A friend of mine told me about a drawing workshop which is a monthly thing up north, where they find a venue (usually somewhere selling alcohol/hot drinks) and provide materials - and people just turn up and draw. It's kind of open to all kind of people - traditional artists, illustrators, designers, architectures etc etc. Anyway, I love the idea of this, but I'm down south! So I have over the last few weeks put some thought into trying to arrange something similar myself, and have had good feedback on the idea from a couple of guys I study with. I'm really just looking for outside opinios, I guess. I hate the idea of trying to set this up and it being a massive fail, however I am thinking about contacting our student union to see if they would help us with arranging and putting the word out around the campus for the other art/design students. The main problem would be, the event up north provide the materials, so you pretty much just have to show up. As a student (and mum!) I obviously couldn't really afford to pay for so many materials to cover an amount of people that may or may not show up. Does anyone have any ideas on how to raise funds for the materials or do you think it may be possible to email companies directly explaining what I'm doing and asking for donations of items? Or maybe I could state that people would have to bring their own - but would this possibly be off putting for whatever reason? Does anyone have any other kind of feedback or opinions on the idea in general? Would love to hear them. Thanks.