Unleash your Inner Artist at Paintlounge
“I had so much fun learning to paint. Music, the canvases are set for you, and you’re taught how to paint. Something interesting to do. It made me realize, anyone can paint. So many colours to choose from, a great way to discover oneself.” –milu269 (Trip Advisor user)
“The studios are fun and welcoming. There’s options to paint both freely on your own or guided with an instructor which is perfect for beginners. I love that each location is open to all levels regardless of your painting skills. It’s a fun place for anyone who wishes to express themselves through paint!” –Lisa De Nicole
Paintlounge offers a creative space, unique workshops, and locally crafted events where you’ll laugh, let loose, and connect with others all while creating a one-of-a-kind painting. With two studios located in York Region—Vaughan-Kleinberg and Markham—Paintlounge inspires people to create and unleash their inner artist by providing a creative outlet where you can sit back, relax, and express yourself through art. With a drink in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, Paintlounge provides a fun and unique social experience that allows you to create a personalized project while laughing and connecting with your friends and community. Let your creative juices flow and enjoy a freestyle painting session at the studio, or join a workshop where you are provided with step-by-step instructions to recreate a themed art piece.
We interviewed Alyssa Lee, the manager of Paintlounge’s Markham location, to get the inside scoop on Paintlounge and what it’s all about.
What is the concept behind Paintlounge?
To create a welcoming space where people can come in and paint as an act of self-care, and belong to a paint culture. Our vision for Paintlounge is to allow art to be used as a tool to encompass and center the mind, body and soul. Whether you chose to come in on your own or with a group of friends, our continued hope is to show people that social painting can be non-intimidating and fun, even if you have never picked up a paintbrush before. Now, more than ever, it’s so important to take a moment and truly be present in what we do, and we find that painting does just that. Your main focus is putting paint on the canvas, the brushstrokes and being creative.
What is Paintlounge’s goal?
Our goal is to show you that social painting is fun, relaxing, and is actually beneficial (it’s like a creativity workout) for our everyday lives. No matter if you’re left-brained or right-brained, we believe that you’re at your best when you get to exercise both sides of your brain. It’s been said that tapping into your creativity could improve one’s mental health and wellness, and we are true believers in just that. We want to inject a creative break from routine into peoples’ everyday lives.
What can one expect when they come to Paintlounge?
When you come to Paintlounge you can expect a welcoming, accepting environment with friendly staff and helping hands to give you the tools and knowledge to help you dip your fingers into the art world. We welcome all ages here from kids to seniors and of all different skill sets. We have lots of inspiration in our studios to help you feel creatively excited to excel your skills, create a gift for your loved one or something for your own home. You can expect to feel right at home too with our self-serve complimentary cafe bar to keep you energized!
Do you have to be an experienced painter to come to Paintlounge?
You definitely don’t have to be experienced, we actually take pleasure in helping you build on your painting techniques and watching your skills grow! We welcome all levels of experience, whether you’re picking up a brush for the first time or paint all the time but don’t have the space at home to do so. One of the greatest perks of the job is seeing someone come in for the first time, fall in love with painting, and see them come back again and again and work on improving their skills together!
Can you tell us more about the services you offer? What is included in each session/workshop?
We offer two main services: freestyle painting and workshops. We don’t charge by the hour, the price includes a stretched canvas, unlimited acrylic paints and supplies, access to our self-serve cafe bar, ideas to get you started, friendly staff to guide if you need it and best of all we do the clean up!
Freestyle painting is our most flexible service and is available during all our business hours. Get creative and paint anything you love or take inspiration from our picture booklets with different categories to choose from. It typically takes 2-3 hours to create a painting, however you’re welcome to stay as long as you like as long as the studio has space! We also offer return sessions so you can leave your painting in our studio and come back to finish it on another day.
Designed for beginners, all our workshops provide step-by-step instructions to create a painting at a scheduled time. We’ve rated our workshops by Easy, Moderate and Challenge to help you choose one that suits you. Even challenging workshops are catered to beginners, so don’t be afraid to pick a challenge even if it’s your first-time painting. Every workshop includes a solo 16×20″ canvas, all painting supplies and materials, plus access to our self-serve cafe bar.
What special events do you have coming up?
Every month we have a special theme where our staff creates one of a kind workshops. For the month of August our theme is “Tap into your Inner Child”. Some examples of the limited-edition paintings are of a Game-boy, flying a kite, a scene from Wizard of Oz, and the list goes on!
Here’s a list of the upcoming events we have at each studio:
Wed. Aug 21st: 7:30-9:30pm “Paint your custom name canvas”
Sun. Aug 25th: 11:30am-1:30pm “Yoga & Paint”
Sat. Aug 31st: 7:15pm-11:00pm “Espressions” – Live Music
Wed. Aug 14th: 7:30-9:30pm “Paint your custom name canvas”
Thurs. Aug 15th: 7:15pm-11:00pm “Espressions” – Live Music
Wed. Aug 21st: 7:30-9:30pm “Paint & Meditate”
Fri. Aug 9th: 7:15pm-11:00pm “Espressions” – Live Music
Thurs. Aug 22nd: 6:30pm-8:30pm “Yoga & Paint”
Thurs. Aug 29th: 6:30-8:30pm “Paint your custom name canvas”
The Live Music “Espressions” is something that we offer every month, along with the Yoga & Paint.
Our events are always listed on our website: https://www.paintlounge.ca/events/
We always have something new and exciting up our sleeves here at Paintlounge, so keep checking our website or follow up on social media to stay up to date with all our news.
Where can you go to sign up for workshop?
You can sign up for your next workshop online on our website at www.paintlounge.ca/workshops, or give one of our studios a call and we’d be happy to make your reservation for you!