Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops, Open Studios
in the Los Angeles area with Zip Codes 90### and 91###
Other Parts of CaliforniaOther States and Provinces

Since 2009, this directory has listed art schools, ateliers, and studios where artists can paint, sculpt, or draw live art models. Life Drawing groups come and go, and schedules change, so it is wise to confirm with the organizer before attending. Please report any defunct groups or broken links to

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Ann Bridges Art Studio
3875 Wilshire Blvd. 14th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010 (Mid-Wilshire) Telephone: 562-547-8978
Art classes include Saturday Figure Drawing and Painting. 10:00am-1:00pm. $225/month.

LifeDrawing Muze
801 E. 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Arts District)
Life drawing workshop at ArtShareLA every Wednesday 6:45-9:45pm. $10 fee. Model is nude or sometimes costumed, female or male. Different theme every week. Check our website for information on the model of the week. Poses are 5, 10, 15 and 25 minutes in a very creative atmosphere with easels, chairs, and tables. Bring your own art supplies. No oils please. Free parking up the ramp across the street from ArtShareLA. Make sure to RSVP to confirm your attendance. Looking for new models all the time; please email with pictures and rate.

UCLA Extension
1010 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Westwood)
Telephone: 310-825-9971
Art classes include Beginning Figure Drawing, Advanced Figure Drawing, and Figure Painting.

Tom of Finland Foundation
1421 Laveta Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)
Foundation: Telephone: 213-250-1685
Workshop contact:
Monthly homo-erotic life drawing workshop (Male Models only), usually the 2nd Sunday of the month, 1:00-4:00pm. 1-2 Nude models. Drawing media only. No photography. $30 suggested donation at the door. RSVP required.

Happy Drawing Times at Echo Park
165 N Toluca St
Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)
Sessions are scheduled via Facebook events and are usually twice a month, evenings, 8:00-10:00pm. Days/times are subject to change, please join and check Facebook group for accurate information. If you do not have Facebook, please inquire via email. Bring your own drawing materials. Seating is first come first serve on household furniture, floor if space runs out. 25 person capacity. Poses are a mix of 1,5,10,15, and 25 minute poses. Fee: $5 per person. BYOB/refreshments. Models needed: Male/Female nude, partially clothed, costumed, or with props, male/female. Interested models may inquire via email.

Blue Rooster Art Supplies
4661 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Hollywood) Telephone: 323-302-5613
Figurative artist Van Arno is instructing weekly, stand-alone classes in drawing the live model. Drop ins welcome. $20 per class. Improve your figure drawing skills... or start drawing for the first time. Take one class or all of them and pay as you go.

Barnsdall Art Center
4814 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Hollywood) Telephone: 323-644-6295
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed life drawing workshops employing nude and clothed models. Long pose and short pose sessions are offered. We alternate between male and female models.
Instructed Life Drawing class is also offered.

Los Feliz Life Drawing Workshop
4451 Kingswell Ave 3/4 — art studio at the back
Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)
Contact Jennifer McChristian:
Life drawing workshops with a female model. The poses are 2 minutes and 5 minutes for the first hour, and then 25 minutes each for the last two hours.
• Monday evenings 7:00-10:00pm.
• Thursday evenings 7:00-10:00pm.
• Saturday mornings 10:00am-1:00pm.

Dr. Sketchy's Los Angeles
sessions are held at various locations
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Our figure-drawing cabaret provides top-notch models, refreshments, prizes, casual networking opportunities, and artistic inspiration, all wrapped up in a theatrical package. Artists should bring their own art supplies. Photography is not allowed. Participants must be 21+. This is the L.A. affiliate of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, founded in New York City.

Kline Academy of Fine Art
3264 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034 (Palms) Telephone:310-837-7194
We offer a range of nude figure drawing and painting classes:
• Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm: Venetian Style Figure Drawing and Painting
• Saturdays 10:00am -1:00pm: Long Pose Figure Drawing and Painting
Classes are $75 / 3 hr class or $65-70 / class if you sign up for the month.

Gnomon School of Visual Effects
1015 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Hollywood)
Telephone: 323-466-6663
Art classes include Figure Drawing and Gesture Drawing.

The Model Drawing Collective: Empowering Models/Inspiring Artists
1121 Seward St
Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Hollywood)
Contact: Joe or Lisa
Co-facilitated by industry professionals Lisa Dosson and Joe Pi. The the workshops are are a fun, creative, respectful atmosphere for both the models and the artists. $15 per 3-hour session, with the first half starting with fast, nude-gesture posing and the second half a costume theme usually chosen by the model. 80's and 90's music is played for entertainment. Coffee, snacks, and water are provided. No Photography! However on occasion, a model may announce a photography fee for references during the workshop. Schedule:
• Tuesdays at Titmouse in Hollywood, 8:00-11:00pm.
• 2nd and 4th Fridays at the Animation Union, 7:00-10:00pm. 1105 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

DEPTH: A Life Drawing Session
The Artform Studio
5611 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042 (Highland Park) Telephone: 213-613-1050
DEPTH is an uninstructed life drawing workshop occurring every second Saturday of the month from 7:00-10:00pm at The Artform Studio in Highland Park during the NELA Artwalk. Our models, either female or male, are costumed—styled by one of our stylists here at Artform. We begin our sessions with quick 5 to 10 minute poses and close out our sessions with longer 30-minute poses. Tables are provided for artists, but we ask that everyone bring their own supplies. Participation is $20, $15 for students with ID.

VAS/Visual Art Studio
Los Angeles, CA 90042 (Highland Park)
Telephone: 213-359-8846
Since 1993, VAS has specialized in portfolio prep for students who plan to attend art college. Figure class includes "Beginning Life Drawing" , "Intermediate Life Drawing" and "Digital Life Painting". Digital class using Photoshop, Maya, and ZBrush is open for anyone who wishes to develop their digital portfolio, Saturday 4:00-7:00pm. Professional art models. Monthly registration required.

Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045 (Westchester) Telephone: 310-665-6850
Art classes include Life Drawing.

Brentwood Art Center
13031 Montana Avenue — at 26th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood) Telephone: 310-451-5657
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Art classes include Figure Drawing, Portrait and Figure Drawing, Contemporary Figure Painting, and Figure Sculpture. See the wesbite for current offerings.
• Tuesdays 2:00-5:00pm, Uninstructed Life Model Workshop. Short poses: Five 5-minute poses; then 20-minute poses. $15. Drop-ins welcome. Phone to reserve your spot. Acrylics and water-base paints allowed, but no oil paints in this room.
• Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, Uninstructed Life Model Workshop. Long pose: One pose for the entire session. $15. Drop-ins welcome. Phone to reserve your spot. Oil paints OK in this room.

Tanya Ragir Sculpture Classes
Los Angeles, CA 90066 (Mar Vista) Telephone: 310-390-5919
Figurative sculpture classes.

Studio II Life Drawing at Helms Bakery
8739 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232 Telephone: 310-614-6207 (Cell)
• Sunday 10:00am-1:00pm. $15, 2 to 20 minute poses.
• Tuesday 9:30am-12:30pm, $15, 5 minute and 20 minute poses.
Please arrive early to settle in. No photography or media that involve smelly solvents. Easels and drawing benches are available. 8739 Washington Avenue entrance is a set of glass doors, usually open. Studio II is at the end of a long corridor, through the fire doors, up the ramp, left past the bathrooms and through another the fire door. The Loading dock entrance (back door) is off the parking alley at the west side of the building; walk up the small stairs to the loading dock, through the doorway, right and then left to Studio II. There is ample parking on Washington Ave. (weekday metered), or in the parking lots on both corners of Venice Blvd. and Helms Ave., across from the entrance to HD Buttercup.

Teale Sculpture Studio
Hawthorne Arts Complex
13040 Cerise Ave Suite O
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Telephone: 310-397-2697
Life Drawing workshop with Model. Twice a month on Thursday evenings 7:00-10:00pm. Long Poses. $20.

LIVE at the Manhattan Beach Art Center
1560 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Telephone: 310-802-5440
Monthly themed costume figure drawing event on the first Thursday of every month, with a variety of models in a relaxed environment with music inspired by the night's costume theme. Free for ages 16+, from 5:00-8:00pm. Suggested donation amount for models is $12. Free snacks, drinks, and parking available in our own lot located behind the building. Poses are 2-25 minutes in length. Bring your own supplies. All skill levels welcome.

Palos Verdes Art Center
5504 W. Crestridge Rd.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 Telephone: 310-541-2479
Art classes inlcude Figure Drawing, Figure and Portrait Painting, and Teen Figure Drawing.

Venice Life Drawing
1157 Van Buren Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90291 (Venice)
Info: Jarka Wilcox Telephone: 310-476-8941 (or cell Telephone: 310-694-4001) or just come
Life Drawing workshop with model. Saturday mornings 9:00am-12:00noon. $15.00. Short (2 minute) to long (20 minute) poses. Nude and occasional costume. Located just behind Mittel art store on the west side of Lincoln Blvd, between Venice and Washington Blvds.

Rogers Park Community Center
400 W. Beach Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302
Contact Robert Zagorski Telephone: 310-497-6045
Figure drawing workshop Fridays 9:00am-12:00noon. $10. All levels of ability welcome. This friendly group has been meeting for over 20 years in a casual atmosphere. New participants welcome.

Lance Richlin Atelier
20950-I Normandie Ave.
Torrance, CA 90502 Telephone: 310-686-8856,
Lance Richlin offers classes in classical painting on Sundays 10:00am-2:00pm. $230 Cash for 4 consecutive Sundays. Private lessons available at times of your choosing for $41 per hour. Nonrefundable. One absence is allowed if it is arranged for when signing up for the 4 lessons. Your level of skill doesn't matter—I will give you skill. Beginners welcome.

Whittier Art Association
8035 S. Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602
Contact: John Williams Telephone: 951-236-0862
Life Drawing sessions 7:00-10:00pm on the first Friday night of each month. See our website for the current schedule. At least 5 participants are required to cover the cost of the model, so please RSVP a couple of days in advance of the evening you plan to attend. All media welcome (bring your own supplies).

La Habra, CA 90631 and
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
are on the Orange County page.

Angels Gate Cultural Center
3601 South Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731 Telephone: 310-519-0936
Angels Gate offers uninstructed Life Drawing workshops, 2 days a week!
Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm. Life Drawing. Classroom G, $15 model fee.
Saturdays 8:00am-12:00noon. Life Drawing and Painting. Classroom G, $15 model fee.

Knox Farrand Studio
1021 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Figure Drawing and Painting hosted by Knox Farrand. For artists of all skill levels to practice drawing the human form. $20 per 3-hour session; $15 for students. Fridays 9:00am-12:00noon: Three hour-long pose figure.

CSU Long Beach Drawing and Painting Club hosting 'Sunday Model Sessions'
Building FA4, Room 204
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
Contact for questions and info
Every fall and spring semesters beginning second week of school, until the second to last week of the semester. Every Sunday From 4:00-7:00pm. The drawing and painting club hosts self-guided drawing/or painting sessions with 3 one-hour long poses each hour with a female or male nude model. New model each week. Fee is $6 for CSULB students and $12 for non csulb students; price may lower as more people attend. Pay at door no prior registration needed. Each Sunday CSULB also has student gallery openings from 5:00-7:00pm, which attendees can visit during model breaks and look at art and grab a snack.

Business Men's Art Institute
2228 Florencita Ave
Montrose, CA 91020
Telephone: 818-249-4275
BMAI is a nonprofit organization established in 1928. Call for information on current classes.

McGroarty Arts Center
7570 McGroarty Terrace
Tujunga, CA 91042 Telephone: 818-352-5285
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes include Drawing from Life and Classical Figure Sculpture.
Uninstructed Model Painting Workshop uses costumed models. Tuesdays 9:30am-12:30pm. $15/class.

Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103 Telephone: 626-792-5101
Classes include figure drawing and painting.

Situ Art Academy
1573 N. Hill Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104 Telephone: 909-222-8762
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Instructed Classes include Beginning Figure Drawing, Figure Quick Sketch, Figure Painting, Portraiture Drawing, Long Pose Figure / Portrait Painting.
• Uninstructed Workshops: Thursdays 7:30-10:30pm, Sundays 2:00-5:00pm. $15 at the door. One 3-hour pose.

ArtCenter College of Design
South Campus
950 S. Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105 Telephone: 626-396-2319
Art Center at Night classes include Introduction to Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, and Head & Hands.

Concept Design Academy - CDA
55 Waverly Drive, Suite 104
Pasadena, CA 91105 Telephone: 818-669-4657
Instructed and Uninstructed
• This school specializes in design & fundamental training tailored for the entertainment design industry (film, game, & animation). Figure classes include “Analytical Figure Drawing” and “Advance Figure Drawing” taught by design professionals. Great study environment for anyone who wishes to develop their portfolio or improve skills. AC, snack, drinks and drawing horse are provided in class.
• Uninstructed Short Pose Figure Drawing Workshop, Sundays 6:00-9:00pm. $15 /session.

Brand Library Studios
1601 W. Mountain St.
Glendale, CA 91201
Telephone: 818-548-2184
Lifelong Learning classes may include Life Drawing and Figurative Sculpture.

Imaginings Sketch/ People Sketchers
Agoura, CA 91301
Contact: Sheila Fein or text Telephone: 818-324-4966
Wednesdays 10:00am-1:00pm, figurative models, $20. People Sketchers is a group of professional and student artists who creatively pursue the art of drawing the human figure. We study both the human figure and the costumed figure each workshop. Once every 6 weeks we hold a Thursday 6-hour painting and drawing session with a model. Each workshop is pre-booked by artists. For directions and to join us on any particular Wednesday please email or text Sheila Fein (see above). Private drawing and painting lessons available for all ages. Snacks and coffee provided. Easy parking.

California State University Northridge (CSUN)
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Telephone: 818-677-2348
The CSUN Department of Art offers self-guided figure drawing workshops during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The sessions include beginning to advanced students. Usually, there are 13 or 14 sessions each semester that are scheduled on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings 5:30-9:30pm in Art and Design Center rooms 602 or 604 -- see above link for current schedule. Attendees do not have to be enrolled at CSUN. The fee is either $55.00 for the whole semester or $5.00 per session and can be paid at the workshop.

Artists of C M Cooper Studios
Valencia, CA 91354 Text Telephone: 661-993-5798
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Uninstructed Workshop Painting. Live model, One Pose. Wednesdays 1:00-5:00pm (no lunch break). Fee: $35 cash or check.
• Instructed Painting Class. Live model, One pose. Fridays 10:30am-3:00pm. 20-minute break for snack. Fee: $50 cash or check. Uninstructed $35.
• Must text a day ahead to express interest in attending. Limited class size. Instructed students have priority over uninstructed on Fridays. No Nude figure quick drawing classes.

Artist Co-op 7
18312 Oxnard Street
Tarzana, CA 91356 Telephone: 818-885-8306
Artist Co-op 7 offers an ongoing art program at San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center. Courses include "Right Brain Figure Drawing: Fearless Creating". Students of all levels of skill investigate innovative concepts of expression in pictorial space, structure and aesthetic content. Emphasis on the multimedia approach. Meets on Mondays, 10:00am-12:30pm. Model poses 10:30am-12:30pm. Poses are 1-20 minutes in length. Both nude and costumed models. Both female and male models.

The People Sketcher
Hillcrest Center for the Arts
403 W. Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Contact: Helane Freeman
Thursdays 10:00am-1:00pm, figurative models, $20. People Sketchers is a group of professional and student artists who creatively pursue the art of drawing the human figure. It is a member of the Conejo Valley Arts Council, the VCAC, and shares an alliance with the art groups of Thousand Oaks, Ventura and L.A.

Westlake Academy of Art
2799 Willow Lane Suite #102
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Telephone: 805-807-0566
Classes include Head Drawing, Life Drawing, Oil Painting from Life, and Watercolor Painting from Life.

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Valley Art Workshop
5210 Collier Place
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Telephone: 818-390-2215
Life Drawing. Sundays 4:00-7:00pm. $15 at the Door.

David Simon Studio
15414 Cabrito Road
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Classes include Portrait Sculpture and Figure Sculpture.

Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art — LAAFA
16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Telephone: 818-708-9232
Art classes include Head Drawing in Charcoal, Figure Quick Sketch, 2D Anatomy, Head/Figure Drawing, Life and Imagination, Ecorché/3D anatomy, Alla Prima Head/Figure Painting, Alla Prima Portrait Painting, Color and Composition, Life Painting, Contemporary Head/Figure Painting, Head Painting, Portraiture/Figure Painting, Caricature Watercolor.

Gallery Girls
Los Angeles, CA 91411
Contact Jennifer Fabos Patton: Telephone: 818-535-5761
Drawing and Painting events all over L.A. Most events have food, drinks and fun music. For current schedule, check our Website or Facebook page.

Weekly Drawing Group in Burbank
941 E Verdugo Ave. (corner of Verdugo and Bel Aire Dr.)
Burbank, CA 91501 Telephone: 818-636-5487
Sunday 2:00-5:00pm, Nude Male Model, $5 per session. Limited to 7 artists. Have 5 artist benches, 2 drafting tables, and an easel. Begin with 5 five-minute poses, and then follow with 30-minute poses. Model poses on a raised 3' podium using natural light (skylights) or artificial light on dark days. Have many props at the models disposal. Respond with full name, email, and contact phone number to be placed on weekly contact list. Reservations taken each week on a first come, first serve basis. Bring your own board, or sketch book and supplies.

Brainstorm School
223 W Palm Ave
Burbank, CA 91502
Classes include figure drawing.

The Animation Guild
1105 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505-2528 Telephone: 818-766-0521
Art classes include Head, Hand, and Foot Drawing; Life Drawing; Head and Figure Painting; Figure Drawing from Top to Bottom; Composition for Animation and Film; Drawing for Composition; Color and Composition.

CTN Studio Burbank
847 Hollywood Way, Space 100
Burbank, CA 91505
Telephone: 818-259-1598
CTN Sketch Fever. Themed costumed events. See website for schedule. Open seating for up to 50 artists is first come first served. $15.00 pre-registered, $18.00 at the door. Bring your own supplies.

Creative Arts Center
1100 West Clark Avenue
Burbank, CA 91506 Telephone: 818-238-5397
Live Model Workshop is designed for those who can paint and/or draw independently, without instruction, using any media. Class minimum registration of 8 students. See website for the current Recreaton Guide to find the up-to-date schedule and registration details.

Art Directors Guild
11969 Ventura Blvd (corner of Radford Ave)
Studio City, CA 91604
Figure drawing workshop. Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm. See above link for more information, including RSVP, fee, and parking details.

The Clay Circle Sculpture Class
Carter Sexton
5308 Laurel Canyon Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91607
This group has been created to give people from all skill levels to come and enjoy sculpting a live model out of self-drying clay. All the materials are available and instruction provided. Whether you are a couple and want to explore, feel like releasing your inner artist, or an expert brushing up on your skills, this is a great opportunity. Spaces are limited to 10 sculptors in the purpose-built activity room. So book early to secure your spot. However we can accommodate 5 sketchers and possible walk ins, depending on bookings. See link for schedule and rates.

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The dA Center for the Arts
252-D South Main Street
Pomona, CA 91766-1630 Telephone: 909-397-9716
Figure Drawing. Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm and Saturdays 9:00am-12:00noon, $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID. Mondays 9:00am-3:30pm, $20 (long pose). Develop and strengthen your figurative skills through observation of live models and staged environments.

The Drawing Club
Gallery Nucleus
210 E. Main St.
3235 San Fernando Rd. #2C
Alhambra, CA 91801 • Gallery Nucleus Telephone: 626-458-7482
Thursday nights 7:00-10:00pm and a 3-hour long pose session one Sunday a month 9:00am-12:00pm. $20 per session. Our drawing and painting workshops have a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Each session has a story theme with an art model in character interacting within a set on our stage with carefully selected music and sound effects. You are welcome to bring any media and are encouraged to interpret the theme in any way you like. Host Bob Kato provides one-on-one instruction for those who would like some.

MOAH - Lancaster Museum of Art and History
665 W. Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534
Live Figure Drawing sessions take place every second and fourth Sunday of each month from 4:45-7:00pm. Sessions will be free and include the use of easel, a live model and instructor. Participants need to provide their own drawing materials. Figure Drawing will be divided into two sessions: Quick Gesture Poses at 5:00pm and Long Poses at 6:00pm with a 10-minute break in between. Entry will be prohibited once sessions are in progress and seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early.

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