Perth-based film, literature and script writing student.
Published November 5th 2011
The Artistic Hen is a combination of art class and hen's party, and it's a great thing to do to make your hens night unique and memorable. Located in Subiaco (they can also come to you), and allowing you to bring your own drinks and nibbles, it has a great atmosphere and is a fun way to break the ice with everyone else at the party. For booking details, see their website. The experience is based around the life drawing of a naked (and very handsome) male model. Not having done any art since high-school, I had my doubts, but these concerns quickly vanished with the simple instruction and encouragement of the art instructor. They explained everything very easily and before I knew it, I was drawing something that actually resembled a human, and a pretty good-looking one at that.
The first activity focuses on the proportions of the male body; the model, who is placed in the centre of your circle of easels, strikes a few different poses and your scribble them onto the first page with your charcoal sticks as best you can. Then you are invited to refill your drinks and have a look around at everyone's art. This is where the real fun starts. It was interesting to see how everyone at the party had different perspectives and drew the male model in a different way. Some were larger, some smaller, some lacked a very important body part, and others seemed to focus on that body part and not much else. After everyone has had a look and a laugh, we take down our first page and begin to learn some of the finer details of life drawing. I don't want to disclose too much of what goes on in fear of spoiling it for you, but my favourite activity of the night would have been when we got to switch places with someone else halfway through our drawing, and finish their artwork while they finish your own. This definitely kept things interesting and I only wish the class could have gone on for longer.
This has definitely been the best hen's night experience I have ever had; it was such a nice change to do something different and tasteful- yet still a bit cheeky. The little details really made a difference, too- things like being given gloves to wear whilst drawing so we didn't get charcoal everywhere, and being able to keep our artwork at the end of the class. The art instructor was very friendly and helpful without seeming too much like a teacher and the model was mouth-watering to look at and draw. There are a range of options available for the classes, such as different times (I was part of a shorter class, the norm is two hours), and different locations. I suggest you see the website and contact them if you have any queries. The price is around $55 per person, depending on the size of your group. All in all, a must-do hens night activity.