Sometimes you need direction, we understand. Our guided art classes provide guided instruction but we still encourage adding an individual (or team) twist. We typically focus on a specific artist, technique or genre and explore it, offering an example for reference. Choose your location and book now!
Artful holidays and special events like our New Year’s Eve Glitter Ball, MLK “Painting For Peace” Sessions, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras Masks, Mother’s Day, Día de Muertos, Winter Landscapes, and more, are fun and social occasions. For each, we offer a special package.
We host kids activities via our all-ages sessions on weekends from noon to 6:00PM. Kids aged 3 to 18 are welcome to join. In our public freestyle sessions, we supply everything you need to create an original artwork and art-trained “Creative Enablers” are on hand to provide tips, guidance and encouragement. You can reserve online. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We do not allow children under the age of 18 in the studio after 6PM. View pricing on our MENU. Have questions? Read our FAQS.
ArtJamz are perfect for birthday parties and special occasions. You can either pay for the entire event, so the ticket will be free for attendees, or each parent can pay for their child’s KidsJamz session. Call 202-709-8096, email email@example.com, or fill out a request form in the Private Events section. Our private events team is here to help make your ArtJamz kids party awesome and fully customized to fit your needs.
Order pizza or a full meal from our list of caterers. We allow cupcakes and cakes to be brought in, but, we don’t allow any other food item to be brought into the studio by the customer. All food must be provided by a licensed caterer. We charge a handling fee on top of the total cost of the catering order.
Make the studio yours! Bring decorations, balloons and a cake, etc. Just let us know beforehand.
Typically people come in and get settled for 15 minutes. Then kids paint for about 30 minutes to an hour. Then we do pizza and birthday cake. Then kids tend to run around like maniacs as their sugar buzz kicks in. Some continue painting, some just play. We also provide paper for the kids to draw an arty birthday card for their birthday friend and much like “pin the tail on the donkey” kids enjoy our special pin the accessory on Picasso.
We can host parties at any of our locations or we can come to you. Our studios are designed to get messy. We don’t care if paint gets on the wall or floors – in fact we like when that happens; it adds character. The best part for you is that we clean up the mess and painting materials.
Dupont: Minimum 15 , Maximum 40 painters. Brookland: 20 painters. Art Underground: 30 painters. Parents are welcome to come and hang out.
We require a $150 deposit to hold your reservation. Full payment is due day of the event and is based on the total number of attendees. You will be required to meet number of attendees depending on your booking. The deposit will be refunded on the day of the event unless the reservation is canceled with less than 72 hours notice.
We have classes and programs designed for children. Go to our reservation calendar and search for kid friendly activities to view all our upcoming guided classes.
“It’s bigger than getting a group of people together to paint the same thing,” says ArtJamz founder and chief creative enabler, Michael M Clements. “Our mission is to make the world a more creative place.” Clements left his position as executive editor at Washington Life Magazine to open the first ArtJamz Dupont Studio in 2012.
The ArtJamz Virginia Underground Studio in Crystal City grand opening was on July 7th. A collection of local influencers and media gathered to get creative, enjoy drinks and wear artist mustaches. Guest included chef Katsuya Fukushima, Fran Holuba, Donald Syriani, Gavin Daniels, Holly Pan, Virginia Coyne and others.
When ArtJamz opened in 2012, the paint and sip industry was still emerging. The industry has exploded since. Throughout, ArtJamz has focused on encouraging original art, not staid cookie-cutter step-by-step classes.
Famous artists are an important part of their DNA. The new ArtJamz Virginia location is lined with inspirational quotes from artists such as Frida Khalo, Salvador Dali, Banksy, Warhol and more.
Clements says they accomplish their mission by enabling customers to create original art in an authentic studio setting and hiring local artists as staff. The majority of the paint and sip industry utilizes independent contractors.
“We’re building a business that employs artists and enables them to expand their individual artistic careers. That’s important to us,” says Clements.
When reimagining their brand for the ArtJamz Virginia location, they turned to up-and-coming creative agency Brilliant Collaborations and creative director Melanie Charlton. The playful emojis and clean minimal designs are unique in the industry.
“99% of paint and sip brands use cliche names and imagery. We stripped away the cliches and created something simple. We let the art speak for itself.”
Award winning architectural design firm Wingate Hughes and Associates lead by co-owner Gavin Daniels helped implement the new look. The ArtJamz Virginia location includes design upgrades which make the experience more customer friendly.
“Unlike paint and sip experiences where customers sit, ArtJamz encourages standing. It creates a more social experience,” explains Clements. “We also invented an innovative system for easels and accessing art materials. You can paint on the walls. The floors get messy. We dare to use glitter. You can’t do that stuffed into the backroom of a restaurant.”
The result is a fully-fledged paint and sip brand. One that stands out from formulaic competitors.
“We built ArtJamz from scratch based on how artist studios and artists actually work. We weren’t interested in copying the one-size-fits-all model,” Clements comments. “We grew organically based on customer and staff feedback. The result is the most diverse, authentic and social painting experience around.”
Their innovative approach means ArtJamz can reach beyond the industry’s target demographic of women 25 to 40.
“Most paint and sip brands started in the suburbs and target women 25 to 40. ArtJamz started in the city. We cater to a more diverse clientele. Women are our main consumers, but we are family-friendly and have a loyal following amongst men and seniors. Art is age-agnostic. So are we. We’re proud of our diverse customer base and team.” Clements explains.
ArtJamz was recently named an age-friendly business by the Washington DC Economic Partnership. It hosts family friendly hours during the weekends from noon to 6pm.
The ArtJamz Virginia Underground Studio in Crystal City opens July 15th, 2016. Online tickets are on sale at artjamz.co. Experiences cost from $20 to $40 per person. Customers are charged separately for studio time and canvas. In Virginia studio time includes paints, art materials, easel and smock rental, art instruction and wine or beer. Arty add-ons like artist mustaches and berets are also available. The full menu is available here.
Photos by Anchyi Wei Photography.
Unleash Your Inner Artist!® at the ArtJamz® Academy with unique guided art classes that encourage original artwork.
At the ArtJamz Academy we creatively enable everyone from first-time painters to aspiring and established professionals at our guided art classes in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Select the program that fits your artistic level and start expanding your artistic horizons.
ArtJamz Academy classes provide guided instruction but we still encourage adding an individual (or team) twist. We typically focus on a specific artist, technique or genre and explore it, offering an example for reference and inspiration, but encouraging serendipity and originality.
View pricing and upcoming classes here.
Reservations are highly recommended. Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and access is dependent upon space and availability.
The ArtJamz Academy’s mission is to provide affordable and accessible training and workshops for first-time painters and working artists alike while facilitating the ongoing development of the local creative community. Plus, since ArtJamz® is America’s original public art studio and lounge, there will always be wine, beer and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages available for liquid inspiration in the artist lounge.
Interested in teaching a class or proposing an idea? Email firstname.lastname@example.org