A trip down to Soho for a life drawing class turned out to be quite an adventure. I entered via a door in Spring street leading to a tiny precipitous staircase which takes you down to the bowels of Soho. The studio itself was clearly quite close to the subway, judging from the rumbling noise every five minutes.
I was very impressed with the customer service. After I introduced myself to the manager, Minerva Durham, she immediately said “You wrote me! ” I’d emailed her weeks before I arrived. Great memory!
Minerva immediately set me up with a huge drawing pad and some charcoal just in time for the first pose. There were around 16 artists and each one earnestly toiled away for the three and a half hours of the class. The model was very beautiful and created a number of challenging poses, some of which I couldn’t manage at all. One of my drawing pals told me that this is the best life drawing class in New York and since I have nothing to compare it with, I couldn’t argue.
They hold classes every day at a cost of $15 per session. You don’t need to book. Just turn up when you feel like it. I do recommend that you get there in time for the full session as they are careful to build up to a long pose. Also make sure you take some sustenance and water as there is not time in between poses to whip out for a coffee. You can check out the location and the schedule on the website.
Soho is a veritable feast of shops. The streets around the studio are home to clothing shops, interior shops, antique shops and some wicked surprises. More about that later.