Our studio is located in beautiful, historic downtown Wheaton at 122 N. Hale St. We are right next to the Ivy Restaurant and Miroballi Shoe Store, and across from the Wheaton Grand Theater and Wheaton Drama House. Google us for exact directions!
Hale is a one-way street running north. Limited parking is available on Hale St., however, a parking garage is located off of Wesley, turn left (west) on Hale, go 1/2 block and turn left. Parking garage is located on the right (behind the studio). Customer entrance to the studio is located on Hale St. and we ask that you use the front entrance.
On busy Friday & Saturday nights, complimentary valet parking is available in front of The Ivy. Let them know you are going to The Sipping Muse. NOTE: please tip your valets, thank you!
Feel free to contact the Studio at (630)949-8565 regarding daily hours. Someone is in the office to answer your call daily. except on Mondays, from 12noon to the hours listed below.
Current Hours of Operation
Monday: Studio Closed (private parties can be scheduled by appointment only)
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: Studio opened from Noon-6:00pm
Thursday: additional hours 6:30-10pm
Friday & Saturday: Noon-10pm
Pop In & Paint Hours – SUMMER HOURS
Monday: Studio Closed, No Pop In & Paint
Tuesday thru Sunday: Noon to 6:00pm (Art Instructor available for additional fee)
Public Events Hours are posted on the Calendar of Events, Typical hours:
Thursday & Friday: 7:00-10:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm-4:00pm, 4:00pm-7:00pm and 7:00-10:00pm
Weekly hours and events are posted on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/thesippingmuse.
Times are also posted on studio window signage.
Public Events are open to anyone to attend. The schedule of public events is available on the Calendar of Events and feature a selected canvas, glass or wood design for the session. Some events are noted as “family friendly” and are appropriate for families and children (age 5 and above). All kids programs are part of our Young Muse’s Club and noted as such in the title on the calendar of events. We do also offer date nights, which are noted as such on the calendar.
Please register via the calendar and pay in advance. For family friendly, you will register for the adult(s) and children during check out. There is an option for both.
No art experience is necessary! A qualified art instructor will guide you step-by-step to create your artwork… showing you what brushes to use, how to mix colors, and what stroke techniques to use. We make it easy so even the novice artist can create a beautiful masterpiece! And, we do encourage the more experienced artists to apply their creative inspiration to their work!
Public Events normally occur Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We have at least 2-3 special events every month, as well as some pricing specials. Check out the calendar of events or our Facebook Page for specifics.
You can bring a large group to a public event. Just make note of the group name when registering, and we will seat your group together (8 people per table). Our public events can accommodate up to 32 people in our main studio.
The paint fee is $38 (unless otherwise noted) to paint on a 16 x 20 canvas. Guests 16 and under paint for $25 on a 12×16. Our wine glass & wine bottle painting fees vary (starting at $30 for 1, $40 for 2). See our FAQ about glass painting for more details. Our wood board painting fee starts at $45, and goes up based upon the size of the board and amount of stencilling. We also offer designs where we teach you how to make flowers out of felt, which can then be added to your canvas, wood board or wine bottle (additional fees apply).
Each month we will run some type of “special”, which may be a discount for glass painting, or a reduced paint fee on a select painting. We will publicized these specials in advance, and all details provided in the calendar of events. Also, check the calendar for special occasion/themed events (holiday parties, date nights, ladies night out, guys night out) where we may have themed decorations, drawings for prizes which may include logo t-shirts, free paint session vouchers, bottles of wine, gift cards. In addition, we have a photo booth area, with photo props and an instant camera.
All Events held at our studio are “BYOB” (Bring Your Own…Beverages and food or snacks). Bottled water and soda can be purchased for $1 each. We provide beverage cups, paper plates, plastic silverware, napkins, barware and serving utensils. We do not have ice, however you can bring in your own ice (buckets/tubs available in the studio). If you are celebrating something special at a public event (ie birthday), you are welcomed to bring in celebration cake, basic decorations and/or balloons.
Please note you must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol at our studio. We do check IDs. All guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult during public events.
For a complete listing of Public Events, visit our calendar of events.
“Pop In & Paint” hours are basically an open studio at various times throughout the day or evening when Public Events are not in session. Typical hours are from 12 Noon thru through 6:00pm, Friday through Sunday. By appointment only on Tuesday through Thursday. NOTE: hours will be added for Pop In & Paint during the summer season.
Come in at anytime during the Pop In & Paint hours and paint on a canvas (call in advance for Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday). All supplies provided You are free to be inspired by the artwork in our gallery, or by your own personal or meaningful design.
We provide non-toxic, acrylic washable paint and finger paint for children and have smaller sized aprons available. In addition, we have an ample supply of colored pencils, markers and crayons for our youngest guests.
Please note: there is no art instruction provided during our Pop In & Paint sessions. However, if an art instructor is available, instruction can be provided for an additional fee. To ensure an art instructor is available, call ahead to schedule a session.
POP IN & PAINT FEES:
Senior Citizens (60 and older): 15% Discount, Paint for $25.50 and if needed, basic art instruction offered free of charge (as long as artist is available).
Adults (18 and older): $30 and additional $5 for art instruction, paints on a 16×20 canvas
Teens (14 – 17): $25 and additional $5 for art instruction, paints on a 16 x 20 canvas
Pre-Teens (10-13): $20 and additional $5 for art instruction, paints on 12 x 12 or 12 x 16 canvas (based on painting selection). Can upgraded to 16×20 canvas for $5,
Children (6-9); $15 and additional $5 for art instruction, paints on 12 x 12 canvas or 12×16 canvas (based on painting selection).
Children (5 and under): $10 and additional $5 for art instruction, paints on 12×12 canvas
For a weekly update of our Pop in & Paint hours, see our weekly post on facebook (Facebook.com/thesippingmuse). Hours are also listed on the daily and weekly “at the studio” signs in our storefront window.
Cancellations for registrations and pre-paid paint fees: For cancellations more than 48 hrs prior to event, a complete refund can be issued upon request (processed within 5-7 days) or a credit given toward a future event. If cancellation is within 12-48 hrs of an event, a credit will be issued for a future event. Cancellations within 12 hours of event, or “no shows”, will receive no credit or no refund. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel or reschedule your reservation.
Deposits: For private in-studio events, as well as off-site private events, a non-refundable deposit equal to two paint fees is required. The deposit is non-refundable because we reserve space at the studio for your group. The deposit will cover 2 people at your party. In addition, you have the option to book a private party with the studio closed to the public. You must have a minimum of 20 guests, and an additional $100 non-refundable fee is due for non-peak periods (Mon-Thur), during peak periods (Fri evening, Sat and Sun) the fee to close the studio is $200. NOTE: additional fees may apply if you are not at the minimum of 20 people. If you need to reschedule your event, a 7 day notice must be provided and the deposit will be credited for a future event. If 7 day notice isn’t provided, your deposit is forfeited. Please contact us via email at email@example.com to cancel or reschedule your event.
Don’t worry. No art experience is necessary. Our qualified art instructors will guide you step by step in creating your masterpiece. They will tell you what paint brush to use, how to mix your paint colors, and instruct you on painting techniques to achieve the desired look. If you do have experience in painting, you are always encouraged to add your own special touch to your artwork.
Tips are not required, but are certainly appreciated by our art instructors. If your art instructor exceeded your expectations, feel free to tip them. Also, you can leave reviews on Facebook, Yelp or Google and mention your artist’s name. Our studio artists work very hard for little compensation because they are very passionate about art and sharing their talents and insights with our customers. An appropriate tip is 10-15% of your total bill.
Kathleen Koziel, Owner
Currently, we offer a “Frequent Pop In & Paint” punch card. Valid towards our Pop In & Paint sessions. Buy 5 sessions and the 6th one is free. One card per person. Does not expire. Great for your mini masters who love to paint!
Cards available at the Front Desk.
ABSOLUTELY! At this time, we offer private painting events for a minimum of 8 participants. Availability may be limited based upon studio and staff schedules. All painting supplies are provided, as well as an art instructor and party assistant (for parties over 15 people). Fill out the form on the “contact” tab to inquire about booking a private event in our studio.
The paint fee for in-studio private events is $40 per person for canvas painting, $35 for wine glass or wine bottle (or 2 for $40) and wood designs start at $45 (varies based on wood board selected). A non-refundable deposit equal to 2 paint fees is required to hold the date, which is to be paid once the party is booked. Your private event will be added to our calendar of events and your guests are asked to register and pay on-line prior to the event date. Our cancellation and refund policy is clearly stated on the registration screen. Also, see FAQ for cancellation/refund policy. PLEASE NOTE: No coupons or additional discounts are accepted for private parties.
We are a BYOB studio, you can bring in favorite beverages and food, as well as celebration cakes and party decor/balloons. We have cups, paper products, silverware, barware, serving utensils, and ice bucket/tubs available in the studio. You can bring in ice.
At a private event, you can select any painting, glass or wood from our gallery. We can also create a custom painting for your group, for a fee starting at $25. 100% of this fee is passed on to the designing artist. WE NEED AT LEAST A 3 WEEK LEAD TO DO CUSTOM PAINTINGS. The artist will work with you directly to customize a design for you, and price depends upon the number of sketches and/or reiterations completed to ensure you are 100% happy with your custom design. All custom paintings become the property of The Sipping Muse and may be added to our public gallery.
If you would like to book a private event during a public event time slot, we do have extra studio space available for small groups of 8-15. You will share the studio with public event attendees, but will have your own beverage/food table. In certain situations, we will consider closing the studio for a private event during a normal public event time slot. If you are interested in closing the studio to the public, please contact us directly. To close the studio, there is a $100 non-refundable fee (non-peak Mon-Thur) or $200 non-refundable fee (peak Fri evenings, Sat & Sun) due at time of booking and you must have a minimum of 20 people. Note: If you have 40 or more people at your event, 50% of this fee will be credited toward the final balanced owed.
BRIDAL SHOWERS: For groups of 20 or more, we will include 2 hand-painted wine glasses, designed to match shower invitation or wedding invitation, presented to the Bride-to-Be. In addition, the Bride-to-Be will receive a free “Date Night” couple’s painting session valid for one year after bridal shower.
BACHELORETTE PARTIES: For group of 10 or more, Bride-to-Be will receive a hand-painted set of Bride and Groom wine glasses.
BABY SHOWERS: For groups of 20 or more, Mom-To-Be will receive 2 unique, one-of-a-kind handpainted onesies. In addition, Mom-To-Be will receive a free public canvas paint session for 2 people, valid for one year after baby shower.
Group discounts are available: for 20-29 people a 15% discount per person is available. For 30-39 people a 20% discount is provided and for groups 40 or more a 30% discount is provided.
Fill out and submit the form in the “Contact” section to request a private event and someone from The Sipping Muse will contact you within 48 hours (except over weekends). Be sure to include your name, estimated # of attendees, date and time, and the reason for your gathering.
Note: we will also rent out our studio space to groups, based on availability. Contact us for more details.
The Sipping Muse is dedicated to providing a creative atmosphere for children of all ages to learn various art mediums as well as develop an appreciation for the arts.
Throughout the month, our calendar of events includes multiple opportunities for children to experience a journey of creativity. Look for after-school programs, holiday painting parties, family-friendly canvas selections at our public events, summer, spring and winter camps and our daily studio hours for kids to “pop in.” Prices vary, see website Calendar of Events for specifics.
Our Pop In & Paint “open studio” is an opportunity for children to come in and paint whatever they want. Based upon age, they will have access to non-toxic acrylic paint or washable acrylic paint. Ages 4 and above. No art instruction is provided, however if artist is available, instruction can be provided for an additional $5 per child. See Pop In & Paint FAQ for more details and pricing.
We love to help plan children parties in the studio. Here is what we offer:
We will also come to your home for a children’s party. Pricing is based on the age of the child and the # of children attending. Contact us for specific fees. NOTE: there is a minimum of 10 children required. Fee includes all art supplies, art instructor, party assistant and travel/set up/clean up charge. Contact us for more information.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” –Pablo Picasso
Our glass painting classes have become very popular and are very relaxing! We provide all supplies needed, including various glass options. Glasses can be used, once cured at home. Instructions on curing and caring for glasses are provided, as well as tissue and a gift bag with handle. While we have specific designs we provide instruction, we welcome each individual’s own creativity in designing their glass.
We typically offer 1-2 Public glass sessions every month. Private in-studio events can also be booked for glass parties. Currently, our basic glass painting class is on a 12 oz white wine glass. The fee is $30 for one glass or $40 for a pair of glasses.
For special events, you can also paint on other glass items such as red wine glasses, stemless wine glasses, beer pub glasses, beer pilsner glasses, martini glasses, champagne flutes, glass coffee mugs, ceramic coffee mugs, ice tea glasses. Prices vary for these items.
We have many designs available, as can be viewed in the glass gallery on our website or are on display in our studio. We are always creating more designs and welcome your suggestions. In most cases, when painting a glass design, you can choose your favorite colors.
See calendar of events for schedule of public glass painting classes and pricing.
In-Home / Off-Site Parties
For parties held outside of our studio, there is a minimum requirement of 10 people. Host can choose two different type of glass items and two different designs. The fee is $35 for one glass or $50 for a pair of glasses. We plan 2 hrs for painting one glass and 3 hrs for painting two glasses, and arrive 30 minutes early to set up for the party.
Corporate Team Building Events
Glass painting events are also great for Corporate Team Events, including very large groups. Our expert glass artist will create a custom design specifically for your team, which can include your Corporate logo. In addition, a meaningful or fun design representing your company’s motto or vision can be incorporated. Each team member will walk away with not only a physical reminder of this unique experience, but with an item they can actually use. A great way to strengthen your team while having a great time!
Contact our owner, Kathleen Koziel, for more details (312-672-9481) regarding Corporate Events. All glassware and painting supplies provided. Large group discounts are available. Our studio can accommodate up to 56 people. Or, we can bring the experience to your venue of choice for larger groups.
YES! We offer the option to paint a design or stencil on wood boards. We offer a variety of sizes, styles and stains. We have wood boards with 3 planks, approximate size of 12 x 16, and 1/4 inch thick. We also have 1/2 inch single boards that are 12 x 16 or 12 x 20. Depending on the design, some boards will be stained a light color, darker color, white wash or grey weathered. All boards include a saw tooth hanger secured on the back for ease of displaying on a wall.
For current selections, see our Wood gallery. Almost any of our canvas designs can be painted on a wood board as well. We do have stenciling available, and can customize a stencilled wood board for your group, three week notice must be given so we can precut all of the stencils. We do offer designs with names/initials, birth date, wedding date, anniversary date, etc.
In addition, we offer instruction in making flowers out of felt. These flowers can be added to wood designs (or canvas & wine bottles). Additional fees may apply for designs with felt flowers.
Costs for wood boards start at $45, additional fees may be added for custom stencil requests. Check the calendar of events for pricing at public events, or contact us for wood board pricing at a private event.
We do offer various options for painting or decorating wine bottles. We “upcycle” the wine bottles left behind by our customers into beautiful items. We have many options to choose from. See our Glass Gallery for specific design selections.
The fee for wine bottles is $30 for 1 bottle, $40 for 2 bottles.
We can schedule private wine bottle painting parties upon request. Fill out the contact us form for more details on pricing (minimum of 10 people).
Host your next office party at our studio, book early for Holiday parties. We can accommodate up to 56 people and provide an art instructor and party assistant(s). You can choose to paint on a 16 x 20 canvas or wine glass/beer glass or wood. All supplies are provided.
Cost starts at $40 per person for canvas/glass and $45 for wood, group discounts are available. Minimum of 10 people required.
BYOB studio: bring in your own food (or cater) and beverages.
Corporate Team Building Events
The Sipping Muse focuses on team BONDING with FUN as our primary objective for any Corporate team event. Painting events are a wonderful way to strengthen your team while having a great time together! The Sipping Muse provides a fun and relaxing environment where employees can enjoy their time away from work, socializing with co-workers while tapping into their inner creativity through the process of painting. Each team member will walk away with a physical reminder of this unique experience… a hand-painted canvas or glassware!
Here’s what The Sipping Muse offers:
We plan 3 hours for our in-studio public and private events. For in-studio events, the time listed on the calendar is when doors open for check-in. The painting session begins 30 minutes later, and lasts approximately 2 to 2 1/4 hours, with time for group photos at the end of the session.
We do not like to rush our guests, one of our goals is to provide a relaxing environment for everyone and an opportunity for socializing among participants. Our expert art instructors are great at balancing the pace based upon the various skill levels of guests as well as the complexity of the art selection. The art instructor and party assistant(s) will individually assist guests as needed. We take pride in our customer’s walking away with a piece of artwork they are happy with and want to display in their home or office, or give away as a gift.
Since we use acrylic paints, your canvas painting will dry quickly. We will take short breaks at various times, to allow the paint dry before moving onto the next section. If needed, we do have blow dryers available in the studio to help speed up the drying process. And, you will be able to leave with your painting, and no worries about it smudging or getting paint on your car seat.
For wine glass painting, we suggest guests let the item dry for 10 minutes when finished. We provide tissue paper and gift bags to safely transport your glass when you leave.
We use non-toxic acrylic paint and do provide aprons, but suggest you wear casual and comfortable clothes, as well as a short sleeve or 3/4 length sleeve top. While the paint will wash off of your hands, it is not always easy to get out of clothing. Sometimes clear-colored hand sanitizer works, or rubbing alcohol. We do keep these items on hand. The Sipping Muse is not responsible for any damage to guests personal belongs while in the studio.
The Sipping Muse has a mobile team available to bring the paint party to your home, school, church, community center, restaurant/bar, etc. We provide everything you need to create your painting: non-toxic acrylic paint, various sizes of paint brushes, quality canvases (or wine glasses), easels, aprons, table covers and other miscellaneous supplies. In addition, one art instructor and a party assistant will attend the off-site event. Host provides beverages, snacks, paper products, tables/chairs, adequate lighting, and music. Also, if the Host wants to cover their floors, they should do so prior to our arrival.
The paint fee for in-home/off-site parties start at $50.00 per person for 16×20 canvas or 2 wine glasses (children off-site parties start at $30 per child for a 12×16 canvas and is based on age). This fee includes our travel, set up and clean up fees, as well as all painting supplies. Note: Wood board painting is available, for a fee starting at $55 per person and is based upon the wood board selected. We require a minimum of 10 guests, or minimum fee of $500 for canvas/glass. A $100 non-refundable deposit (equal to 2 paint fees) is required to hold the date. One week cancellation notice must be provided in order to receive a credit towards a future party. If cancellation notice is not provided within 48 hrs of an off-site event, the deposit will be forfeited and no credit issued.
You are free to select from any current painting in our gallery. Or if you have something else in mind, you can discuss with one of our artist who can create something special for your event. We can create a custom painting for your group, for a fee starting at $25 and need a three week lead time to complete. One of our artists will work with you directly to customize a design for you, and the price depends upon the number of sketches and/or reiterations completed by the artist to ensure you are 100% happy with your custom design. All custom paintings become the property of The Sipping Muse and will become part of our gallery.
Fill out and submit the form in the “Contact” section and someone from The Sipping Muse will contact you within 48 hours. Be sure to include your name, city, estimated # of attendees, date and time, and the reason for your gathering.