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!

The Pinot & Picasso Booze Guide

Pinot & Picasso Booze Guide
Want to know what drinks you should bring to your Pinot & Picasso session? 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 Pinot & Picasso session!

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 Pinot & Picasso 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 studios. 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! 

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 – the 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 – you 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 – sliced 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 – the 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.  

 

Dress to Impress at Pinot & Picasso

Pinot & Picasso

We get it. It’s a tough decision to decide what to wear to your Pinot & Picasso session or function. There are many factors to consider – what you are celebrating, your location, how formal or casual it is, what other people are wearing – it can be all too much!

Here are some tips from our P&P hosts to help you dress to impress:

 

Comfort is key

There is nothing worse than regretting wearing something that you just don’t feel comfy in. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple! Jeans and a nice top will always look on-brand at the Pinot & Picasso studios. 

Always bring a jacket with you to our sessions. Even if it’s 35 degrees outside, the air con is likely to be pumping and we don’t want anyone to go cold! 

 

Leave your designer clothes for the runway

No one wants to hear someone complaining about paint on their clothes, especially designer clothes. Those articles of clothing are not fabricated for art studios. 

Best to save the designer outfits for another occasion (or the runway!)

 

Go hard on accessories

There are other ways to make your outfit go from chick to chic. Statement jewellery items will always earn a big tick – and even some compliments.  

Accessories like earrings, necklaces or headbands will never look out of fashion at our studios. It also shows us a bit of your personality!

 

Swap high heels for low riders

Since we are dealing with paint, you want to make sure you are eliminating all possible opportunities where paint can land on you. Enclosed shoes are highly recommended in the studio environment. 

While heels and sandals can jazz up your outfit, it is preferred to keep it comfy and casual with enclosed shoes like sneakers or boots. This doesn’t mean we’re going to send you away if you come in sandals or high heels – it is only a recommendation! 

 

All in all, be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on. While you will be wearing a P&P apron, we can’t guarantee that you might get a splash of paint on yourself – it is all part of the fun.

Introducing Mumdala!

P&P Mothers Day
This year for Mother’s Day, the Pinot & Picasso team have created another combined canvas artwork to create our very own Mum-dala!

A Mandala starts at the core, and expands out to develop into something truly beautiful, much like our relationship with our mothers.

What we love most about this artwork is how it able to thrive exquisitely on its own, but becomes an even greater, complex and stunning artwork when combined! As with all of our paintings, we allow for creativity and design to run free. Participants can paint their backgrounds any colour, and the Mandala design is able to be tailored in any way wish!

Our Mumdala artwork will debut in all studios across the Mother’s Day weekend. The best thing about this combined canvas is that it can be tailored for groups of two, three and four! 

These sessions are now live on our P&P calendars! If you’d like to treat your mum this Mother’s Day, be sure to organise yourselves quickly – we think these sessions will sell out fast!

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!”

Win a Kids Party with Pinot & Picasso!

Easter Competition 2021
This year for Easter, Pinot & Picasso is running a nationwide easter egg colouring-in competition for our little Picasso’s to enter!

Our Easter competition is the ultimate activity for your kids, and just in time for the school holidays! You could win an ENTIRE KIDS PARTY, valued at $500! This amazing giveaway can be redeemed at all trading Pinot & Picasso studios.

We’ve also got prizes for FOUR lucky runners-up. We’re giving away FOUR double passes that can be used at any of our family sessions nationwide! 

We can’t wait to see the little ones unleash their inner Picasso!
HOW TO ENTER:
There are two ways to submit your Eggscellent artwork: 1. Download the Eggscellent Stencil image off our Easter Comp blog 2. Paint, colour, brush, spray or create your artwork in any way you wish! 3. Submit your artwork either through a form on our Easter Comp blog or on your socials using the hashtag #pinotandpicassoeaster 4. Entries are now open and close April 6th! 5. Winners will be announced on April 9th from the brand page @pinotandpicassoau

T&Cs APPLY

  • Entries open from March 22nd, and will close April 6th 2021.
  • Our primary form of submission is through our website. You can also submit your entry via social media using the hashtag #pinotandpicassoeaster and tagging @pinotandpicassoau 
  • The winning birthday party is for a maximum of 12 children. Any additional adults or children will need to be paid for. 
  • All food and drinks will need to be provided by the winner, the studio chosen is not responsible for catering, however will have a fridge for use.

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