It’s no secret that creativity is a value that’s highly regarded among the Western New York community. We love to show our support for up-and-coming creatives and local artisans by shopping local, and our city’s genuine appreciation for the arts is truly a defining characteristic. So it only makes sense that Buffalo offers tons of DIY classes for artists of all skill levels, perfect for rediscovering an old hobby or trying something new on your next night out.
Whether you have a passion for painting, or can barely draw a recognizable stick figure, use our guide below to find the artsy class (boozy or otherwise) that’s right for you:
Paint Classes & Boozy Paint Nights:
1. Pinot’s Palette
9570 Transit Rd / Website
What to Expect: Private parties, workshops, and classes by age group. Wine, beer, cocktails, soft drinks, and water are available. Food is unavailable for purchase, however guests can opt to bring any outside food items they’d like.
2. Painting with a Twist
2860 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst NY / 3735 Union Rd, Lancaster NY / 1054 Union Rd, West Seneca NY /Website
Amherst Socials: Facebook
Lancaster Socials: Facebook
What to Expect: Choose from classes and private parties. Food & drink are unavailable for purchase, but guests 21+ are permitted to BYOB.
3. Cheers to Monet
What to Expect: Choose from classes, workshops, private parties, events, and “paint what you want” nights, or opt to host a party from the comfort of your own home. Studio policy on food & drinks is BYOB & small snacks, but catering, large platters, pizzas, etc. are limited to private parties only.
4. Paint the Town
74 Allen Street / Website
What to Expect: Classes & private parties are available. Food & drink policy varies depending on the venue booked.
5. Imagine That Olcott/Paint With Personality
957 E Main St, Olcott, NY 14126 / Website
What to Expect: Imagine That Olcott is a paint your own pottery studio but, there is no need to fire their ceramics. You can get a take home kit and paint in the comfort of your own home. They also host paint nights, kids art camp, and story telling & other creative things as well.
Pottery, Clay & Glass Art:
6. Terra Clay Studio
2954 Delaware Ave / Website
What to Expect: Choose from a six-week long core clay series class or a one-time “try-it” class. Date night classes, private parties, workshops, and classes for teens/children are also frequently offered. Check out our article here to learn more about what Terra Clay Studio has to offer.
7. Artyard Studio
5701 Main Street in Williamsville / Website
What to Expect: Six-week long classes are available, as well as special events, workshops, and summer camps for kids. “Give it a spin clay dates” are date night classes for couples, and are generally available on weekend nights.
8. Expressive Glass
3333 Lake Shore Rd / Website
What to Expect: Flameworking & fusing classes are available in-studio, as well as virtual one-on-one coaching in soft glass for already established artists. Private classes and group demos are available upon request.
138 Grey Street in East Aurora / Website
What to Expect: Paint a pre-made piece of pottery or choose to create your own masterpiece made of silver clay or glass. Walk-ins are welcome during regular hours, and birthday parties, ladies nights, and private art lessons can be scheduled in advance.
Other Unique DIY Classes:
10. Loaded Lumber
223 South Park Ave / Website
What to Expect: #DIYanddrink with Loaded Lumber at one of their unique DIY wood pallet parties, workshops, or private events throughout Buffalo. Book a private party at a venue of your choice, or stop by an open workshop hosted at one of Buffalo’s awesome breweries for a super chill artistic experience.
50 Broadway Ave / Website
What to Expect: You know what’s better than buying some cheap art from Target that everyone else probably already has? Supporting a local business and making something special (and Buffalo-themed) for your home at a StudioHue DIY party! Attend a party, crafty happy hour, or open studio event at a local venue or host your own private event where you can choose your own craft. Check out some of their upcoming events here.
17 Elm Street in East Aurora / Website
What to Expect: The creatives at MUSEJar want to help you find your muse, whatever that may be! Their classes are so unique and cover a wide range of topics, including watercoloring, embroidery, paper quilling, and so much more. You can also rent out their beautiful space in East Aurora for private events- as their website says, it’s “the perfect blank canvas for events, collaboration, and more!” Check out some of their upcoming events here.
13. Vintage Chameleon
What to Expect: Attention plant lovers- this one’s for you! Julia Hardick of VintageChameleon offers some of the most unique DIY plant classes in Buffalo. Create your own planters, terrariums, and more at local businesses like The Plant Shack and Prima Oliva Cafe, or stop by one of her local plant swaps (listed on Instagram) to make friends with other fellow house plant addicts in Buffalo.