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.

Lynn Forbes School of Sculpture
300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 102
Carlsbad, CA 92008 Telephone: 949-444-1926
We have sculpture classes every day except Sunday, and weekend workshops about every two months. Classes use nude and clothed models. The school offers the following instruction: Portrait classes; Anatomy classes; Various full-bodied poses; Nude studies; Facial expression studies; Group classes; Youth, children's classes.

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.

Life Drawing North County San Diego
3129 Tiger Run Court, suite 104
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Organizer: Cathrine Edlinger-Kunze Telephone: 505-205-2335
We meet for 3 hours once a week, alternating mornings and evening. $12/session. Short to long poses, nude models. All levels are invited, all media welcome. Bring Your Own Art Supplies. Many art benches and some easels available. Instructed sessions also available.

Cuyamaca College
900 Rancho San Diego Parkway
El Cajon, CA 92019 Telephone: 619-660-4000
Life Drawing Open Studio. Mondays 4:00-7:00pm. See website for schedule. Communication Arts Building "B" Room 368. This is an excellent opportunity to draw or paint from an art model in our beautiful, spacious drawing studio. Come brush up on your skills, meet new friends, and spend an enjoyable afternoon under our vaulted ceilings. Bring your own drawing or painting supplies. Model begins with 5-10 minutes of quick (1-2 minute) gestures, followed by 20-minute and longer poses, depending on participant input. Participants chip in to pay for the model, generally between $6 and $15 depending on how many artists attend.

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.

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.

Highland Valley Studios
18528 Highland Valley Rd
Ramona, CA 92065
Contact Patrick Korch Telephone: 858-602-6969
Four-hour session with short to long poses. $10. Last pose is about 1 1/2 to 2 hours so you can develop a painting/watercolor etc. Sessions are every other week. Call or email for schedule or to be placed on our email list for notifications. This is located on newly renovated ranch barns 35 acres abutting 4,500 acres at the foothills of San Diego Santa Maria Valley just before Ramona–a great ranch setting with beautiful views. Approximately 20-25 minutes from downtown San Diego and 20-25 minutes from Del Mar and surrounding area. Art models are all professionals and excellent.

SDAI Figure Drawing
SDAI Museum of the Living Artist
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
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.

San Diego Art Department
3830 Ray Street
San Diego, CA 92104 Telephone: 619-299-4ART (4278)
Classes include Learning to Draw the Human Figure. You learn to define the posture and mood of each figure pose through quick gesture drawings and longer poses. You become familiar with proportions and anatomy, but mostly the emphasis is on the intuitive quality of lines and shading techniques that give depth to the form.

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.

Park Blvd Studios
4441 Park Blvd. (entrance to studio is on the side of the building)
San Diego, CA 92116
Instructed and Uninstructed
• We have two open workshop sessions per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm. These uninstructed sessions are open to the public. Model fee for each artist is $6 per 3-hour session. No need to pre-register - just show up! we provide the easels, benches, tables and chairs; you bring your materials.
• Instructed classes include Figure Drawing and FIgure Painting. Please see website for current offerings.

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 $40.00 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 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

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.

New Masters Academy
16182 Gothard St, Unit M
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Figurative art workshops taught by master artists, including drawing, painting, and sculpture.

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 7:00-10:00pm. 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.

Dr. Sketchy's Orange County
170 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805 Telephone: 714-829-8283
Cabaret drawing events 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. Pre-pay online $10 or pay at the door $12. This is the Orange County affiliate of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, founded in New York City.

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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