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15+ Paint & Wine Classes in North County San Diego

15+ Paint & Wine Classes in North County San Diego

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Who doesn’t want to be more creative? Pair that desire with a little liquid courage and who knows who will emerge. Perhaps the next great Picasso. Probably not, but hey, paint and wine nights are still worth a shot.

Plus, believe it or not, these creative outlets are a growing trend all over the city for date night, girls night out, bridal showers, fundraisers and any old time.

Best of all, there is absolutely no prior experience (or talent) required, and you just may find paint and wine nights pay off big in therapeutic benefits and skill improvement.


Check out CeramiCafe’s Wine Wednesday, which starts at 4. You bring wine, and they provide cheese and crackers (they provide apps Wednesdays only, but note you can bring wine any Monday through Friday after 4). Call to reserve a table. They’ll have plenty of ceramics to paint. Bring in six or more people, and get a 10% discount! Be sure to vet open dates on CeramiCafe’s website first.

Xpressive Arts Center

BYOB painting classes happen every Tuesday at 7 PM in Xpressive’s historic Poway building. Bring your favorite adult beverage, snacks, and your friends. The intimate and very social classes seat 5-6 people so advance reservations are necessary. Call for Tuesday’s paint and wine nights, or just show up Saturdays at 7 PM for classes in painting, collage, mosaics, or jewelry making, helmed by local artists.

Paint N Vineyard

Paint N Vineyard is all about the art and wine – it’s right there in the name. Classes happen almost every night of the week and vary by theme. Take a look at its website’s event calendar for a photo of what you’ll paint on specific nights. Of course, Paint N Vineyard is available for private parties, too. Expect some wine and beer for sale on site, but know that most patrons BYOB (no corkage is charged) and BYOS (bring your own snacks). All events are currently for ages 21 and older. The studio holds up to 45 people, so things can get pretty fun, fast.

Color Me Mine

Grab your BFF, BF, or GF, and head to Color Me Mine for Ladies/Gents Night. You pick the pottery and paint it. They fire it and then you take it home with you. Bring your adult beverages of choice. Hit Color Me Mine up on Thursdays from 5-8PM, bring three or more painters with you, and enjoy the studio for $3 a person, plus the cost of the pottery you paint.

  • Every Thursday Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $3 per person for studio fee plus cost of pottery
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McArt Studio

This fine art studio teaches children and adults to create still-lifes, landscapes, portraits, cartoons, animations, collage and more. Book a Creative Sips class to learn painting techniques in a more relaxed, BYOB environment. Check McArt’s calendar as these class times and dates vary. Private Creative Sips classes are available and they’ll work with you to customize the piece everyone will paint on the day. Also, guess what? McArt is opening a new studio in Temecula soon.

Missus Potts

Get your painting ya-yas out at this O’Side studio’s Wine and Canvas class where you bring your own wine and snacks. Check the website for the painting you’ll recreate, and for reservations.

A Colorful Universe

Visit A Colorful Universe for Paint Night Thursdays, a fun 6-9PM  happy hour where you can paint pottery or canvases while sipping wine. Snacks and drinks are bring your own, but A Colorful Universe will provide the glassware so you don’t have to schlep breakables. Book online to reserve. If you choose canvas painting, the cost is $20. You can even work with the studio to replicate an image of your choice on canvas, with two weeks notice. Once again, check the website for details.

Painting & Vino (Various Locations)

This national company offers three-hour painting classes in wine bars and restaurants throughout the U.S., including North County San Diego. Painting & Vino brings all the necessary art supplies, a professional instructor, and the fun – and you just bring yourself. Drinks and food are available for purchase (you’re in a bar or restaurant after all). Check the Painting & Vino website for upcoming art events at area hot spots like Bushfire Kitchen in Del Mar, Privateer Marketplace in Oceanside, Second Chance Beer Company in Carmel Mountain, and Sanctuary Lounge (Scripps Ranch).

  • No experience required
  • Most events start at 6 PM
  • Cost starts at $30
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Paint and Palate (Various Locations)

Another art entertainment company, Paint and Palate, hosts private parties as well as events at venues that serve wine, beer, and spirits, so there is no need to bring your own (in fact, it isn’t permitted by the venues, usually). Check their calendar for new events in North County at spots like San Pasqual Winery, Vinz Wine Bar, Crepes and Corks and more. Organizers provide a 16″x20″ canvas for attendees, along with paint and brushes. Other event goodies include local artist instruction and aprons.

Paints Uncorked (Various Locations)

Paints Uncorked hosts events at locations around North County. Attend one of the paint nights and an artist will guide you as you complete your masterpiece (or just “piece”). Most venues run drink specials and include fun area venues like Cafe Stoked in San Marcos, Capris Blu in 4S Ranch, and Wildwood Restaurant in Vista. 

Paint Nite (Various Locations)

Paint Nite hits up local bars and restaurants with fun two-hour paint events. Take a look at the website and plan your paint night at locations such as Belching Beaver, 2 Plank Vineyards, Barrel Republic Oceanside, and many more.


This paint and sip studio located in downtown Escondido hosts art lessons led by Spiritivity’s artists. Spritivity also hosts paint events at wineries and other spots around town. If you want an in-studio event head to their brick-and-mortar studio or if you want their artists to come to you, make an appointment for a mobile event. Also keep in mind that every Sunday, Spiritivity hosts a paint event at BK Cellars from 2-4PM (or 1-3PM) with live music and of course, wine. Book your spot on Spiritivity’s website.

  • Classes last two hours
  • Cost: $40 per painter and includes all materials- a 16×20 canvas, paints, brushes, etc.
  • 2225 Barham Dr Suite D, Escondido, CA 92029
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Painting with a Twist

RB’s Painting with a Twist serves wine and craft beers along with its artist instruction. The studio also provides all painting supplies and a nice variety of classes, themes, and painting choices.

  • Cost: Two-hour classes, $35 and three-hour classes, $45
  • 16397 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128
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Paint & Sip

Paint & Sip happens once a month at Vintana, where art enthusiasts paint while enjoying discounted bottles of select wines.  Attend and you’ll get a professional artist to guide you in completing the month’s featured painting

Paint & Party

Paint & Party holds art classes in North County neighborhoods including Solana Beach, Encinitas, Cardiff, Oceanside, San Marcos, Vista, Del Mar, and Temecula. Check the website for featured paint nights in places like Dini’s Bistro in Carlsbad, Ki’s in Cardiff, Culture Brewing in Solana Beach.

Koi Zen Cellars

Craft winery Koi Zen hosts a nice variety of wine and paint nights, and even adds a little twist to its art nights with special events like an upcoming Wine Sign Stencil Workshop. 

Debbie Anderson: Debbie is a freelance writer and editor who’s been blogging at San Diego Momma since 2007. Debbie's been featured in Writer's Digest, the San Diego Reader, and San Diego Magazine, and was named Top 25 blog by Red Tricycle, nominated for an InfluenceSD "Best in Lifestyle" blog award, and appeared on NBC, Fox, and The CW Network as a blogger spokesperson. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or at Google+.