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Who doesn't want a cozy night in with your sweetie? How about with wine and fancy truffles? And a painting kit for two? NOW YOU CAN! Painting with a Twist in Urbandale now offers take-home Date Night painting kits complete with wine and chocolate. Kits include two 16x20 canvases, paints, two sets of paint brushes, paint plates, cups, paper towels, table coverings, written instructions (and a link to how-to video, if available). PLUS, a box of Beligian chocolate truffles and your choice of eithe ... Read More


*NEW!* Porch Leaners

Now offering PORCH LEANERS! These are 10x47" pine boards that greet the guests at your front door! Perfect for seasonal decorating -- think "Hello, Fall" or "I Smell Children" for Halloween -- or as a year-round "Welcome" sign. You'll love the versatility and customization possibilities. Several classes are already on the calendar for September and October, with many more to come!

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NEW: Zen Collection

WHAT IS ZEN? Merriam-Webster Dictionary says Zen is: "A state of calm attentiveness in which one's actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort."   HOW DOES ZEN APPLY TO PAINTING? We are so caught up in the daily stresses of life (especially now!) that we often forget to slow down, relax, and take time for our mind, body, and soul. Much like Zen meditation, painting has many therapeutic benefits that can make a tremendous difference in our lives. Painting, like Zen me ... Read More


We're Open!

We're back! In-studio classes have resumed at the Urbandale location, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome you back! We will continue to offer Twist at Home painting kits with curbside pickup as well as virtual classes. Small private parties (with guests of 6 to 12 people) are now available as well. We have measured and marked the studio to comply with social-distancing guidelines. Disposable masks, gloves, and aprons are provided. Hand sanitizer stations have been created. The studi ... Read More

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VIRTUAL Painting Classes!

Now offering VIRTUAL painting classes! Since not all of us are gathering in person just yet, join us for a fun night in ... online! Get your spots by visiting our Calendar of Events.    


Reopening Plans

Hello friends, With Governor Reynolds’ recent proclamation that more businesses can reopen in Polk County, we thought we’d share our plans for the Urbandale studio. While we long for the days of lively classrooms full of happy painters, our highest priority must be the safety and comfort of our guests and staff. So, our reopening will happen slowly, based on current circumstances and in accordance with CDC and IDPH guidelines. We will continue to offer Twist at Home painting kits with c ... Read More

For a limited time, we are offering "Twist at Home" painting kits.HOW TO ORDER1. Choose your painting from our online Twist at Home gallery.2. Choose the "Twist at Home" event for your desired pick-up day from our calendar of events. Select your surfaces and quantities. ***IMPORTANT*** Please include the name of the painting(s) you'd like in the notes of your reservation. This ensures that the correct printed instructions are included in your kit.3. Drive up to the studi ... Read More

If you haven't experienced one of our Date Night events, are you even dating? LOL ... But seriously, do something different this Valentine's Day and create art together! You paint one canvas, your date paints the other. Put side-by-side, you've created one large work of art TOGETHER. Enjoy drinks from our bar, cranked-up music, and entertaining painting instruction to make it a night neither of you will soon forget!

Residents of the Des Moines Metro have named Painting with a Twist one of the "Best of Des Moines" for 2020! We are thrilled that our young studio has made an impact so quickly, and appreciate all of YOU who voted! We look forward to more growth and serving you in 2020!

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: THE PARTY DETAILSOur private party studio can accommodate up to 30 guests, and our main studio c ... Read More

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