Vino Picasso: Where Art and Wine Flow Freely

Vino’s Picasso is a perfect midweek night out. Bring a date, a couple of friends or stop by for a little alone time. Local artists help you create you own master piece as you relax with a glass of wine and your favorite snacks.


Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.


You can choose your class by either the image you want to paint or by an available date, as we did. My friend Jen and I had a hard time finding a picture we both wanted to paint on a date in which we were both free. In the end, we settled on an open Tuesday. After all, we were looking for a relaxing night out, not the perfect painting to accent our home decor.

Jen, the consummate host, brought crackers, Boursin cheese and a great bottle of red wine. The evening was off to a great start.


Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Courtsey Vino Picasso. All Rights Reserved.


As it turned out we picked a class offering our choice from a trio of sea shells. The instructor had a template for us to trace but encouraged us to try to replicate the design free hand. She rotated around the group of non-artists offering tips and encouragement, but mostly letting us play with the paints in what ever way felt natural to us. From time to time she would stop the class to give us the next set of instructions.


Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.


This was truly an unskilled class posing as artisans. So, I was genuinely surprised at how beautifully the entire group of paintings turned out.

Even more surprising was how differently each painting turned out.  We all started with the same shapes and color pallets. The large variance was astonishing, but that’s the beauty of art and humanity.


Photo: Vino Picasso

Photo: Courtesy of Vino Picasso


Artist led sessions start at $35/person. They also offer private events, open painting and family painting sessions. Students are welcome to bring their own beer or wine and snacks. If you show up empty handed, they also offer an impressive selection of adult beverages for sale.

Find out more about Vino’s Picasso at

My goal may not have been to create a work of art for my home, but that is what I did. My sand dollar is now proudly displayed in my own private bathroom.

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this review.  My opinions are honest and sincere and may differ from your opinions.

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  1. How fun! I love art but i know I’m not very good at it!

  2. This sounds like a lot of fun! I’m horrible when it comes to painting and drawing I could really benefit from a class 🙂

  3. This is such a cool idea. I’ve never heard of this before.

    1. This was a lot of fun. I had no idea what I was doing, but when I brought my painting home my daughter was really impressed. She even said, ” Mommy I didn’t know you could paint!” A great boost to the ego!

  4. Wow, that looks like a ton of fun!! Wish I was closer, but Chicagoland is a bit of a drive 😛 You’ve inspired me, though – I am going to host an art party!!! Give my guests the option to bring their own supplies or pay for me to provide them, and get together for an evening of wine and paint. FUN!!! Now to find a babysitter…

  5. This sounds so fun! I love art and love wine, so it seems like a perfect event for me. However, I’m a little far away, so I’ll have to hope that something like this crops up near me. Isn’t it amazing how different art ends up even when everyone starts on the same page? 🙂

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