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Art of Merlot – Klimt’s The Kiss Painting Class

Date Info: 
Art of Merlot- BYOB Painting Class
Price: $45 per person- but we wait for the quarterly Groupon for BOGO Free.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
We’re the Whitings, and we like to paint!
We are always game for dates that involve painting classes. Neither one of us are very artistic, so when a teacher can bring out our inner artists we are always thankful!
We’ve been to The Art of Merlot many times, we go whenever a Groupon pops up, and it’s amazing how this date never gets old and every painting is a new challenge. We branched out from our usual Van Gogh and tried Klimt’s “The Kiss” instead. Surprisingly we enjoyed it even more than our other paintings!
Maybe it was the ability to relax a little, maybe the different style, or maybe this was just one of those perfect get out of the heat dates. But we both decided we’d hang one of these in our home proudly!

We also had the talented Lydia of Photography Hill follow along to get some moments shots. More on that in this post.

I love that she captured our jokes, our progress in action, and the act that you can’t deny that all married couples end up becoming each other. I mean we’re even leaning in unison these days.




When I was a kid and asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the reply was always “An Artist.” It took only a few years and school classes to realize it wasn’t in my making. Math calculations and communication were more my forte- so a project manager it was. But I’m grateful for dates that let your inner childhood dreams feel like a reality, even if only for a few hours!





It was really fun to have a small, intimate class. We all were able to add a little of our own twist to the painting- which was really cool to see at the end!

We highly recommend this class to anyone in Phoenix looking for a really unique date/girl’s night/etc.

When taking posed pics Jacob was like- “Wait, is this a horizontal painting? Is this a little scandalous?” I guess you could hang it that way if you’re into that kind of thing.


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  1. Kristine@thefoleyfam says:

    What a fun date night idea! Nate and I will have to look around and see if our town offers one!

  2. Gymbags Gladrags says:

    What a great idea for date night! Your paintings look fantastic too 🙂

  3. Rebekah Clarke says:

    Awesome date night idea!! Going to look for something like this locally!

  4. We just did this as a date night and it was so fun!

  5. i have never been to an art class. looks like fun!

  6. Lisa H. @ The Everyday Celiac says:

    I love The Kiss, and how perfect for a date night! Out of curiosity–what do you do with the duplicate painting, and how do you decide which one to hang?

  7. The Magnifying Glass says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! 😀

  8. Jenn @ hellorigby! says:

    Oh what a fun date idea! I'll have to see if we have something similar in our area 🙂

  9. mmm , that's a great date idea.

  10. Laura, The Start of a Good Life says:

    how fun this looks!!! Would probably have to be a girls' night as i'm not sure my hubby would go for it!