10.31.2013

TEN DATES // 03 A DRAWING CLASS AT THE MET


over the weekend, brandon and i snuck away for an afternoon drawing class at the metropolitan museum of art.

and this is my confession: i've never taken an art class, because i'm a dolt. brandon isn't a dolt so he knows all kinds of stuff about these things, but as the newbie i'd been looking forward to this date since we booked it all the way back in august. maybe one class in and i would unleash my inner felicity porter or something? you never know.


this class was so much fun, and such a neat change of pace from our usual routines. our teacher was lovely, she had really pretty red hair, and she was able to explain the basics in a way i could understand. plus high waisted skinny jeans and really beat up white keds. she was sort of dressed exactly how i'd always hoped an art instructor would be dressed. and while i'm on the important stuff: also there was this really adorable couple in the class with us. he'd booked the date as a surprise for his girlfriend, because it turns out they'd met at the met. and isn't that great? they were the cutest. also they had the perfect museum outfits on. skirt, cardigans, blazers. elbow patches. you know. adorable. 

and then we were off to choose a sculpture to draw. i chose the three graces. i wanted something feminine. which of course turned out to be really challenging, getting all those lines just right. soft but square, round but not too curvy... my drawings kept coming out all masculine; i started feeling really intense about it. i just think female bodies are so gorgeous and spiritual, especially in the nude, and i really wanted to do it justice. talking about the different lines and shadows on the bodies with our teacher, and sitting there really focused on just one thing at one time and thinking of nothing else, it was like therapy. duh. and blah blah blah, in the end i was really proud of what i got! i sort of want to hang it on the fridge.

brandon chose to draw some dude's tombstone, very masculine indeed. i thought it was kind of neat to see the decisive, straight lines of his drawing next to mine. kind of says a lot about who we are as "peoples" (henry holbrook-ism), and why we've done so well together as a team all these dang years. i liked it.




at the met you always see people camped out in front of various pieces with their paints or pencils, slaving over their recreations. it was kind of a thrill to be one of them for a few hours. we can't wait to go back and do it again sometime. with henry, too! we'll bring the crayons. ;)



hah! this is my favorite. "i don't really want to pose for this picture but i'll do it anyway because i love you." what a hero.


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p.s. on me
jeans: zara (last year)
boots: anthropologie (last year)
glasses: lookmatic
bag c/o nena & co

31 comments :

  1. What a marvelous and relaxing date! I love that your instructor lived up to your "artsy" expectations. ;)
    So fun! And how wonderful to take a little time out of the day to sit and sketch and appreciate the craziness that is sculpture. Love it.

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  2. Ah, yes! So great. Art museums are just the greatest things.

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  3. sounds totally rad.

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  4. Ah, so fun!! I love watching the people camped out with their canvases in museums, and I've always dreamed of doing that one day. Even though I'm a terrible artist. I'm inspired now! :)

    xo

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  5. This looks like an amazing date :)

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  6. Wow this looks like so much fun!!

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  7. This looks like so much fun, and reeeeeally romantic for some reason. glad you had a great time!!

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  8. Awesome! Would you perhaps tell the brand of those boots? I have hopes that if the designer made those, they are makings similarly great boots this season.

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  9. I love that The Met is having drawing classes! How fun is that?!

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  10. Your legs look half a mile long! The hair, lips, glasses, YOU look dressed for a museum. Go girl!

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  11. literally cannot get over how adorable and artist-perfection you are. UGH! cutest!!! this post just almost finalized my need to live in NYC…drawing at the met?! yes please! i took a drawing class last semester and kind of loved it. so fun! xo

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  12. It's awesome. You are better than you thought. I hope you really surprised yourself.

    I draw animals for my kids and they shake their heads and say "maybe addy can do it."

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  13. this is a truly awesome date idea!

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  14. There are 3 skills I wish I had- speak another language, backflip, and draw. This looks like such a serene and peaceful experience, it would be right up my street. Your drawing was really good, you should be proud :)
    x
    Heroine In Heels

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  15. Okay you look absolutely perfect. The glasses, the hair, the rings, watch, THE sweater! I want it. What size are you in the everlane sweater?

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  16. WHAT a great picture of you. seriously. frame that.

    i love following along with your guys' dates. after being in a relationship for a long time, 'going on dates' kind of stops being a thing, so thanks for bringing it back! dinner and a movie have nothing on drawing classes at the met.

    xx

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  17. What a fun date night! your drawing turned out so well! Forget the fridge, that warrants a frame. My mom once set up an art class date for my husband and me back when we were in high school. We showed up at the given address, and it turned out to be a waterpainting class at a retirement home. We chuckle about it now, but we totally stayed and had a blast. My husband's finished product is still framed on my bedside table. He hasn't painted since, so I consider it a collector's piece.

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  18. I love drawing and get a kick out of drawing naked people and statues "focus on getting the line of the butts just right....don't forget the cellulite." Also love How About We. Just signed up and know what I am dragging Mr. Right to!

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  19. This seems like so much fun! -Hanna Lei

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  20. Was Brandon the photographer??... those are amazing!!!

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  21. This is so fun! i would have loved to do this when i was there! Your photos are always great! :)

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  22. That sounds like such a fun date! And in the first picture of you, your expression is the same expression that Huck has in many of the pictures you post on Instagram. You guys are the cutest!!

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  23. Love this! I am dying to have "how about we" come to boston! It seems like it makes it easier to go out on a date with your husband and I want to have an easier time if that, too! It is hard to get away when you have a busy boy (mine will be three in dec).
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  24. This is such a great idea! My husband always claims to have these artistic tendencies and desire to draw, but he absolutely never indulges in them (he's an accountant, too). It is therapeutic, isn't it? And why not be proud! I have a pen and ink I did of a Max Klinger etching for an art class years ago and darn it, I framed the thing, I love it so much (the original, not necessarily my art skills). I think this a date idea I will save for after our move to Berlin... The perfect big city date. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Can't wait until HowAboutWe comes to SoCal. I've already signed up, just waiting! great idea
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  26. Okay whoever created HowAboutWe was a genius! That's such an incredible idea, because how many of us are always asking our significant others what we should do this weekend! Too perfect ;)
    And this date idea is too perfect to pass up! Your drawing looks great!!
    xo TJ

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  27. aww now i miss art school!! how fun.

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  28. I can't tell for sure, but are you sporting a gold signet ring? If so, where did you find it, I've been searching for a good one forever!

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  29. Very inspiring! This makes me want to take a class.

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  30. Bravo... So beautiful... next time in Paris

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