Forget karaoke: Sketching nude models is the hot new thing in English pubs
“It’s been really good for business,” said Jack Andrews, general manager of The Lion in Stoke Newington, the pub where Whiteson runs his classes. “People that come to the life drawing come back on other nights.”
After a smoking ban went into effect in London back in 2007, art became an attractive way to lure customers into the pub, said Tony Pianco, 50, founder of the Life Drawing Society.
Pianco started hosting these classes more than a decade ago and has brought life drawing to more than a hundred different pubs, he estimates.
The bars make extra cash, and so do the models. The going rate is about $23 an hour, according to several models and organizers. However, the people posing get involved for more than just the money.