Love is in the Air…Happy February!

February is Here

It’s February and we know that there are a few types of people out there this time of year. Well, we’re happy to say that Stickman is here for all your Valentine’s or Anti-Valentine’s or simply just no interest in Valentine’s Day needs and wants!

We’re offering a wide variety of painting classes this month, and we definitely hope to see you at one!

Click Here to be redirected to our full schedule of classes.


Facebook Live Events

We love these events because they’re great for A.) anyone who doesn’t want to leave their house on these cold February nights but who still want to paint with us and B.) anyone who wants to paint with us but isn’t in the area!

Facebook Live events offer the same great classes we provide in person but they’re from the comfort of your own home. You’ll get a two hour, in-depth class taught by one of our great instructors who will be answering questions and providing feedback all along the way.

Our next one is happening February 7, so book your spot now!

If you want to sign up or need more information, Click Here.

Giving Back

Stickman Painting Studio loves giving back to our community. We are so thankful for all the great opportunities to give a little something back.

Our Paint Your Pet nights offer us exactly that!

These are a great experience and a great way to give back to your community as well. Portions of proceeds from each sign up for these nights go directly to the charity specified on the sign-up link. You get to take home a beautiful creation of your special furball all while helping other animals in need. If you’re looking for more information or to sign up:
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Australian Bushfire Relief Charity Event

Another great thing that we here at Stickman are doing is a fundraising event happening next month March 11 to raise money for the Australian Bushfires. We are sending 1/2 of all our proceeds from this event to a relief fund in hopes of helping the wildlife recover from the fires that have been burning across Australia.

This is a great event for a great cause. If you want to sign up to ensure your spot,
Click Here.

Private Parties

We love booking private parties and offer easy and quick booking for events. Take a peak below to see what we offer.
We also can set up a special event just for you. Whatever your needs are, we are sure that we can meet them!

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Click Here to be directed to our booking page.


“Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere—you only have to look to see it.” – Bob ross


Welcome to 2020!

Happy New Year Everyone!
We’re so happy to see you back again for another year.


We’re sure we’re not the first ones to welcome you into the New Year, but we wanted to welcome you none the less. Everyone at Stickman Painting Studio is excited to see you at any one or even multiple of our upcoming 2020 events!

We have all our classic classes still around, but we have some great new designs so be sure to check out our Upcoming Schedule to see if there’s anything you want to sign up for. There are spots still open, but be sure to get yours before they fill up!

Paint Your Pet Night


We know that our Paint You Pet nights are super popular, so we’ve added some more to our upcoming schedule. These fill up very fast, so be sure to grab your spot quick!

This event is a great one to sign up for since portions of our proceeds for the night go directly to charity. What better way to support a great cause than by painting your own furry friend?
We couldn’t think of anything better either.

Click Here for all sign up options!

Facebook Live

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We decided to try something new this year, and we absolutely loved it, so it’s definitely sticking around!

We realize that not everyone wants to leave their home to come paint with us, especially in the dead of winter, so we created an event you can attend right in the comfort of your own home!

This is also great for patrons who want to paint with us, but aren’t in our area. Now you can paint with us no matter where you are! Get a group together or join us with just yourself. Anyone is welcome and we’re so ready to see you on the interweb.

Click Here for more details.
Be aware the price is decreased for this type of class since you will have to purchase your own supplies.

Meet Up

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Have you heard of the Meet Up website? Well, if you have and you’re looking for something to do in the Milwaukee area we have some great upcoming events!

This is another great new thing we’re trying out in the 2020 and we’re hoping to offer a great place for anyone to join us for our meet ups and have a great time.

Information for these events are found only on the Meet Up site, so if you already have an account with them, Join Our Group and if you’re not on the website yet, here’s where you can Sign Up.

We have so many great events coming up. We can’t wait to see you at one!




Happy Holidays

Hi Everyone! 

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We have had a very exciting year at Stickman Painting Studio, and we know that it wouldn’t have been the same without all of you!

As we approach the new year, we want to pause for a moment to say THANK YOU to all our loyal patrons as well as to everyone new who joined us along the way!


To everyone who came out to celebrate the holidays with us, we are grateful that we were able to share our joy and celebration with you. But not only around Christmas are we happy about this; we are always incredibly grateful to share our time with you year round celebrating anything from holidays to birthdays to a night out with loved ones.

Stickman Painting Studio started out like any other company as nothing more than an idea, and we could not be happier that there are so many people out there willing to share this idea with us and cause it to grow in so many ways.

We love coming to work every day to make each person who walks through our door smile and teach them something new while having a great time.


Your smiling faces are what bring us to work everyday and make us love what we do. Spreading joy and laughter with people we care about is not just something we save for special occasions; it’s something that we strive to do every day and in as many ways as we can every time we set up an event and wait for people like you to join us.

There is so much that we are grateful for here at Stickman, but the greatest thing is


We would not be here doing what we love without your support.
And with that support we hope we can keep moving forward in doing what we love to bring you more of what you love.

As always, we have events coming up, and we can’t wait to see you in the New Year to continue to celebrate everything we are so blessed to have.

Until then, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.
We’ll see you soon ♥


Get to Know the Team: Ashley Hain

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a blog post, but we’re happy to be back with a new one this week!

Recently, we’ve started introducing our team on here, starting with our awesome CEO Stacey Ball. This week we’re moving on to introducing another member of our team: Ashley Hain who is our Social Media Expert. She answered a few questions so that you can all get to know her a little better.

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1. So, what exactly does a Social Media Expert do?

I work with Stacey to find ways to help her business grow and reach new people through our social media platforms that include our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You also may have guessed that I am the one who writes the blog for Stickman, which I do! I also travel to some events throughout the month and take photos that I share on our various social media platforms.

2. What made you want to become part of Stickman Painting Studio?

I’ve known Stacey for a while now, having worked with her at my day job for about a year. So, when she approached me about joining her team, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. She created a position for me, and I am forever grateful to be a part of this great team!

3. What do you do outside of Stickman Painting Studio?

I work full-time at Starbucks and also work as an independent contractor. I went to school for a conglomeration of writing, editing, and publishing, so I am always looking for new opportunities in my field. I also hope to publish my own novel and collection of poetry at some point in the (hopefully near) future. As well, I’m slowly getting into photography and run my own travel blog + instagram that I update not as frequently as I would like. Photography, traveling, and writing are passions of mine, and I’m glad that Stickman Painting Studio recognizes my talents and allows me to work on things I already love doing.

4. What is your favorite part of working for Stickman Painting Studio?

Stacey is an awesome manager to be working under, but mainly my favorite part is that working for Stickman is just downright fun. There’s always something new and interesting to post about and Stacey always puts on great events. Attending them, writing about them, and promoting them doesn’t even feel like work. It’s a great company to be a part of.

5. Are you an artist or artistic in any way?

Not in the way that Stacey and her team are, but writing and photography are artistic in their own ways. Still, I have been taught by Stacey that anyone can paint! It is true that even if you think you can’t draw a stick man to save your life, you can actually paint much, much more! I’ve painted more than what I thought I was capable of with Stacey as an instructor.

6. What are you looking forward to in the future with Stickman Painting Studio?

I am looking forward to watching Stickman continue to grow as more and more people learn that we’re out here and that signing up for a class with us is just downright fun. I’m excited to learn more and new ways to help Stacey promote her business and more ways that we can reach people to let them know that we’re here and ready to teach you how to paint.

7. What are some of your hobbies?

I enjoy writing and photography as previously mentioned, but I also really enjoy traveling. I’ve been to nearly 40 states and 11 countries, many more than once. I love getting out and experiencing new things. I also love hiking and enjoying nature. There are some really great hiking trails in Wisconsin and I’m happy that it’s getting warmer out again so that I can get back out there. I’ll try just about anything once and am always looking for new adventures.

8. Did you always know you wanted to be working in this line of work?

Not at all. I was a child of many dreams jumping from wanting to be a teacher, to an actress, to a doctor, to a singer…the list was endless. It wasn’t until I was 17 when my life goals really started to become clear. I wanted to be so many things, and I ended up finding a passion that would be able to let me be anything I wanted. I don’t mean this in the literal sense, but choosing the path of being a writer has given me opportunities to explore and experience so many things. I get a little taste of everything without having to choose just one path. There’s always something new around the corner, and I’m excited to see where this continues to take me in life.

9. What do you like most about the Stickman Painting Studio?

I love the team. They’re all so incredibly friendly and have a desire to actually teach people how to paint. I always feel inspired when I work with Stacey, as well as the team, on new projects. There’s constantly something new to learn and experience. The Stickman Painting Studio run awesome classes that are so much fun to attend, and I love seeing people coming out and joining them. There’s always a smile on my face when I’m doing work for Stickman, and I don’t think there’s much more I could ask for out of a company that I’m working for.

10. Why would you recommend Stickman Painting Studio for people looking for something to do on a weeknight or weekend?

There’s never a dull moment, and the Stickman Team will always bring out the best in you. Even if you think that you can’t paint, I can assure you that Stacey and Her Team will make sure that you realize you can. Plus, not only do you get to come and enjoy a night or afternoon of painting, you get to take home your piece to remind yourself that you can do this! It’s always a fun atmosphere, and I honestly cannot recommend Stacey’s studio enough. And, I’m not just saying this. I was a customer before I was an employee and there was always something that kept me coming back for more. I think any person would feel the same way after their first experience. There’s always something new and fun going on to experience here at Stickman, and I want you to be a part of it!

We hope you liked learning more about Ashley. We’ll be back soon with something new to talk about or another Staff Member to introduce.
And as always we encourage you to contact us with any questions or book with us. We always love seeing both new and returning faces at events!


Artist Feature: Washington Allston

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Washington Allston

was a painter who studied most well-known in England as well as Rome, but took most of his inspiration from England, especially from a popular artist at the time named Claude. Allston was enthralled with the idea of the new world and all the beauty as well as emptiness it had to offer. He was born on a small farm in South Carolina and eventually found himself studying at Harvard before setting sail for England and then further traveling Europe from there.

Allston took much of his inspiration from Romanesque features such as landscapes as well as pavilions that can be seen in some of his other works, such as the one shown below. Allston was an artist of the romantic era explaining why so much sadness can be felt in his painting “Landscape with a Lake” (pictured above). There is a somber sort of effect that can be observed through the lone man standing by a vast body of water with cliffs on the other side as well as in the forefront where mangled tree roots and branches can be seen.

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Alliston was a very successful man and found himself later in life as a professor and also was able to see his twelve paintings displayed in the Boston Athenæum. Painting was not his life’s dedication, but was something he was proud of. As well as painting and teaching, Alliston is also a published poet.

Storm Rising at Sea, 1804

Alliston painted many scenes from the darkness of the one painted above to the brightness of the one painted below. He was clearly a very studied artist and took enjoyment in his work, playing with shadows and highlights as well as focussing incredibly on detail as seen in both his landscapes as well as his portraits.

Alliston took inspiration from wherever he could get it, as is quite clearly shown above as well as below. The scene in the top painting could arguably be taken from the experience of sailing abroad on his trips to England and Europe, and in the painting below we see a studied piece from a different kind of artist, a poet and writer as Shakespeare was, which he would have no doubt studied at university. Alliston had a knack for taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary.

Scene from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, undated

Looking at Alliston’s paintings, it’s easy to get lost in the details and the color and just the mere skill involved in creating these paintings. This is truly an artist that deserves more recognition than history has given him. Perhaps if we start talking about him more, more people will know about the wonderful paintings he contributed to the world.

If you want to learn more about this man and his life, click here to visit his wikipedia page.

Get to Know the Team: Stacey Ball

Hey everyone! We thought it would be a great idea to use this blog as an opportunity to introduce you to the members of our team. For the next few weeks, some of our new post will feature a different member so that you can get to know us better.
This week we’re starting off with none other than our lovely Manager, Stacey Ball! She’s a great person, a great boss, and a wonderful teacher. Here’s maybe a few things you didn’t know about her.
1. Let’s start with an introduction. What do you want your pupils to know about you?
Hey there! I’m Stacey, Owner of Stickman Painting Studio. I’ve been working in the Paint and Sip industry for over five years and have loved every minute of it. I have been creative since I can remember, and I love drawing and painting. I also dabble in writing. My writing is mainly fiction, but I did have a piece of non fiction published in an anthology a few years ago. I love teaching people how to paint and finding the inner artist inside them that they didn’t even know was there. When I’m not working, I’m hanging with my Italian Greyhound Stanley, spending time with my 2 nephews, and trying to socialize, which is hard in the adulting world!
2. What made you want to start Stickman Painting Studio? 
I started Stickman the end of March 2018. I had the desire to open my own business a few years back but then decided not to. When the studio I managed up and closed without warning last January, the thought did cross my mind again, and here we are!
3. What is your favorite part of running the Stickman Business?
I’d have to say my favorite part of owning a business has to be seeing how it continues to grow. I have been working really hard and have an amazing team as well that is helping Stickman grow and become a well known studio in the area! I couldn’t do this without my team, and I love working with them and helping them grow in the business as well as in their personal lives.
4. Did you always know you wanted to be a painter? Any significant experiences that led you to this point that you want to share?
I didn’t originally want to be a painter. The Disney Animation Studio, when it was still a working one in Florida was what made me want to be an artist. I did want to be a Disney animator for a very long time, but as I got older, my dream changed to be an artist. My focus in college was drawing. I have a BFA in it, but I took many painting classes. After graduating college, I worked in many school enrichment programs, loving working with kids and teaching in a non traditional manner. I also worked in corporate America as a graphic designer for almost 6 years. I wasn’t in love with that job; it was a blessing in disguise when my position at the company I worked at was eliminated. After that, I still continued to work in school enrichment programs, but I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do forever. It was a fateful look on craigslist that I found a job with the studio I was at prior to starting Stickman Painting Studio. I’m so happy I found that job, because it has led me to where I am today!
5. What has been one of your favorite experiences with Stickman?
Besides getting to work with some amazing people and teaching those who don’t paint normally how, one of my favorite experiences happened back in October. I was at an event where people could paint pumpkins. A lady who decided to paint one, asked me what company I was with. When I told her Stickman, she said she had heard of us and asked if we were a franchise. At this point we were only in business about six months, and at that point I knew my team and I were doing something right and were moving in the right direction.
6. What advice would you give to a new painter who wants to try this for the first time?
My advice to anyone who wants to try this who doesn’t normally paint is to not be hard on yourself. This experience is supposed to be a fun one while you are also learning. If you are really nervous, take a deep breath. Try not to self sabotage either. Complaining doesn’t help the painting and it keeps you in a negative mindset.
7. What is your favorite event to host?
I love the Happy Landscape Events. They focus around the painter Bob Ross. We have a cardboard cutout of him. We tell the class information on Bob and quote him throughout the event. Everyone can come wearing a Bob shirt or a wig. Some have event brought happy trees to the event.
8. What are you most excited for in Stickman’s near future?
The thing I’m most excited for is to see where Stickman is going. I do have ideas in my head, but I’m excited to see what this experience truly has in store for us.
9. What do you hope people take away from a class at Stickman Painting Studio? (Besides their beautiful new piece of art, of course!)
The most important thing I hope people take away with them is that they learned something while also having fun.
10. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever gotten is to not let anyone rain on your parade. Follow your dreams, no matter how crazy they might be. Listening to someone’s negative banter about something you’re passionate about can deter you from your path. You know in your heart where you want to go and that’s all that matters. Someone’s negative advice and disbelief in what you want is a reflection of them and their beliefs and not yours.

We hope you liked learning more about Stacey. Next week we’ll be featuring another one of our awesome team members, so stick around!
And as always we encourage you to contact us with any questions or book with us. We always love seeing both new and returning faces at events.

10 Interesting Facts About 10 Different Artists You May Not Have Known

Did You Know?

Did you know Georgia O’Keefe didn’t always live in the American Southwest? Did you know Edward Hopper was an inspiration to Alfred Hitchcock. Many well-known artists have lived some exciting lives, even if they may not have known it at the time. Here’s a list of a few facts you may not have previously known about, maybe even, your favorite artists.

1. Georgia O’Keeffe

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Known more for her elaborate flowers, but also a great influence in creating Southwestern scenes, Georgia O’Keeffe did not always call New Mexico her home. In fact, she is native to Wisconsin and lived in many places from New York to Texas before finally settling down in New Mexico after the death of her husband in 1946.

2. Vincent van Gogh

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Van Gogh is most likely a name anyone would recognize. However, that wouldn’t have happened during the time he was actually painting. Known as the village drunk or the crazy person who lived on the edge of town, Van Gogh didn’t actually start painting until he was 27, quite an old age during the late 1800s.

3. Leonardo da Vinci

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Most famous artists are lacking in the education department and Leonardo was no different. He grew up in the Tuscany countryside and spent most of his time outdoors exploring and observing the ways of nature. He never received any sort of formal education and got by on some minor homeschooling from his parents until he became an artist’s apprentice in his teenage years.

4. Jackson Pollock

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Not all artists are uneducated; many did find themselves at school and others even at universities studying the nature of their trade. Pollock was one of them. Despite his fame now, Pollock spent much of his spare time as a young adult in Big Pines, California, working as a lumberjack to pay for his tuition and make his way through art school.

5. Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol was a strange man, but his artwork was sure popular. His interesting take on pop art was one of the driving forces of the movement. Even stranger than his many paintings of Campbell’s soup is the fact that his favorite thing to buy himself was nothing other than underwear. He took great joy in purchasing what he wore under his clothes.

6. Michaelangelo

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Pictured above we see one of what is, most likely, one of Michelangelo’s most famous works, other than perhaps his sculpture of David. However, if it wasn’t for another famous painter name Raphael, Michelangelo would never have been given the opportunity to paint this famous scene. He was a young kid at the time spending most of him time sculpting. Raphael told Pope Julius II to hire Michelangelo in the hopes of him doing a terrible job to prove that the young new artists of the day weren’t all they were getting praised to be, which turned out to be, quite possibly, one of the biggest backfires in history.

7. Pablo Picasso

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Picasso is a renowned famous painter known for his strange abstract view on shapes and how they fit together in his paintings. He has a keen eye for observing life in a strange new way that maybe not everyone can understand. Even so, he took his surrealist outlook and applied it to more than just artwork. Picasso also dabbled in poetry, writing over 300 poems that are known about as well as two plays. An artist all around.

8. Edward Hopper

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Known for his classic diner and cafe scenes, you may not have guessed that Edward Hopper was actually an inspiration to Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock was something of an art nerd, if you will, and found Hopper’s “House by the Railroad” particularly moving (pictured below). He took the painting and used it as inspiration for the Bates house in none other than his incredibly popular film Psycho.

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9. Claude Monet

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Known most well for his serene scenes by water and often including flowers and especially including water lilies, you may not have guessed that Monet spent a year serving in the First Regiment of African Light Calvary. He was drafted at a young age in 1861. His father offered to pay his discharge if he would give up art and take on a reasonable career. Monet refused and served out one year of his seven year draft when he came down with typhoid. His aunt then paid for his discharge as well as for his tuition to art school in Paris.

10. Salvador Dali

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Like Picasso, Dali was another artist known for his strange approach to art as seen with his odd desert landscape paired with melting clocks. Still, he had something special and a man named Walt Disney saw that talent and decided to collaborate on a project with Dali. They produced a film that was ultimately halted and left unfinished due to WWII. You can actually watch the finished product HERE––The project was finally completed in 1999 but was not fully discovered and finished properly until the early 2000s.

Did You Learn Something?

We hope so! There are many more strange and unusual facts where these came from. Maybe next time you’re at an art museum, you’ll pick an artist, wonder about them, and go home to do your own research on their journey. There’s always something new to discover.

Quotes from Bob Ross We Love

Everyone seems to love Bob Ross. After all, what’s not to love? He’s sweet, understanding, and just wants everyone to try their best. The team here at Stickman Painting Studio is no exception. So, we thought we’d share ten quotes from Bob Ross that we’re absolutely nowhere short of in love with.

These quotes are not only great advice for painting but they’re just generally excellent as life advice in general. Bob Ross always knows the right thing to say to make you feel a little bit better. a little bit brighter, and a lot bit happier.

“In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over is the garbage.”

“Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere—you only have to look to see it.”

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“It’s hard to see things when you are too close. Take a step back and look.”

“You need the dark in order to show the light.”

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“Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.”

“We don’t laugh because we feel good, we feel good because we laugh.”

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“Just go out and talk to a tree. Make friends with it.”

“This is your world. You’re the creator. Find freedom on this canvas. Believe, that you can do it, ‘cuz you can do it.”

“The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.”

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And, of course, who can forget the best one of all? I’m sure you already know which one it’s going to be. But, how could we leave it out?

“There are no mistakes, just happy accidents.”

Tell us your favorite Bob Ross quotes in the comments! We want to know what inspires you in your creativity and in your every day life.