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 or we can bring the party to you around Central New York with a mobile event! 

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 and can set up private 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.

Becky Glover was born and raised in Cortland, New York. She has always had a love for art and crafting since she was in grade school. She gained all her interest from her mother while watching her prep projects and lesson plans for an afterschool program. During highschool her passion grew stronger as she learned new techniques in class, and helped start the first Art Club in McGraw. Within the past few years she has attended about 30 different paint classes here at Instant artist and other Paint and Sip franchises and has always dreamed about standing at the easel in front of the class teaching. She truly believes that anyone can become an “Instant Artist”! 

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Erin Potter is a self-taught artist from Binghamton, NY working mainly with acrylic paint and photography. As an avid hiker and traveler, she gains inspiration from nature as well as the beautiful places and people of the world. Besides art, Erin has many interests including yoga, animals, education, and science. She received her Bachelors in Meteorology from SUNY Oneonta, attended University of Delaware for graduate school but currently finishing her Masters in Geosciences online through Mississippi State. Many of her paintings involve elements from what she has learned about the natural world. Her goal is to gain exposure for her art, while also supporting other local artists.


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