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10 Romantic Date Ideas for Art Lovers

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Blame it on Shakespeare or Mozart or Rembrandt, but art lovers also tend to be hopelessly romantic. Which, via various laws of transitivity, means they usually end up dating other art lovers, and in turn, these enamored artists are going to need an endless supply of great date ideas that will celebrate their mutual love of — what else? Art.

But for serious: whether it involves creation, cooperation, criticism or just plain old appreciation, a date that incorporates your artistic sides (or lack thereof) can be a great way to probe one another’s intellects and discover mutual interests. Here are 10 dates that anyone who is even remotely artistically-inclined should consider:

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BYOB Painting Class

Apparently we don’t have the patience to sit around and make art for art’s sake anymore; instead, we use painting classes as another excuse to get drunk. Sign me up.


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Poetry Slam

Hosted by a bar or cafe near you. The premise: order some drinks; watch people deliver impassioned spoken word pieces. Order more drinks; deliver animpassioned (and perhaps impromptu) spoken word piece yourself.


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Pottery Class

Who doesn’t want to reenact one of the most achingly-romantic/gut-wrenchingly-oversentimental movie scenes of all time? Unsurprisingly, many venues offer the option to BYOB.


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Gallery Tours/Art Walks

Most major metropolitan areas have a neighborhood or two bustling with contemporary art galleries. Those galleries, in turn, are usually charitable enough to open their doors to the plebeians once a week for free tours (Manhattan’s Chelsea, for example, hosts the general public on Thursdays throughout the summer). Plus free wine is served.


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Improv Class

A great opportunity to gauge your date’s sense of humor, acting prowess and ability to think quickly on their feet all wrapped into one.


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Probably not the ideal first date, since talking is frowned upon in the establishments that host these events. But once you’ve warmed up to one another, there are few occasions more romantic than an overdressed outing to dinner and your (presumably decadent) local theater.


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Sketch Together

Subjects for your next painting, drawing or poem abound everywhere you look. Maybe there’s an idyllic panorama in a nearby park or forest; maybe you know of a cityscape or museum exhibit that’s especially inspiring. Whatever it is, share that subject with your partner and draft together for a while. Sometimes our most romantic moments are ones we spend in thoughtful silence.


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How ‘Bout a Game of Exquisite Corpse?

First popularized as a parlour or café game among some of the most noteworthy early French surrealists (Andre Breton, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp and Joan Miró among them) exquisite corpse is a method by which multiple artists create a collaborative piece of artwork (be it a drawing, painting, story, poem, screenplay, etc.). The catch? The second contributor is only permitted to see the final portion of the previous artist’s contribution, so the consequences are illogical, fragmented and often hilarious (hence its prevalence in the surrealist movement). Methinks its time for exquisite corpse to be revisited as a great date activity for art-lovers, so jump on the bandwagon now before doing so becomes passé.


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(Nude) Model Together

Every had that strange, curious urge to be the nude model who has to hold some rictal, aching pose for half-hour intervals in front of an undergrad art class? Just me? Well, if you’re feeling brazen, make like Rachel and Keith did and sign up for some bare-naked shenanigans in the name of artistic endeavor. It worked for them — as of a year ago, they were engaged to be married.