FAQs

We know it’s an important day for you, so you will naturally have lots of questions. Here are a few of the most common ones we can help you with in advance. Please review these before making an enquiry…

But what if I can’t draw? 
Don’t worry – most of our hens have little or no art experience, but greatly enjoy this alternative hen party activity. Our tutors are professional artists and art graduates, so they can give you top tips or let you just draw wild depending on the mood of the class! It’s not a competition, but you will probably find that your skills improve over the course of the 90 minutes – and we often get feedback that hens are going to continue with life drawing when they get home!

Is the model nude? 
Yes! But you can request that they be partially clothed, if you really want.

Can you come to our venue? 
Yes! Hens with Pens is a mobile service and we can visit your venue pretty much anywhere in the UK. We regularly visit country cottages, big houses, hotels, private homes, function rooms, castles, and even yurts. We cover all the regular hen party haunts including London, Brighton, Bournemouth, Blackpool, Bath, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff – plus many more towns, cities, and remote countryside locations. If our local team is available, we’ll come to you – so just ask!

Can you provide a venue? 
We can suggest a few that we have worked at before, but we do not provide venues. Hens with Pens is a mobile service, so we need you to organise the venue. We suggest you ask your pub / bar / restaurant / hotel if it has a function room for a minimum spend, or you can try hirespace.com.

Is our venue suitable? 
Your venue needs to be private – 100% sealed off from public view,  with no one passing through. There also needs to be enough room and furniture for hens to sit down, a space for the model to sit (with respectful distances from your elbows!) and room for the tutor to move in between everyone.

Can we do the class outside? 
If you have an outdoor area that is 100% private, you may be able to do some or all of the class outside. Please check with your model and tutor on the day.

Not everyone in our group wants to draw – can some of us just watch? 
During the final hour, when drawing the model, we ask that you don’t have any spectators. This is so that the model feels respected and is fulfilling their job by being drawn.

We are a mixed gender/LGBT+ group – can we book Hens with Pens? 
Absolutely! We work with a range of models so please just drop us a line via info@henswithpens.com.

Can we have a shorter class? 
Yes. We also offer a 1 hour life drawing class for those wanting to get to their afternoon tea or dinner, for example. Unfortunately we incur the same costs, so we charge the same rates for shorter classes.

What if more people join at the last minute – can we pay for extra hens on the day? 
As long as you let us know your final hen total at least 2 weeks in advance of your date, the more the merrier! Unfortunately, with less than 2 weeks’ notice, it’s more difficult for us to order your extra materials and costumes, so there’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to accommodate extra hens. But we may be able to – just get in touch asap!

When is the balance due? 
We will send you your pre-party information and balance invoice 2/3 weeks in advance of your class. Balances are due upon receipt and always before the party.

How do I pay? 
We will send you a deposit invoice and a balance invoice, both due before your class. You can pay for them via Paypal or card, following the instructions in the link attached. We can also take card payments over the phone: 020 3291 3651.

Can I pay by cash, or on the day? 
No. Our models and tutors do not handle cash or payments on our behalf. We will provide you with a link to make payment along with your pre-party information in advance of the class. You also have the option of paying by card over the phone. Balances are always due before the party.

Some hens have dropped out, can we get a refund or discount? 
We will honour our prices until 2 weeks prior to your class and will reduce the balance invoice to reflect a more accurate number of hens. After that point, we take no responsibility for your hen count – we’ve already ordered your materials, so we suggest you encourage your hens to commit well in advance.

Can we change the time of our booking? 
Due to demand for Hens with Pens models and tutors, and the number of classes we host each day, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to change the time of your class. Please consider the best time for your class before booking, considering hens’ arrival times, mealtimes, and other activities.

Can we request a particular model? 
We allocate models and tutors on a first-come, first-served regional basis, so regrettably we don’t have the capacity to offer a choice of model. We take great pride in who we have recruited – all our models combine a package of look, experience and an ability to get on well with all our parties. See our models and tutors page.

Is there a minimum age to attend a Hens with Pens class? 
Yes. Although the Hen with Pens experience is not especially rude or “adult”, as a life drawing class it does naturally involve nudity. So in line with most other adult ed. organisations, we ask that anyone attending the class is 18 or over.

I have a question you haven’t answered in the above FAQs
That’s okay, just drop us a line!

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