Pinot Painting

Frequently Asked Questions

How does hosting a party work?

Fill out the form on the Gallery page, or send an email to chris@pinotpainting.com to let us know you are interested in hosting or attending a Pinot Renoir Painting Party. Chris will contact you to set a date and time for your party. The party can be at your house, or a venue of your choice. If you want to host the party somewhere besides your house, you can make the arrangements, or let us know and we can help set it up.

The next step is for you to select a painting either from the current paintings on the Gallery page, or we can create one from an idea or image that you have.

You create your guest list and send us their email addresses and we will send them a special email invitation to your party. Or if you'd rather, we will send you the email invitation and you can then forward it to your friends and family. There will be instructions on how to register for the party, and a link on the invitation that your guests can click to register and pay online. Guests must preregister and pay prior to the event.

On the day of your party, Chris (or another artist as arranged) and her assistant will arrive at the designated location an hour early to set up. We provide everything needed to paint, including canvases, table easels, plastic table covers to protect your furniture and carpets if necessary, paints, brushes, aprons, etc. You will provide table and chairs for your guests, and any refreshments and beverages you wish.

Afterwards, Chris and her assistant will pack up our painting supplies while you and your guests visit and show off your new masterpieces.

What days to you hold parties?

Parties can be held most week nights from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Weekend parties can be held as early as 10:00 am, during the afternoon, or during the evening.

How long are painting parties?

Times vary, depending on the complexity of the painting. A typical painting can be completed within 2 to 2 ½ hours. A more complex painting will take an extra hour. Children's parties are scheduled for about 1 ½ hour of painting.

I live just outside of the Quad Cities. Will you come to my house?

At this time Pinot Painting holds painting parties within the larger Quad Cities area. A $150 deposit is required to reserve the date. If the party is canceled, the deposit is not returned. If the party is held as scheduled, the deposit is used toward payment. Any balance will be returned to the host on the day of the party.

I want to host a party, but I don't have the space or room to hold a party at my house.

We will help to arrange an alternate location. There are many restaurants and pubs that will allow us to hold a painting party at their location without charge.

Do you ever have parties in public locations open to the general public?

Yes, Pinot Renoir Painting Party does hold painting parties in local restaurants and pubs. If you are interested in attending one of these events, send an email to chris@pinotpainting.com and we will send you an email with the information of our next painting party.

Who pays for the guests to attend a painting party?

That's up to you. Typically, the host makes the arrangements for the venue, guest list, food, beverages, and sends out the invitations. The guests then pre-register and pay for themselves at the time of registration.

If the host chooses to pay for her guests, special instructions will be sent on how to pre-register and pay for everyone.

What should I wear?

We provide aprons, but paint can splatter and drip. Dress comfortably, but wear something that you won't mind getting paint on, just in case. We use water based acrylic paints, but when it dries, it may not come out. If you care about it, don't wear it.

What if one of my guests drops paint on my carpet?

Pinot Renoir Painting Party and its artists and assistants are not responsible for any accidents or messes that may occur during a Pinot Renoir Painting Party. Plastic covers are provided to protect tables and the floor space surrounding the painting area.

I don't know how to paint. I have no talent.

Pinot Renoir Painting Party is a fun way to get together with your friends, coworkers or family. Experience is definitely not necessary. You will see a finished painting of the one you will be doing, in addition to watching the artist instructor paint each step along with you. You will be instructed step-by-step on creating your own masterpiece!

What can I expect?

Our painting parties are relaxed and laid back. There's no pressure to paint a specific way. You are free to add your own creativity to your painting. It's all about having a good time! The host provides snacks and beverages which can be enjoyed before, during or after painting. At the end, you will have your very own work of art to take home and show off!

Do you take pictures?

Yes, our instructor and/or assistant will be taking pictures throughout the event. When we are finished painting, a group picture will be taken with everyone holding their masterpieces. Some of these pictures will be posted on our website and our FaceBook page. Some may be used on our brochure. If you don't want your picture posted, you will need to sign a notice at the event, so we know not to use your photo.

When will my painting be dry? How will I get it home?

Acrylic paint dries very fast. It is usually dry to the touch within 30 minutes. Once it's dry to the touch, you can carefully carry your painting to your car, and lay it face up in your trunk, or on the floor of your car.

Is there a minimum or maximum on the amount of guests I want to invite?

There is a minimum of 10 guests for a party. However, you can invite as many people as you have a place for them to sit and paint. For groups of 25 or more, a deposit of $250 is required to reserve the date and time. If the party is canceled, the deposit is not returned. If the party is held as scheduled, the deposit is returned to the host on the day of the party. However, if the party is rescheduled within 60 days of the original date, $200 will be returned to the host on the day the party is held, $50 will not be refunded.

What time should the guests arrive?

Guests should arrive 15 to 30 minutes early so they can confirm their reservation, find their seat and get comfortable. We will try to start on time and do take frequent breaks to allow our painting layers to dry.

What is the age limit to be allowed to paint?

Children should be at least 8 years old and able to sit for the duration of the painting. An adult must accompany the child.

Do you offer parties for children?

Yes, we do hold parties for children, and have paintings specifically geared toward kids and their interests. At least one adult needs to be present. Having a painting party for your child's birthday or special day is a unique way to celebrate the occasion. The duration of a child's party is typically 1 ½ hours, plus setup and cleanup.

As a guest, do I need to sign up in advance?

Yes, pre-registration and payment is required before the date of the painting party. You will receive an email invitation with instructions on how to register and pay, with a link which will take you to the registration page for your specific party.

What is your cancellation policy?

A lot of preparation goes into arranging for a painting party at someone's home, or specific venue. A date and time has been reserved just for you. Supplies have been ordered and purchased in advance. For these reasons, we DO NOT OFFER REFUNDS (unless we cancel the party). A minimum of 48 hour notice must be given to reschedule by sending an e-mail to chris@pinotpainting.com. We can credit your registration for another night. That credit must be used WITHIN 60 DAYS. No shows will NOT be credited for another day. This applies to both the Host and the guest. Thank you for understanding.

Will you ever cancel a party?

We hope we never have to cancel a party. A session may be cancelled due to inclement weather or if there is less than five people registered.

In the event that Pinot Renoir Painting Party has to cancel an event, we will make every attempt to notify each registered guest in advance. Guests will be given the option of attending a rescheduled party, or we will gladly provide a refund.

Can I bring a guest that is not on the original invitation?

That is entirely up to your host. If there is room for your additional guest, and your host allows it, go to the link from your invitation and have your guest pre-register and pay for the party. Registration and payment is allowed up to the time the party is scheduled to start, after which the registration site will not be available. Although a few extra "place settings" are packed for events, please ask your host to call Chris at Pinot Renoir Painting Party if the new, unexpected guest signs up the day of the party, to ensure enough canvases and supplies are brought to the event.

There's a painting that I really want to paint, but I don't see one your website.

At this time, our website is new and is a work in progress. We don't have all of our paintings uploaded yet. If there is a specific painting that you want to paint, or a theme you are interested in, let us know and we will either have the painting to show you, or will create one with your subject or theme in mind.

Do you offer private painting classes?

Not at this time. However, we do share various painting tips during our step-by-step instructions at our painting parties.

This is a paint and sip type party. Do you provide alcohol?

No, Pinot Renoir Painting Party does not provide alcoholic beverages. Nor is Pinot Renoir Painting Party responsible for any guests who choose to drink at a Pinot Renoir Painting Party. However, a host can choose to serve alcohol or ask the guest to bring their own adult beverage to the party. If alcohol is served to guests, it is the host's responsibility to ensure that the guests are of legal drinking age.

Do you provide food, snacks or beverages?

No, Pinot Renoir Painting Party does not provide food or snacks. However, the host may choose to provide food, snacks and/or beverages, or he or she may ask the guests to bring something to eat and/or drink to the party.

Do you offer Team Building, Company Social Events & Client Appreciation?

Yes. This is a great way to encourage creativity of each individual while building relationships. Send an email to chris@pinotpainting.com and she will call you to discuss your special festivities. Please see our Business Events page for details.

Do you offer Fundraisers?

Yes, Pinot Renoir Painting Party will work with you to raise money for your fundraiser. A portion of each of your guest's purchase price will be returned to you toward your fundraiser. Please see our Fundraiser page for details.

If you want to Host a Painting Party, send an email to Chris@PinotPainting.com

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