Frequently Asked Questions
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Below we have listed some of the more common questions we have stumbled across in our business. Feel free to browse through them, or send us a message if there is something that we haven’t covered yet.
Our classes are a stress-free group setting where an Artist/Entertainer will guide guests, step-by-step, through replicating a featured painting. Each class 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 class, including brushes, easels, paints, canvases, etc. As part of the class, 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 classes 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!
Classes last approximately 2 to 3 hours, and there are FREQUENT sip breaks.
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 class 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 classes periodically for those more serious about learning new techniques and working with locally famous artists…but still having fun.
There is limited seating at all of our venues, 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 class, and thus choose the painting that THEY want to paint. If you are having issues, feel free to call us at (734) 720-9777 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 a class at all venues. If you do not pre-register for a class, it is possible (although unlikely) 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 (734) 720-9777 to book your reservation.
The price for each class is determined by a host of factors, including the length of the class and our agreements with the host venue. As a general rule of thumb, a 2 hour class will be about $35.00 and a 3 hours class will be approximately $45.00, with Family Day children’s classes running about $25.00 for a 2 hour session. There are also specialty classes that might have a different price (Paint your Pet, Paint your Partner, etc.) For exact prices, look at the event information on our Calendar for each specific event.
We also run FUNdraisers for various charity organizations on a regular basis. These classes are usually open to the public, and might have a slightly higher cost as compared to our regular events. We automatically gift a percentage of all revenue from FUNdraiser events to the featured charity, but we also offer them the option of increasing the base cost to encourage higher donations.
All open classes and private events also offer BULK DISCOUNTS for purchases. We also offer coupons on a regular basis on Facebook, Twitter, and through our Email Newsletter. If you haven’t signed up to receive our Newsletter, you should do it now!
We provide everything patrons will need for their class, including: a QUALITY 16″ x 20″ canvas, paint, brushes, easels, aprons, music, and a talented instructor/entertainer to host the evening. If you are attending an event at our studios (Brighton, Ann Arbor, Romeo or Dearborn), you only need to bring your own drinks and food. At our partner venues at bars and restaurants, a server will be on hand to supply your needs.
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.
We offer Bulk Discounts on our ticket purchases. Tickets to multiple events can be combined in one purchase to qualify for discounts, as long as all of the tickets are purchased in ONE transaction. Bulk Discounts are broken down as follows:
Public Events and Private Events (this includes both studio and off site events):
- 4-7 tickets: 5% discount
- 8-11 tickets: 10% discount
- 12-15 tickets: 15% discount
- 16-19 tickets: 20% discount
- 20+ tickets: 25% discount
Family Day Events:
- 10-19 tickets: 5% discount
- 20-29 tickets: 15% discount
- 30+ tickets: 20% discount
NOTE: Bulk Discounts do NOT apply to FUNdraisers or Specialty Classes.
We will provide aprons, but we do recommend wearing something comfortable you wouldn’t mind getting paint on!
We recommend getting there 15 -30 minutes prior to the class to get registered and get situated/pour a drink. Classes start promptly and patrons will need a few minutes to get settled.
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 class started on time, so please plan accordingly!
We have a 48-hour cancellation policy for cancellations. Cancellations should be made online here. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space.
We are sorry, but we cannot give refunds for ‘no shows’ as we have already purchased supplies and arranged for staff. Thank you in advance for respect of our reservation policy.
Note: Paint and Pour reserves the right to cancel a painting session at any time due to class size, 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 session by phone and email (so make sure your information is correct). Patrons will be given the option of rescheduling their session or a refund will be made.
If our entire calendar is a bit too much process, you can view a filtered calendar that only shows events from a specific studio or venue. To select a filtered view, hover your mouse over the “Events” menu item on the top of the page, and a pop up menu will appear to offer you more choices.
- ALL Events (unfiltered)
- Ann Arbor Studio (Underground)
- Brighton Studio
- Off Site Events (Bars & Restaurants)
- Private Events (all locations)
- Family Day Events (both studios)
- Adult and Teen Events (both studios)
- FUNdraisers (all locations)
Please let us know if you are looking for a particular painting in our upcoming schedule at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accommodate your request when scheduling future classes!
We run hundreds of events a month, so chances are we are already doing that painting in another location soon. If not, we will do our best to get that painting up on the schedule at your preferred location.
Not at our studio locations (Ann Arbor, Brighton, Romeo & Dearborn) ,but patrons may bring their own!
At our partner venues in bars and restaurants across Metro Detroit, the establishment will supply for your needs. Most of our partner locations have GREAT specials, so make sure to ask your server for what’s HOT at your Paint and Pour event!
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.
We do charge a minimal travel fee for bringing the party to you. Costs are $25 for the first 30 miles from either of our studios (Ann Arbor and Brighton), plus $1 or each additional mile. If you need to rent tables and chairs from us, we do offer them for a reasonable rental fee. Check out the Private Events page for more details.
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 class, 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 class we feature it at, as well as including your name in the painting! You’ll be Paint and Pour famous!
As a general rule of thumb, our minimum age is 21 and over for parties with alcohol involved, although we will allow 18+ to attend if they are with are accompanied by an adult. 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 classes are themed for an adult audience, with mature humor that borders on the edge (and occasionally over) of a bit risque. We do offer child oriented “Family Days” for the little ones in your life, and “Adult and Teen” classes for teenagers (and adults) that utilize our adult artwork in an alcohol free environment. Please check out the specific calendars for Family Day Events and Adult & Teen Classes on the weekends at our studios in Ann Arbor and Brighton.
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