New year, new studios!

Pinot & Picasso New Studios

The devil works hard, but Pinot & Picasso works harder! We’ve got THREE amazing locations ready to welcome new Picassos into their studios this February!  

These communities have been waiting patiently for our experience to roll on into town and when better than the start of 2022?! Check out where we’re opening below!

OUR UPCOMING STUDIO LOCATIONS ARE:

Glenelg – February 4 

Buderim – February 11

Townsville – February 11

 

We hope you’re just as excited about these territories as we are!

These three studios are so thrilled to be bringing some creativity to their communities! We’ve got many more exciting locations coming soon, but you’ll just have to wait and see! 

Are these studios near you or someone you know? Check out your local Pinot & Picasso studio’s sessions right here!

 

Why you should have a Kids Party at Pinot & Picasso

Pinot & Picasso Kids
Did you know that we can host Kids Parties at Pinot & Picasso?

We swap out pinot for fizzy drinks and juice boxes, but all the creativity still flows through our studios! Now, we know there are many options for kids parties these days, but here is why you should consider little ol’ us for your celebrations!

 
ALL ABOUT ART!

With a super cool kids artwork gallery, every type of child is catered for at Pinot & Picasso! From groovy turtles, to a not-so-scary T-Rex, and outer space journeys – these artworks are so fun for all artistic abilities! Check out our selection below! 

FUN WITH FRIENDS!

The theme of kids parties is all about having the best time with their friends! Our talented and entertaining hosts make sure the kids enjoy themselves with a funky playlist and easy-to-follow instructions. They’ll also help keep paint off their clothes and on their canvas!

 

PERFECT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

Now, we don’t just have kids’ artworks – we have paintings suitable for all ages! This means you can invite the entire family along! That’s right – we’re talking little Picassos, moody teens and fun adults! 

These sessions are first-class entertainment for the whole family! 

 

CATERING? YOU KNOW IT!

Our studios all partner with local catering businesses that create delicious grazing boards made from locally-sourced products! Depending on your studio’s caterer, they may have 

several options for food. You can also bring your own food & drinks to your party! We often see lots of donuts!

 

CONTINUE CREATING AT HOME!

Do you have an arty child? We have our Creative Kids Art Box on sale on our website! 

You can use your $100 Service NSW Creative Kids Voucher to redeem our Art Box (which means it’d be free!) or you can purchase outright! With quality art products, and On-Demand sessions with professional, bubbly artists – our Creative Kids Art Box will be your child’s very own artist starter kit.

Franchisee Focus: Kress & Dave Laguidi

Pinot & Picasso Franchising

Kress Laguidi was a proud and hard-working artist at Pinot & Picasso. Last year, she took off her P&P apron and put on her business woman cap and joined the Pinot & Picasso family as a Franchise Owner!

We chatted with Kress about what her experience as a Franchisee has been like since opening Pinot & Picasso South Coast! 

 

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

“I was working for the Pinot & Picasso Camden team as an artist for a year (since it’s opening in mid-2019) and I loved every minute of it. Everyone always had a good time, whether it was because of the painting or because of the sipping, it didn’t matter! If they had a bad day, that was left at the door and was always such a good vibe.

In 2020, after the COVID lockdown, so many new Pinot & Picasso studios started opening and Dave decided we wanted to be a part of the family.” 

 

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

“It was really quick for us. We had a phone meeting with James on the last day of August and by the end of October, we were trading.”

What’s been your favourite thing about Pinot & Picasso?
“The thing I love about Pinot & Picasso is that it is a big family – everyone from HQ, the Franchise owners, and even the staff hosting in the studios. Everyone wants to help everyone out as much as they can and are happy to share ideas. If there is a problem, there is always someone willing to give advice.”

 

How has your studio been received by your community?
“The South Coast loves having us down there. It is something different for them and something (cultural/entertainment) they don’t have to travel to the cities for. We also have a lot of city folk who are on a weekend escape or holiday who will come to a session.”

 

Since becoming a Franchise Owner with P&P, what benefits have you seen in life and business?
“Working with Pinot & Picasso is great because there is flexibility with work house. I have 2 small children so I can work early or late to make sure I have time in the day for the,. I am working mostly from our home office and when I am working the sessions with my staff doing pop-ups, we are usually by the beach or looking over rolling hills. It’s pretty hard work… wink wink!

 

If there was one reason to join P&P, what would it be?
“Pinot & Picasso is creative, fun and flexible. Most importantly, the team is growing and improving as the business is, so HQ has refined operations and expanded even since we started down the coast 8 months ago!”

 

Does the Pinot & Picasso lifestyle sound like a dream to you? Enquire about becoming a Franchise Owner today!

NEW: Hens’ Packages at Pinot & Picasso!

Pinot & Picasso Hens Nights & Bridal Showers

Hen’s Nights at Pinot & Picasso just got a whole lot more magical! We’re introducing NEW packages to give the bride-to-be a night she’ll never forget!

The artwork options are endless for a Hen’s Night with floral masterpieces and Paint the Bride. However, we’re expanding our entertainment for Hens with Topless Waiters and Drag Queen hosts for an extra cost to make the night that more special!

NOTE: Some of these extra additions won’t be available at every studio. Pricing may vary from studio to studio.

INTRODUCING MAGIC MEN

Just when you thought the Adonis artwork was hot enough! We’re partnering with Magic Men Australia to bring a cheeky side to painting & sipping! Their topless waiters will be with you throughout the evening and bring a tasteful experience for the bride-to-be. 

INTRODUCING DRAG QUEEN HOSTS

Always wanted to release your Inner Drag Queen? We can guarantee there will never be a dull moment at your Hens with a Drag Queen host! They will guide you through your artwork alongside our P&P artist. They will take your night to the next level!

As Lady Gaga once sang – “Don’t be a drag, just be a QUEEN!” Enquire now to add a Drag host to your private event!

HENS NIGHTS & BRIDAL SHOWERS

If all the sequins and abs aren’t your cup of tea, we offer many other great artworks for your Hen to enjoy! Paint the Bride offers a fun (and challenging!) experience for all. See who can paint the bride-to-be the best! 

We also have an abundance of floral artworks that will see all attendees walk away with a beautiful masterpiece!

Watch our video below to see the NEW Pinot & Picasso Hens’ experience for yourself

Spotlight on: Darwin

Pinot & Picasso Darwin

Pinot & Picasso is continuing to expand into some awesome locations across this great country. The nature of our business is giving those the opportunity to change their lives by owning a P&P Franchise in a new and exciting place. 

Our spotlight today is going away from the east coast and heading to one of our truly unique territories. We’re talking crocodiles, we’re talking Aboriginal culture, we’re talking warm weather – you guessed it, we’ve got Darwin on our minds!

What’s so great about Darwin? 

Darwin is more than just a city in the Northern Territory. It’s a city full of history, Australian & Aboriginal culture, and above all else, has a fantastic community. 

 

  • It’s deep and rich with Aboriginal culture

Aboriginal culture is synonymous with the city of Darwin. Aboriginal art can be found in every nook of the city as well as surrounding natural landmarks. You can discover stories about the Dreamtime as well through local art and heritage. You can see the vibrant traditional & contemporary art at galleries, markets, and even in street alleys. You won’t miss it. 

 

  • It’s a truly pumping city

The city has many great attractions that encapsulates the uniqueness of Darwin. Smith Street Mall is the number shop stop with luxury boutiques and fine crocodile and pearl products. You can learn about the history of Darwin by visiting their national museum, Royal Flying Doctor Service facility, and the History and Wartime Experience. Want to hold or pat a crocodile? There are some great attractions like Crocosaurus Cove and Crocodylus Park where you can get up-close and personal with freshwater and saltwater crocodiles. 

 

  • Natural wonders are everywhere

You don’t have to travel too far out of Darwin to find some incredible waterfalls and rock pools. Litchfield National Park is a popular destination for swimming and marvelling at the natural landscape. Escape further out of town to the must-see Kakadu National Park. At Kakadu, you’ll find rocky escarpments, vast landscapes, lush rainforests, and crocodiles in their natural habitats. 

 

  • Embrace their markets & festivals

Soak up the Darwin community and buzzing atmosphere with their markets and festivals. While there are many local markets around the city, the one to go to is the iconic Mindil Market. Enjoy watching the sunset and walk along the beach while eating delicious food made by local vendors. 

The local festivals also encapsulates all the wonderful art & culture of Darwin. Festivals like BASSINTHEGRASS, Darwin Fringe Festival, and the Darwin Festival will delight you with great Aussie entertainment and stun you with fascinating art & crafts. 

 

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

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. 

Pinot & Picasso Mental Health

New Studios coming in March

P&P New Studios - March 2021

As we say goodbye to February, we say hellooo to March and THREE new studios opening their doors! These new locations take our Pinot & Picasso studio numbers to over 40 which is INSANE!

We’ve got so many exciting locations in the pipeline that we can’t wait to announce, but for now, we’ll leave you intrigued and guessing… See below to find out where our new studios are opening!

P&P New Studios - March 2021

The following studios are:

Canley Vale – March 12

Dubbo – March 20

Yarraville – March 27

Our new Franchise Owners cannot wait to bring Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip experience to these communities! You can book yourself and your closest pals in for a session now – trust us when we say they can sell out fast. 

International Women’s Day Artwork is here!

P&P International Women's Day

Who run the world?

Ladies, leave your man at home and get on down to Pinot & Picasso! In honour of 8th March, better known as International Women’s Day, we’ve released a fresh new artwork!

IWD is a global day of celebrating all the incredible achievements made by women – socially, economically, culturally, and politically. So, here is our new artwork and hear HER roar!

Introducing HER

In all her beauty and grace, this may be one of our favourite artworks yet! This bold artwork was a collaboration piece by various of our artists here at Pinot & Picasso. 

With IWD just around the corner, it’s time to fire up the group chat with the gals and book in for a session. We couldn’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate all the wonderful women in our lives! 

Franchisee Focus: Daniel Atkinson

Pinot & Picasso Franchise Owners

A proud owner of NINE Pinot & Picasso studios, Daniel 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?

“I’ve had franchises previously, and we had decided that if we were ever to go into business again as Franchisees, it’d be based on the character of the people running it. When I met James and Aaron, I was quite interested in P&P. The final decision came down to the fact that we liked them as people – we thought they were pretty good dudes. That’s the honest opinion as to why we bought into Pinot & Picasso originally – based on the fact that we thought they were good and we thought being involved with them would be good for us.”

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

“It was very simple. Based on the fact we had been through the process before with other people. We prepared ourselves for a long, drawn-out process but it wasn’t like that. It was effortless and made a lot of sense.

To be fair, we were pretty early with our first studio, but even the second deal we had done for the rest of our studios was ten times better again. They put their processes in play, and those processes have continued to get better.

I was actually away on my Bucks Party when my first studio (Terrigal) opened. The boys organised my trades for the fit-out – they were incredible.”

Since becoming a Franchise Owner with P&P, what benefits have you seen in life and business? 

“When I had one studio, it gave me a lot more time to focus on other things. Once we had Terrigal up and running properly and found a good manager, I spent a lot more time with my family.

Since having the nine Pinot studios, we’ve bought ourselves a caravan because we like to get away on the weekends, which is something as a tradie that I couldn’t do. My lifestyle is a lot different. Even with the nine studios, I see a lot more of my family than I did as a tradesman.

The fact there are now over 30 studios, I feel like they’ve done it so often that the process just gets easier and easier. Plus, with so many like-minded people around owning studios, there are so many people to lean on. That’s what makes it easier for us.”

 

If there was one reason to join Pinot & Picasso, what would it be?

“Pinot for me, has been such a learning curve. I’ve made a lot of friends out of it. I’m a much better business person for being around all these people. I’m coming out of this being surrounded with 30 other business owners that I get to learn from every day, speak to every day if I choose to.

The founders of P&P are on another level, in my opinion, when it comes to business. It’s one of those things I’ve gone into it with a small understanding of business. Eighteen months in, I strongly believe I’m in a place where I’m becoming the entrepreneur I want to be, and I don’t think I could have done that without being around the people at Pinot & Picasso.”

2021…We’re ready for you!

Pinot & Picasso 2021

After a few weeks off, the team at Pinot & Picasso is back and working harder than ever! We’ve got plenty of ideas and updates in the pipeline that we know you 100% do not want to miss. 

With the recent COVID cases over the past two months, we had to make some adjustments to our studio rules which we hope is only short-term – make sure you bring your face masks and check-in using the QR codes at our studios!

We cannot thank you enough for your support over the silly season – we loved seeing you all in our studios! We’re looking forward to another MASSIVE year ahead for Pinot & Picasso.

It wouldn’t be like us to not have a big announcement after one week, would it? That’s right, we have SIX brand spankin’ new studios opening across Greater Sydney, Regional NSW and Queensland. We can’t wait to bring Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip experience to these fantastic locations!

The following studios are:

Orange – January 22nd

Wetherill Park – February 12th

Surry Hills – February 20th

Noosa – Coming Soon

Wagga Wagga – Coming Soon

Dubbo – Coming Soon

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