Paint & Sip with Live DJs Art Classes- Available Regardless of Location
Paint and Sip Live, a New York-based company offers online wine-and-paint classes each week with professional instructors, live DJs, and a party atmosphere.
In June 2020, three New York entrepreneurs teamed up to launch Paint and Sip LIVE, a startup that offers virtual painting classes with live DJs, the only of its kind. Faced with the global pandemic, Mike Wills, Jr., Constance McLeod-Wills, and Sharon Urena understood that people crave meaningful social interactions. The trio set out to develop an activity that enriches people’s lives while keeping them safe at home, socially distancing.
Sip, dance, laugh & create a masterpiece at home whenever you’d like with SP&L 24/7 painting classes and parties.
The classes aren’t just fun, they’re 24/7. Whether you’re in a different time zone or if creativity strikes you at 3AM, we’re here. The constant classes will be offered in 1.5 to 2-hour intervals so that you can create a masterpiece whenever you’d like. No painting experience is necessary.
What’s the difference between Paint and Sip LIVE and other online art classes?
Other online painting classes teach you how to paint, but Paint and Sip LIVE teaches you how to paint in a party-like atmosphere featuring live music and a professional DJ.
While most painting classes tend to operate in a quiet and studious atmosphere, Paint and Sip LIVE brings home the party. Classes feature step-by-step painting instructions of a photographed scenery and are led by a professional artist while a live DJ plays the hottest tunes. Each week, the company hosts theme nights such as Caribbean Fridays, R&B Sundays, and HipHop Saturdays. Even Halloween paint parties!
Wills, an experienced entrepreneur who has launched and exited multiple startups, knew there was potential:
“The mix between an activity, like painting, and music has been a winning combination for Paint and Sip LIVE,” said Wills to The Scope Weekly. “Some of our guests are looking for a date night. Others are looking for a productive activity with kids or friends. We host a party while teaching genuine painting skills.”
Urena, a professional painter, welcomed the opportunity to share her knowledge.
“For me, it’s so much more than a business. It’s an opportunity to help people who may never have picked up a paintbrush to develop a creative mind,” said Urena.
Paint and Sip LIVE is hosting six exciting Valentine’s Day parties for lovers, friends and the entire family. Live DJs will set the tone while instructors guide participants step-by-step in the creation of a themed painting fit for the mood.
Paint and Sip LIVE starts the afternoon with a Family Valentine’s Day party set to feel-good music, from favorite oldies to the contemporary, ready to please all generations. Then it’s time to get romance in gear with three different couples’ classes. Lovers will groove to Jagged Edge, John Legend and the like at these classes scheduled throughout the evening. Ladies looking for a new spin on girls’ night can rock to Beyonce and all the best of girl power music at the Galentine’s Day party. The night ends with sultry songs at an adults-only Valentine’s Day After Dark event. Partygoers will paint a mystery R-rated portrait (hint: sexy fruit), to be revealed at the class.
Paint and Sip LIVE’s anticipated February schedule also includes fan-favorite Caribbean Nights and Hip Hop Saturdays. Special to this month are the Black History Caribbean Night, Black History Quiet Storm R&B and Black History R&B Night, celebrating the beauty of Black culture and history.
“We plan to introduce various famous Black artists throughout the month on our social media and teach people about them,” said Artistic Director Sharon Ureña. “We will be integrating Black history with our usual themes, such as discussing Haitian history at Caribbean Night.”
The full February lineup of featured events:
- February 5: Caribbean Night
- February 6: Hip Hop Saturday
- February 7: Hip Hop and R&B
- February 12: Caribbean Night
- February 13: Black History Hip Hop Night
- February 14: Family Valentine’s Day
- February 14: Valentine’s Day for Couples (three classes)
- February 14: Galentine’s Day
- February 14: Valentine’s Day After Dark
- February 19: Black History Caribbean Night
- February 20: Hip Hop Saturday
- February 21: Paint and Praise
- February 21: Black History Quiet Storm R&B with DJ Cut Creator
- February 26: House Music Night
- February 27: Hip Hop and R&B Night
- February 28: Black History R&B
Attendees join each two-hour class from home via Zoom. For those without their own supplies, Paint and Sip LIVE ships canvas, brushes and paint directly to their door, nationwide. Classes alone cost $20. A class plus painting kit costs $40. Painters can purchase spots at any of the February events on PaintAndSipLIVE.com/events.
About the team
Mike Wills and Constance McLeod-Wills, a husband-wife team, bring very different skills to the table. Over the last decade, Mike Wills, Jr. co-founded three New York City cleaning services, growing the businesses to earn $3+ million per year in revenue. He also co-founded a credit repair service that was once the fastest-growing credit repair company in the country, with revenue rising 500% in four months. McLeod-Wills brings her years of project management experience for the City of New York to the table.
Sharon Urena is an accomplished designer serving as the Art Director of Paint and Sip Live, using her experience from the Parsons School of Design to guide and inspire the participants.
McLeod-Wills said, “Most of our attendees have zero or limited painting experience. They’re looking for a fun and productive night for birthdays, family events, and date nights.”