Sip wine while you paint a masterpiece!
The Painted Cork “paint and sip” Art Studio is a comfortable, fun and hip Art Studio with an exciting social flair. Guests get their creative juices flowing as a professional Art instructor guides them through a 2 to 3hour acrylic on canvas painting class while they enjoy their favorite wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage and snacks. All Art supplies are provided with each class such as brushes, paints, canvases, easels and aprons, and every class is taught step by step so there is NO EXPERIENCE necessary!
We also have a "FAMILY ROOM" studio in our Santa Cruz location for kids and family events! This studio is alcohol free and for ages 7 and up.
You say that you can’t even draw a stick figure? You are PERFECT for our classes! During the class, one of our professional artists will instruct the entire class through step by step painting instruction and show the entire group how to paint the selected painting of the day or night. The complete instruction is there for our guests and some of our paintings even come with a preliminary sketch onto the canvas for you. We show you which brush to pick up, which colors to mix and how to apply them to the canvas. However, have no fear as there are no painting “rules” in our house! Our guests have complete freedom to create their painting any way they like and make it their own unique piece of art! Let your creativity run wild! Change colors, add elements or even change the entire painting if you like! And please do know that even though we are all painting the same theme in one class, in the end all the paintings look completely different! We believe that everyone has a “style” of painting regardless if they’ve never even painted before! It’s how heavy you pick up the paint, if you find yourself polishing out your brush strokes to be a very smooth painter or if you like wild colors or subdued tones. Whatever you like, we say “GO FOR IT!” We’ll even let you paint with your fingers if you like! It’s your painting and it should be built the way you want!
Here’s How It’s Done
- Go to our website
- Click onto the “Calendar” tab to view our 2-3hour classes
- Register online for your choice class
- Feel free to pack your favorite wine, beer, beverages and munchies to enjoy throughout the class
- Show up 20-25 minutes early to pick out your seats and relax
- Get ready to channel your inner Picasso!
- LET’S PAINT!
- Your painting will be ready to take home after the class
What To Expect When You Join A Class
When you arrive to your class 20-30 minutes early, you will then check in at our administrative assistant desk where we will ask for your name and ID to check you in. You can then pick out your seat and get comfortable! We try to reserve seats for parties of 6 or more ahead of time so please let us know when you register for the class by adding into the “comment’s box” at checkout that you are a large group and exactly how many guests will be in your party. Please call the studio ahead of time to make sure your guests are all signed up. Once you are comfortable, feel free to pop open your wine or drinks or get out your snacks to enjoy throughout the class. Our food and wine options are a perk and not mandatory! You may share your treats or keep them to yourself! We have tall TV style trays at each table and three designated 8 foot “food tables”. We also supply complimentary paper plates, cups, napkins, plastic cutlery, plastic wine glasses, bottle openers and a microwave and refrigerator for your use. Sit back and relax while the artist gets you your paint and gets ready to start the class.
Upon taking your seat, you will notice that we have taken the time and effort to draw a preliminary sketch onto your canvas prior to the class. This drawing is what many artists use to place elements appropriately into the canvas prior to the painting process so that they don’t have to aimlessly draw with their paint brush. We take the time to add this drawing to our process because our classes are more about the painting process of mixing colors, blending techniques and brush strokes and not a drawing class. We have our professional artists come in 2 hours prior to every class so to ensure the drawings can be done in time and to help build your painting for success. If you do not want the drawing, you are more than welcome to request a blank canvas!! Our artist will begin the class with an introduction, and they will go over what to expect from the process. The artist will then begin to show the class a step by step process of building the painting. We do take breaks during the classes to allow paint to dry and give our guests a chance to step away from their paintings and fill their cups. We play music throughout our classes and we do take requests! When the painting process is complete, our artist will show you how to sign your masterpiece and you are finished! The acrylic paint dries very quickly and within minutes, your painting will be dry and ready to take home.
The Painted Cork Founder ~ Kimberly Godinho
Kimberly Godinho is the proud founder, owner and operator of The Painted Cork Art Studios! Kimberly started her business back in 2010 with a dream in her heart, a BFA in her hand, over 25 years of painting experience and some tables from Goodwill. That year she opened The Painted Cork Art Studio at 801 Sutter St in Historic "Old Town" Folsom. In June 2013 she opened The Painted Cork’s second location at 1624 J Street in Midtown Sacramento and in the Fall of 2017, The Painted Cork's 3rd location was opened in at 1129 Soquel Ave in Midtown Santa Cruz!!
Kimberly is very happy to share the exciting news that she is currently in the process of selling the Folsom and Sacramento studios to her very first employee Savannah Oravetz-Harbaugh! In 2015 Kimberly moved back to the Santa Cruz area after being away for 20 years! The sale of her Folsom and Sacramento studios will take place in 2019 and will allow Kimberly more time with her family as well as more time teaching Art at the Santa Cruz studio and less time commuting! Life is good!
Kimberly Godinho is local California artist and an accomplished art instructor with a bachelor’s degree in fine art which she obtained with honors from Ringling School of Art and Design in 1999. She has also won numerous grants and scholarships while attending RSAD including the New York Studio Residency Program where she got to live and work in NYC as a professional artist during her Junior year. Kimberly is skilled in the art of oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, pastel, colored pencil, stone carving, wood and plaster sculpture, and printmaking. She has sold her artwork and had showings of her work across the country including the states of CA, NJ, PE, NY, FL and MD. She’s also accomplished dozens of commissioned pieces as a portrait artist, muralist and children’s book illustrator and has been teaching art to children and adults for over 25 years. Her favorite class to teach is the Paint Your Pet class which she developed in 2011 and she currently still teaches this class today at the Santa Cruz studio. Kimberly lives in Aptos with her husband and son and 2 Labs Sugar and Moose.
To view Kimberly Godinho’s most recent series of Early American Coin Paintings, click on the link: Coin Paintings
Kimberly has painted the entire swirled interior of all 3 studio locations along with a 30 foot exterior mural on the building of the Sacramento location.
The Painted Cork has three locations, one in the heart of Historic Folsom on Sutter St, the second is in Midtown Sacramento and the third location is now open in the Eastside "Midtown" area of Santa Cruz! All three studios are conveniently located near fantastic restaurants, bars, boutiques, coffee shops etc. So when your class is over feel free to continue the fun in Historic Folsom, Midtown Sacramento or Eastide "Midtown" Santa Cruz!!
The Painted Cork FOLSOM ~ Located in "OLD TOWN FOLSOM" at 726 SUTTER ST (Before and after)
The Painted Cork SACRAMENTO ~ Located in Midtown at 1624 J ST (Before and after)
The Painted Cork SANTA CRUZ ~ Located at 1129 SOQUEL AVE (Before and after)