2021 in Review

Pinot & Picasso 2021
On behalf of Pinot & Picasso HQ, franchisees, and staff, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We hope you have a fun, safe and entertaining holiday period reconnecting with loved ones and friends! 

Thank you for your ongoing and continued support over what has been a topsy-turvy year – to say the least! We know our franchisees are extremely grateful for your loyalty and encouragement throughout the year, especially during lockdown periods. 

We’re still wrapping our heads around the fact that it’s the end of 2021, so we’re looking back at the year and how YOU made it unforgettable for us!

 

MILESTONES, MILESTONES, MILESTONES!

We started 2021 with 35 studios across four states and territories in Australia. We finish 2021 with 65 studios across Australia and New Zealand – that’s opening almost 3 studios a month! 


Thanks to your popular demand, we opened studios in three new states this year – South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia, to be exact! We’re looking forward to bringing Pinot & Picasso to more exciting territories in 2022! 

FROM AN AUSSIE COMPANY TO AN INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE

We really don’t talk about New Zealand at all, do we? We expanded our #1 Paint & Sip experience across the Tasman and opened 4 studios this year! With more in the pipeline, we’re super excited to see the studio growth in NZ in 2022. 

 

Thanks to your support in Australia, this led to the big leap into NZ – so give yourselves a pat on the back!

Pinot & Picasso NZ

COVID STRIKES BACK... BUT SO DID WE!

Our biggest challenge (understatement!) was the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in both Australia and New Zealand. This forced many of our studios to close for an extended period of time throughout the year. 

We relaunched the Pinot & Picasso Art Box and Virtual Functions to help those in lockdown keep positive, celebrate milestones, and entertain all ages! It was another raging success with exclusive On-Demand sessions of fan favourite artworks and kids classics. 

We were stoked to give you something to enjoy during this period as you have given us so much over these last three years! We will admit, as nice as it was to see your at-home artworks, it’s been unbelievable to be back in the studio with you all!

Pinot & Picasso 2021

LAUNCH OF PINOT POINTS

Speaking of giving back, we launched our loyalty program Pinot Points this year! Pinot Points is all about enhancing our customers’ experience with our brand. Customers get points for their birthday, whenever they purchase a ticket or product, and when they sign-up! 

Haven’t signed up to Pinot Points yet? Join today!

40+ additions to our artwork gallery

We had over 40 artworks created by our talented artists from HQ and studios! From kids paintings, to floral masterpieces and Picasso-style artworks, we are still obsessing over our artwork gallery!

Still want to paint these stellar artworks? Check out the upcoming sessions for your local Pinot & Picasso studio! 

Thank you for your support - again, we could never do it without YOU! We cannot wait to see you all again in 2022!

Introducing: Picasso Paints Darth Vader!

Fathers Day 2021

Celebrate the father of all fathers this September with our newest addition to our Picasso Paints series! Time to get the lightsabers out, Star Wars fans… We’re talking about Picasso Paints Darth Vader! We’re giving Dads the chance to channel the dark side this Father’s Day at Pinot & Picasso!

Our Picasso Paints series explores the world of cubism through popular figures, and what better way to welcome the biggest cinematic villain of all time to our gallery!

INTRODUCING PICASSO PAINTS DARTH VADER

We’re giving Dads the chance the pay homage to the OG father – Picasso style! Created by our amazing Creative Council, Darth Vader has never looked so arty! 
 

Time to text your siblings and treat Dad to the ultimate Father’s Day in studio with Pinot & Picasso!

NOTE: NOT ALL STUDIOS ARE OPEN DUE TO LOCKDOWN, CHECK IF YOUR STUDIO IS OPEN BELOW.

8 New Studios coming soon!

Pinot & Picasso is raising the bar because we’ve officially reached the 50 studio milestone! We are doing it in true Pinot fashion with our BIGGEST studio announcement for 2021! 

We’re welcoming 8 NEW STUDIOS to the Pinot & Picasso family over the next couple of months! The best part? All of these new studios are all interstate! Pinot & Picasso is undeniably proud to also be expanding into TWO NEW STATES! When we say we are Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip experience, you better believe it, baby!

Check out where we are launching these new studios!

How incredible are these territories? We cannot wait to bring Pinot & Picasso to these wonderful communities! These studios will be opening over the next couple of months.

AUGUST
BENDIGO
NORTH BRISBANE
BRUNSWICK 
MELBOURNE CBD
WERRIBEE
HOBART

SEPTEMBER
FREMANTLE
FITZROY

 

Our new Franchise Owners cannot wait to bring Australia’s #1 Paint & Sip experience to these exciting communities! 

FOUR Artworks Added To The Gallery

Here’s something for you to look forward to this July! We’ve just released FOUR new artworks to the Pinot & Picasso gallery – our biggest yet this year!

Your requests have been heard by our Creative Council, and we think these new paintings are absolutely awesome! So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see the new artworks now!

Brissy Bikes

Harbour City

Lost in Japan

Dragonfire

Here are the our latest artworks for this month!
 
Brissy Bikes
 A great artwork of the colourful Brisbane cityscape! Created by Dominique O’Leary from Fortitude Valley studio.
 
Harbour City
The city of Sydney on show! Paint the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House! Created by Jacqueline Spinoza from Surry Hills studio.  
 
Lost in Japan
What could be better for celebrating the Tokyo Olympics than with the iconic Cherry Blossoms! This beautiful artwork is perfect for all groups! Created by Bryce from P&P HQ Creative. 
 
Dragonfire 
Get lost in your inner eye when you look into the Dragon’s eye! Created by Jacqueline Spinoza from Surry Hills studio.  
 
There’s nothing better to do this winter than paint & sip all night long at Pinot & Picasso! Fire up the group chat with the gals and book now at your favourite studio!

Introducing Picasso Paints series!

P&P Picasso Paints Frida

Here at Pinot & Picasso, we decided it’s time to take our name literally… We are launching a NEW ‘Picasso Paints’ series!

Picasso was committed to “pushing the boundaries of one’s craft”. Taking a lead from the man in the brand, we’re bringing the art of cubism to our sessions! 

What is cubism, you ask? Cubism is an early 20th-century art movement that originated in France. Picasso himself is one of the notable pioneers of the art form. Cubism is subject to an item’s most abstract form. It prides itself on having displace noses and mouths, faces all jumbled up and has a sharp nature to it. 

See who is the first famous figure in this series below!

INTRODUCING PICASSO PAINTS: FRIDA!

Our beloved Frida is the first to get the Picasso style makeover! Painted in the unique Picasso style of cubism, this design gives people the opportunity to show off a range of new techniques and to showcase fun new colour palettes.

Frida is the first of many famous figures to join the ‘Picasso Paints’ series, stay tuned to see who is next!

These new sessions are now available on our website – book now to avoid that disappointing feeling of missing out!

47 Studios in 24 Months!

Pinot & Picasso Franchising

Not too long ago, Pinot & Picasso celebrated two years since we started franchising. Now, we have opened 47 studios in just 24 months! The buck doesn’t just stop there – we’re on track to reaching 50 studios over the next couple of weeks!

The journey from our first studio to our 47th has been a whirlwind to say the least! Here’s what it looked like!

  • Our first franchise: Byron Bay

After the success of our OG studio in Penrith, we took Pinot & Picasso to one of the biggest tourist destinations in NSW – Byron Bay. The studio opened in February 2019 and it kickstarted our franchising journey. It only took a couple of months until the next franchise signed on. Our Byron Bay studio really started the domino effect here at Pinot & Picasso!

  • Going interstate

A big milestone we reached only three months into franchising was opening our first interstate studio. We headed up to the Gold Coast in sunny Queensland with our Southport territory. We now have 13 interstate studios operating in Queensland, Victoria & the ACT. Our first location in South Australia is launching next month. 

  • The post-COVID boom

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we had 13 studios up & running. By the end of 2020, we had a total of 35 locations across the country. That’s right – we had 22 franchises jump on board in the space of six months! SIX MONTHS! This level of growth has continued into 2021 with an additional 12 studios open for business. 

  • Sold out in Metro NSW

At the end of last year, we sold out in the metro area of NSW. This achievement has turned our attention to targeting more territories in QLD, VIC & SA. We’re also looking to dip our toes into the great states of Western Australia, Tasmania & the Northern Territory by the end of 2021. 

  • To 50 and beyond!

We are only THREE studios away from raising the bat for our half-century! To think this landmark will come in under three years of franchising is truly mind-blowing! We have many more exciting locations in the pipeline and cannot wait to announce them over the coming weeks. 

 

Book a call via the button below for more details on available opportunities with Pinot & Picasso.

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.”

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!

The Pinot & Picasso Booze Guide

Pinot & Picasso Booze Guide
Want to know what drinks you should bring to your paint and sip session at Pinot & Picasso? There is absolutely NO wrong answer to this! There is booze for every mood!

While everybody has different tastes but we’re here to offer some tips & ideas. Here is a bit of a guide to help you decide what you’d like to bring to your next paint and drink session with us!

 

WINE

Wine not?! It’s in the name, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to a glass of Pinot, or wine in general. However, wine is our most popular drip of choice. 

Whether you’re celebrating an occasion or just enjoying a night out, sparkling wine will never look out of place at Pinot & Picasso. Pop a bottle of your favourite Champagne or other sparkling wine like Prosecco or Cava. 

For those who are newbies, we recommend easing into the world of wine with some crisp and semi-sweet whites like a Moscato, Pinot Grigio or a Sav Blanc. For those who want to dip their toe into red wine, we suggest a Pinot Noir or a Beaujolais Nouveau (fancy!)

If you are attending paint and sip class in the warmer seasons, a Rosé is a perfect summer drink. It is a great wine to have for those early sessions. It also pairs well with a variety of different foods, which puts it a level above just red & white wines.

BEER

Put your male partners at ease… they CAN get on the beers at Pinot & Picasso! Often people stick to the beer they’ve been drinking for years, so here is some advice on what type of beer to drink according to the season:

In colder weather, darker and medium to full-bodied beers will be your alcohol blanket. These type of beers are often brewed with spices, herbs & fruits. Try an IPA, Old Ales, Mild Ales, or a Stout.

In the warmer seasons, light to medium-bodied beers is your go-to. You want beers that can be served cold without completely numbing your palate. Try a Pale Ale, Summer Ale, or a Lager.

Many craft breweries like to produce different beers throughout the year. Here are some recommended Aussie beers: Young Henry’s, Balter, 4 Pines, Coopers.

Ciders are also a good summer alternative for beer! Somersby, Strongbow & Rekorderlig have some great flavours to choose from.

PRE-MIXED DRINKS

If spirits are your preference, you can bring some pre-mixed drinks to our studios. Whether you like a clear spirit like Vodka or Gin or have an acquired taste for Bourbon or Whiskey – there are so many options out there for you!

This doesn’t mean bringing in a full bottle of straight rum with you to our studio. It’s gotta be pre-mixed – easier for you and our hosts. Many of the big brands like Smirnoff, Gordon’s, Jack Daniels & Jim Beam have RTD cans in 4-6 packs ready for any occasion. 

Ultimately, it’s entirely up to you and what you’d like to drink at our paint and sip classes. We hope this guide steers you in the right direction (most likely the bottle shop!). We’ve also got you covered with glasses, so when we say you bring just the drinks, we mean it! We look forward to seeing you in a Pinot & Picasso studios soon. Cheers! 

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