Artful Bachelorette Parties Combine Drinking and Nude Drawing
Lest you think sophisticated, art-centric bachelorette parties are solely for high-minded Manhattan brides—like those attending Museum Hack parties at the Metropolitan Museum—West Coast brides-to-be and their wedding parties can also now enjoy classed-up soirees where the champagne swilling is conducted in conjunction with live-nude drawing classes. According to a lighthearted but thoughtful first-person account by L.J. Williamson in LA Weekly, the Artful Bachelorette, already popular in Sydney and New York, has finally arrived in Los Angeles.
The New York-based Artful Bachelorette website asks: “Like the sound of drinks, drawing and your very own (very nude) male model? Prepare to learn a little and laugh a lot during a two-hour private party.”
As co-owner Fleur Childs says: “The more you drink, the better you draw, so if your glass is empty, just raise your hand and they’ll take care of you!” The “they” in question are two additional men, also shirtless, who stand on either side of the room with “bottles at the ready.”
According to Williamson: “If these naked-guy art class parties enjoy the success here that they have on the East Coast, soon the standard Chippendales-style girls night out bachelorette party, loaded with loud music and gyrating junk, will be replaced with this comparatively classy—yet still cheeky—affair.” She seems to agree with Childs’s assertion that this type of party is “something you could bring your mom to, or your grandma.”
Childs, who has a fine arts degree and has taught numerous university life drawing classes, has a knack for relaxing her students, guiding them through various exercises including drawing with the non-dominant hand, drawing without looking at the paper, and drawing using only straight lines. Following each exercise, party goers offer up their clipboards for the model to judge.
Says Williamson: “This, in addition to the inversion of gender norms (in this room, the males are the objects of the female gaze), smooths out any sense of exploitation or objectification. Sure, we’re judging his naked body, but in turn, he’s judging our drawing skills. Seems a fair trade.”
The model gets to decide whose drawing is the best, after which he bestows the winner with a wreath of fresh flowers to wear on her head for the duration of the party.
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