Want A Fun, Intimate Date Night That Won’t Break The Bank?! Find Your Inner-Artist With A Painting & Wine Class!‘Not only is painting relaxing, it helps take away distractions from the outside world. We encourage couples to disconnect to reconnect.’
—Charles Willis, co-founder and CEO of Pinot’s Palette
Feel the love and increase your ‘love hormone’ oxytocin with a painting session!
Whether you’re looking to come into our studio and enjoy a being walked through a painting, as you sip some delicious wine, OR are just looking for things to do at home, painting and other creative activities are a GREAT way to go!
"A recent Baylor University study looked at what happened when men and women played board games and when they painted together, measuring levels of oxytocin Oxytocin is a hormone referred to as “the bonding hormone,”, “the cuddle hormone”, and “the love hormone” for the good feelings it’s associated with.
Men, participating in painting activities, released at least two times as much oxytocin as their female painting counterparts, according to the study, published in the peer-reviewed 'Journal of Marriage and Family'.
Oxytocin levels were second highest for women playing board games, third for women painting, and fourth for men playing board games.
According to Psychology Today, “Oxytocin is a powerful hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It influences social interaction and sexual reproduction, playing a role in behaviors from maternal attachment to an infant and milk release to empathy, generosity, and orgasm.”
**The study used 20 couples between the ages of 25 and 40, randomly splitting the sample between those sent to community art class, where they created beach scenes including couples’ initials and those who played games like cards, checkers, chess, puzzles, dominoes, and Monopoly (Monopoly board games start at about $17 at Target).
Art and board games are fu and relaxing activities, but might not be for everyone (Specifically, someone who’s shy about their art skills, or a hyper-competitive gamer who won’t exactly get romantic playing ‘Risk’). Still, the study is another plug for the high rewards of keeping it low-tech, at least for a little bit.
There are all kinds of ways to unplug with friends and family, like cooking together, setting up a dart board, or a card game.
Baylor’s researchers said that going into the study, they were thinking board games would prompt more interactions and, as a result, the release of more oxytocin.
It was the other way around, with painting couples reporting more physical interaction compared to their board game-playing counterparts.
The study’s big finding was that all couples release oxytocin when playing together, and that’s good news for couples’ relationships!
“Typically, an art class is not seen as an interactive date with your partner. But sometimes couples that were painting turned the activity into a bonding time by choosing to interact — putting an arm around their partner or simply saying, ‘Good job,’” said Karen Melton, assistant professor of child and family studies at Baylor University’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences.
Especially in the circumstance of our art classes at Pinot’s Palette…..
We aren’t like an art school where you come in, ready to get down to the fundamentals of painting and learning all about art in a classroom-like setting; We’re all about having fun and interacting with yourself as an artist, as well as the people you come to paint with. Many times, you’ll be excited to engage with the others you’re sitting at the table with, making new friends and great memories.
Pinot’s Palette classes are all about making a fun and creative environment for you and your loved ones to spend time in, making some incredible, handmade treasures, and bonding over the experience of painting, while drink wine and beer!
Even the CEO of our company had some insight on the concept of our painting and wine classes as a wonderful “date night” idea, as the classes are both equally enjoyed by men AND women:
"The feel-good results are no surprise for Charles Willis, co-founder and CEO of Pinot’s Palette, which hosts “sip and paint” classes. They cost between $35 and $45.
Willis said Pinot’s Palette’s customer base was mostly female, but it’s common to see men sprinkled among the studio. Men were becoming increasingly aware of the sip and paint set up, with many of them brought by their women friends.
Willis told MarketWatch he often hears stories about pinot-sipping, paintbrush-pushing customers saving their marriages because of the activity. “Couples need a place where they can go and spend time together,” he said.
“Not only is painting relaxing, it helps take away distractions from the outside world. We encourage couples to disconnect to reconnect — put the phones away for a few hours and reconnect with each other over a night of painting,” Willis added.
Many men get towed along by wives and girlfriends, “but by the end of the night they’re having a great time and they’re wanting to come back,” he said.”
Be sure to check out our calendar (or even stop into our studio the next time you’re near ‘The District’ in Tustin! We’re always offering ‘Date Night' classes for you and your significant other, roomie, bff, or family members to come in and create! You paint one canvas as your other half paints theirs and then you’ll push them together at the end of the class to reveal one, large work of art!
One of our upcoming paintings that has been wildly popular for a date night is a Parisian scene, where a couple stand side by side, under an umbrella, and stare off at the incredible Eiffel Tower. Join us for this painting, and any of the others you see on our calendar that you think you and your date would enjoy creating.
We’ll see you soon!
Enjoy a quiet and rainy stroll through the City of Love. Romance is in the air.
*Special: $3 Beers all night long
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