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Happiest Hour: MAM’s Drawing and Drinking class


  • Courtesy of Bayla Laks
What it is: A Missoula Art Museum class in which you draw a scene in the park while enjoying a glass of wine. Because nothing goes better with al fresco drawing than al fresco drinking.

What you’re drinking: Wine and beer provided by MAM. If you’re picky about beverage selection, you’re also welcome to bring your own.

What you’re drawing: Whatever the instructor tells you to. Just kidding. You’ll get guidance in selecting a subject and planning the composition, but then it’s all up to you. Sketch a tree, a single leaf, even a squirrel if you’re quick on the draw. A clothed model will also be present for those interested in figure drawing. MAM will provide a range of drawing materials to work with including pencils, paper and paints. Again, you’re welcome to bring your own art materials as well.

Who you’re drawing and drinking with: Instructor Bayla Laks, a freelance artist and teacher who works primarily in watercolors. Laks says she plans to lead a lighthearted class welcoming all skill levels from professional artist to total novice. “The fun of the class is the experience and environment, and it’s a great way for local artists to meet each other,” she says.

How to join the fun: The class is Aug. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. Fee is $30, or $27 for MAM members. All materials—and alcohol—are included. To register, go to

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