Where Art Thou: Sip & Gogh (Kapitolyo)

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo Philippines entrance

What can I say about Sip & Gogh aside from being a magical place? No, it is not a-place-where rainbow-unicorns-freely-prance-around type of magical place. Ever since 2012, Sip & Gogh is a place where anyone can paint their hearts out and discover their inner Vincent van Gogh! The best part, there is no painting skills required! It is a cozy studio where anyone can explore their creative side with fellow art enthusiasts and loved ones while sipping on one of their delightful beverages. You will learn how to paint as there are legit instructors in their paintings sessions, and of course, workshops. We are very thankful for Christopher Cruz and the other co-owners for bringing this unique concept to the Philippines! 😍

For the longest time, I have been dreaming of becoming a visual artist. Or at least, to learn how to create sculptures, to paint using different mediums, and to make beautiful photographs and videos. And when I heard of Sip & Gogh years ago, spending an afternoon in their studio has been part of my wish list. Every important occasion that would pass by, I would say to myself, ‘I want to spend *insert any celebration here* at Sip & Gogh!’ However, my brain kept on telling me that shelling out Php1,000 for a painting session is absurd.

But, the heart always wins!

When Via and I reserved for an Open Session at the Kapitolyo branch, we were ecstatic. Just imagine how we felt when we arrived at their studio. Beyond words, I tell you. 😂

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo wine

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo Via Francesca Mateo

Sip & Gogh House Rules:

1. Paint: uncork your creativity
2. Sip: your first drink is on us, please don’t drink the paint water.
3. Laugh: have fun!

As we entered their studio in Capitol Commons, their house rules are the first thing that you will see. Honestly, I cannot argue with their rules. In fact, we are more than happy to comply. Also, Vincent van Gogh references are hard to miss. There’s the Sunflowers, some self-portraits, and of course, the humongous Starry Night that occupied one wall! Just imagine how much we would squeal if we see the real masterpieces.

And to the right of their counter, Sip & Gogh merchandise are displayed on their shelves.

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo painting gallery

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo painting gallery

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo gallery painting

Since we opted for an Open Session, a class where you are free to choose which artwork to replicate, the resident instructors (all graduates of Fine Arts major in Painting) asked us to choose what we would like to paint from their gallery. The variety of paintings to choose from was so wide that the gallery occupied one whole wall, and their floor, too! After pretending to canvass their gallery, we asked the resident painter (Shout-out to Kuya Jaja! Holler!) if we could paint the ‘Starry Night’.

Our conversation goes something like this:

Via: Kuya, pwede po ba ‘yung ‘Starry Night’?
Elaine: Ako rin, kuya!
Resident Painter: Ma’am, anong ‘Starry Night’ po ni van Gogh ang gusto niyo, ‘yung simplified o complicated?
Via & Elaine: Kuya, ‘yung complicated na po. (Said with conviction)
Resident Painter: Sure kayo, Ma’am? Kaya niyo po ba in three hours? Nakapag-acrylic na ba kayo dati? Mas madali naman po gamitin yung acrylic. Iba lang ang viscosity niya sa watercolor.
(Enter self-doubt)
Via & Elaine: Watercolor pa lang po ang natry namin.
(Thinks for 10 seconds. Some internal deliberation with each other)
Via & Elaine: Sige, Kuya. Challenge accepted na!

Here is a loose English translation of the conversation:

Via: Is it okay if we choose the ‘Starry Night’?
Elaine: Me, too!
Resident Painter: Ma’am, which ‘Starry Night’ of van Gogh do you want to paint? The simplified or the complicated version?
Via & Elaine: The complicated version. (Said with conviction)
Resident Painter: Are you sure, Ma’am? Can you do it in three hours? Have you tried acrylic painting before? Acrylic is easier to use compared to watercolor. It has a different viscosity compared to watercolor.
(Enter self-doubt)
Via & Elaine: We have only tried watercolor.
(Thinks for 10 seconds. Some internal deliberation with each other)
Via & Elaine: Sure. Challenge accepted!

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo painting

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo sketching

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo materials paint brushes

After choosing the painting we wanted to replicate, we were taken to our seats. Kuya Jaja provided us the apron, canvas, acrylic paint, palette, pencil, brushes and water. And then, we put on our aprons with witty van Gogh reference and our game face on! After staring at our reference and beginning to question our choice of painting, Kuya Jaja taught us how to sketch, to start the painting and to use the acrylic. Let the acrylic learning (even if we chose to paint something incredibly complicated for a first-timer) begin! As the art genius honored by the Paint and Sip studio would say:

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

Vincent Van Gogh

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo Elaine Valerie Ramos painting

During our six hours we spent in the studio, we learned a lot of things. By the way, thank you resident instructors for not kicking us out after the three-hour mark. 😁

Elaine’s Random Thoughts

❺ Do not injure dominant hand before going to a Paint and Sip Studio! Painting with a sprained wrist is quite painful. Endure all for the love of the game! 😆 (Ano daw?!)
❹ My heart has room to love both watercolor and acrylic!
❸ My neck and back needs me to buy a desk easel.
❷ I want to seek a mentor and learn new things. Will anyone teach me how to paint? Pretty please!
❶ Someday, I want to own or co-own a studio where anyone can enjoy learning new things. #SundaeScoopsStudio #PuttingItOutInTheUniverse

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo Via Francesca Mateo painting

Via’s Random Thoughts

❺ I haven’t finished hoarding watercolor tubes but should I start buying acrylic paint stuff, too? #GottaTryThemAll (parang Pokemon lang!) #ResidentArtSupplyHoarder
❹ I think I need to find an easel. #LolaVibes in the air
❸ Do you guys know somebody who can teach me on different art mediums? Shout out to painters of oil/acrylic and ceramic potters! Looks like somebody wants to try ceramic and paint the final product, too!
❷ Never doubt yourself. Life begins outside the comfort zone. We’re so used to watercolor and even though it took us some time to reflect on finally doing it… who said we can’t do acrylic?
❶ Somewhere, someday, I want everyone to experience, learn, and have fun with art, all at the same time. #SundaeScoopsStudio will be. SOON. #PuttingItOutInTheUniverse

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo Starry Night finished vincent van gogh painting

Sip & Gogh is definitely a place where  you will learn and experience something new.

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

Vincent Van Gogh

At the start of the afternoon, I felt self-doubt even before I put one brush stroke on the blank canvas. There were multitude of times when I regretted choosing to paint something complicated, especially when it is my first time trying acrylic. There were times when Via and I were telling each other, “Ginusto natin ito!” (We wanted this, endure the frustration!)

But staying one whole afternoon in the studio had more magical moments. There were times when I was just enraptured by how happy the colors mix. And then there were times when I was just thinking of how wonderful the way the acrylic sticks on the canvas and create beautiful happy paint ridges! Of course, there were times when I was just consumed by the calmness of creating one brush stroke after the other. (More random thoughts: Am I beginning to sound like Bob Ross? 👦 There ought to be a better emoji for the legend.)

And in the end, we really enjoyed our afternoon learning new things in the studio! We were more than happy and proud of what we have accomplished! And to add to the ecstasy, we have our own damn ‘Starry Night’ displayed in our houses! 😀

Sundae Scoops goes to Sip and Gogh kapitolyo final acrylic painting of Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Thank you so much, Sip and Gogh Kapitolyo! Until the next time!

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Sip & Gogh is located at 2/F ACE Hotel and Suites, United St. corner Brixton St. Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Philippines. For inquiries, contact +63 (2) 632-0069 or +63(2) 977 804-4384. They can also be reached via email: info@sipandgogh.com. For more information regarding their painting sessions and workshops, or for reservations; check out sipandgogh.com/kapitolyo. Also, drop by their social media accounts, Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter!

Sip & Gogh also has other branches such as Ayala Heights, Eastwood and Alabang. Drop by the nearest branch and experience the joy of painting!

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