Parking is limited downtown Bloomington.  We do not have a parking lot; it is public street parking. Please utilize the parking garage located on Center St. between Monroe and Market - plan accordingly.  Street parking MON-FRI prior to 6pm is only 90 min.   PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE 15MIN PRIOR TO THE START OF CLASS; as painting begins promptly at class start time!  The studio will be open 30min prior to the start of class. Thank you!!


Classes & Parties

We book private parties!
  • Girls' Night Out
  • Birthday Parties
  • Bachelorette Parties
  • Bridal Parties
  • Corporate Events
  • Family Get-Togethers
  • . . . or for no special reason at all!
Private parties can be held anytime based on availability.

Most days are available for private parties (depending on availability) and can be reserved with a guaranteed minimum of 10 painters with a maximum of 30 people. 

  • 10 person minimum is required for a private party
  • $60 non-refundable reservation fee is required to reserve the date
  • You get to select ANY PAINTING you wish to do from our Masterpiece Gallery.  Please email us a screenshot or the name of your chosen painting to 48hrs prior to your event.   STEP-BY-STEP classes you will CHOOSE only one painting; our artist can only paint one painting at a time
  • PICK YOUR OWN is an option for this; but it is less instruction from the artist; and more of a free paint option
  • Classes are 2 hours.
  • Classes held prior to 5 PM are $38 per person.  
  • Evening classes after 5 PM are $43 per person.  
  • We provide the canvas, easel, brushes, paint & apron.  
  • YOU bring beverages (including water) and/or appetizers for the party!
  • We have wine glasses, corkscrews, ice buckets, plasticware, and paper plates. 
  • Please arrive AT LEAST 15 MIN  prior to the start of your event. CLASS WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT THE SCHEDULED TIME.  The studio will be available 30min prior to the start of your event for socializing and mingling.

What To Expect

No experience necessary! Everyone (Yes, everyone!) has an inner artist just waiting to be discovered. At Merlot and a Masterpiece, you will find a fun, relaxing, and creative environment where you can laugh, imagine and create your own Masterpiece.

What To Know

  • We do not have an age limit for your private party but require adult supervision for groups under 18 years of age.
  • We HIGHLY recommend a minimum age of 7yrs old - all of our paintings will take the entire 2hrs to complete.
  • For any participants drinking alcohol – you must be at least 21 years of age and have valid identification.


  • Paint, the canvas, and the brushes.
  • Instruction from local artists.
  • Amenities, such as glasses, wine openers, ice, plates, and silverware.
  • Best of all, we clean up for you.

What To Bring

  • We are a complete BYOB (Bring your own booze).
  • Bring any drinks, alcoholic or NON, and your snack or food of choice.
  • Valid Identification Age 21+ for any alcohol consumption.
  • There is no dress code, but there is a possibility that you might get paint on your clothing. We will provide you with an apron but painters have been known to get involved in their work of art.

We can also bring the party to you! Contact us for more information about Off-Site Parties.  

Birthday parties are not recommended for ages 7yrs old and under – parental participation may be required.  

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