London’s loveliest Life Drawing evening. Art, drinks & jazz! Try your hand at figure drawing with a live model - it’s a fun & relaxing evening for all levels. Price includes a free drink!
Bringing together the magic of the life room and the ambience of a jazz club, listen to some jazz, sip a drink from our ethical bar menu and draw some of London's finest models with theatrical lighting and thoughtful setups. The ticket price includes a free drink!
This is an untutored session ideal for beginners through to experienced artists, all are welcome. Basic drawing materials are provided, or bring your own sketchbook. This session is run by artists with a passion for life drawing and creative expression.
Book your place online or just show up and pay at the door (we are cashless, so card and contactless payments only please).
Doors open at 6pm. Everyone is invited to stay on after the session to meet other participants, share your work (if you feel like it), enjoy a drink and chat! It's a great way to meet people and a lovely, friendly atmosphere.
Frequently Asked Questions
When? Various Wednesdays 7pm-9pm (doors open 6pm and bar stays open afterwards until 11pm)
Where? Jazzbourne, 443 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TA
How much? £15 (includes a free drink)
Can I drop in? Yes, pre-booking is encouraged but not essential. You can just show up and pay at the door (card/contactless only).
What is life drawing anyway?
Life drawing, also sometimes known as figure drawing, is drawing the human form from life - meaning with a live model. In a life drawing session, there will be a model (generally nude) surrounded by artists. The model will pose in different positions and for different durations - some for just a few minutes (for quick sketches) and some for much longer. The style of the drawing is completely up to each artist, and everyone in the room might have different levels of experience. Some popular mediums used during life drawing are graphite pencils, charcoal or pastels. For beginners, life drawing is a fun creative outlet and a way to start learning to draw the human form. It's also very relaxing, with a calm atmosphere and a focused activity that will take your mind away from your daily cares! For artists, regular life drawing is an important part of their creative practice, to develop and explore their personal style, and practice fundamental skills like observation, mark-making, form, proportion, perspective, light and shadow.
I have zero art experience, is this for me?
Absolutely, all are welcome and there are always first-timers in the room! This is an ideal evening to introduce you to the pleasures of life drawing. Enjoy a drink and the jazzy soundtrack while you try your hand at figure drawing with a live model in a relaxed & friendly atmosphere. We can provide you with basic drawing materials and we promise a supportive space to explore your creativity.
I'm an experienced artist, is this for me?
Also yes! Our evening is run by professional artists and life models, who know exactly what is needed for the best life drawing experience. Expect experienced professional models, raised platforms, short and long poses, interesting lighting and a glamorous setting. We hire a diverse rotation of models, pay our models a fair wage and treat them with respect.
Who runs this?
This evening is organised by professional artist Nick Cuthell (nickcuthell.com). A brief bio: "Nick Cuthell is a New Zealand artist living and working in the UK. He trained at the Charles Cecil studios in Florence and the Art Students League of New York. Nick has a well developed portrait practice and has painted many notable sitters including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Nick has taught artists of all levels in the UK and New Zealand, with a particular focus on portraiture, still life, the figure, and landscape painting, he hopes to share his great love for drawing and painting in all his work."
Photo by @benjaminstreetgallery benroberts.co.uk