5 Misconceptions You May Have of a Sip and Paint
You Need to Go with Someone
Not true! When I went
to my first sip and paint I went alone and had a blast. I picked a spot and was ready to go. It’s a great balance of an individual and a
social activity, but you control the amount of socializing you do. I had moments of being focused in my
painting, and other times when I commented: “I think my fairy’s been working
out. She’s got big calves.” This actually sparked a conversation about
the look of our fairies: “That’s okay mine has a big booty.” It was rather entertaining and we were
giggling away. So whether you’re alone
or with a friend or family member, there’s fun to be had!
I can’t paint that
Oh this is the best part! The instructor takes you step by
step through each section of the painting.
S/he tells you what paints to mix and models how to paint the shape or
area. Then you try and the instructor
will walk around to answer questions and provide feedback. Then the instructor will show you the next
step as a group and you get to work on that. You see the painting transform
before your eyes. I highly recommend
taking process shots to share with friends so they can see your
awesomeness! Everyone’s looked different
and you can deviate from the model, which the instructor can give you
suggestions if you want to do that. In
my class, most people just followed the model, but another instructor said her
recent class had all sorts of additions to her landscape painting, like trees
and buildings etc. You get guided
instruction but also freedom. At the end
you get to take home the beautiful painting you created, and you can’t beat
You need to bring alcohol
Definitely not. Yes, there were people with wine or malt beverages, sipping away, but some people didn’t bring anything to drink, and I brought fruit tea. Bring whatever makes the experience more enjoyable for you; it could even be a snack!
It’s a girl thing
Really it’s about the content you’re painting not the
activity. My class had all girls in it,
so yes maybe my class was a girl thing because we were painting a fairy
swinging on a branch. Another instructor
told me that her recent painting of a night sky had a lot of guys in it. There is a variety of subject matter at Tip
Top Pottery, with many I wish I could’ve gone to a class and painted. So no, it’s not just a girl thing to do or a
ladies night out, though that’s a great idea; it could make a great date night,
family fun activity, parent and teen activity, gift for a friend, or group
It’s too expensive
I got to paint, have a couple hours of fun, and have something
to bring home for $40. That’s definitely
doable. You can even go back and paint
some pottery as a gift or for yourself, which is another fun activity. The prices on the pottery pieces were very
reasonable. I was looking at them and
saying to myself, I want to paint that,
oh! and that…oh, that’s super fun – that too.
There aren’t any around me
There are actually a lot of sip and paints in the Upper
Valley, which I didn’t know. I have a
list of them here on this post. So you
can explore different ones. Maybe there’s
one that fits your schedule or tastes better.
Maybe there’s one that’s closer to where you live. Either way, you have lots of options. We’ve very lucky!
If you want to know what a sip and paint experience is like, read about my experience at Upper Valley Fun here.