Get creative at these painting and drawing nights in Toronto

In case you hadn’t noticed, combining art with a night out is one of the hottest ways to meet new people or upgrade your typical pub night. From paint-and-sip gatherings to life drawing classes to adult colouring theme nights, we’ve found some of the top events in TO to get your creative juices flowing. [Image courtesy of Paint Cabin]

Paintlounge

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784 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C6

If you haven’t picked up a paintbrush since elementary school, have no fear. The staff at Paintlounge know how to trigger those creative juices for the ultimate social painting experience. With three locations to choose from and absolutely no experience required, this is the place for a fun date night or mid-week drinks with your pals. Bonus, you’ll take up some new art for your wall. Although it offers drop-in classes and workshops, they also have packages for bachelorette parties, team building events or any other celebration you’re planning.

Gladstone Hotel

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1215 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6

Sketch and sip your Wednesday night away at Toronto’s longest running life-drawing class. For $10, long-time instructor Walt Rushton will guide you as you pencil your way around the human form – all you need to do is bring your own materials. Or if you’re more up for filling in the lines than creating them, the Gladstone Melody Bar hosts an adult colouring night that will turn your Thirsty Thursday up a notch. Starting at 5 pm (no cover!), colouring sheets and materials are provided at no cost.

Art Gallery of Ontario

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317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4

Did you know that one of North America’s best art museums offers a ton of evening art classes for adults? Whether you’re looking to decompress after work or brush up on your art skills, there are plenty of options at the AGO (from digital and landscape painting to experimental comics to life drawing basics. Prefer to paint, sip and socialize? Check out the four-week class Art & Ideas: Drawing. Drinks.

Paint Cabin

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723 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Y5

Art studio, cozy cabin-style bar meet inclusive social art experience – all levels welcome. Before you start brushing away on your watercolour, acrylic or mixed-media masterpiece, head to the bar and look up: there’s a canoe that’s been transformed into a chandelier. You can order one of your favourite libations: a craft beer, glass of wine or espresso elixir before starting a class or a drop-in open studio paint session, all materials provided (you can even choose what kind of canvas style you would like).

Paint Nite

Hosted at various watering holes around the 6, these paint and sip gatherings encourage you to “drink creatively.” Swap a night of sitting and imbibing for an easel, brush and cocktail in tow and paint the night’s design, which may include creations such as a Misty Twilight Stroll, A Walk in the Fall or Twilight Trees. These are truly social nights, so be prepared to meet other amateur painters for conversation and, of course, showing off your masterpieces.

Avenue Road Arts School

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460 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M4V 2J1

Looking for more one-on-one instruction? This midtown Victorian home and art school offers a ton of evening classes in drawing and painting (acrylics, oil, and watercolour). If the thought of drawing or creating your own art in a group gives you severe anxiety, try out the “I Wish I Could Draw” class where you’ll be surrounded by plenty of art newbies.

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