It’s not (just) full frontal male nudity – it’s art
Twenty woman, aging from about 24 to 84 sat in a semi circle, clutching drinks and large drawing pads. Nineteen of us knew what was coming. The twentieth – the 'hen' – could only imagine what we were all doing in a studio in the heart of the city, and why we all needed a drink in our hand.
Suddenly there was movement at the back of the room, and in walked a young man, firm, toned, tattooed and completely naked except for a small sarong tied at his waist. The hen tried to shrink down in her chair, but her pink veil covered in small plastic penises gave her away. The male model stood in front of her and suggestively propped his foot up on her chair.
The Artful Hen runs the 'ultimate life drawing experience' for hens nights, birthdays and girls nights out. Actually boys are welcome (if you want them), and in some states there are female models available as well. But back to the great unveiling.
The model asked our hen to grab a corner of the sarong and as he walked backwards away from her, she unravelled him. Full frontal nudity, thank you very much.
The two hour classes are structured so even if you think you can't draw, you are taken through a series of drawing exercises designed to free up your creative juices. You don't just sit and stare at a naked man for two hours, though I supposed you could if you wanted. Each party has a chaperone/art teacher, and it is her job to direct the drawing exercises. Phrases like 'I want to see more genitals, ladies' would often erupt from her lips, and I was surprised how many of us totally avoided drawing that particular section of his anatomy until we were forced to!
The instructor gives mini lessons on how to draw the male form
There were regular breaks for us to refill our drinks (BYO) and the model was both chatty and confident. When he saw me with my camera I thought he was going to tell me to put it away. Instead he said he wanted me to take lots of pictures and please, and could I put them on social media. Okay, if you really want me to.
The final exercise of the night involved us all working on multiple pictures – we would start one picture and then at regular intervals be asked to move around the room, working on another picture, until we returned to our own chair. It meant that if you were a dodgy drawer then hopefully someone else would come up behind you to fix it up. It also meant you had a complete 360 degree view of his nude beauty. At the end of the evening, the hen chose her favourite picture, which the model (and the rest of us) then signed for posterity. One for the mantelpiece perhaps. Not sure what her fiancé will think about that…
This is a great night out. If you're a bit over having a male stripper rub his dangly bits in your face but you still like to have a look, then this is perfect. We had a number of mums and grandmas and everyone thought it was a great night.
In Perth, the Artful Hen can come to your house or any other location you elect, or if you prefer, the classes are held in the studios in Perth city. The Chris Huzzard Studios are not overly flash – there are steep winding stairs to get up to the studio, and the bathroom facilities are a bit bereft (the lights and taps didn't work when we went). It's also down a dodgy lane behind a carpark, so keep that in mind if you're having a class late at night.
Prices per person depend on how many people are at the class, but the minimum spend is $600. For the twenty of us, the price was $40 per person. If you have less than 15 people, the price is $50 per person.
At the end of the night, the model is available for a photo session. It's up to the individual model (and you) whether he is completely nude, but you can get a great memento for your hen (or birthday girl or grandma). All the pictures you draw are also yours to keep forever.
So if you are looking for something completely different for your next girls' night out, hens night, birthday, mothers group catch up or you just really like drawing nude people, then consider The Artful Hen, and her phallic pen.