Crystal didn’t know what her friends had planned for her stagette that sultry July evening; it was a surprise, which she was typically not a fan of. Trained as a dentist she was as left brained as they come and had berated them with questions about how to prepare her for the secret activity. All she had been told was, “to wear some clothes that can get a little dirty.” As the car pulled up in front of the art studio she said, “Ohhhhhhh we’re taking an art lesson! That is so cool!” The maid of honor had to hide her grin, because Crystal really had no idea what they were in for.
The instructor greeted the group in the lobby of the art studio and they were toasting some bubbly to Crystal’s engagement when Dave walked in. Six feet, 4 inches tall, wearing motorcycle pants, his long dark hair falling into his twinkling brown eyes, he looked at the women and said, “I’m the guy who’s supposed to be in his underwear.” Crystal’s face went from excited, to confused, to elated. “We aren’t drawing a bowl of fruit at this art lesson, Crystal!” one of the friends said.
And that is how the Drawn to Men Art Party began.
Dave stripped down to his underwear and the women picked up their charcoal and started doing some quick gesture drawings, to “capture the essence of Dave”, as the instructor put it. They drew Dave using charcoal, conte, and vibrant coloured pastels as the art instructor put Dave into some poses that showcased his chiseled physique. For the last exercise, long strips of newsprint were taped to the walls so that full sized portraits of Dave could be created with India Ink and bright contrasting tempera paints. At that point Crystal sent her fiancé a text message telling him she was bringing home a life sized portrait of a nearly naked man to hang on their living room wall.
At the end of the art lesson the women sipped champagne and critiqued their art. Everyone had a favorite piece that they had made, but the best part was that they were all quite surprised with the art that had come out of them. None had any formal drawing experience and some of the pieces were really good! Now, you might say it was the champagne, but I beg to differ. I think that when people are allowed to create art in a casual, fun and flirty environment, the best can come out.
This party wasn’t about learning how to draw the perfect figure drawing, it was about having fun and being creative. This was a group of dentists, teachers and physicians. They weren’t “artsy”, but they were open to the experience and I think (like most people are), very curious about the creative process. In our fast paced modern world, the majority of us don’t get to spend much, if any, time on that part of ourselves, because of the type of career we chose or because of other responsibilities in our lives. As the focus on play – based learning continues to grow in our young children’s schools, shouldn’t we allow ourselves the same opportunity? So go ahead, give that right side of your brain some exercise – we’ll supply the cute guy to inspire you!
Guest Author Bio
Nicole Andrews is the owner of Drawn to Men Art Parties and is also a veterinarian. When Nicole is not working with animals or nude men, she is running after her two sons Casey and Parker. She is married to well known comic book artist, Kaare Andrews, and they all live together in Coquitlam, British Columbia.
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