With all the stressful works and obligations that we have to bear on a daily basis and not to mention the personal problems and baggage that we carry everyday, all we really need is a quick escape. We need an outlet to express out our feelings and to unwind ourselves from the stressful environment. Traveling maybe an effective escape from reality but not everyone has an ample of time to spend. It simply takes a lot of preparation and not everyone can afford leaving their work for a week or so.
Interestingly, I discovered another effective way to unwind without consuming much of your valuable time and that is through art. Art can be manifested in many forms! Painting is a form of art and so as sculpting. Dancing and singing are both considered arts too! So how can someone relieve himself from stress by simply being creative?Painting for an instance is more than just a hobby. It helps you in so many ways. By focusing on what you do, you can easily avoid distractions that stress you. In addition to that, you can also alleviate stress by channeling your emotions through your drawings or sketches. Sometimes, those feelings that we keep inside can be expressed through art.
I’m not an artist, I am not creative, how can I make a masterpiece? Some of you might come up with such question and self-doubts but let me remind you that all of us are born as artists and we are all creative in our own special way. The only problem is that most of us created a standard to determine which art is good and which art is not. It doesn’t mean that when you start something, you will instantly end up with something magnificent. Like what Vincent Van Gogh said “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together“. So if you think you made a mistake on your first art, then there’s plenty of time for you to correct it until you come up of what you can confidently called “a masterpiece”.
So how can you start with this kind of art therapy? You cannot just buy a piece of canvass and a bunch of paint tools and start painting. Sometimes, you need to get the right atmosphere (a quiet and peaceful one) to get the right mood or better yet you can visit this paint studio that I recently discovered. It is called “Sip & Gogh“, a unique studio that combines art instructions and appreciation and quality food and drink services. A very unique concept indeed that offers to give you an out of the box experience that will help you unleash your inner creativity!
As what the title of the business suggests, Sip & Gogh took the inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh‘s fascinating life story and masterpiece. I was able to visit their newest branch in Century City Mall along with other bloggers and we were warmly welcomed by Ms Grace Marasigan (CEO), a young and business minded woman and a caring mom. Upon entering the studio, we were greeted by a very cozy atmosphere adorned with so many Van Gogh Paintings displayed on the shelves.
Van Gogh Paintings on display
We arrived late but we were greatly accommodated by their friendly staffs. We were introduced to Sir Noel, their Artist for the Day who taught us everything we need to know from scratch. We were given our aprons along with a palette filled with colorful paints and brushes. The blank canvass was placed in front of us and we were all encouraged to unleash our inner creativity by painting an artwork that is inspired from “Alley By The Lake” of Leonid Afremov, a world reknown artist.
Sir Noel, one of the friendly Art instructors of Sip & Gogh in Century City Mall, Makati
The very approachable Sir Noel guided us all throughout the process and he patiently taught us all the techniques we need to know. It didn’t take us so long to produce a masterpiece and our session ended up for less than two hours. It was truly a rewarding experience especially when you see your finished artwork. It doesn’t really matter if it ended not exactly as you want it t be but considering that you exerted your time and effort with it, it is a kind of craft that you can hang on your wall and confidently brag about it saying “hey I made that!”. Yes! You’ll bring home your own art after your session!
Sip & Gogh is more than just a painting studio. Aside from the cozy atmosphere, they also allow their participants to enjoy their sessions with their complimentary drink and appetizer snacks. You can also bring your own bottle of wine too (with minimal corkage fee to be applied).
The sip and paint studio is more than just a place that will provide you the kind of escape you are looking but it can also be an outlet for many other things. Ms Grace Marasigan shared her own story with us and what really inspires her to franchise Sip & Gogh and establish a branch in the Metro. Her lovely daughter was her inspiration which started when she took her daughter in one of the Sip & Gogh branches and was amused on how her daughter appreciated such craft at such a young age.
Ms Grace Marasigan , CEO of Sip & Gogh Century City Mall Branch
Sip & Gogh also offers wide range of services and their painting sessions are very ideal for corporate team buildings, birthday parties, reunions and even Christmas parties! Their open sessions are also a great outlet to socialize with other people and make friends!
Group of bloggers who attended the event along with sir Noel, Ms Grace Marasigan and Ms Grace Nicolas of Tag Media
In order to register for a session, simply visit their site at SipAndGogh.com, select the branch you prefer and check for their “calendar” and choose the painting date you desire. Please be mindful that the cost depends on the session you wish to attend so make sure to check their calendars for more details. They also allow Walk-in guests as long as there is still available slots for that session.
Tadah! My Masterpiece
For more details, feel free to visit their site at https://www.sipandgogh.com/CenturyMall
Also check their Facebook Page for more updates : https://www.facebook.com/sipandgoghcenturycitymakati/