Mental Health Benefits of Painting

The art of painting has been around as long as humans have been. More than 40,000 years ago, early humans created the first paintings in the world – on cave walls. While scientists and researchers may spend their entire lives studying these paintings, there’s no way to know for certain what compelled those humans to paint. Was it to tell stories? Or to express themselves beyond language? It could be both and neither of those reasons. What we do know for sure is that several millennia down the line, we’re still at it; we’re still painting. And modern science has found that painting is more than just a craft, it provides numerous mental health benefits as well.¬†

It boosts overall mental well-being

Painting is considered a great way to improve your well-being. It enables you to manage and regulate emotions, as well as handle psychological distress. Tons of therapists and psychiatrists even employ painting activities in their treatments. Mental health researcher Dorien Eising found that painting alleviates anxiety, depression, and stress. Persons who engage in painting experience a boost in confidence and feel more engaged and resilient. 

It can be a grounding technique

Grounding Techniques are strategies that help distract a person from traumatic flashbacks, memories, and negative emotions. It lets you pull away from these challenges by refocusing on the present. This is what painting does and it is best seen in works by Asian national artists that mostly feature genre painting. They’re able to create magnificent paintings by observing the things around them, from farmers plowing through fields to abstract pieces.

That being said, paintings don’t exactly have to be still-life for you to employ a grounding technique. You can just draw on what’s happening around you and be inspired by the things you see, hear, smell, and feel. This creates space between yourself and distressing thoughts and feelings.

Pinot & Picasso Mental Health

IT HELPS IMPROVE IMAGINATION AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

Perhaps one of the reasons why painting has always been part of human culture is that it allows the imagination to run free. Professor and art therapy researcher Girija Kaimal says that this might serve an evolutionary purpose; she posits that art helps people naviagte and anticipate future problems. Indeed, painting involves a succession of mental activities, from deciding what to paint down to choosing the right brush size and type. Ultimately, painting enhances the brain’s ability to interpret and translate the mental image you have onto the canvas.

IT CREATES COMMUNITY

Paintings spark conversations, just look at how we’re still talking about paintings on cave walls in the modern world. By joining art communities and painting programmes, you’re able to build social connections with other like-minded individuals. One such community has been formed among plant lovers through the Pinot & Picasso plant gallery sessions, where participants can all paint greenery together. Through similar programmes, people can express themselves through art, knowing that they’re understood and accepted. This eases feelings of isolation and loneliness.¬†

For something that’s done on an easel, painting does a person a whole lot of good in the grander scheme of things.¬†

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TWO New Artworks have just dropped!

P&P New Artworks

New month means new artworks! Thanks to our incredible artists at¬†Pinot & Picasso, we’ve got¬†TWO¬†new artworks – we know you’re gonna love them!

We’ve listened to your call for more nature paintings and we have answered. Our artists have really knocked these ones out of the park! Check out our new additions to the Pinot & Picasso calendars below!

Cotton Candy Clouds
The Hills are Alive

Here are the our latest artworks for this month!

  • Cotton Candy Clouds:¬†Colourful clouds surround the moon in the night sky. Created by Ruby Calvert of the Southport studio.
  • The Hills are Alive:¬†The rolling¬†hills and pastel scape makes this artwork the perfect landscape addition. Created by Bryce Tooth from HQ Creative.
These new sessions are bound to sell out fast, so we recommend booking now to avoid disappointment!

Franchisee Focus: Danielle Weber

Talented artist¬†Danielle Weber¬†is a proud co-owner of our¬†Pinot & Picasso Malvern¬†studio. The Malvern studio was our first location to open in the state of Victoria, which was incredibly¬†exciting for us! We’ve been stoked to have Danielle onboard with us and we chatted with her about her¬†Pinot & Picasso¬†journey as a Franchisee.¬†

 

What convinced you to join the Pinot & Picasso as a Franchisee?

“The concept seemed like an innovative way to share my love of creating art with many others in the community. I loved the positive, ‘family’-like vibe the Pinot & Picasso crew presented and the way in which an inclusive, fun environment was created in every session for people of all ages and backgrounds.”¬†

What was the process like becoming a P&P Franchisee? 

“We jumped into the partnership together quite naturally, fitting out the space with our combined efforts – so much so I painted the mural celebrating Picasso with a tribute piece to create a vibe conducive to the conviviality of the Pinot & Picasso experience.”¬†

What’s been your favourite thing about Pinot & Picasso?
“Getting feedback from family and friends experiencing the sessions and seeing the enjoyment of the participants week after week, including during the difficult times of 2020.”

How has your studio been received by your community?
“The community has embraced the creation of this space with local traders telling me that it brought a much needed ‘breath of fresh air’ to the precinct and added a much needed vibe to the area. Shoppers often pop in to ask about the classes and admire my artworks. Many locals enjoy a chat and share that they welcome the whole concept to their community. This is the most rewarding aspect of my involvement.”¬†

Since becoming a Franchise Owner with P&P, what benefits have you seen in life and business?
“The biggest benefit has been the opportunity to share the joy of painting with a larger audience. My capacity to share the love of art and the benefits it brings is far greater through these experiences.”

If there was one reason to join P&P, what would it be?
“If you like bringing enjoyment to others, this would be it. Everyone can participate and take something wonderful away with them. All participants are pleasantly surprised that they can produce a work of art, no matter how complex or simple. No one leaves disappointed and the fun to be had is contagious.”

THREE New Studios opening in May!

P&P May Studios

More studios opening? You better believe it! Pinot & Picasso is delighted to welcome THREE NEW STUDIOS in NSW & QLD in May!

With these new locations, we’ve hit double digits for studios opening¬†in 2021! We love seeing the Pinot & Picasso family grow and we’re excited to bring¬†Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip experience to¬†more wonderful territories!

Scroll down to find out where we are opening our new studios! 

The following studios are:
Enfield – 8th May
Toowoomba – 14th May
Fortitude Valley – 15th May
 
We cannot wait bring the Pinot & Picasso experience to these fantastic communities! You can book yourself and your closest pals in for a session now at these new territories! Trust us when we say tickets will sell out fast. 

Calling all Plant Lovers!

P&P New Artworks

Calling all plant lovers! With the release of our latest plant-based artwork, we’re celebrating the beauty of nature here at¬†Pinot & Picasso!

We’re adding more sessions to our calendars of artworks from our plants gallery! Be sure to book yourselves¬†in for¬†P&P favourites Botanical Bliss, Monstera Deliciosa, King Protea & Waratah – just to name a few!

But first! Check out our NEW artwork below!

INTRODUCING PLANTS OVER PEOPLE!

Plants over People is the ultimate artwork for plant lovers! This stunning painting was created by our North Sydney studio. Plants over People joins our fantastic gallery of plant & floral artworks! 

The sessions¬†are bound to sell out¬†fast,¬†so if this sounds like the perfect activity for your¬†kids¬†–¬†it’s best to¬†book now¬†ahead now!

OUR PLANT GALLERY!

We’ve got a wonderful gallery of artworks championing plants. Check them out!

Spotlight on: Hobart

P&P Hobart

What could be more exciting than owning a business interstate?! Pinot & Picasso is now offering the exciting opportunity for potential Franchise Owners to operate a studio in one of our great capital cities!

Our spotlight is making its way down the east coast of Australia and across the Bass Strait to the historic city of Hobart! Tasmania, especially Hobart, is becoming one of the more popular states to visit amongst Aussies.

 
What’s so good about Hobart?
 

While it may be Australia’s smallest capital city, it certainly is larger than life with its love for cultural phenomenons, sensational food, and natural landscapes.¬†

  • Art is in its nature

Hobart could be synonymous with art itself. You have the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery on the waterfront as well as the Salamanca Arts Centre in Salamanca Place. However, the true art hub is just outside the city in Berriedale. The Museum of Old and New Art, more iconically known as MONA, is the top attraction in Hobart. MONA is home to the most unique exhibitions seen in Australia and celebrates all art forms. There are also great restaurants in the museum that adds to the fine dining scene of Hobart. 

  • Fine dining all around

In all precincts of the city, you’ll find some outstanding restaurants that celebrate different cuisines. North Hobart has a great variety of cafes and restaurants that you’ll be going back to almost every day! The great thing about Hobart being a small city is that you’re bound to find a lovely eatery in any street. There are a total of 11 restaurants within the radius of Hobart that are hatted restaurants!¬†

  • It’s a real natural wonder

No one can miss the exquisite backdrop of¬†Mount Wellington. The views are just as great from below as they are on top of the mountain. It’s a view you’ll never get sick of in Hobart. Whether it’s a clear summer day or the mountain is capped with snow in winter, it’s truly divine all year round. It’s also not too far to travel to some great natural wonders such as Bruny Island and the Huon Valley.¬†

  • It’s a market city

One of the must-visit attractions of Hobart is the Salamanca Markets. There is plenty of food, craft and small business vendors that sell their amazing products every weekend. The Salamanca Market takes place every Saturday from 8:30am to 3pm. Salamanca Place is a very historic precinct of the city. It also has some incredible restaurants, galleries and stories in the sandstone buildings and arcades. There are some nice fresh produce markets across the weekends in the city and outer suburbs as well. 

  • Art festivals for all seasons

Art & culture is celebrated in both summer and winter in Hobart.¬†MONA FOMA¬†is an annual arts & music festival held in January at MONA. It showcases unique works of art across different art forms. The winter version of this festival is¬†Dark Mofo¬†which runs in June. The city transforms with large scale light installations and incorporates the best of Hobart’s food with winter feasts. This nighttime festival has featured musical performers such as FKA Twigs and many local eyebrow-raising artists. Dark Mofo ain’t for the faint-hearted!

If you’d like to find out more about our studios, locations available or territories – please book a call with us today!

How to Make the Ultimate Grazing Board

P&P Grazing Platter
Grazing platters are arguably the standout at any event or function. They have evolved from being a simple plate of cheese cubes, cabanossi, Jatz crackers, and carrot sticks. They are now a statement for the catering tables with delicatessen meats, fresh fruit, nut varieties & gourmet dips. 

Here are some tips on how you can impress a crowd with the ultimate grazing platter:

Be prepared

Before figuring out what snacks you’ll have, there are a few questions you have to ask yourself: how many guests will be in attendance? Is anyone allergic or intolerant to certain foods? What’s in season?

Once you have these questions answered, you can start to whirl around some ideas on what you want your platter to look like.

 

Size matters

The size of your platter ultimately determines how big & grand you can go with your grazing board. 

If you don’t have a platter, you can use a chopping board or a baking tray as an alternative. No matter what you use, you can also use baking paper on top of the surface. 

 

Utensils

The food is very important, yes, but you also don’t want to forget certain utensils are crucial to the board. Here’s a checklist of utensils you’ll need 

  • Cheese knives
  • Toothpicks
  • Napkins
  • Plates & cutlery – throwaway ones are fine!¬†
  • Servers

 

Cheese, please!

What is a grazing platter without cheese? Having 2-3 different types of cheeses is ideal for your board. No matter how soft or hard the cheese is, you can never go wrong with a block of cheddar or brie. 

Want to steer clear of those popular cheeses? Try a Manchego or Provolone for hard cheese fans. For those who like their soft cheese, try a Gouda or Saint Andre as an alternative. 

 

Dip it real good

Dips are great for adding colour to the board and bringing great flavours to compliment the food on your platter. Many people now make their own dips for their grazing platters like hummus or guacamole. 

If time is of the essence, buying pre-made dips is also perfectly fine. There are now so many varieties of gourmets dips available at supermarkets that it will almost become one of the hardest decisions to make. 

 

Tutti frutti

Fruit is a perfect and refreshing addition to the grazing platter. Bite-sized fruits, like grapes and berries, will always be a safe option for your platter. Dried fruit varieties are also nice additions to the platter, like dried apricot or even semi-dried tomatoes.

Fruit is seasonal, so be sure to make sure you are adding fruits that compliment the time of year you are attending P&P. 

 

Chocolate & baked goods

Be sure to cater for those with sweet tooths! The best grazing platters are full of sweet and savoury snacks. Little blocks of chocolate or chocolate varieties can never go wrong on your board.  

If you have time, adding baked goodies will bring your platter to an 11/10! People are suckers for homemade cookies, brownies, slices Рthe list goes on!  

 

Fill in the gaps

Once you know what you want, it’s time to add the extras. Crackers are vital to the platter Рyou want crackers that won’t fall apart and handle whatever you put on it. Just like cheeses, you want a selection of biscuits on the board as well. You don’t have to limit yourself to just crackers either Рsliced baguettes, pita bread, crispbread, pretzels, and breadsticks are also great choices for your grazing platter. 

Adding deli meats, sliced veggies & olives can level up the savoury game of the board. Nuts like almonds, cashews and many other nut varieties can never go wrong on a grazing platter. Be sure to leave no gaps Рthe fuller, the better! 

 

Arrangement

There is nothing people love more than taking a snap of food, let alone grazing platters! Sometimes it’s good to pre-plan where everything will be placed on the board. Keep everything wrapped and play around with the arrangement.

Once you are happy with the arrangement, go for your life! It’s important to have fun with grazing platters and let your creativity take charge. 

 

Whether you are attending a public or private session, you can add grazing boards to your Pinot & Picasso tickets. You can also bring your own nibbles along to your session.  

 

Franchisee Focus: Mitch Revs

P&P Mitch Revs

A proud co-owner of Pinot & Picasso Newcastle studio, renowned local artist, Mitch Revs, started his journey with us a long 18 months ago. We had a chat to him about what it’s like being a part of the P&P family.

 

What convinced you to join the Pinot & Picasso as a Franchisee?

“The idea of re-connecting people with their creative side was something that excited me. As an artist, I hear people everyday say “I wish I was creative” or “I don’t have a creative bone in my body”, “You’re so lucky” – These kinds of people make up more than 50% of Pinot & Picasso workshops, and 99% of the time they leave so happy and surprised with how well their painting turned out. It is a great way for me to educate the people of Newcastle that art is not about being best in the room, it is just about expression and having fun!”


What was the process like becoming a P&P Franchisee? 

“Relatively fast & stress-free. I’m sure my experience is a lot different to others though as I joined forces with James and Aaron, therefore most of the work was done on their end.”

What’s been your favourite thing about Pinot & Picasso?
“Bringing the community together through art – and wine!


How has your studio been received by your community?
“People love our workshops. We get lots of returning customers wanting to try out all of the different paintings. It’s a challenge, it’s fun and a great vibe!”


If there was one reason to join P&P, what would it be?
“Pinot & Picasso is its own fun, creative community.¬†If you are looking for a fun, low-investment opportunity, I highly recommend Pinot & Picasso!”

Our Latest Artwork Drop is here!

Pinot & Picasso New Artworks

March has been¬†the¬†month of new artworks! We’ve got¬†TWO¬†more awesome additions to our¬†Pinot & Picasso¬†artwork gallery!

Our fantastic¬†artists are continuing to roll-out some amazing paintings that are quickly¬†becoming¬†customer favourites! We have a feeling these latest artworks just¬†might tickle your fancy…

Check out the new artworks coming to a Pinot & Picasso studio near you!

Adonis

Eyes up here ladies!¬†Adonis channels the handsome young man of Greek mythology. We know this artwork will be a hit amongst out Hen’s night crew. If you love Adonis, you’re going to LOVE what we’ve got in store…

 Shady Palms

We’re bringing back some summer vibes with this refreshing beach artwork. This lovely painting was created by our artists from our Terrigal studio!

These new sessions are selling¬†fast,¬†so if these spark your interest¬†– it’s best to¬†book now¬†to avoid disappointment!

FOUR Studios opening in April!

P&P New Studios April

It’s April already?! The team at¬†Pinot & Picasso¬†are stoked to announce the opening of¬†FOUR¬†new studios across NSW and QLD next month!

With these new locations, we have hit double digits¬†for studio¬†openings for 2021! With nine¬†months left of 2021, we’re excited to see how many more sites will welcome¬†Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip experience!

See below to find out where exactly our new studios are opening!

The following studios openings are:

Noosa – April 9th

Redcliffe – April 9th

Wagga Wagga РApril 10th 

Enfield – Late April

We cannot wait bring the Pinot & Picasso experience to these awesome communities! You can book yourself and your closest pals in for a session now at these wonderful new studios! Trust us when we say tickets sell out fast. 

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