If you have heard of the Paint and Sip Gold Coast fad that is sweeping the country, but haven’t yet gone, you probably have a lot of questions. One of the questions we hear most often is, Can I bring my kids? To address this, let’s break down what to expect. Click here to read more about Gold Coast Paint and Sip Party.
What Is a Paint and Sip?
A Paint and Sip Gold Coast event is nothing like your high school art class. It’s both a social gathering and a workshop, where the wine and conversation flow freely while a professional artist takes you step by step through reproducing a masterpiece. The painting is a concentration exercise and discussion starter, but the stakes are minimal, and the setting is purposefully low stress. Although drinking is part of the enjoyment, it is not a drunken free for all.
Is Artistic Experience Necessary?
Artistic experience is definitely not necessary! We have a wide collection of paintings for all ability levels, and our expert painters are fantastic at helping each client through the process. Whether you have been painting for years or have never picked up a brush, a Paint and Sip is the perfect way to release your inner creativity.
What Should I Bring?
We offer everything you need for the lesson, from paints and a canvas to an apron. We do ask that you wear old clothes that you don’t mind dropping paint on. The Paint Place is a BYOB (bring your own bottle of wine or beer) establishment, although we do provide corkscrews and cups. It’s worth noting that alcohol consumption is restricted to those aged 21 and over.
How Do I Determine Whether My Children Are Prepared?
While there is no minimum age requirement to attend a Paint and Sip Gold Coast event, parents should be aware that these events are primarily geared toward adults. By the age of eight to ten, the majority of children are ready to participate, though some take a little longer. As a general guideline, consider if your child is capable of remaining relatively focused for an hour and whether he or she loves associating with adults. Many parents report that a Paint and Sip helps build their children’s confidence and social skills, while also igniting an innate passion for painting.
Alternatives for Children
If your children aren’t quite ready for a Paint and Sip Gold Coast night, we also offer Saturday morning Family Painting Days. These are aimed at children ages four to eight, although this is only a suggestion, not a requirement. You are welcome to bring a smaller child who is mature for her age or an older child who struggles with self-direction. These lessons are priced per canvas rather than per student, allowing you and your child to work together if desired.
In August, we also offer summer art camps. The first week is geared at children ages 6 to 10, while the second week is geared toward children ages 10 and up. This is an excellent chance for children to explore various mediums, as well as some light art history and painting.
Hosting a paint and sip Gold Coast party for your children and their friends is about as enjoyable as it sounds. It was a fantastic opportunity to get a bit dirty, stimulate the creative juices, and entertain during a time of year when we’re cooped up indoors due to the cold (not to say it wouldn’t be an excellent outdoor paint and sip Gold Coast party theme on a nice summer afternoon). While painting parties have been a popular social activity for adults in recent years (a la Paint ‘n’ Sip wine evenings), hosting one at home is a breeze, whether you’re entertaining adults experimenting with oil paints or letting your children play with washable acrylics.
Gather the following supplies ahead of time for your party:
- New paints (choose washable options for children)
- Paper plates for paint
- New paintbrushes
- Canvases (high-quality paper that can be framed is fine, but I can attest that giving a child the opportunity to create on a real canvas has a magical ‘big kid’ appeal)
- Water (for cleaning brushes)
- Paper towels for cleanup
Many craft and supply stores sell paint palettes (both the traditional wooden oval kind and plastic palettes with separate wells), but if you want an even more economical choice, use paper plates. To add to the attractiveness, carve a circle in the center of the palette using a utility knife to serve as a thumb hole.
Easels are another essential item that might be difficult to obtain at a reasonable price when you require multiples. To accommodate seven children painting concurrently on 11″ x 14″ canvases, I constructed a long easel ledge that spanned the whole length of the table. I assembled the easel using bolts, dowels, and leftover 1 x 2 planks.
Provide a variety of paintbrushes for your visitors, and do not underestimate how many the children will use during a single painting party. Be prepared to assist in rinsing the brushes as well, to minimize post-party clean-up and to prevent the utensils from drying up with paint on them.
Decide on a theme for the evening and urge the children to paint accordingly. Another common approach is to choose a single piece of professional art and enable the children to recreate it in their own way.
Our theme night was “Flowers.” And paint a beautiful variety of flowers, they did.
- Begin with a pencil sketch! This will assist children in planning and executing their vision.
- Keep a hair dryer in the room at all times. Blast the artwork periodically to help expedite the drying time of the paint, allowing for the layering of colours without them smudging together.
- Make certain that each child signs their completed artwork – either on the wooden frame to which the canvas is attached or in the lower corner on the front.
Make some beautiful memories at the end of the paint and sip Gold Coast party, and don’t forget to take a photo of all of the children standing together, proudly displaying their artwork.