Frequently Asked Questions
What makes The Painted Cork the best paint and sip experience in the area?
The Painted Cork has 2 fantastic, brightly-painted studios, one in the heart of the Historic shopping district of Folsom and the other in fabulous Midtown Sacramento. Both locations are surrounded by shops, amazing restaurants and nightlife. Perfect locations to continue your event out on the town after your paint and sip experience.
Both of our studios are fully licensed to allow our guests to bring in their favorite wines and beers to enjoy throughout the classes!We also allow food in our studios and our guests commonly bring in food from our fabulous surrounding restaurants or they like to pack picnic baskets full of their favorite treats to bring and enjoy throughout the classes. We also supply paper plates, cups, napkins, plastic cutlery, plastic wine glasses, bottle openers, designated food tables and a full refrigerator for your use. All of these items are complimentary and there are no other hidden fees such as cork fees.
Lastly and most importantly, there are three undeniable elements that make us a favorite among our guest: Experience, Education and Passion. ALL of the talented artists who teach at The Painted Cork, including the owner, are all practicing fine artists with tons of education and a passion for creating art and teaching you how to create your paintings. We also train each artist how to paint each and every painting prior to the classes so that they are comfortable with the paintings and you as the guest get the best instruction possible
Is The Painted Cork affiliated with any other paint and sip venues in Folsom or Sacramento?
No – For the last 6 years that we have been in business, there have been many paint and sip venues that have popped up locally and a couple who have chosen names that are very similar to The Painted Cork, but we only have one studio in Folsom and one studio in Sacramento. We are “The Painted Cork” and we go by no other name.
What do I wear?
Aprons are supplied before the class begins, however, it is a good idea to wear something that you wouldn’t mind getting some paint on. Please remember that The Painted Cork is a painting studio and paint can end up anywhere! Feel free to bring a smock of your own or different shirt to change into if you're continuing your night out on the town. Please note that The Painted Cork is not responsible for paint getting on personal items.
Do I need to sign up in advance?
Yes! Because seating is limited and we often sell out, it is recommended that you sign up in advance in order to reserve your seat. You can register and pay online by clicking onto the “Calendar” tab from our website. From the visual calendar you can click onto the class which will bring you to the registration form (scroll down…located under painting) or giving us a call at 916-442-2675.
What time do I show up?
EARLY is great! We highly recommend coming into the studio 25-30 minutes before the class since we try to start painting at the designated time AND seating is first come first serve! This also allows you some extra social time and allows you to get comfortable before the class.
Can we bring food?
Of course! Feel free to bring in any snacks you wish or purchase some appetizers from the many restaurants in Historic Folsom or Midtown Sacramento to bring with you. We can also recommend and coordinate local catering for private parties!
What are the prices of a class and what does it include?
The classes range from only $35 for a 2 hour class, $45 for a 3 hour class and $50 for a 4 hour class. See the calendar, which has all times and prices listed for each class. The price includes a 2-4 hour class with professional instruction, all supplies (aprons, brushes, easels, canvases, palettes and paint), complete set up and clean up…Oh, and a masterpiece created by you :)…Also we are BYOB and we allow you to bring in any beer, wine, beverages and your own snacks which makes the experience even more affordable!
Can I tip the Artist for doing a great job?
Absolutely!! As we all know, tips are generally given when good service is given. We believe that receiving the service of professional painting instruction at an affordable price is quite a service indeed! Of course, tips are not mandatory, however if you feel that your artist deserves a tip then by all means please do. There are tip jars located in both studios and our artists are also provided with “square” credit card devices so that they can receive credit card tips. :)
What kind of alcoholic beverages can I bring?
You may bring any wine, wine based products, beer or non-alcoholic beverages. Sorry, but our licensing does not cover hard alcohol.
Where do I park?
If you are attending a class in our Historic Folsom location, there is a parking garage which is highly recommended, one block away on the corner of Reading Ave and Leidsdorf St. There is no time restraints or cost for this structure. You can also park off street and in the many lots surrounding the studio, but check for 2 and 3 hour timed parking. In Sacramento there is plenty of off street parking that surrounds the studio, there is also a lot on J and 16th (in front of Mikunis) and there is a lot on J Street just past 17th. Our neighbor owns the lot that our studio sits in and have been known to tow vehicles, so we do not recommend parking there.
Do I have to be 21 to join a class?
Our FOLSOM studio has 2 studios in one location at 726 Sutter St. One of these studios is for ages 21-and-up only and is licensed and zoned for the consumption of alcohol so that guests can bring in their own wine and beer to enjoy throughout the class. The second studio at this location is called our “Family Room Studio” and is a non-alcoholic and family friendly studio. Kids, teens and adults are welcome to take classes in this studio and can bring any non-alcoholic beverages and food to enjoy throughout the class. Our Family Room and 21 and up classes are color coded on our Folsom calendar. Please be sure that you are signing up for the appropriate studio. Our SACRAMENTO studio has only one studio and is strictly a “21 and up” facility due to the licensing that we needed to obtain in order to allow our guests to bring wine or beer into our studio. This license does not allow us to have minors in our classes in the SACRAMENTO studio. This is California state law.
Do I have to have a PAYPAL account to pay online?
No! PayPal is our credit card carrier, however, you do not need a PayPal account to use your card. When paying for a class PayPal will ask you if you have an account. For those who are not familiar with PayPal, it is one of the most secure payment companies.
I don't drink...can I still attend a class?
Absolutely! Feel free to bring any non-alcoholic beverages and any snacks that you wish! The option to bring wine, beer and snacks is not mandatory, just a very fun perk. Many guests opt for bringing in coffee or water! We have an Alhambra water dispenser in every studio. :)
What is your cancellation policy?
Because our classes are limited seating, we request that you cancel at least 48 hours before a class which gives us the opportunity to fill the class. If you can cancel at least 48 hours to the class start time, we will give you a full refund. If something happens where you need to cancel after the 48 hours is up, just give us a call or email and we will put your name and full payment onto our “reschedule” to use for a future class. We do not reschedule or refund “no-shows”. You may cancel by phone 916-442-2675 or 916-985-4535 or email at or
I can't even draw a stick figure! Are you sure I can do this?
OF COURSE! You need NO experience or art background necessary to attend. Every step is taught by an educated and talented art instructor with many breaks throughout the class. You can follow along with the instructor or branch off from the instruction and create your own individualized masterpiece! Our intention is to take the fear out of painting through guided and simple steps. Painting is fun and relaxing, and that's the point!
Does The Painted Cork provide alcohol?
We do not provide alcohol except at certain events marked on the calendar! Every other day, bring in your favorite bottle of wine or beer to enjoy throughout the class! We are a BYOB Art Studio! You may also bring any non-alcoholic beverages and snacks of your choice, of course!
What do I do if I'm late to a class?
We highly recommend that you get to the class early because we start painting when the class begins. For example, if the class is from 6pm-9pm, we will start painting at 6pm. Every minute that you are late, you are missing important information about the painting. Not to mention it is a disturbance to the other guests who have come on time and are already painting. Even if you have some skill in painting and don’t think that you need instruction, please respect the rest of the class and show up on time. If you are 30 minutes late, we will reschedule your payment for another class. We do not reschedule “no shows”.
Is there a refrigerator available to keep beverages cold?
Yes! Both of our studios in Historic Folsom and Midtown Sacramento have a medium standard fridge for our guests to use. We do have a freezer for your use in both, but unfortunately we do not have an ice machine.
Is there glassware available?
We provide plastic cups and plastic wine glasses, however if you wish, you may also bring in your own glassware! We also supply complimentary paper plates, napkins, bottle openers, designated food tables and a refrigerator for your use.
Can I reschedule if I don't show up to the class?
Sorry, we do not reschedule guests who are “No-shows”. We have a very tolerant cancellation policy and ask only 48 hour notice before the class to receive a full refund. If you have to cancel after the 48 hours or even the day of the class, as long as we receive notice via phone or email, we will add your name and full payment to our “reschedule list” to use for a future class. Please call us if you can’t make it to the class as we may have a wait list and we (and the guests waiting) would really like to fill the empty seat. :)
Is there a place that we can purchase wine in Historic Folsom or near the Sacramento studio?
YES! We recommend “Unwined” at 915 Sutter St and “The Cellar” at 727 Sutter St right down the street from us in Historic Folsom. If you are coming to our Sacramento studio, BEVMO is two doors down from us! Talk about convenient!
My friends are in a class. Can I hang out with them and not paint?
Unfortunately, no. We have allowed guests to hang out in the past and we have come to realize that this can be a disturbance to the other guests in the class. Sorry, if you come to the class, you will be expected to pay for your seat. If we are sold out, there unfortunately won’t be a seat left to sit in anyway.
Is there a wine opener on the premises and is there a cork fee?
Yes there is a wine opener and NO there isn’t a cork fee. :)
What's The Painted Cork's policy on Lost and Found?
We understand that things get left behind, and we will try our best to keep items long enough for guests to recover them. After a 2 month hold, we will have to recycle any unclaimed items. The Painted Cork is not responsible for any items left behind by our guests
Can I leave my painting at the studio to pick up later?
No. The Painted Cork is not responsible for any paintings left behind. We paint with acrylic paints in our classes and the paintings should be dry in approximately 10 minutes and capable of transport. We also have a heat dryer for speedy drying!