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Published April 23rd 2017
Fabulous workshops on offer to help improve your artworks
Tucked away in a corner of Red Hill is The Letter Lounge Cafe & Gifts, a wonderful little spot for a coffee and a bite. It is a super bright and airy venue which serves delicious food cooked on site, Elixir Coffee and Tea Centre fine leaf tea. For a quick peek at their menus, have a look here.
The food was great, but we were here for the drawing.
But I am not here to talk about their food and drinks. I am here because this fabulous little spot just became a whole lot more fabulous. The venue itself is now home to a variety of classes, workshops and meet ups, perfect for whatever brand of creativity flows through your veins.
I was lucky enough to head along to Life Drawing & Limoncello to see what is on offer. The session itself went for 2.5 hours and was run by local artist (and cafe owner) Anne-Maree Jaggs. This bubbly human being made us feel welcome and comfortable straight away, which is pretty important, if, like my husband, this is your first time drawing.
We were introduced to our life model and given a large board to clip our paper to. We had bought drawing equipment but it was only the bits and pieces I could find floating around the bottom of our moving boxes. Anne-Maree was kind enough to lend her a couple of tools which were certainly more suitable to the task at hand than the cheap oil pastels I found amongst our belongings.
We began drawing, guided by our lovely host, who organised the model's poses, took our coffee and tea orders and paused occasionally to flatter, encourage and help us improve our creations. In the two hours there, I saw my capabilities vastly increase and even a style begin to emerge. I had never had the opportunity to draw since high school and it was so nice to have graphite on my fingers again.
If, however, life drawing isn't your thing, there are many other classes and workshops on offer at The Letter Lounge Cafe & Gifts. These include; Sketch & Scones Pastels & Profiteroles Acrylics & Afghans
As you can see our host is an active and enthusiastic artist and teacher.
Anne-Marie gave us a bit of information about these classes and the one thing that stuck out to me is that they are designed not just for adults, but for teenagers as well. I loved drawing, painting and sketching in high school, but once you graduate there isn't a whole lot of options out there to keep those creative juices flowing. I love that she is creating a safe space to keep improve the skills of our young artists. All of the classes are suitable for complete beginners (which my husband can attest to I am sure), as they occur in a relaxing and supportive environment.
If you are wanting to pick up a brush, pen or pencil sometime soon to work on your artistic abilities ensure you like their Facebook page to keep up-to-date with the upcoming events.