Be a Paint Monkey - The Waterfront
228 West Bridge Street, Homestead, PA, 15120

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are your current hours of operation?

    As of September 2023 - our hours are as follows:

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - 12-5pm (Check our calendar to see if there will be an open studio on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - we have our educational programs going on those days.)

    Saturdays - 11am - 7pm (unless we have a class scheduled - check the calendar)

    Sundays - 11am - 4pm

    Mondays we are closed.

  • Can I get a paint kit "to go?" What's included in the kit?

    Yes!  Our paint kits come in two sizes.  Small, which is a 12" x 12" canvas.  A large kit comes on a 16" x 20" canvas. Cost for small kit is $25+tax.  Cost for a large kit is $35+tax. We also have ceramic paint kits which vary in price.

    All paint kits come with a pre-sketched canvas, paints, brushes, a plate for your pallet and some paper towels.  

    You can find the selections on the website under the tab "shop paint kits." This is our online store. At this time, all kits are picked up at the Waterfront studio. 

    We do take requests if you'd like a kit that isn't on our current menu. Let us know which painting you'd like to do from our catalog and we'll make it into a take home kit for you. The cost for this service is $35+tax. Call for more information.

  • What should I know about the open studio hours at The Waterfront?

    Our open studio hours vary from day to day - check our calendar on the website.

    We strongly recommend booking a seat ahead on our class calendar on the website for the open studio. Saturdays and Sundays are especially busy. We will still take walk-ins on these days, but those with a reservation online will have priority.

    All seats in the open studio are $28+tax.

    What is open studio?  It means that each day, we have a specific menu of pre-sketched canvases to choose from. 

    There's no age requirement for the open studio, but kids that are 6+ do better. If you bring in a child that is younger than 6 years old, we ask that you not paint and paint with them.

    There is always an artist on hand to help, but the open studio doesn't include step by step instruction like our regular classes. 

    Each open studio on the calendar will tell you when the last painters will be admitted.  Please allow yourself at least two hours to paint (adults) and 90 minutes for kids.


  • What time should I arrive for class?

    Please refer to "What happens if I am late?

    The doors will open 30 minutes prior to scheduled class time. We suggest that you arrive about 15-20 minutes before class begins to allow for "settling in" time (opening wine, using the rest room, mingling with friends).

  • What kinds of food and drink can we bring into your studio?

    If you come into our open studio, you can bring in beverages. We are BYOB. No food in open studio. You can only bring in food if you're having a private party.

    If you're having a private event (not in the open studio) with us, you can bring in sandwich platters, pizza, snacks. Again, soft drinks, beer and wine are also okay. Again, we ask that you not bring in fast food.

  • Do we all have to paint the same thing?

    For the open studio, the answer is no. You can each select from our very specific menu of paintings (usually between 35-40). 

    For our regular, step-by-step instruction classes, the answer is yes. Our classes are set up for everyone to paint the same picture. We do this for your benefit, so we can guide you through the process.  This doesn't mean you have to all do it the same way.  We encourage you to make it your own. 

  • May I bring a non-painting guest to class to watch me while I paint?

    We understand that sometimes you may come in to paint and maybe grandma just wants to observe. We're okay with this in the open studio - but for our regular classes, we'd rather you not.

    If you are having a private party with us and there are only some that are going to be painting, and you have a large number who will not be painting, there's a $10 charge for each of them.

  • What should I wear?

    We're not painting a house, we are creating a masterpiece!  Wear something that you are comfortable in (not your Sunday best).  We supply aprons for protection against water-based acrylic paint that we use. These paints become water-resistant when they dry.

  • Can we share a canvas?

    The only way we're cool with sharing a canvas, is if you're bringing in a very young child who needs help.  Other than that, no sharing canvases. Everyone should have their own. 

  • What is your bad weather policy?

    If we are there and the class is still being held - and you can't make it, because of bad weather - we will give you a class credit that will be good for 30 days only - No exceptions.  If we have to cancel the class - we will offer you a choice of a  full refund or a class credit.

  • How do I arrange a private party?


    When we are more open to private parties, here are the details:

    We do lots of private parties at Paint Monkey.  There are so many occasions we've celebrated - bachelorette parties, engagements, researsal dinners, bridal showers, adult and kids birthday parties, retirement parties to name a few.  You get to select which painting your group will paint. You will need to call us to see about availability.  A deposit of 3 seats ($120+tax) is due upon booking. Please note that all deposits are non-refundable. Cost is $40+tax per person.

    Minimum number of attendees for private parties is 10.

  • What happens if I am late to class?


    This is for when we actually have in person classes:

    We can't stress this enough!  Please try to be on time.  The doors will open 30 minutes prior to scheduled class time. We suggest that you arrive about 15-20 minutes before class begins to allow for "settling in" time (opening wine, using the rest room, mingling with friends).

    There is no such thing as "fashionably late" here at Paint Monkey. We can usually catch you up if you are just a few minutes late.

    Important note:  If you are more than 40 minutes late, you will be considered a "no show." There is no refund for a "no show" and it will be too late for you to begin painting.  Try to be on time!






  • How can I cancel/change a class if I am within your cancellation policy?

    1) Sign into your on-line account and click on “My Classes  

    2) Find the class you are canceling and click "Change”   

    3) Click on the box in front of the registered name.

    4) Click on the appropriated choice

    When you finish, your account will show an account credit. Refunds are given only as class credit. For your next purchase, the shopping cart will NOT automatically apply the credit and deduct the cost of your purchase from your account credit before it charges your credit card.  YOU MUST CLICK ON THE BUTTON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PAGE “APPLY ACCOUNT CREDIT”.

  • Is it safe to use my credit card on-line ?
    Online payment via credit card is secure, fast, easy and will guarantee that your registration is processed immediately.
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