High Art Classes in Southern California

High Art Classes: 420 Friendly Painting in Southern California

I don’t just paint colorful art, I also teach art classes. Not just any type of art classes but high art classes that are *420 friendly! Or if drinking and painting is more your thing I teach painting sessions at bars and restaurants too! The Paint Sesh allows me to share my love of art, specifically painting, with others. You can check out some of my art I created for The Paint Sesh, in my portfolio!

(*420 friendly: cannabis friendly meaning cannabis intake is not only allowed but strongly encouraged)


The Paint Sesh: Paint and Puff Sesh’s

Long story short…after being an art instructor for a Paint and Sip franchise for several years, I decided to start my own mobile painting party business: The Paint Sesh. But I wanted to add a 420 friendly twist. Cannabis was about to become legal recreationally in California. Why not start high art classes?

The Paint Sesh consists of just me and my boyfriend. A couple of Southern California based artists who wanted to get artsy with other like-minded creatives. Whether you prefer to drink, relax with a little cannabis, or if you’re just looking for night out to paint. We’re a judgement free zone so we welcome everyone to our high art classes or as we like to call them Paint and Puff.


Cannabis Friendly

Coming from a small town in the country of Ohio, I’ll be the first to admit being closed off to anything cannabis or cannabis related. After moving to Southern California and being exposed to other cultures and lifestyles I started to be more open minded to cannabis.

Having anxiety, depression, and been involved in numerous car accidents you could say I can be a bit tense at times. Cannabis helped me to just feel good. When I say “feel good” I mean mentally, physically, and spiritually. I was free. Free from all the negativity and stressed that I’ve grown so accustomed too. Cannabis helped me to find myself.


Why High Art Classes?

When I painted while I was smoking my favorite sativa flower for the first time, everything changed. I felt lighter. It was almost like the paint brush was taking over and I didn’t have to think about anything that was bringing me stress.

That’s when I discovered art is a form of therapy. Adding cannabis to the mix is just the cherry on the top. I had to share this highly creative experience with others. The Paint Sesh provides that experience. Now adults have a 420 friendly creative outlet with other like minded individuals.

And boy, do I LOVE being a painting instructor!

-xoxo, Chelz

Come paint with me in you’re in the Southern California area, at one of my Paint and Puff events with The Paint Sesh.

Happy Buddha The Paint Sesh Painting

Happy Buddha The Paint Sesh Paint and Puff Painting

“Happy Buddha” is going to be scheduled for an upcoming Paint & Puff 420-Friendly Cannabis Event for my mobile painting party business The Paint Sesh, so come paint with me if your out in Inland Empire or Southern California area. I haven’t even started #The100DayProject and I’m already doing all the creative things,  like my “Happy Buddha” The Paint Sesh paint and puff painting that’s how inspired I am! This is gonna be good, I can feel it!

My 100 Day Project challenge is going to be #100DaysofCreatingColorfully where I’m going to just create with vibrant colors, whether it’s painting, drawing, or taking photos! I can’t decide on one medium! See my last post for the deets of my art challenge. I was going to start my art challenge today but I figured why not start with everyone else?! I’d rather be part of the group so we can all encourage and support one another! Let’s do this!

Chelz Franzer Owner of The Paint Sesh

How I started my own business: The Paint Sesh

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From Employee to Business Owner

The Paint Sesh Paint and Puff Event

Instead of being a struggling artist, I decided to start brainstorming other ways to make money and pay the bills…creatively. This is when The Paint Sesh was born.

After working for a painting and drinking franchise for 2 years, I started gaining more knowledge and confidence each time I had to instruct/entertain for each event. From customers wanting to request me for private events and the raving reviews I received after the event, my creative journey started making sense to me. The customers loved me, and I equally loved them… and my job! That’s when I realized that there’s something there.

I started to think to myself more frequently:

“Why am I not doing MY OWN events?! There’s so many things that I would do differently so why not just start MY OWN company?!”

With the not-so-subtle-push from my boyfriend, I started putting things in motion. I began by researching like a crazy person: how to start a business, supplies costs, marketing, etc. Meanwhile, my dude also began to be inspired and started helping me out by creating our website, things were actually happening! The next thing I knew I created my logo and my own concept of what I wanted my painting parties to be!


Paint & Puff with The Paint Sesh

The Paint Sesh Paint and Puff Events


Since I’m not much of a drinker, after moving to California and experiencing the benefits and good vibes of cannabis, I decided to go another direction instead of the typical paint and sip events. Therefor giving birth to “The Paint Sesh” where you get to embrace your free-spirit with having 420-friendly paint and puff cannabis events. Marijuana is now legal in the state of California, so why not share the experience of “elevated art” with others!

The Paint Sesh gives you the freedom of painting what you want to paint (but with the added comfort of having step-by-step instructions to fall back on.) Throw in some tasty cannabis and hip tunes to the mix and you got yourself a great night out! We decided to still do some paint and sip events as well, so the customers can partake in whatever their preference is. The Paint Sesh is a judgment free zone.


Lady Hustle

he Paint Sesh Paint and Sip Event

I thought starting my own company was going to be so easy and that all I would be doing is painting and instructing…boy was I wrong! Now I’m doing things I never done before like social media campaigning, purchasing inventory, learning Quickbooks, registering my business as an LLC, promoting each event, and the list goes on and on and never ends. I now understand the term “lady hustle” but hey I am happy and will accomplish anything, no matter what is thrown my way. Each day The Paint Sesh continues to grow and after seeing all the reviews and positive experiences our customers have after attending a sesh I know all of this is worth it.


The Domino Effect

The Paint Sesh Painting Party

The Paint Sesh started out operating only in the Inland Empire and now we made our way to Orange County, Los Angeles, and even San Diego. Have you ever heard the phrase the domino effect? I never fully understood the expression until we had our very first event. News of The Paint Sesh spread like wildfire. After the first event, we had our second, third, and now we have several events a month. (Same with our private painting parties.) Hell, pretty soon we’ll be in other states.

If you’re an interested venue and would like to host The Paint Sesh, find out how here.


Love what you do

The Paint Sesh Paint and Puff event in LA

Being a painting instructor for public events takes more than being a good artist. The most important skills are not only having great customer service, but also having an even greater personality. Like I stated before I love my customers, and my job…and it shows. I will go above and beyond for each and every customer. If the customer is happy and having a good time, than succeeded in achieving my dreams. The greatest feeling is after an event having customers come up to me and give me a hug and say things like “I needed this” or “I’ll definitely be back.” You be the judge.

For more information about the The Paint Sesh visit the site here.