Wine & Design is a franchise that allows people to pay to take a class in which they paint a scene on a pre-sketched canvas. They are taught how to paint by artists — no prior experience needed.
Roslyn Sloop-Troutman is the owner of the Chapel Hill branch of Wine & Design, which opened in March 2012. She said she attended a class in Raleigh and had so much fun she approached the owners to ask if they would be willing to open up another location.
She settled on Chapel Hill.
“I thought it was a fantastic idea,” she said. “People have so much fun.”
There are currently 70 locations, with seven in the Triangle alone and more coming soon.
The Wine & Design franchise offers regular two-hour studio classes as well as private parties, kids’ summer camps and team-building activities.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own beverages and snacks, and those who are of legal drinking age can bring wine or beer. All supplies, including the canvas, paint and paintbrushes, are included in the price.
Sloop-Troutman said the Chapel Hill location is very active in the UNC community. They have partnered with many different organizations, including sororities, UNC Health Care and the Carolina Union Activities Board.