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ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 05:00 21/08/2014
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CLASS AND GLASS: Painting classes include a glass of wine and all the equipment needed for a masterpiece.

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Unlocking your creative potential in a painting studio over a glass of wine started after Hurricane Katrina, and now Christchurch is getting a taste.

The Paint'n'Sip Studio opened in Ilam last week.

Owner Amanda Anthony is originally from New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, a painting studio was opened where people could enjoy a creative experience and have a glass of wine with friends.

Anthony, who lived through both Katrina and the Christchurch earthquakes, has brought that idea to Christchurch.

Anyone can sign up for a painting class: friends, families, individuals. Each class attendee is set up with an easel, paints and brushes, and an original canvas to copy.

A tutor leads the class, in an informal manner, showing everyone how to paint what they see in front of them. Classes take about two hours.

Of course, many students choose to go off-book and modify the parameters of the assignment to create their own unique piece of art to take home.

The studio provides people with a creative outlet and offers something new to do in the evening or afternoon.

Anthony, a landscape architect by trade, has employed art teachers to demonstrate and explain simple painting techniques to achieve the final look.

The venue is licensed to students can enjoy nibbles and a drink from the in-house bar.

Anthony says students so far have been varied, from elderly men to university students looking for something new to do. The classes cater to all levels of skill as each student can ask for more direction or continue with their project at their own pace.

The atmosphere is light, with upbeat music on the go.

If a class is not your style, Paint'n'Sip is also open Wednesday to Friday, 1pm-4pm, for anyone to pop in and paint whatever they like for a small fee.

Check out the studio at 136 Ilam Rd or paintnsip.co.nz. Classes cost $45.

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