Pairing art classes with wine is the perfect way to shake up the usual routine. If you happen to be located in the state of Iowa, or just traveling through, spread across the state are studios and venues happy to host a night of paint and wine. While all the locations vary in ambience and what painting you’ll recreate, the common factor that ties the 6 best places to do paint and wine in Iowa is that they all welcome every level of painter, and that you’ll have a fun time as you explore your artistic side.
Known for its social painting experience, Brush & Barrel in Coralville is a storefront meeting spot for the artistically inclined adults looking for a good time. You don’t have to be Monet to enjoy Brush & Barrel however, and you don’t even have to have any experience at all before your first visit, because the Brush & Barrel philosophy is one of inclusivity for all interested painters. Outside of booking a private party, Brush & Barrel offers weekly events with different canvasses to create, which can easily be viewed and signed up for via their website.
An undoubtedly perfect spot to uncork and unwind, Cedar Valley Art & Wine in Cedar Falls provides everything but your favorite BYOB choice of drink. Whether you choose wine, beer or even a water bottle, be prepared to share some good cheers with fellow painters on any one of the many nights Cedar Valley Art & Wine hosts the entertainment. You can find the Cedar Valley Art & Wine calendar two months ahead of time on their website, which also provides the template from which you’ll recreate your own masterpiece on your next visit.
If you’re ever in the neighborhood of Sioux City, it’s well worth your time to check out the locally-owned, small business of Poppin’ Bottles n’ Brushes in the Indian Hills Shopping Plaza. Whether your visit consists of a private party with you and your friends, or one of the weekly events painting alongside many soon-to-be friends, you’ll get the same experience at Poppin’ Bottles, which includes personal instruction by a local artist, a sociable time between the paint strokes and a final product that you can take home with you to hang on the wall.
The secret is out in Swisher, and the Secret Cellar’s Bordeaux and Brushes wine tasting and painting events are some of the best you’ll find in the state. Not only does the backdrop of The Secret Cellar lend to beautiful artwork, but the well-stocked inventory of this wine cellar and supplier can keep you easily entertained no matter the level of your artistry. The Secret Cellar doesn’t stop with the paint strokes either, and you can find wine tasting parties, wine and waltz social events and a wine tasting club to compliment your visit very nicely.
Cork N Canvas doesn’t have a dedicated studio spot for their paint and wine social events, instead they utilize the already ambient decor of Eastern Iowa locations like bars, restaurants, wineries and anywhere you want when you book a private party. While the bars and restaurants provide the ambience for a social time, Cork N Canvas provides everything else including the art supplies and instructor, and all you need to bring is a willingness to give it a try, whether that means painting or a new bottle of wine.
Alongside their multiple painting classes a week, the Rustic Corner in Charles City is just a cool place to hang out. With a spacious, two-story building, the Rustic Corner also a collection of home decor to peruse, and women’s fashion lines to add a new outfit to your visit. Besides just being a fun spot to be at, the Rustic Corner’s painting classes have the reputation of being some of the most enjoyable in the state, regardless of how much skill you bring to the table.