How do I register for a painting event?
Click on the calendar, click on the date and painting you want. Fill out the registration form buying as many seats as you like. The system will send an email confirmation. It's as simple as that!
How do I register with a CODE?
ALL registrations MUST be placed online. One code per registration. Simply click on the painting event you want to attend which will take you to the start of the checkout process. Click on BUY NOW which will take you to the next page. You'll type in your name, address, phone number, etc. when you click CONTINUE, you will go to the screen that shows you the balance due. At the top left of that same screen, you will see the box for inputting your code. Once you type the code and hit UPDATE the balance will drop to zero and you can continue through the checkout process. You will receive an Order Confirmation email shortly. If you don't receive the email, the registration didn't go through. This is usually due to exiting the process before it is concluded by clicking on the CONTINUE button at the bottom of each page and if this happens, just re register.
What is the refund/reschedule/cancellation/change policy?
What is the refund/reschedule/cancellatin/change policy?
If you paid with credit card or paypal:
Whimsy offers NO refunds and has a 48 hour reschedule policy. If you must reschedule, you may do so within 48 hours of the scheduled painting event. There is a $10 administrative reschedule fee. If you simply do not show up, your credit card WILL be charged and you lose it all. (Please be respectful and call us!)
To change from one class to another, again within 48 hours of the class date/time, simply send us an email with the following information: Your name, date of class, name of painting & time that you need to move from, original confirmation number, deal code if used. New codes will be sent to you via email. They will allow you to register individually for only the usual $10 administrative change fee.
If you paid by using a daily deal code: (i.e. Groupon, Living Social, BoCoDeal, etc)
To RESCHEDULE within 48 hours of the painting event, please send us the original confirmation number with your name, email address, phone number, date and name of painting (so we can get it right). We'll send you a new code to re register with. Note, that code does charge the usual $10 admin fee. And you'll be sent a new confirmation. - If you simply don't show up and wish to re register, you may do so for the difference of the regular seat price, minus what you paid for the deal...this way you never lose the value that you've already paid Groupon or another daily deal. This holds true, too, if you have an old Groupon or daily deal code and never used it. Please call us if you still have questions concerning registering or rescheduling with daily deal codes.
How do I use an expired code?
Simply send us an email with your name, number and expired code and we will send you a new code to register with that will charge the extra fee involved.
How to get your name on a class 'Waitlist':
If a class is marked as 'SOLD OUT' on the calendar and you would like to be on the waitlist, please send an email with: your name(s), phone number, date, painting name and time, deal code you'll be using or paying with cash or credit card at the door. (We don't take deal codes at the door as they need to be redeemed online first, no exceptions!. You will be contacted as soon as a seat is available, sometimes the very day of the class! Please do not call us to be added.
When should I arrive?
Groups wanting to sit together should arrive early. If you’re only a few minutes late, the staff will help you ‘catch up’. If you’re more than 15 minutes late, you’ll need to reschedule.
We offer three painting event times:
Morning Events: Arrive @10:00, painting begins @ 10:30 and ends by 1:00 ish (children ages 7+ welcome with a painting adult/guardian)Afternoon Events: Arrive @ 2:00, painting begins at 2:30 and ends by 5:00 ish (children ages 7+ welcome with a painting adult/guardian)Evening Events: Arrive @ 6:00, painting begins at 6:30 and ends by 9:00 ish (Ages 16+ONLYw/no exceptions!)
What should I wear?
Wear something that you wouldn’t mind getting paint on. Although we use water based acrylic, when it dries it will NOT come out. If you care about it, don't wear it. Please leave your expensive handbags at home... paint splashes and drips!
What is to eat and drink?
See our menu here. And yes, you may bring commercially prepared foods in. You may not, however, bring liquids of any kind into Whimsy.
Can I BYOB?
No, BYOB is illegal in Colorado. No outside liquids are allowed in a 'tavern'. The good news... we do offer a nice variety of beverages to choose from.
Should I Tip?
Tipping is greatly appreciated by the artist and bartender. The usual tip ranges from $3 to $10 per person. Thanks for your generosity!
May I bring my children with?
Yes! During morning and afternoon events, when children ages 7 and up are welcome with a painting adult/guardian! Otherwise, we’re sorry, this is an adult’s night out. A parent/guardian must remain with artists under 16 years of age at all times except during kids club. Evening events are ages 16 and up.
What if I want to just watch my friend/child paint and only hang out?
Come on in! BUT...there is a $45 cover charge/seat fee for the events so you might as well paint along with them!
What should I expect?
You can expect to have a professional artist guide you step-by-step through a fun piece of art while painting on canvas and sipping cocktails and listening to cool and groovy music during a fun night out with good friends. At the end of the night, you'll take home your own personal masterpiece that you created, yourself!
Can we choose different sized canvas?
Yes, if you wish to paint on something other than 16x20, you may...for the nominal fee of $15. Other sizes available vary and may not always be in stock. 20x24 20x20 12x24
Do you offer frames?
Yes! Choose from five artful? frames! $25 (all for the 16x20 size)
Where should I park?
Erie has plenty of FREE and close-by parking! No paid lots or meters here!
Do you offer fundraisers?
Yes! Please see our Fundraisers Page.
How many seats do you have?
We can easily seat up to 45 painters for events!
Do you offer handicap access?
Yes, we’re equipped with handicap restrooms and although there are a few stairs in the front of the building, you may enter on the side.
What if I’ve never painted before?
That’s okay, you don’t need any art experience to enjoy painting with us. The artist will guide you step by step through the entire process. You’ll leave with a finished piece of art that YOU have created!
Do I have to paint the piece of artwork scheduled for that night?
NO, you may paint what you wish and feel free to change your color palette! YOU are the artist, you may paint anything your creativity leads you to do within reason of course:)
What if I don't see the painting and or/date I need?
Call us, we're sure to oblige. We do our best to work with you to make your painting evetn as much fun as possible!
What if I don’t finish my painting?
You WILL! It’s our job to guide you through the process. But if you don't, you may come in during Open Studio (at no extra charge) to finish. Check with us before the evening is over.
What if I don’t like my painting?
We hope that you have enjoyed the ‘experience’ of painting as much as you enjoy your very own painting but if you don’t like it, maybe someone else will! give it as a gift! or repaint. Start over. It’s yours, you may do whatever you like with it! You may even want to donate it to a fund raising event!
What is the painting ‘drying time’?
It will feel dry to the touch after about 1/2 hour but will continue to dry thoroughly for the next several days.
How do I transport my painting?
After it’s dry to the touch, you can carefully handle it and transport it face up in your car trunk.
May I purchase the paintings I see displayed on the wall?
Yes, you may! But wouldn’t you prefer to paint them yourself and enjoy the experience? Just tell the staff which particular painting you’re interested in.
Can I bring my own materials?
Absolutely, you may bring any art supplies you’d like (such as canvas or brushes); however, the fee is still $45 per seat and there is an additional paint fee for larger sized canvas. You may want to check out our ‘Open Studio’ availabilities, too.
May I bring a cake for my party?
Absolutely. Professionally baked cakes are welcome for birthdays, anniversaries, or just because. You may even use our table to set it up. Please arrange this in advance. Frequently there will be more than one special event happening.
Are there any nearby restaurants?
Yes, there are several great eateries around. Click here for more info. We also have a great selection of snacks and sweets you will enjoy!
Why is Whimsy so popular?
It’s a popular venue for girl’s nights out, bachelorette parties and date nights. It’s so popular because we combine the going out experience with art and give people something to take home at the end of the night that they personally created. People love to display something on their wall that nobody believes that they painted themselves! Whimsy, offers patrons the opportunity to create a work of art while enjoying a glass of wine. The concept provides instructional art classes for individuals or groups.
When did Whimsy begin?
The first Whimsy Paint and Sip Art Studio at 500 Briggs Street, Historic Downtown Erie and was founded in Oct 2010. I decided to bring my roots of entertaining & hospitality to my own local art boutique and am thrilled to offer 2 or 3 hour escapes that will evoke creativity and talents while bringing happiness & joy to hearts while creating their very own masterpieces! Being able to offer this on a recession proof budget just makes it even sweeter! We chose the Historic Downtown section of Erie location because it’s so easy to get to, has free parking and there’s so much more for those driving from other parts of the state to do.
We wanted to create a safe and fun place for everyone to stoke their creative juices and just let go and let fun. We think this is the cat’s meow. Jess and Raye found the name after brainstorming through over 100 other names and finally just asked themselves one question ” What is it that we want them (YOU) to feel when they walk thru the door?” “Joyful, Fun, Whimsical” Whimsy it became!
Do you offer Team Building experiences?
Yes. This is a great way to unlock the creativity of each individual while building relationships. We even have a trained ‘coach’ that could be available for your event. Call us, we’ll hook you up.