What does it take to become an artist? To many, art can only be fully understood and appreciated by those who live and breathe it; by those who have studied its history, many forms and techniques, along with those who have a thorough knowledge of its greatest icons.
These days, though, anyone can celebrate art — and take a dab at it too! Our latest haunt transforms art into something that’s not just meant for art critics and enthusiasts, but also as a creative recreational activity for the whole family.
Located at Capitol Hills, a residential neighborhood in Old Balara, Quezon City, is Sip & Gogh — a cleverly concocted name for the very first paint and sip studio in the country. Having experienced the novel concept in the U.S., one of the partners of Sip & Gogh brought the idea to Manila.
“We named it after Van Gogh because he’s one of the greatest painters of all time,” says Grace Santos, one of the owners. As to why they brought the concept to the Philippines, Grace says, “Filipinos are looking for other venues to have fun. When you say art, it seems so formal. But we want to convey the message that art can be for everyone. Anyone can do art.”
Sip & Gogh is the premier paint and sip studio in the Philippines.
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Samples of Van Gogh artworks are displayed for customers to choose from.
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We visited the studio on October 31, 2013, hence, the Halloween decor (notice the bats stuck to the glass windows?).
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Tables around the studio are full of these brilliant paintings. Featured here is a Salvador Dali impression.
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There was a family having its session that evening, and we caught this mother and daughter tandem working on their paintings. Looking great so far on the Starry, Starry Night piece!
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One of the two art instructors, Russell, checks up on the customers to guide them on their individual paintings.
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Just one of the wonderfully paint-splattered aprons lent to customers.
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Even more paintings rest against the wall, creating a colorful decorative touch to the stuidio.
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It's part of the Sip & Gogh experience to have a photo taken with you and your painting. Once they take a picture of you, watch out for it as they upload it on their Facebook page!
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Painting paraphernalia serve as creative accents at the same time.
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Sip & Gogh's slogan: Paint. Sip. Laugh.
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An impression of the Van Gogh self-portrait. He liked to paint and sip too, it seems!
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Inspirational words from the famed artist
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Painters are given three to four types of brushes-in different hair thicknesses, depending on the strokes needed.
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Wine bottles available at the studio double as decor on this counter.
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Here are the Van Gogh sample artworks that features ed Steph Esguerra and photographer Mark Jesalva had to choose from! Which ones do you think are they picking?
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This painted duo catches our eye.
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A very pop art creation with this one
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Steph gets ready with her selected piece: Starry, Starry Night! A popular among guests. Since there are a lot of beginner painters, the studio provides a tracing sheet as guide for the different shapes and other elements in the popular painting.
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Meanwhile, Mark starts sketching for his own masterpiece.
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First, Steph draws the painting's biggest parts: the tree, clouds and stars, then she starts filling in the colors of the sky.
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Fresh fruit juice and appetizer snacks including some ham, cheese, and other finger foods are served midway through the session.
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Almost done! Just the green plains in the lower right portion missing now.
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Voila! Steph and Mark finish their paintings! What a great way to end the month.