Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Paint Party?
Our events are a stress-free group setting where an Artist/Entertainer will guide guests, step-by-step, through replicating a featured painting. Each party works on a specific painting, but patrons are encouraged to explore their creativity and go off on their own if they wish to. We provide all of the art supplies required for the event, including brushes, easels, paints, canvases, etc. As part of the party, you will learn color mixing, brush techniques, and basic art theory… all while having fun!
Patrons will be sure to go home with a painting that is uniquely theirs, and we guarantee that guests will be amazed at the artwork they will have created! The events start at a set time, so we suggest that patrons arrive 15-30 minutes early to register and get the seat of their choice, as well as to pour a drink!
Parties last approximately 2 to 3 hours, and there are FREQUENT sip breaks.
Is Studio West an art instruction class?
While guests will learn how to create a painting that they will be proud of, the focus is on fun and having a unique night out. During the event we’re playing fun music while patrons have the opportunity to enjoy their own beverages and nibbles, as well as a chance to socialize with dates, friends or significant others. We do offer advanced events periodically for those more serious about learning new techniques and working with locally famous artists…but still having fun.
Do I need to sign up in advance?
There is limited seating, so we highly recommend signing up in advance. The easiest way is to register online by going to our calendar page. Guests will be able to view the featured painting for each party, and thus choose the painting that THEY want to paint. If you are having issues, feel free to call us at 810.534.6200 for assistance. We DO take cash and credit card payments on site, but there is a $5 upcharge for tickets at the door. Furthermore, we can NOT guarantee that there will still be a spot available for you, so early registration is HIGHLY encouraged! Furthermore, we do require a minimum number of attendees to host an event at all venues. If you do not pre-register for a party, it is possible that we might cancel it due to poor attendance. Without a pre-registration, we won’t know you are coming! So please, use our website or call 810.534.6200 to book your reservation.
What is the price of your events?
The price for each event is determined by a host of factors, but is usually determined by the length of the party. As a general rule of thumb, a 2 hour event will be $35.00 and a 3 hour event will be $45.00, with Children’s parties running $25.00 for a 1.5-2 hour session. There are also specialty events that might have a different price (Paint your Pet, Paint your Partner, etc.) For exact prices, look at the event information on our Event Calendars.
What is included in the price?
We provide everything patrons will need for their party, including a 16″ x 20″ stretched canvas, paint, brushes, easels, aprons, music, and a talented instructor/entertainer to host the evening. If you are attending an event at our studio, you only need to bring your own drinks and food.
We also have paper plates, plastic utensils, cups, napkins, and assorted dining gear, as well as wine screws and bottle openers at our studio locations.
NOTE: Events held off-site at a facility providing alcohol can NOT bring their own beverages/food. These events will be specifically noted in the event description. In short, if the event is hosted at a venue that sells food/drinks, then you can not bring in your own.
What do I wear?
We will provide aprons, but we do recommend wearing something comfortable you wouldn’t mind getting paint on. While accidents are rare, they DO happen, so don’t wear anything that you would be absolutely heartbroken if some paint were to fall on it. Our paint stays on the canvas AND on your clothes!
As a general rule of thumb, you should choose your clothing with the following things in mind:
- Long sleeves are the most common problem area.
- Anything that restricts your arms might be a problem. If you are frequently cold in public area, bring an old sweater or zippy instead of a jacket.
- If it is your FAVORITE anything, don’t risk it.
- The more you plan to drink, the likelier you are to end up with paint on you.
- For children’s events, we highly suggest that they do not wear clothing with long sleeves.
What time do I need to arrive for my event?
We recommend arriving at the venue 15 minutes prior to the party to get situated/pour a drink. We make every effort to start promptly and patrons will need a few minutes to get settled. The studio has staff on site Tuesday – Saturday to manage the Artisan Corner and Gallery Boutique, but our Artist Entertainers are only at the studio if they are scheduled for an event. On Tuesday, the studio is staffed from noon to 6 PM. Wednesday – Saturday, there is someone at the studio from noon to 8 PM. If your event is scheduled outside of these times, then the Artist will be at the studio setting up a half an hour before the event start time. If you are coming with a group, please make sure at least one person shows up early to stake out a table or group of chairs. We do not offer advanced seating requests, as they have historically created havoc with our ability to get the event started on time, so please plan accordingly!
What is you Cancellation Policy?
We have a 48-hour cancellation policy for cancellations. If you are within that grace period and wish to reschedule your tickets, you may do so by filling out this form.
After our 48 hour grace period, there will be NO refunds or reschedules, as we have already purchased supplies and arranged for staff. This includes “no shows”. Thank you in advance for respect to our reservation policy.
Note: Studio West Gallery reserves the right to cancel a painting session at any time due to insufficient ticket sales, weather, sickness, etc. If we feel we need to cancel a painting session, every attempt will be made to notify those that have signed up for a session by phone and email (so make sure your information is correct). Patrons will be given the option of rescheduling their session.
When does the event calendar come out for Paint Parties?
We try to post our schedule at least six weeks in advance. Be sure to join our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and our Email Newsletter to learn about upcoming events, special events, coupon promotions, and new paintings!
Do you provide alcohol or food?
We do not sell alcohol, but patrons may bring their own! Alcohol and Food are permitted in accordance with Michigan State Liquor Law and the Liquor Control Board, with the following stipulations:
- BYOB alcohol & food is allowed within the premises of our studios, but Studio West may terminate alcohol consumption at our discretion.
- No open containers may leave the premises. Michigan law does allow the re-corking of wine bottles, provided that they are placed in the trunk. Wine Bottles MUST be re-corked level with the lip of the bottle.
- No underage drinking is allowed. Underage drinking is grounds for immediate termination from the event, with no refunds.
Are you handicap accessible at Studio West Gallery?
Yes, we are fully handicap accessible, including a handicap spot in front of the studio, an access ramp by the entrance, and handicap friendly restroom facilities.
Can I sit with my friends?
We always try to seat friends and parties together, but make sure at least ONE person from your party arrives early to “stake out” an area for you. We do not take advanced seating reservations, as it has proven to be a serious obstacle to getting the show started on time.
Can I change the style/colors of my painting?
Absolutely! Our guests are welcome to change up their unique art piece, and we have seen some absolutely incredible interpretations! Our instructors will be there to answer any questions and provide some advice, but their primary obligation is to teach the featured painting to the rest of the party, so please be considerate of the other patrons.
In fact, we have even added some of our patron’s “alterations” to our regular library, as we just fell in love with their creativity! If we fall for YOUR unique take on one of our paintings, we’ll give you a freebie ticket to the first event we feature it at, as well as including your name in the painting! You’ll be Paint and Pour famous!
What is the age requirement for your events?
As a general rule of thumb, our minimum age is 17 and over for typical evening/adult events, although guests will have to be 21+ to consume alcohol. We do not tolerate under-age drinking under any circumstances, and participation in that sort of activity will result in immediate dismissal of the perpetrator, and everyone in their group, from the event.
Almost all of our parties are themed for an adult audience, with mature humor that borders on the edge (and occasionally over) of a bit risque. We do offer the occasional child-oriented “Kid’s Days” (ages 5+) for the little ones in your life, and “Adult and Teen” (ages 13+) events for teenagers (and adults) that utilize our adult artwork in a more PG-13 environment. Please check out the specific calendars for Kid’s Parties and Adult & Teen Events on the weekends at our studios.
If a party is available for teenagers or children, the age limit will be listed within the title. For example, a Kid’s Party for children will be titled something like “Kid’s Paint – Sep 22nd 12:00-1:30 pm (Ages 5+)”, or Adult & Teen events will be titled something like “(Ages 13+) Good-N-Plenty – Nov 3rd 3-5 PM”. Adult parties will not list an age range in the title.
NOTE: Requires 48 hours advance notice before your event start time.