Whether you’re an experienced artist looking to practice your skills, an amateur wanting to improve, or just yearning for a Wednesday night of socializing and cheap beer, P(a)int & Draw offers an event above and beyond your standard life drawing session.
P(a)int & Draw takes place on the second Wednesday of every month from 6-9PM in the beautiful church hall of St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts (a re-purposed Roman Catholic church), located just past the Byward Market in Lowertown. For only $15 , you have access to a live nude model and as much cheap 5-dollar beer or wine you can drink from Brigid’s Well, the Irish pub nestled in the basement.
“I wanted to host something more casual to get artists in the community out and socializing, and I figured this event would be a good way to incorporate all skill levels doing something you really don’t get to do every day,” says organizer and local artist Tiffany April.
The sessions are indeed open to artists of all skills levels, and as a beginner I felt instantly welcomed into the cozy group, which was comprised of amateurs and experts alike. After grabbing a pint from the basement pub, I headed into the main church hall—a wonderfully lofty space filled with pews, stained glass and a variety of carvings—to find my seat and set up my supplies.
Participants are expected to bring their own materials to class, but easels and support surfaces are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Tiffany is also happy to provide extra newsprint paper, charcoal, and bulldog clips to those in need, although there is a limited supply.
Over the course of the 3-hour session, the live model held a variety of poses, ranging from shorter 2-minute gestures to longer 30-minute poses. Depending on the model’s whim, costume and drapery might be worn for an added artistic challenge. Halfway through the 3 hours, participant are encouraged to take a break of about 30 minutes to refresh their beverages, stretch cramped hands, and socialize.
Although the sessions currently take place in the main church hall of St. Brigid’s, Tiffany noted that once the weather gets colder the sessions will likely move back into the warmer Kildare room, which is directly connected to the Brigid’s Well pub in the basement. However, I would encourage anyone interested to take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy this beautiful venue while it lasts, as the experience of sipping a cold beer while sketching away in a massive church chapel is one that shouldn’t be missed.
You can catch the next session of P(a)int & Draw on July 13th from 6-9PM at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts (310 Saint Patrick Street, use the Cumberland entrance into Brigid’s Well pub – look for the purple light). Also be sure to join the Facebook group for regular updates and additional information.