Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops, Open Studios
in Southern California Cities with Zip Code 92###
including San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties

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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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San Diego County

Jo's Gallery and Studio
3663 El Canto Dr.
Spring Valley, CA 91977 Telephone: 619-850-9986
Learn how to draw the nude, portrait and clothed figure in an art-filled, comfortable environment. Bring you own drawing materials. Wednesdays 9:00am-noon. $30 per session. Instruction by Jo Caldwell, portrait and figurative oil painter.

The Village Art Center
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Portrait/Figure Painting in Oils and Pastels. Class meets 4 Tuesdays, 10:00am-1:00pm. Learn how to paint the human face and figure from photographs, mannikins and live costumed models. Short and long length of poses. Student brings art materials. Some easels, tables, and chairs available. There will be step by step demonstrations with lots of individual attention by Pamela Weisberg, founder and instructor. All levels. Also, seeking new art models.

Cuyamaca College Fine Art Club
900 Rancho San Diego Parkway
El Cajon, CA 92019 Telephone: 619-660-4000
Life Drawing Open Studio. Every Wednesday 4:00-7:00pm except when campus is closed. Communication Arts Building, Room B-368. All Students (and guests) may attend. Participants split the $60 model fee. Usually around 6 to 10 students show-up, therefore the cost per student is approximately $6.00 to $10.00 each. Please bring small bills. (Please do not bring $20 bills, expecting us to have change.) Please arrive by 4:00pm sharp. Please remember to enter quietly if you arrive late. No admittance after the half-time break.

Encinitas Library
540 Cornish Dr (between D St & E St)
Encinitas, CA 92024
Organized by Jean Krumbein Telephone: 760-942-8738
The City presents a weekly Encinitas Library Figure Drawing Group every Friday 12:00-3:00pm. $10 donation requested to cover the expenses. We have two clothed models, and in the summer when our attendance is higher, we have three.

Watts Atelier of the Arts, LLC
171 Calle Magdalena Ste. 103
Encinitas, CA 92024 Telephone: 760-753-5378
Numerous classes and workshops including 20-minute Figure Lay-ins; Long Pose Drawing - Head and Figure; Figure Quicksketch; Reilly Abstraction - Head and Figure; Costumed Figure Painting; and Life Drawing Workshop.

REV Art Academy
191 N. El Camino Real, Suite 206
Encinitas, CA 92024
Classes include Figure Construction, Portrait Painting, Figure Painting, Quick Sketch Painting - Portrait/Figure, Figure Quick Sketch, Head Drawing, and Long Pose Head Drawing.

317 E Grand Ave
Escondido CA 92025 Telephone: 760-781-5779
Live drawing sessions are held at ArtHatch on an ongoing basis. Sessions are open to the public for a $10 fee. Sessions are held with a nude model for artists 18+. We ask you to bring a chair, supplies, and BYOB. Sorry, no photographers.

Fallbrook School of the Arts
310 East Alvarado Street
Fallbrook, CA 92028 Telephone: 760-728-6383
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed Open Studio with Model for Artists--all mediums. Once a month on a Friday 9:30am-12:30pm. See website for current schedule. Please register a minimum of one week in advance to avoid class cancellation. $15.00 including model fees.
Instructed classses include Classical Drawing and Contemporary Abstract Figurative Painting & Collage.

ArtBeat on Main Street
330 Main Street
Vista, CA 92084
Telephone: 760-295-3118
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm, Nude, 2-40 min poses, $12 uninstructed.
• Thursday 6:00-9:00pm, Costume, 1 Long Pose, $15 uninstructed.
• Saturday 1:00-4:00pm, Nude/Lightly clothed, Patrons choice. $15 uninstructed.
Bring your own supplies. Equipment provided: easels, drawing horses, tables, chairs, model stand, props, fabrics. Call to book a session with an instructor.

SDAI Figure Drawing
SDAI Museum of the Living Artist
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 Telephone:619-236-0011
Life drawing program Sunday and Monday evenings, 6:00-9:00pm. Cost of attendance is $5. Models will be doing their own special nude and/or costumed poses.

Perspective - Life Drawing
Planet Rooth Studio Gallery
3334 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
We have open studio figure drawing every second and fourth Sunday of the month at 3:00-6:00pm. The second Sundays are nude figure modeling (strictly 18+ years of age) and the fourth Sundays are costumed modeling. The model fee is $6 at the door. Poses start with 1 minute gestures and progress to 20 min poses toward the end. Pose lengths subject to attendee input. Located in a century old craftsmen home turned art gallery, you can expect nice atmosphere and great music. Bring your own art supplies, easels included. No smelly mediums, please clean up messes. See website for specific dates and more info.

Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School San Diego
The Merrow
1271 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103 Telephone: 858-405-9453
Cabaret drawing events the third Saturday of every month, 3:00-6:00pm. This is the San Diego affiliate of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, founded in New York City.

The Art Academy of San Diego
3784 30th St.
San Diego, CA 92104 Telephone: 619-231-3900
Classes include Life Sculpture and Life Drawing.

North Park Open Studio Figure Drawing Group
4044 Idaho Street
San Diego, CA 92104
We are a group artists that meet at the North Park Recreation Center every Thursday 10:00am-1:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-12:00noon to practice figure drawing with a nude art model. No photography of the model is allowed. You must be 18 years of age or older. We provide chairs and tables, but you must bring your own art supplies. We start with 2 minutes gestures, then 5 minute poses, a 10 minute pose, then followed by 20 minutes poses until the end. The last Thursday and Saturday of every month is one long pose after the gestures.

Athenaeum School of the Arts
4441 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92116 (University Heights) Telephone: 858-454-5872
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes include Painting and Drawing the Human Figure, Portraiture, Figure Painting with Different Strokes, and Sculpting the Male Figure.
Uninstructed Life Drawing Sundays 11:00am-3:00pm. Long and short poses.

San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

Chaffey Community Museum of Art
217 S. Lemon Ave
Ontario, CA 91761 Telephone: 909-463-3733
Live Model Figure Painting Classes. Nothing trains the artist's eye quite like painting from a live model. Paint with artist Gayle Stratford from a live model at an uninstructed workshop on the first Thursday of each month from 11:00am-3:00pm. Cost is $10. One long pose. Workshop held in CCMA's Main Gallery, illuminated by north-facing natural clerestory light. For more information, contact Gayle Stratford at

The Morongo Basin Life Drawing League
Joshua Tree Retreat Center
59700 29 Palms Hwy.
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Drawing League contact: Janis Commentz Telephone: 760-365-4955
JTRC Office phone Telephone: 760-365-8371
The Morongo Basin Life Drawing League meets Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30pm. Participating artists (usually 4-7) split the $45 model fee and pay a $1 per artist facility fee. Art models are generally nude, occasionally costumed. The uninstructed sessions include 6-8 gesture poses, followed by 10 to 30 minute poses. Chairs are provided; a dropcloth is required. Beginning and experienced artists welcome members to a friendly, encouraging atmosphere. The league has met since 2007. In 2009 and 2010, the MB Life Drawing League participated in the Hwy. 62 Open Studio Tours.

Artists Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262 Telephone: 760-322-4850
Life Drawing Workshops are non-instructional and are meant to provide an opportunity for artists at any level, working in any medium, to have access to a live, undraped art model in a casual and creative atmosphere. Class fee for Artists Council members is $20. Nonmembers pay $40. All workshops are on Saturdays 10:30am-2:30pm. See website for dates.

Desert Art Center
550 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Telephone: 760-323-7973
Art classes include Life Drawing. You will have exercises to loosen up and instruction on how to render the human figure. Warmup is usually in charcoal on newsprint with longer poses in the medium of your choice.

Idyllwild Arts
52500 Temecula Road
Idyllwild, CA 92549 Telephone: 951-659-2171
Summer school classes include Color Boot Camp, Contemporary Approaches to Painting, Drawing Intensive, Encaustic Painting, The Figure/Still Life: Direct Painting, Narrative Figurative Painting, Travel Drawing & Painting, Watercolor from Within, Watercolor Unleashed & Painting the Figure in Watercolor.

Orange County

Ying Liu Portrait Workshop
Los Alamitos Community Center
10911 Oak Street,
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Saturdays 9:00am-12:00 noon. See website for current dates and registration.

Irvine Fine Arts Center
14321 Yale Avenue
Irvine, CA 92604
Telephone: 949-724-6880
Classes include Portrait Sculpture.

Kazone Art Academy
4850 Barranca Parkway, Suite 201 (2nd Floor of Wells Fargo)
Irvine, CA 92604 Telephone: 949-825-5179
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed figure drawing and painting workshops, Mondays 7:00-10:00pm. $15 per session. This workshop is open to all artists and art students of any skill level. Instructed Figure Drawing classes are also available.

Blue Sky Academy of Art
770 Roosevelt #100
Irvine, CA 92620
Figure drawing. Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm. $15. Model will be nude. Poses will range from 2-20 minutes with the option to extend the last pose to 40 minutes (by special request). I have 6 horsies and 9 easels paired with chairs, if you are a 'sketchbooker' and do not need an easel, please place a single chair anywhere you would like and save the easel spots for others. Open medium. Light refreshments served.

South Coast Art Center
1835 Whittier Avenue, Unit A13
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Telephone: 949-791-8780
Figure Drawing Workshop. Instructed, Ongoing Monthly. $50 for 4 sessions or $20 drop-in — Enroll on website. Saturdays 1:00-4:00pm. Short and Long Pose. Professional life models, short and long poses for 3 hours. Monitored by studio assistant.

Location 1980
1980 Placentia Ave. Suite B
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 Telephone: 949-491-0616
Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm. $20. Hone your skills and nurture your creative soul by drawing the figure within a supportive community of artists, designers and other creatives. Great music, atmosphere and creative energy.

The Co-Z Artist Studio
27 Spectrum Pointe Dr., Suite 310
Lake Forest, CA 92630 Telephone: 949-633-3995
Live Model Sessions. Paint/Sketch, Thursdays 10:00am-1:00pm, Long Pose, $15 per person. Draw/Sketch, Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm, Short to Long Poses, $15 per person.

The La Habra Art Association
215 N. Orange Street
La Habra, CA 90631 Telephone: 562-691-9739
Life Drawing Session. Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm. Model Fee: $10 Bring your own supplies.

Huntington Beach Art Center
538 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648 Telephone: 714-374-1650
Classes include Basic Human Anatomy and Life Drawing, Life Drawing and Painting, and Portraiture.

Laguna College of Art and Design - LCAD
2222 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1136
Figure Drawing Workshops, Saturdays 1:00-6:00pm. Studio 10. $15 drop in fee.

Laguna Canyon Studios
3251 Laguna Canyon Road, Studio F
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Instructed and Uninstructed
Figurative Workshops on Tuesdays every 2 weeks (see online calendar). Tuesdays 10:00am-1:00pm (Long Pose). Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm (Drawing, with 2, 5, 10, 15 & 25 minute poses). Workshops utilize nude and costumed models. Gamsol is required for Oil Painters. No photography of models. Check our online calendar, as the schedule may change to accommodate holidays and special events. Drop-in fees are $15 and referrals to new experienced models are welcomed.

Jennifer Joyce Ceramic Arts
131 Avenida Navarro
San Clemente, CA 92672
Telephone: 949-940-8113
Life sculpture, drawing, painting. Come join us every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. $20/Person. There will be a live model here at the studio which will change every session. Clay included, bring your own tools.

San Clemente Art Supply
1531 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672 Telephone:949-369-6603
Open Life Drawing, Mondays 1:00-4:00pm, Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm, $12 per session, model fee included. Open Painting Studio with Models, Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, $15 per sessin, model fee included.

6630 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683 Telephone: 714-891-3626
$15 per session (buy four get one free, buy eight get three free). Catalyst is located in the strip mall next to Art Supply Warehouse.
• Nude Figure Drawing Sessions. Wednesday Afternoons 1:00-4:00pm, Wednesday Nights 6:00-9:00pm. The models provide us with a variety of short and long poses, natural and dynamic, accentuating the human form for your study. All mediums are welcome. Bring your own materials. Easels / benches and refreshments are provided. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. As with any nude life drawing, we request courtesy to the art model and other artists—maturity and respect are key. Photography is not allowed.
• Long Pose Sundays. 4:00-7:00pm. Model may be nude, costumed, or draped.

Q Art Salon
205 N. Sycamore St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701 Telephone: 714-835-8833 (gallery)
Uninstructed figure modeling workshops are held every Tuesday and Thursday 6:30-9:30pm at the gallery. Tuesdays: 1st hour short poses, last 2 hours long pose. Thursdays: 3-hour long pose. $15 per session. No reservation needed. Snacks and Drinks provided.

Avantgarden The Art Gallery
207 N Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Telephone: 714-558-8843
We have a workshop on the 3rd Saturday of every month, 2:30-5:30pm, featuring a live model for either portrait (costumed/clothed) or figure (nude). We currently do a single pose for three hours, which is good for painting, but other media are welcome. $12 per session (cash only). Artists must supply their own materials. We do have some easels and tables available. Artists must be over 18 to attend figure sessions. Avantgarden is an art gallery run by non-profit organization Orange County Fine Arts, featuring art by local artists.

The Arlyn Pillay Art Gallery
13544 Newport Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780 Telephone: 714-884-8700
Figure drawing workshops every Tuesday from 7:00-10:00pm. $15. Age 18 and up. One week is traditional nude and the next week is cosplay. All levels and all media are welcome. Art benches and easels are provide. Bring your own art supplies.

Korpus School of Art + Gallery
OC Location:
140 S. Harbor Blvd., Unit 108
Anaheim, CA 92805
Instructed and Uninstructed
Art classes include Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, and College Portfolio Preparation. Uninstructed Figure Drawing Workshops are held periodically—Please see our Workshops page for more information.

CSUF's Pencil Mileage Club (PMC)
800 N. State College St.
Fullerton, CA 92831
We host a student-run figure drawing session that takes place on Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm at Cal State Fullerton, room VA 160 (Building D). It's $5 per session! Because we are student-run, we occasionally won't have a model — instead we'll have students/attendees volunteer! That being said, it's highly recommended that you either email us or check our Facebook page beforehand to see if there is a model session that week. Park in the Nutwood structure; school parking is $2/hour for a max of 2 hours or $8 for 3+ hours.

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