“The couple that paints together, releases oxytocin together!”
– Dr. Karen K. Melton Ph.D., assistant professor of child and family studies in Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. ?
We were ecstatic a couple of years ago when Baylor approached Painting With a Twist about a research study to determine how different family interactions caused spikes (or lulls) in the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin, AKA the “love hormone” is a hormone that plays a role in social bonding between couples. Check out a summary of some pretty interesting insights from Dr. Melton below from an interview we conducted with her!
A: Working specifically with family studies, we really wanted to understand how different interactions affected the natural oxytocin levels of individuals participating in family activities. We chose two activities to test with participants: board games and a painting experience with Painting with a Twist.
A: They loved the idea. When we presented the idea to the National Council to receive the grant for the study, they loved the idea as well and were excited to hear the findings.
A: We hypothesized that all activities would release oxytocin but that board games would likely release more. What surprised us the most was that not only did painting release MORE oxytocin but men in the painting group had 2-2.5 times the oxytocin levels of other groups (even other women!) What’s interesting too is that people who were in the painting group had higher levels of oxytocin at their baseline than board game participants leading us to the idea that the novelty of the concept and physical environment play a key role in the release of oxytocin as well.
A: When we had the idea of the study, I took my team for the experience and everyone really enjoyed it. I still have my painting in my bedroom because I’m so proud of it. What I think is really great about the concept is it takes away a lot of the work when it comes to family leisure. Somebody in the relationship has to do the work of setting up the activity. With this, it’s all done for you so you can enjoy a true state of leisure. And when it comes to the actual activity of painting, you are challenged but certainly not overwhelmed.
A: Absolutely! I think it’s a great concept. I’ve seen some kid-friendly options posted so I’m looking forward to taking my daughter for mother/daughter date night.
A: Well, we certainly know more than we did before the study. We can make a lot of assumptions with recreational activities but it’s great to be able to measure the true experience. Ultimately, we would like to study different types of interaction to find out exactly what activities and factors release oxytocin. This information can help facilitate better experiences and family interaction so individuals and couples can connect at a deeper level.
There you have it! Painting = more oxytocin = more love in the air. So if you’re planning your next date night, find a Painting with a Twist studio near you and give it a whirl! You might walk away with not only amazing paintings but a new sense of connection with your significant other. Cheers!
When the holiday comes around, picking out a gift for the workplace or family gift exchange can be a little challenging. You want to get something thoughtful and creative, but something that will also be appreciated and remembered. A unique gift idea is a Painting with a Twist gift card. It’s the easiest way to give the gift of fun for that special friend, family member, or coworker.
Gift cards can be purchased in any amount over $5.00 so it can fit any gift exchange budget. This is a gift that allows someone to have an amazing, fun experience at the painting party and also take home their own painting that will become a lasting memory.
Why not throw a holiday-themed paint party? Painting with a Twist offers private paint parties for large groups (please note, each studio location has its own requirements for minimum group sizes).
With a private paint party, you can select a piece from our entire catalog of paintings. We take care of all the paint, brushes, canvases and teacher. All you need to do is invite your guests and encourage them to bring their favorite beverage and perhaps something to nibble on!
Paint parties are a festive way to celebrate the season. You can also plan a paint party to celebrate any type of occasion or just to get your group together.
A private painting party is a really fun and exciting way to bond in a large group atmosphere. If you are considering throwing your own paint party, you should talk to one of our studios! They can answer any questions you may have and help you get started.
It’s November and the holidays are approaching quickly. We have a large catalog of holiday art to choose from that will provide a unique personal touch to your yuletide decor or create the ideal gift for a friend, family member or special someone.
Come to celebrate the holiday season and create something special and fun with one of our artists at a Painting with a Twist studio in your community! Have a great time with your friends and family while you paint a holiday-inspired creation you can take home with you. We provide all the paint and materials, just bring yourself, your favorite beverage, and perhaps a simple snack to nibble on between brush strokes.
Sign up for a holiday paint party today!
If you want a unique way to celebrate the holiday season, book a paint party today!
Ready for an amazingly festive good time? Get started on our Holiday Paint Party page.
Fall is an amazing time of year and nothing is more iconic to fall than the pumpkin! The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word, “pepon”, meaning “large melon” but the pumpkin itself is believed to have originated in North America thousands of years ago.
While a huge food staple, pumpkins also became an element of décor with the introduction of the Jack-o-Lantern. Based on an Irish myth about Stingy Jack and the Devil, Irish immigrants opted to use pumpkins in the place of turnips to represent Jack’s most famous lantern.
Beyond the Jack-o-Lantern, the pumpkin has become a core design element around the house to usher in the autumn season. At Painting with a Twist, we honor the tradition with a variety of pumpkin art projects!
We are offering many types of pumpkin art classes. Whether paintings on canvas or wooden cutout door hangers, we have something to add spice to your fall decor!
Only during the month of October, you can paint pumpkins! Choose from six different styles. Our artists will guide you through the process so you will have a unique pumpkin to take home with you!
Find a studio where you can celebrate pumpkin season.
Who doesn’t love fall? We all look forward to a new season that brings sweater weather, changing leaves and everything pumpkin spice.
Painting with a Twist wants to help you find the perfect way to celebrate this cozy time of year with your friends and family.
Paint Together This Fall
Enjoy some time together at a painting class while laughing and having fun. For friends or families, painting is a great bonding activity.
Here are some suggestions on how you can to celebrate the new season with your favorite people.
Grab your friends, enjoy your favorite beverage and each other’s company while you paint the colors of the season. Not only will you have fun but you will walk away with some great art to add fall flair to your décor and the best part is you painted it yourself.
Gather the whole gang together and have fun at a family painting class. Our family classes are designed for all ages and skill levels. Painting is a great way to spend quality time together as you create memories to last a lifetime.
Breast Cancer Fundraising with a Twist
During Breast Cancer Awareness month, join us for special Painting with a Purpose events, at select studios, benefitting the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. We’re painting with a purpose — to benefit a cause that affects many. Help change lives and sign up today.
We provide you with everything you need. Relax with your favorite beverage, a canvas, and paintbrush as you enjoy time with friends and Family. Find a studio where you can have fun this fall.
If you’re in the mood for something new and exciting to get you in gear for tailgating- look no further. Inspired by the idea of hydrating, nourishing and amping yourself up for game day, this fruity sangria will transport you to a place between summer and fall where weekends are filled with promise and FOOTBALL! Make everyone happy and whip up a batch of this creamsicle inspired Sangria- with a sweet and tangy fusion of summer and fall fruits. It’s perfect to satiate any palate with a refreshing zing! Game Day Sangria isn’t just for afternoons before the big game, it’s DELICIOUS enough to make in a Painting with a Twist studio for a Friday night class! There’s no better way to celebrate a girl’s night out than a paintbrush in one hand and a Game Day Sangria in the other.
Feeling like you are entering your blue period? Or maybe pop art is more your taste? Painting with a Twist doesn’t just DO a Paint Your Pet class… we do Paint Your Pet classes with style.
Painting with a Twist offers, “Paint your Pet” classes in a variety of styles including Pop Art, Monochromatic, and Rainbow. Available canvas sizes are 16″ x 20″ or 12″ x 12″. If you are looking for a particular color scheme to match your décor, we’ve got you covered! You can pick the colors you would like to incorporate into your painting.
Whether you go solo or with friends, you will have a great time. You will also walk away with a really cool painting of your beloved pet that you can hang on your wall.
Do you have a friend who just loves their pet? This is a fantastic gift idea! Paint their pet for them, and you’ll give them something personal that they are sure to love.
For more details and classes near you, visit our Paint your Pet Page.
Summertime is one of the most highly anticipated seasons of the year. From going to the pool or beach to spending time with friends, there are so many things that we look forward to doing when school is out and the days are long. Painting with a Twist wants to help you find the perfect way to spend time with your friends and family this summer.
So join us, relax, laugh and have something to show for it at the end of your painting class!
Technology is fantastic, and most of us couldn’t go a day without our phone or device.
Put down the phone and go to a painting class to spend time together laughing and having fun. For friends, couples or families, painting is a great bonding activity.
Here are some suggestions on how you can to celebrate summer with your favorite people.
We provide you with everything you need. Unwind with your favorite beverage, a canvas, and paintbrush as you enjoy time with friends. Find a studio where you can let go and paint your summer fun.
Painting with a Twist studios* nationwide offer an outstanding and innovative way for parents to get their day back with our Summer Kids Camps and Kids Classes! Kids camps and kids classes are an invigorating option to get kids out of the house and interested in something beyond computers and video games. They can explore their wild side with creative guidance and enjoy painting in a fun studio atmosphere – all while meeting new friends!
Hanging their painting up at home will also help boost your child’s confidence! The look of pride and satisfaction on their face after each class is absolutely priceless. Creativity opens up their perspective to future possibilities and keeps their minds active during the summer months. Give them the tools for success by enrolling them in Kids Camp or Kids Classes today!
We provide them with everything they need to have the best time possible: Dancing, snacks, friends, playtime, art, and more!
*Available at participating studios
Let’s be honest. Dads get a little less attention on their special day than mothers (rightfully so). Father’s Day is probably just a little more significant than Grandparents Day on the, “Most amazing holidays” scale. So, we want to pay a little homage to the fathers out there who may be feeling a bit neglected on their special day of the year.
A Father’s Day gift is hopefully not that impulse buy as you are standing in the checkout line at your local box store. Put a little bit of thought into your gift! Painting with a Twist makes it easy (and fun) for you with 2 options.
Dads love getting sentimental gifts from their kids so painting FOR dad is a great option. Painting with a Twist has a plethora of painting choices for you to choose from. This means you can find something your dad would enjoy hanging on his wall.
Whether a seasoned painter or beginner, Painting with a Twist classes are suited to any experience level. We supply everything from brush to canvas and even a resident artist to help guide your creativity. Check the calendar for a location near you to find the painting he’d love the most.
Most dads love to spend time doing something with their kids. Something that bonds and creates memories. Painting is that exact experience and you get to take a memento (a brilliant piece of art!) home with you that will always bring back that memory when you look it.
Whether you’re planning a day with dad that includes lunch, and perhaps drinking his favorite beverage or a mom planning an activity for your husband and kids, painting is a great idea! Whatever your father likes to do, we have options to suit the choosiest of dads.
If you are looking for some great bonding time and building amazing memories dad will remember for years to come, then paint WITH dad.
Find a studio near you and schedule some time with dad for his special day.