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Des Moines, IA

3753 86th St
Urbandale, IA 50322

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Holiday Parties ... with a Twist!

Now Booking Holiday Parties! Looking for an easy-to-plan holiday celebration? Plan a paint party at Painting with a Twist! Our private parties are a festive good time for family and friends, and the perfect way to end the year with colleagues. Just choose a date and a painting, and let us do the rest!

Choose from hundreds of holiday/winter-themed paintings, like these:

Holiday Paintings


Our private party studio can accommodate up to 30 guests, and our main studio can seat up to 50 painters.

  • You choose the painting! Choose from hundreds of holiday/winter-themed paintings.
  • You choose the date and time! As long as the requested time is available, we'll make your party happen!
  • You can choose your instructor! Have a favorite? Let us know!
  • You get the party studio 30 minutes before and after your party to socialize and celebrate.
  • No extra charge to reserve; prices are the same per person as our regular public classes.
  • No setup, no cleanup — just show up!

We provide all supplies and instruction.

Guests may bring food items and non-alcoholic beverages. Wine, beer, champagne, and soft drinks are available from our in-studio bar; coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and water are complimentary.

Simply fill out an online Party Request to get started. We'll be in touch and get your party on the calendar!


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Fall has arrived in the studio!

It might not be official yet, but it sure feels like fall in our studio! With new fall art, perfect fall surfaces -- wood boards, screens, cutouts, and canvases -- we have just what you need to get you in that comfy fall mood. Check out our calendar to see all of the options. Paint and wine, wine and paint. What better way to ring in the new season? We can't wait to see you again!

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Celebrate summer birthdays, including ours!


Celebrating a summer birthday?

Throw a stress-free — and mess-free! — birthday party for kids or adults in our studio! You pick the date, time, and featured painting. Bring in your favorite sweet treats and non-alcoholic drinks (we have a bar in the studio!), and we do the rest. 

No extra booking fees or deposits required, just a 10-person minimum to secure our private party studio. 

Get step-by-step instructions from a professional artist and take your artwork home that day. Make memories and create something special to mark the big day!

You can learn more or request a party to get started!

Come to our birthday party!

Speaking of birthdays, ours is coming up on Saturday, June 29. We're turning two, and want to celebrate with YOU! Discounted price of $30/painter includes two hours of instruction and all supplies, plus games, prizes, snacks and drink specials. 

We chose "Rainbow Galaxy" as the featured painting because your support of our business the past two years has been *outta this world.* Seriously, THANK YOU! 

Save your spot here:

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Fun Kid's Birthday Party Idea!

We take the stress out of planning your child's birthday party by putting on a fun and social painting class that keeps them engaged and lets them express their artistic abilities. The birthday girl/boy selects the painting and gets 1.5 hours of fun and professional instruction from a real artist. Everyone gets to take home their artwork that day. There are breaks with games, prizes, and time for cake. And photo props, of course! Check out our Party Info page or contact the studio for more details!

Kids' birthday parties

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Paint Your Pet!

Our Paint Your Pet class is a popular painting class for a reason! After you register, we sketch your pet onto your canvas for you, and then take you step-by-step through how to create a perfect (or purrrrfect!) portrait of your pet. It's our most personal class, and we promise you'll create a painting you'll cherish forever! 

Our next class is coming up in April, so hurry up and save your spot before it sells out!

Paint Your Pet

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Date Night Ideas!

Did you know that painting together releases "love hormones" for couples? It's true! Attend a Date Night painting class and paint with your partner. You paint one canvas, your date paints the other. Put side by side, the canvases make one large painting you created TOGETHER! No experience necessary, we promise. Paint and drink with your sweetie and make memories you won't soon forget!


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Think Spring!

As February [finally] comes to a close, let's set our sights on spring! Brighter colors, warmer days, and lots of fresh painting options at Painting with a Twist! Paint and sip while creating your own work of art in one of our social painting classes. Do something different with your friends, family, coworkers, church group, you name it! You're sure to find a painting you like on our March calendar. Check it out today!

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The "Hugging Hormone"

Guess what?! Turns out that creating art with your significant other releases loads of oxycotin: The "Hugging Hormone." 

So painting together not only unleashes creativity, but also makes you feel good! Read more about this study.

And don't forget to sign up for a special Valentine's Day couples class!

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The Perfect Paint-and-Sip Date!

Will your Valentine's Day weekend include a first date, "just friends" hanging out, or an actual date? No matter what you call it, we have a fun date night idea for you: paint and drink together! Our February calendar has more partner painting classes than usual. In these classes, you and your special friend get to paint one half of the design, so when you put your two canvases together, you'll create one big piece of art. Spots fill quickly for Valentine's Day, so don't wait to reserve yours!

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Perfect Team-Building Activity!


Attention Human Resources professionals! If you're looking for a way to bring your group together, spark creativity, and encourage thinking out of the box, a paint-and-sip experience at Painting with a Twist is for you! Check out our Party Info Page and schedule your team-building event today!

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