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Drawing, dumplings and drinks

Rated 4.79 out of 5 from 76 reviews.London, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by Sophie

3 hours
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Eat drink and draw with an artist & art historian

Access East London's exclusive private artists club Vout-O-Reenees – in the crypt beneath the Pugin Catholic church – join in a figure drawing group for classic life drawing with a nude professional model Sophie or Geoff occasionally (retired senior principle of East London university of arts & artist) will lead the class informally.
Visit our private gallery and discuss our latest exhibition before we move to the bar for conversations, cocktails, wine, beer, and a choice of Cheese plater or Dumplings

What's included

  • Food
    6 of the best dumplings (vegetarian and meat options)
  • Drinks
    1 glass of organic french wine, beer or non-alcoholic option
  • Equipment
    Drawing equipment and paper
From $93
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Sophie

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 76 Reviews
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I'm a writer, artist and art historian who owns artist club Vout-O-Reenees and The Stash Gallery. I've published 9 books, and lectured extensively at institutions worldwide. I'm a world expert on bohemian Soho.
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Where you'll be

Vout-O-Reenees and The Stash Gallery beneath a Pugin Church. We are in the heart of the East End, near Tower Hill walking distance to Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Aldgate Tube.

Rated 4.79 out of 5 from 76 reviews.

Melanie
March 2020
In Nov 2018, I attended this experience and had the most wonderful time. Since then, I carried the same sketchbook in my travels and would add to it whenever possible. In July 2019 my rental car was broken into. My luggage with the sketchbook inside, was stolen and never recovered. I swore then that I would return to London and attend another of Sophie's wonderful live figure drawing sessions. Everything was what I hoped for. I buzzed in and went downstairs into the crypt of the church. The space was warm and welcoming, walking past the little gallery and into the main bar & lounge where we would sit comfortably as we sketched. We started with quick timed drawings to warm up and try different mediums. Sophie provided various paper sizes, charcoals, pencils and a board to draw on. Throughout the session, Sophie would lend advice and critique my work. She really helped push me out of my comfort zone and made my drawings better. I picked up more nuances about my style and will develop those now that I'm back home. Any time I am in London, I will make a concerted effort to go to this experience. I love listening to the banter between the artists as they draw. The models she gets are fantastic and some of the best I've ever had the pleasure of sketching. I would highly recommend going to this experience if you are new to figure drawing or even if you are a seasoned pro. You will not be disappointed.
In Nov 2018, I attended this experience and had the most wonderful time. Since then, I carried the same sketchbook in my travels and would add to it whenever possible. In July 2019…
J
March 2020
This was an interesting class. I came with some degree of artistic background in a digital medium and my partner came with no artistic background, a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. After leaving the space, we both immediately reflected on the discomfort we felt in the space due to class differences. Professionally, I'm an educator who has taught from kindergarten to university. My partner is a boxing coach. Neither of us would ever tell our students, especially those who are new to a craft, that their work "isn't a complete disaster" as a mode of encouragement. In terms of class differences, I couldn't help but feel, particularly through Sophie's scoffing at me for not being familiar with English poet William Blake, that we were in the wrong place. While I loved the process of drawing and thought the model was great, I would DEFINITELY do this activity in a different environment — one that is lead by inclusive, class-conscious facilitators and one that is more respectful of beginners and people of diverse backgrounds.
This was an interesting class. I came with some degree of artistic background in a digital medium and my partner came with no artistic background, a positive attitude and a willing…
Chrisie
February 2020
This was an awesome experience! I loved it! There were locals and then the “Air Bnbs.” But it all worked out greatly! The model was fab, as were new ppl I met. Each person had their own artistic style. As it should be.
Christine
February 2020
Partage d expérience avec une communauté de London East , une belle occasion d’échanger pour tous les amateurs de dessin/art dans un lieu créatif (lieu d expo également).
Amelia
October 2019
This was an amazing, truly local experience! I loved getting to know Sophie and meeting members of her art class. I think she has a way of teaching art in an accepting, loving way. Everyone is welcome, everyone is comfortable, and there is no judgement. She also served the best drinks and some exotic yummy cheese from France. In general, she is a boss lady and anyone would be lucky to meet her!!! This was one of the best experiences I have ever had!!!
This was an amazing, truly local experience! I loved getting to know Sophie and meeting members of her art class. I think she has a way of teaching art in an accepting, loving way.…
Lauren
October 2019
This was by far the best thing I have done in London my entire trip! Sofie and her class were genuinely wonderful to be around and made me and the other AirBnB guest feel welcome among them. The drawing session itself was relaxed and it sparked the same love I had for drawing in college. After the session ended, we all bonded at the bar over wine and amazing food. We even traded stories and Sofie gave me additional suggestions for other local places to visit during my stay. All in all, if you have the chance to do this, you should absolutely do it! Also, the model was stunning!
This was by far the best thing I have done in London my entire trip! Sofie and her class were genuinely wonderful to be around and made me and the other AirBnB guest feel welcome a…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

More tips

A sense of humour + concentration whilst drawing, be involved in conversation.If you havent drawn since you were at school, please don't expect that one class will achieve miracles. Ask for help.

What to bring

A sense of humour

But we take our drawing seriously