Can you guess what my painting is going to be? 

Can you guess what my painting is going to be? 

Our art teacher made sure we were all having fun and reminded us a few times throughout the evening that painting is not a science and not to overthink things. Fortunately, the wine helped hammer that rule in for me, allowing me to paint more and more freely as the night went on.

One caution:  Be careful not to mix up your paint water and your wine glass. 

One caution:  Be careful not to mix up your paint water and your wine glass. 

Mythbuster #29:  Pinot's Palette is not just for the ladies. Do I hear a date night knocking? 

Mythbuster #29:  Pinot's Palette is not just for the ladies. Do I hear a date night knocking? 

Another great thing about Pinot’s Palette in Olathe is that yes, it’s a party atmosphere but it’s still an art class. You’ll walk away a better, more confident painter and maybe even with a new hobby. The instructor wears a mic so you’ll have no problem hearing instructions while chatting with friends at the same time. Plus, there’s extra staff on hand to assist those like me who need a step (or two) repeated because you are too busy socializing. I mean concentrating, 

If you’re wondering, YES, you can absolutely do your own thing. In fact, they happily encourage it if you’re up for it. We started with the paint colors needed to match the instructor’s painting but we also had access to all the paint colors and a separate palette for mixing our own colors if we wanted.

My mom, who’s known for her creativity, went out on a limb (I’ve officially hit my pun limit, so no more) and gave her tree autumn leaves for a completely different look. The staff not only praised her individuality, they gave her some helpful tips on how to create a more realistic fall look.

My mom going rogue. 

My mom going rogue. 

If you’re thinking this would be a fun activity for a larger group of friends, the folks at Pinot’s Palette in Olathe are way ahead of you. Their private Royal Room, can be reserved for things like bachelorette parties, baby showers and team builders. Plus, they’ll be offering kid classes, too. Perfect for home school outings, birthday parties and Girl Scout badges.

How did I do? Top: Art teacher's painting. Bottom: My painting.

How did I do? Top: Art teacher's painting. Bottom: My painting.

A 2-hour class is just $35. Think about that. For the average cost of a bottle of wine at a restaurant, you can BYOB, socialize with friends, find your inner artist AND leave with your very own masterpiece. Bargain! 

Pinot Palette in Olathe officially opens Thursday, July 28. Check out their calendar of upcoming classes here

Pro Tips:

BYOB: There’s no alcohol sold at the studio, so bring your own. Wine, cocktails, whatever. They have corkscrews, wine glass and a tub of ice to chill your bottle if you need it.

Clothing:  Dress up or dress down, whatever you want. The paint is acrylic so it’s not washable (great for your painting, not for your clothes) but aprons are provided.

Seating:  They’ll have your seat reserved with your name when you arrive, so if you’re going with friends be sure to let the good folks at Pinot’s Palette in Olathe know when you book your reservation so they’ll seat your group together.

Date Night: Make it a friendly competition. Bring home both paintings and let your kids decide which one wins a place on the wall in your home. Wrap up the other one as a thank you for the grandparents the next time they babysit. We’re never too old to give handmade gifts to our parents, are we?

Bonus Pro Tip:   If you ask your mother to take some pics with your phone after she's had a couple of glasses of wine, be prepared for them to turn out upside down.  (Love you mom! It was fun!)

Bonus Pro Tip:  If you ask your mother to take some pics with your phone after she's had a couple of glasses of wine, be prepared for them to turn out upside down.  (Love you mom! It was fun!)