An (Almost) Free Art Class That Draws Crowds Each Month

The next Drink & Draw session is on March 2.

When I walked into the gallery’s studio space, nearly every seat had already been taken, and about two dozen artists were chatting amongst themselves over sketchpads. I sank into an available chair and started flipping through my own.

For years Var Gallery and its sister space, Between Two Galleries, have been hosting $1 Drink & Draw sessions for artists of all ages and ability levels. There’s a bar on site. And a live model, who poses nude, too.

I took a nude figure drawing class in college, but the model was a close friend’s ex, and I don’t think I imagined the daggers she glared at me between poses.

Fortunately, the Drink & Draw model hadn’t dated any of my friends (as far as I knew, anyway).

She cycled through poses quickly enough – holding them for five, then 10 and 20 minutes – that I found myself struggling to keep up at first.

But by the end of the class my linework was looking better, and the woman sitting next to me told me that she liked my work. Yes, she drank half a bottle of wine that night, but the important thing is that she liked my work.

The next Drink & Draw session is on March 2 at Between Two Galleries (423 W. Pierce St.). The doors will open at 7 p.m. and be locked, for the model’s privacy, at 7:30 p.m.


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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.