By Louisa Tiley

Culture Scout Louisa Tiley plays the local explorer as she investigates nudes, wine, jazzy tunes, & (most intriguingly) Rodin’s Thinker, at Life Drawing at The Hive Bar, in Erskineville.

Every Wednesday night The Hive Bar hosts a cosy two hour life drawing session in their Erskineville loft space.

It’s an event shrouded in mystery, almost solely publicised through posters like the below.

Whilst drawing starts at 7.30pm, it’s best to drop by at least half an hour early to nab a spot on the coveted sign up sheet.

After putting your name down, either take a seat at the bar or make a mad dash next door to indulge in some of The Rose’s famous onion rings.

At around 7.20 guests start trekking up an intriguing back staircase to the life drawing room. The crowd varies each week - but is usually a diverse gang of 5 to 20 art lovers ranging from their early twenties to mid eighties.

Strong heating, jazzy tunes, bright lights and mismatched furniture contribute to very relaxed, local vibes.

Each drawing session begins with a series of 1 minute warm up sketches, followed by several 5, 10, 20 and 25 minute poses. You can often request poses too. Rodin’s Thinker is a popular choice.

The evening is relatively free from instruction, ensuring there’s always an eclectic range of artistic styles represented in drawings.

Everyone is poured a generous glass of sparkling wine on arrival and there’s a short break in the middle to refuel.

It’s important to BYO drawing materials. Most people opt for a sketchbook, lead pencils, eraser, sharpener and something to lean on.

The two hour life drawing session starts at 7.30pm every Wednesday (except during school holidays). $15 cash covers two hours of guided drawing + a glass of sparkling wine.

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