Enjoy cocktails while you create your own art piece guided by an experienced artist! We host painting events at our BYOB art studio at 75 East Court St, Cortland NY as well as mobile events in locally owned bars and hot spots around Central New York. 


View the Event Calendar for upcoming classes!

Instant Artist is a paint and sip experience serving the Cortland and Ithaca surrounding areas. We have a studio in Cortland where you can sign up for a class and BYOB. We also are a traveling painting studio with events in local bars, restaurants, lodges and we can even set up in your HOME.

We provide all necessary materials and step by step instruction for you to create a specific painting project that you take home at the end of the event…. and all while sipping on your favorite beverage.

NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY… events are taught with first time painters in mind. Paintings events usually last approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.

What better way to celebrate a birthday, bachelorette party, bridal shower, baby shower, girls night out, children’s party, fundraisers, corporate team building, or family reunions, then painting socially with your friends!

Fun Facts

Founded: 2014


Owner Operated
(+ we are not a franchise)


$50,000+ Donated Back to Local Charities


Started as 100% mobile & now have a brick & mortar studio in Cortland, NY as of Oct 2017.

Meet the Artists


Melissa Guyette is the owner and founder behind Instant Artist. Originally from Homer, NY, Melissa has spent the last 15 years painting pet portrait commissions in Dallas, TX but had been longing to get out of the studio and back to her roots. In June of 2014, she moved back to Central New York to bring the fun, playful paint and sip event concept to her hometown area. She’s excited to help support other local business owners with mobile events, non-profits for fundraising, and bringing a fun creative flair into the lives of her fellow Central New Yorkers.


Leddy Sullivan, a native upstate New Yorker, studied Fine Art/Art History at the Lesley College of Art and Design in the Boston area. Leddy has loved art all her life and enjoys mixing the abstract with the realistic within her own paintings. Working mostly in oil and acrylic paint, Leddy draws inspiration from the abundance of nature we have within our area. Currently working towards a Master’s degree in education, Leddy loves teaching all ages. She believes that art is for everyone, it is more about the process of creating then the destination of the final piece!

Stacey Goldyn graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a BA in Fine Art/Art History and from University of Oregon with an MS in Arts Administration. Her artistic foci have always been painting and textile design, with intensive work in Oil Portraiture and Garment Construction. While Stacey’s early career has been filled with non-profit and higher education work, her passion and current employ encompasses all things art and sewing related. Now the owner of Magpie Custom Creations in Cortland, Stacey enjoys teaching and sewing for the local community, and maintains clients all over the USA. She is thrilled to join the Instant Artist family as a back-up instructor, returning to her first love- and the ultimate relaxation- of painting, in support of another fine Cortland Corset Building studio. You can find Stacey on Facebook at MagpieCortland, or visit her website at www.magpiecortland.com.

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