Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Drawing Our Alternatives for Chicago’s $1.7 Billion Police Budget

Guest Artists: Ruby Figueroa & Anders Zanichkowsky

The Chicago Police Department receives $1.7 Billion every year, which Black Lives Matter Chicago has pointed out is 40% of the entire city budget, and hugely disproportionate to services that keep people healthy and safe. At this Drink & Draw, we will use art and poetry to envision what our city would look like if we spent that money on things like housing, health care, and education. What inventive community resources would you like to see our city invest in? This kind of collective imagining is a powerful and necessary tool for conjuring a new reality that could make policing obsolete. Not from Chicago? Please join us to work on a new vision for your own community that answers the call from the Movement for Black Lives to defund police, and invest in the people.

Anders Zanichkowsky will lead us in some drawing prompts and Ruby Figueroa will take us through word-mapping exercises to write our way to a different future. Using any drawing, painting, or writing materials that you have on hand, you could make postcards to send to Mayor Lightfoot or your Alderperson, start drafting a larger artwork or poem, or simply use this process to clarify your own thoughts on this issue and have better conversations with friends and family.

To R.S.V.P. e-mail anders@spudnikpress.org.
Zoom Meeting info will be shared prior to the event.

Suggested Materials:

  • Drawing or painting materials (pencils, pens, crayons, paints, paper, sketchbooks, fabric, etc.)
  • Thicker paper or cardboard for postcards

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Events are currently scheduled each Wednesday through May 6. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar(@spudnikpress). This week’s donations will directly support Spudnik Press Cooperative and Black Trans Femme Collective.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Black Lives Matter Protest Signs & Solidarity Art

Please join Spudnik Press for a night of making signs, posters, banners and graphics to support the Black Lives Matter protests, and speak out against police violence. We will use whatever supplies we have on hand to help sound the alarm that BLACK LIVES MATTER! From cardboard protest signs we can hang in our windows, to digital graphics we can use on social media and e-mail signatures, let’s fill our community with displays of solidarity! These can be political slogans, portraits celebrating Black leaders, memorials honoring victims of police violence… not sure what you want to say? Come and get inspired!

This week, donations to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) will be evenly split with the Chicago Freedom School, to support Chicago youth who are organizing for racial justice and social change.

To Register for the Zoom Event, e-mail: anders@spudnikpress.org.

Suggested Materials

Signs, Banners, Armbands, etc.

  • Markers / Sharpies
  • Acrylic Paint / Spray paint
  • Cardboard / Posterboard
  • Plywood
  • Fabric (sheets or pillowcases, t-shirts, etc.)

Graphics for Sharing Online

  • Any Drawing Software (digital graphics)
  • Paper & Drawing/Painting supplies (for graphics you can photograph)

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB!

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Optical Illusions

Guest Artist: Dave Krzeminski

Join Dave Krzeminski for a night of optical illusions. You will not believe your eyes, or how easy it is to create mesmerizing visual deceptions! Working with basic geometry, we will learn to use clever line work, repetition, high contrast, and vibrancy for high-impact psychedelic effects. Dave will demystify the construction of the “Impossible Triangle” and other visually confounding shapes that can be used as decorations, or the basis of a pattern. These fun and simple techniques make drawing feel like doing a puzzle, fitting pieces together and watching an illusion emerge on the paper. Use your drawing as a background or stand-alone poster, a book cover, a greeting card to entertain a friend, or simply as a fun technical challenge!

We’ll also get a whirlwind tour of how M.C. Escher’s famous prints gave way to the graphic design of the Op Art Movement with artists like Bridget Riley, Victor Vasarely, and Yayoi Kusama. At the end of the session, Dave will also show us how to transfer drawings into Adobe Illustrator and to prepare for screenprinting.

Zoom Meeting ID: 937 6616 3788

Suggested Materials:

  • Pencils
  • Paper (graph paper if possible)
  • Ruler (or straight edge)
  • Protractor (or a paper folded into triangles)
  • Pens, Markers, Colored Pencils, or Acrylic Paint (high contrast / vibrant colors are best)

Optional Materials:

  • Adobe Illustrator (to follow the digital tutorial)

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Events are currently scheduled each Wednesday through May 6. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: New Rituals – A Zinemaking Workshop

Guest Artist: Yewon Kwon

Spend an evening making zines using one of the world’s simplest book forms! Yewon Kwon will guide us through this no-stitch, no-staple, no-tape, simple folded technique for any 8-page zine! Our first prompt will be the new rituals we’ve created during this time: baking bread? growing onions? taking walks? counting birds? You could also draw cartoons of your loved ones, or illustrate eight things you love about your pet, your kitchen, your neighborhood…. Once you get the hang of it, you might make some blank books filled with doodling prompts, to mail to your friends and family. These are so fun and easy that your newest ritual might just be 8-page zine making!

Zoom Meeting ID: 99310716962

Suggested Materials

  • 8.5 x 11 paper (or larger)
  • A cutting tool (scissors or blade)
  • Drawing tools (markers, colored pencils, Sharpees, pens, etc.)

Yewon Kwon is a printer and publisher currently residing in Chicago. In addition to printing their own works using risograph, offset, and screen printing, Yewon also runs the collective publication Pallor Pink, and publishes and performs with their partner Benjamin Kraco under the experimental visual and noise project, Gelkheht.


Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Events are currently scheduled each Wednesday through May 6. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Making Friends – A Critter Workshop

Guest Artist: Sam Hensley

Join Sam Hensley for a fantastical night of world-building where you will make your very own new friends using any colorful materials you have on hand! Sam uses a curious, magical-thinking approach for “meeting” otherworldly critters, and brings these to life as drawings, prints, and even robots. Starting with writing and sketching exercises, Sam will show us how to enter a collaborative process with our new critter friends, imagining them as beings from other dimensions who want to share with us their hopes, fears, dreams, and needs. Taking our new friends seriously — but not ourselves! — we will draw (or paint or sculpt) them into a newly imagined reality, and make sure they have a welcoming home in our artworks.

Zoom Meeting ID: 912 6875 9644

Suggested Materials: 

  • Paper
  • Colorful drawing supplies (markers, pencils, crayons, etc.)

Optional Materials:

  • Watercolor or acrylic paints
  • Fast sculpture supplies: Sculpee / clay, crochet, thread and fabric, dioramas, colorful paper and cutting tools, etc.

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Events are currently scheduled each Wednesday through May 6. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Survivalist Bookmaking

Who says you need fancy tools to make awesome books? Not Lisa Armstrong, our Survivalist Bookbinding guest artist! In this virtual workshop, Lisa will teach you how to McGyver your own recycled notebook with whatever you have lying around. This is a perfect chance to repurpose your print scraps, grocery lists, old calendars, rejection letters, goofy sketches, etc. into a totally one-of-a-kind book! Prime it with creative prompts for a sweet little journal or sketchbook, to keep yourself entertained or mail to friends and family!

Zoom Meeting ID: 99664764431

Suggested Materials: 

  • Recycled Paper
  • Sewing Needle
  • Thread (embroidery, bookbinding, hemp, or even dental floss!)
  • X-acto knife or boxcutter
  • Straight edge or ruler

Optional Materials:

  • Masking tape 
  • Binder clips
  • Collage materials

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Events are currently scheduled each Wednesday through May 6. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Typetones – Talking With Type

Join Zakia Rowlett to explore how handlettering can be used to give a tone to text, add personality to communications, bring depth to the meaning of words, and harmonize form with function. 

Working with a single word you’ll develop your own typeface for it, using elements of graphic design to impact how someone will respond to reading it.  You’ll explore how these methods are applied to commercial branding and logo design, and how you can apply them to your own creative projects.

Zakia Rowlett is an artist and designer specializing in logo, branding, book design, and posters. She will guide us through her analog hand lettering process, from the sketching and ideation phase through to refining the final letterforms. She’ll also demonstrate how to use a tablet to experiment with custom letterforms and digital typography.

Note: We’ve moved this Drink & Draw up to 5pm to allow you to take advantage of daylight (nature’s light box).

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 91874507741

Suggested Materials: 

  • Tracing Paper or lightest weight paper available
  • *Window nearby*
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Ballpoint pen or thin marker

Optional Materials:

  • iPad or drawing tablet

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Events are currently scheduled each Wednesday through May 6. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Points of Contact – Celebrating the Tactile

Guest Artist: Ally Hembree

Remember when it wasn’t taboo to high five or hug? What social interaction do you miss the most? Our first ever online Drink & Draw will be led by guest artist, Ally Hembree, who will guide us through how to use shapes, patterns, and a limited color palette to illustrate our answers to these questions, and rejuvenate special objects within our home. 

Embellish a household object, upcycle a glass bottle, or follow Ally’s lead by painting a terracotta pot! Don’t have an object on hand? Scavenge your neighborhood for a nice stone to make the feature of your rock garden. Using acrylic paints (or whatever you have on hand), make your object all the more alluring while lamenting our social interactions during the stay at home order and celebrating relationships from a distance.

Throughout the stay-at-home order, Hembree has dove into decorating terracotta pots as a way to explore a new creative practice centered on painting and drawing. While right now the ultimate expression of care is distance, Hembree has enjoyed designing pots to celebrate the importance of embrace and look toward a “post-quar” future.

Zoom Meeting ID: 971-6155-4213

Suggested Materials: 

  • Found Object(s) (terracotta pots recommended)
  • Regular pencil 
  • Any paper 
  • Acrylic Paints (hardware stores have cheap samples) 
  • Paint Brushes, variety of sizes
  • Water to rinse brushes

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Events are currently scheduled each Wednesday through May 6. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Drink & Draw: Exquisite Animations | April 2020

Enter the fourth dimension at our animation themed Drink & Draw this April. Inspired by the surrealist exquisite corpse parlor game in which a collection of words and images are assembled by a group of people, we will create a collaborative animation centered on the theme of time.

Guest Artist, Lisa Armstrong, will share how the element of time can turn simple drawings into playful juxtaposition, abstract stories, and unexpected visual delights. Drawn animation frames can take the form of comics, storyboards, patterns, color fields, photo collage, or type-based images. The evening will culminate with everyone photographing their frames to create and a collaborative stop-motion animation. Popcorn will be ready for the big debut screening!

Scheduling Note: April Fool’s! This Drink & Draw is April 8 (2nd Wednesday)! On the first Wednesday of the month, we recommend you head to Art on theMART, the largest permanent digital art projection in the world, projecting contemporary artwork across the 2.5 acre facade of the historic Merchandise Mart, to get inspired by the debut of Lisa’s animation made in collaboration with the Arts of Life.


Lisa Armstrong is a multi-disciplinary designer, artist, and educator. Her research focuses primarily on the study of empathic design, time-based media, and tensions between artificial and emotional intelligence. As a designer, she mainly works with clients in the non-profit, arts, and cultural sectors.

Drink & Draw is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to drawing practices. There are no pretensions, no prerequisites, and newcomers are always welcome. Bring a sketchbook and basic drawing materials, and invite your friends! Drink & Draw occurs the first Wednesday of every other month and features a special theme and a guest artist. Admission to Drink & Draw is a $15 suggested donation. The event is BYOB, but we do have some wine and beer available with a donation.

Queer Materialisms: Andrew Bearnot in dialogue with Dutes Miller and Betsy Odom

This event has been postponed for COVID-19 closures. We look forward to announcing a new date in the future.

Resident Artist Andrew Bearnot is a self-described “materialist” who thinks with and through the substance of things. Bearnot’s artistic practice centralizes theories of calibration and explores the intersection of science, ritual, and queer phenomenology. Bearnot will share new experiments in print media developed during the residency at Spudnik Press and will be joined by artists Dutes Miller and Betsy Odom for a conversation exploring intersections between their respective research and practice.