Drink and Draw London

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Venue: Not Just Another Store, 189 Shoreditch High St, Hackney, London E1 6HU > View on map

Nearest stations: Shoreditch High Street (2 mins), Liverpool street (7 mins), Old Street (11 mins)

Cost: £15 online / £20 on the door

Join us for our new life drawing event drink and draw London at Not Just Another Store, Shoreditch.

Whether your art abilities stop at drawing stickmen or you consider yourself a seasoned pro, Nude Life's contemporary London life drawing class is the ideal opportunity to lose yourself in a creative activity, hone a new skill and meet like-minded Londoners.

With collaboration at the heart and core of the concept, Nude Life is partnering up with Not Just Another Store to curate an innovative life drawing event that touches all the senses.

✔ £15 Tickets, £20 OTD

✔ Art tutor & equipment Included

✔ Drink on arrival and available throughout


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Not Just Another Store London Venue

Located across the road from the infamous Ace hotel in East London, Not Just Another Store is a new concept store curated by UTTER and MARR, two independent companies, who through creative collaborations with artists, illustrators, photographers and more, want to break the norm of a traditional retail space.

Not Just Another Store forms a community retail space that detaches from all the restrictions, rules and norms placed upon existing retail spaces. With collaborations at the heart and core of the concept, Not Just Another Store is partnering up with various creatives and designers to curate innovative events, installations and exhibitions.

The retail space includes over 30 emerging brands across womenswear and menswear, literature, art, homeware & interiors. To complete the experience, Not Just Another Store will be offering a selection of food and drinks served by local independent chefs and barristers. The restaurant features an open plan mini kitchen serving brunch and lunch, juice and smoothies.


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Outcomes From Our London Life Drawing Classes


The benefits of London Life Drawing classes are endless. Not only does drawing allow us to express ourselves in a free and innovative way, but it’s also a fantastic problem-solving tool. Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani explained that the process of drawing something helps you to become connected to the subject matter. “I am a slow thinker, and have to spend a lot of time before I can clean up my ideas and make progress.” But even if you’re not using drawings to work out that tricky algebra equation, drawing can be helpful for everyday activities including giving directions, taking meeting notes, outlining an presentation, or making shopping lists. Drawing fosters close observation, analytical thinking, patience and even personal humour.


In the ever-evolving digital world, we are now becoming increasingly dependant on technology to provide us with instant knowledge. Author D.B. Dowd argues that life drawing prevents us from relying on easy ways of learning. For example, when searching through Google for an image, we are given a narrow result from a general enquiry. Dowd argues that drawing is the complete opposite - it requires close observation of almost any particular engages the senses and heightens experience, making the world seem bigger, not smaller.

Dowd continues to explain that there is also a physical dimension to the benefits of London life drawing classes as evidence suggests that our brain expands when our thumbs are moved into an opposable position vis-a-vis our fingers. Critical of the graphic design industry’s over-reliance on digital illustration tools, Dowd says that, “drawing offers simplicity and directness compared to other information gathering procedures.”


In the hustle and bustle of everyday city living, London life drawing can help us bring out better qualities. Drawing makes us slow down, be patient, pay attention and can also help us to appreciate the work of others.

In the closing chapter of Stick Figures, Dowd argues that drawing can even make us better citizens. In a time where people are busier and we’re inundated with falsehoods and bad faith, the sense-making practice of drawing is more vital than ever. Dowd concludes: “When we look hard and listen carefully, how are we not led back to questions of justice, of what is right?”


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