More being drawn to doodle and socialise

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Sip and sketch… Tereza Jaresora, who moved to Wanaka from the Czech Republic, puts her creative skills to good use at the Draw and Doodle night. PHOTO: REBECCA NADGE

The sounds of pencils on paper, chatter and laughter filled Wanaka’s Kai Whakapai last Thursday at the weekly Drink and Doodle night.

About 15 different people joined the group at various points in the night.

Event organiser Sam Colby said he “fell” into drawing about 18 months ago while living in Whistler, Canada, at a similar drink and draw event.

After moving to Wanaka last ski season, he took to Facebook to create a similar gathering, and the Drink and Doodle nights were born.

Now in its second year, sketch nights are held each week at different bars in Wanaka throughout the ski season, where the group meets to share a drink, have a chat and put pen to paper.

Mr Colby says the low-pressure night is a great way for people to have a go at drawing.

“People who think they can’t draw maybe come along and give it a go.

“It’s a good way to hang out and try something new.

“If they can write their name, they can draw.”

A friend had gone on to create a similar group in Wellington, Mr Colby said, and the Wanaka nights were also attracting more people.

“Sometimes it’s just me, sometimes it’s the whole group.

“It’s slowly and steadily growing.”

And, he points out, the group offers a chance to meet new people, with participants on the night hailing from places such as the United Kingdom, Spain and the Czech Republic.

Like most people in the group, Abby Palmer had also moved to Wanaka for ski season. She said the event was a low pressure way to meet people.

“You can just sit and draw. It’s a natural way to make friends.”

Despite the name, there is no pressure to draw at all, and Mr Colby said there was often more socialising than drawing.

Sketch nights are free and anyone is welcome to join. For more information, visit Sketch Wanaka on Facebook.