Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops, Open Studios

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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This page includes Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Tennessee.
Illinois, Texas, Minnesota and Wisconsin have been moved to separate pages.
Other States and Provinces

Alabama — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd (formerly 2000 8th Ave. N.)
Birmingham, AL 35203
Telephone: 205-254-2565
Classes include Drawing and Painting from Life: advance your artistic skills by drawing and painting the human figure from a live art model. Check the website for current class offerings.

Space One Eleven
2409 2nd Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35205 Telephone: 205-328-0553
Space One Eleven is offering a figure drawing course led by artist, Andy Jordan, Thursday nights, from 6:00-8:30pm. During the course, participants will experience the challenges and rewards of drawing from a live, nude model. Classes will consist of short and long poses and include demonstrations, discussions and critiques. Models can be experienced or new, but must be comfortable being nude.

Forstall Art Center
402 Palisades Blvd.
Homewood, AL 35209
Telephone: 205-870-0480
X8 (Times Eight) Life Drawing Group. Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm. Drop in rate $7, by the month $20. This figure drawing group is open to all serious artists from beginner to advanced. The first Tuesday of each month is costume night and the art model is clothed. The remaining Tuesdays of each month the art models are nude and will rotate between male and female. Everyone is welcome to come to the costume night, but no one under the age of 18 may attend on the evenings that the art models are nude.

Huntsville Art League
3005 L&N Drive, Suite 2
Huntsville, AL 35801 Telephone: 256-534-3860
• Every Monday morning 9:00am-12noon. Figure Drawing Group with a clothed art model. HAL Gallery. Call Terri Shows for information: 882-1427. Contact Terri before coming the first time.
• Second Monday evening of each month, 7:00-9:00pm. Life Drawing. $10 members/$15 non-members. This is an independent study group for those who wish to work from a live, clothed art model and are unable to attend the daytime sessions. Students will bring their own supplies. Eeasels and chairs provided. Space is limited, so early sign up is required to reserve your spot.

Arkansas — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Arkansas Arts Center
501 East 9th Street
P.O. Box 2137
Little Rock, AR 72203 Telephone: 501-372-4000
Art classes include Figure Drawing, Approaches to Realistic Figure Painting, and Dynamic Portrait Painting.

Iowa — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Octagon Center for the Arts
427 Douglas Avenue
Ames, IA 50010 Telephone: 515-232-5331
See website for current schedule. Recent class offerings include:
• Clay Figure Sculpture Class.Working from a nude figure model, learn to produce sculptures using block, slab and press mold methods.
• Figure Drawing. This in depth course will cover foundations in nude figure drawing that will build lifelong skills for all ages and levels of artists. Some drawing experience will be useful. Observation, perspective, gesture and line will be explored using graphite, and charcoal.

The Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
Telephone: 515-277-4405
Classes include Open Studio: The Figure. Use oils, acrylics, pastels, or drawing media as you master drawing and painting from the nude art model. Work with a range of long and short poses throughout the term. Beginning Drawing is a prerequisite for this class.

Pearson Lakes Art Center
PO Box 255
2201 Highway 71
Okoboji, IA 51355 Telephone: 712-332-7013
Open Studio: Ceramics, Painting, & Drawing. Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm. Bring your own supplies. Live clothed art model available. Suggested donation: $5. This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to expand your own working techniques.

Figge Art Museum
225 West 2nd Street
Davenport, IA 52801
Telephone: 563-326-7804
Figure Drawing: Refine drawing skills while working from the unclothed art model in a relaxed studio environment. All ability levels are welcome and instruction will be given. Participants under the age of 18 need written parental permission to attend.

Kansas — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Telephone: 785-843-2787
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes include Life Drawing and Anatomy for the Artist. Portraiture class is also offered.
Open Model Sessions: Draw from the model each week using your choice of medium. Models will do quick gesture poses at the beginning of each session and then a longer pose for the group. This class is not for beginners unless you are enrolled in Life Drawing as well. Enrollees must provide their own art supplies. Must be 18+ to enroll. Photographic devices not allowed.

University of Kansas, Department of Visual Art
KU Art & Design Building, Room 405
1467 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045 Telephone: 785-864-4042
Free figure drawing on Saturdays 11:00am-2:00pm. See website for specific dates. Open to all students and non-students alike. Bring a friend. High school students may participate with signed parental waiver form—see website. It is a good experience for an artist to draw a wide variety of different human forms. Therefore, not all models will be young and in great shape. Sometimes the best art models are older, and even elderly. Models can run the gambit from skinny to heavy.

Red Door Studios
1427 West 9th St, Suite #302
Kansas City, MO 64101 Telephone: 913-909-5408
Long Pose Open Figure Sessions. Every other Saturday 6:00-9:00pm artists of every discipline are invited to join us for our Long Pose Session. Doors open at 5:30pm so you have time to set up your easel and supplies. There is a $10.00 charge which covers the cost of the art model and the space.

Dr. Sketchy's Kansas City
556 Lowell
Kansas City, KS 66101
Dr. Sketchy's is what happens when cabaret meets art school. 6:00-10:00pm the first and third Sunday of every month. This is an affiliate of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, founded in New York City.

334 North Mead
Wichita, KS 67202 Telephone: 316-350-3245
Classes include Figures and Portraits. Students will draw from live nude art models every class, and will develop an array of skills. Age 18+ (unless with parental consent).

Enjoy the Moment with Art
4301 W. 51st Street
Roeland Park, KS 66205 Telephone: 816-210-4778
Meets Sundays 1:00-3:30pm, except holidays. Variety of extraordinary nude models. Start with 1 minute gesture poses, then some 5 and 10 minutes; remaining time 20 minute poses. Easels and drawing horses provided. $10. Welcoming, relaxed, creative atmosphere.

Mark Arts
9112 E. Central
Wichita, KS 67206 Telephone: 316-634-2787
See website for current schedule. Course offerings vary, but may include:
• Adult Sculpture. Open to any skill level, this sculpture class will include instruction on the building of armatures and modeling all parts of the human figure using water based clay.
• Romantic Figure and Life Drawing. The figure will be partially clothed in sheer or 'romantic' fabrics and dresses.

Kentucky — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Preston Arts Center Inc
3048 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205-3020 Telephone: 502-454-9954
Art classes include Life Drawing, Artist’s Anatomy & Figure Drawing.

Lexington Art League
209 Castlewood Drive
Lexington, KY 40505 Telephone: 859-254-7024
Classes include Nude Figure Drawing and Nude Figure Painting.

University of Kentucky
202B Reynolds Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0022
Questions can be directed to Anthony Roccanova at
Open Drawing Sessions. Saturdays 9:00am-noon. $8 (to pay for the model). Come and draw from the live art model in any medium in a relaxed atmosphere. No instruction is offered; provide your own paper and drawing media.

Louisiana — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
5256 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115 Telephone: 504-899-8111
Art classes include Life Drawing, Life Painting, and Figure Sculpture.

The New Orleans School of Art & Craft
3041 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70117 Telephone: 504-949-1525
Workshops include Figure Study: Students will learn to draw the human figure from a live model, focusing on the gesture, contour, form, and shading. This two day workshop provides focused instruction in figure drawing for students of any level. Working from a model, students will learn how to capture gestural outlines in short sittings, and in longer sittings will concentrate on using value to build form. See website for current course offerings, schedule, and prices.

Fair Grinds Coffeehouse
3133 Ponce deLeon
New Orleans, LA 70119
Coffeehouse Telephone: 504 913-9072
Art workshop contact: Sandy Telephone: 504-914-5341
Drawing Group. Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm. Artist group session with posing clothed art model. $10 fee collected for model.

Mississippi — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Millsaps Drawing Group
Millsaps College
Academic Complex, 3rd Floor, Drawing Room (on Park Avenue off State Street)
Jackson, MS 39210
Contacts: Martha Ferris or Carol Clark Hammond
Our drawing group meets on Saturdays 1:00-4:00pm. The charge is $10 to cover the cost of the nude art model. Anyone interested in being added to the contact list can email Martha Ferris or Carol Clark Hammond.

Jerrod Partridge's Adult Figure Drawing
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Figure drawing workshops with live models offered at various locations and times. Classes are taught by Jerrod Partridge who earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York Academy of Art in 2004. Throughout the workshop poses will range from quick gestures to 3-hour poses. Exercises based on the academic tradition intended to improve observational drawing skills. Other workshops offered by Jerrod are portrait drawing, structural drawing, color mixing in oils, and oil painting.

Missouri — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

St. Louis Artists' Guild
Two Oak Knoll Park
St. Louis, MO 63105 Telephone: 314-727-6266
Weekly sketch groups meet in the third floor studio. The art model may be nude or partially nude at times. $5 for members and students, $8 for non-members.
Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm
Thursdays 12:00noon-3:00pm
Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm

Drawn Studio
Pierce Arrow Building
St. Louis, MO 63108
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes include Alla Prima Portrait Painting Essentials and Drawing the Head & Face. Uninstructed sessions include Cosplay Open Drawing and Figure Drawing. See website for further details.

Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
32 North Main Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63702 Telephone: 573-334-9233
Figure Drawing Group meets Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm. Come join a mixed group of amateur and experienced artists in a live figure drawing group. Figures will be clothed or nude, depending on the art model. Drawing horses and tables will be available for use, but participants are responsible for bringing all other supplies. $5 per session. Teens and up. Contact Craig Thomas Telephone: 573-334-8120.

Got Art Gallery
18 SW Third St
Lees Summit, MO 64063
Figure Drawing. First and third Thursdays nights 6:00-9:00pm. $10 drop-in fee. Nude or draped model. All drawing and painting mediums welcome. No Photography allowed.

Northland Art Gym
William Jewell College
Art Department - Brown Hall
500 College Hill
Liberty, MO 64068
Thursdays 6:30-9:00pm - see website for current calendar. We are a group of artists, teachers, and students of all skill levels dedicated to working from the human figure in an environment of mutual respect and support. Cost per session ranges from $9 to $12 per artist. You are responsible for your own art supplies. Parking is available in the front and rear of Brown Hall.

UMKC CommUniversity
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO 64110 Telephone: 816-235-1407
Figure Drawing. Open to all levels of artists, beginners to seasoned artists. All forms of media are encouraged. Easels and drawing horses are provided. Bring your drawing or painting materials and supplies. We start with 1-minute gesture drawings, gradually working up to longer 15-minute drawings. Registration fee is $18 for 5 sessions; additionally, please bring a one-time fee of $45 (covers 5 sessions) to the first class for model fee and room rental. Note: these sessions are held off campus at Buena Vista Studio, 4301 W. 51st St., Roeland Park, KS 66205.

Kansas City Art Institute
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111 Telephone: 816-802-3505
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed Art classes include Life Drawing (8 weeks) and Life Drawing Weekend Intensive (2 days).
Uninstructed Life Drawing Open Studio is also offered.

Springfield Art Museum
1111 East Brookside Drive
Springfield, MO 65807 Telephone: 417-837-5700
Art classes include Figure Drawing. Sharpen your skills as you work from the nude, human figure in a class for the serious student.

Nebraska — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Drink n Draw Omaha
House of Loom
1012 S. 10th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Semi-monthly event in Omaha welcoming artists (drawers, painters, sculptors) of all levels to come together socially while also creating from two professional live nude art models. Poses range from short to long, depending on request of artists present. Chairs provided, bring your own supplies, $5. See website for exact event dates and times. No photography.

Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Telephone: 402-342-3300
Joslyn offers a variety of figure based art classes throughout the year, such as Life Drawing and Figure Sculpting, although they are not always offered each semester. See the website for current course listings.

Rhythm & Hues Studio of Fine Arts
9313 G Court
Omaha, NE 68127
Telephone: 402-330-2761
Drawing from the Live Model. Figure drawing is excellent training for adults and teens at all levels. Instruction is available if desired. Our art model begins with several quick poses for gesture drawings and rounds out the evening with a dynamic extended pose! Instruction is available for beginners. Selected Mondays 7:00-9:00pm. See website for schedule. $20 if you bring your own supplies or $22.50 if supplies are needed. Bring a friend and you'll both receive a $5 discount! Please register at least 48 hours in advance.

LUX Center for the Arts
2601 N. 48th St
Lincoln, NE 68504
Telephone: 402-466-8692
LUX Center for the Arts offers figure drawing classes for adult and high school students throughout the year, although they are not always offered each term. Classes in pottery, painting, jewelry, printmaking and textiles also available. See the website for current course listings.

Lincoln Figure Drawing Co-Op
Venue varies from month to month
Lincoln, NE 68508 (and vicinity)
We are a grass-roots group of figurative artists in Lincoln, Nebraska. Not affiliated with any other institution. We have figure drawing sessions monthly at various locations near downtown Lincoln. New artists, models, and venues are always welcome!

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Plains Art Museum
704 First Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58102 Telephone: 701-551-6100
Figure Study Session. See website for schedule. Join other area artists in practicing drawing techniques with a live model. These informal sessions are self-guided and participants are asked to bring their own drawing materials. $10 per session. This class is for participants ages 18+.

Oklahoma — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Geatches Art Studio
410 NW 25th street
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Contact for Saturdays: Ted Micah Telephone: 405-354-6496
Contact for Sundays: Carl Hurst
Figure drawing. $10 per session.
• Saturdays 9:30am-12:00pm (2 short poses) or 9:30am-1:00pm (1 pose). These alternate each week.
• Sundays 5:00-8:00pm. 25 minutes of gestural drawings to warm up and then sets of 25 minute different poses afterwards.
• Sundays 11:00am-1:00pm (once a month--varies which Sunday). Long pose.

Kasum Contemporary Fine Art, Inc.
1706 NW 16th Street (Plaza District)
Oklahoma City, OK 73106 Telephone: 405-604-6602
Open Figure Drawing on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 7:45-9:45pm. Please arrive by 7:40pm. Participants must contribute $5.00 (cash only) towards the cost of the model; tips optional. We have a live nude model, sometimes two (male, female, or both). Each session consists of a set of gestures and two long poses. Artists are encouraged to BYOB or a beverage you can share. Bring your own art supplies. Limited seating, first come first served; no RSVP required. Must be 18+ to attend. Sessions are intended for artists with serious focus and intention. We reserve the right to remove any participant for inappropriate behavior.

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
3000 General Pershing Blvd - State Fairgrounds
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Telephone: 405-951-0000
Art classes often include Life Drawing, check the website for dates and times. Students learn to render the human figure quickly and accurately by working each week with live art models. Early emphasis is on creating quick gestural drawings. As the class progresses an emphasis is placed on expressive line, value, perspective and proportion.

Oklahoma Art Guild
City Arts Center
3000 General Pershing Blvd - State Fairgrounds
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Telephone: 405-408-5355
Figure drawing sessions with live art models are held on the 2nd Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm (Clothed) and 4th Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm (Nude) each month. Sessions are free for Guild members and $5 for nonmembers, with optional tips for the model. See website for information on membership.

Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 South Rockford Road
Tulsa, OK 74114 Telephone: 918-749-7941
Life Drawing Open Studio, Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm year-round. $10 per session of $55 for six sessions. Ages 18 and above. These open studio sessions allow participants to practice drawing nude male and female art models through gesture sketches. Intermediate to advanced skill level.

South Dakota — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Dahl Arts Center + Rapid City Arts Council
713 7th Street
Rapid City, SD 57701 Telephone: 605-394-4101
This is not your traditional life drawing class! A fun adult focused atmosphere of glamorous costumed models, drawing and cash bar. Please bring your own art supplies. Our Dr. Sketchy branch strives to bring an urban edge to the life drawing scene within the South Dakota community. Second Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm. Cost $10 at the door, ages 18+.

Tennessee — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Nossi College of Art
590 Creative Way
Nashville, TN 37115
Contact Mark Fleming
• Illustration program includes courses in anatomy and figure drawing. See website for more information about programs and course offerings.
• Art models needed for instructed anatomy and figure drawing classes. Day and evening opportunities for clothed and nude models in a professional college setting. Pose times are typical timed short gestural, medium warm-up, and long pose intervals. Men and women of all types are needed.

Channel To Channel
427 Chestnut St Suite 302B
Nashville, TN 37203
Drink n' Draw is a weekly figure model social dedicated to providing a space for artists to exercise their skills with the gold standard of drawing - the nude human figure. Network, drink, draw, meditate, and socialize with fellow Nashville artists. Join our tribe, get into an artistic routine, and be energized and transformed. $10 sitting fee. Chairs and stands provided. The session starts out with 15 minutes of short gesture poses, while the rest of the class is one long pose broken into 20 minute intervals so you can really walk away with something great! There will be food to munch, and amazing art to inspire.

Plaza Artists Materials
633 Middleton Street
Nashville, TN 37203 Telephone: 615-254-3368
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes include and Figure Drawing & Painting.
Uninstructed workshops include Open Studio with Figure Model. Fee $12. Call for dates.

Warehouse 521
521 Heather Place
Nashville, TN 37204
Open Studio with 2 models happens once a week usually on Fridays and sometimes Wednesdays from 9:30am-2:00pm if there is not a workshop in the studio. Models are usually clothed or partially nude in interior scenes. Gesture poses start the session. The cost is $20 per session. Reservations are required. There are 14 standing easels available on first-come basis or bring your own portable easel.

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37228 Telephone: 615-383-4848
Classes include Capturing the Figure with Pencil and Paint. Teaching Artist: Jammie Williams. Working from both clothed and nude models, students will explore various ways to understand and render the human form. From contour and gesture drawings in graphite to tonal studies and emotional interpretation in watercolors, students will capture the figure in both short and longer poses. Topics include line quality, color theory, anatomical proportion and portraiture. Students should bring their own supplies; a suggested materials list will be provided.

Loza Studio and Atelier of Figurative Art (LSAFA)
Collegedale, TN 37315 Telephone: 423-615-9324
Classes include Academic Portrait Drawing, Artistic Anatomy / écorché, and The Human Figure in Clay.

Townsend Atelier
The Arts Building
301 East 11th Street, Suite 200
Chattanooga, TN 37403 Telephone: 423-266-2712
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Instructed art classes and workshops include all levels of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. Classes are taught by professional local and visiting artists. Special student and instructor exhibitions are also programmed throughout the year.
• Uninstructed Life Drawing Open Studio with live models, Thursday evenings 6:00-9:00pm. A combination of short and long poses will be done. Participants may work at their own pace and with whatever medium they wish to work with. $15 drop in fee, $10 with student ID, or $40 for a package of four sessions with pre-registration.

Art Creations
7351 Commons Blvd. (in the Hamilton Place shopping complex behind Smokey Bones)
Chattanooga, TN 37421 Telephone: 423-531-7606
Classes include Academic Figure Drawing Studio.

The Oak Ridge Art Center
201 Badger Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830 Telephone: 865-482-1441
Art classes include Life Drawing. Drawing from the nude art model with emphasis on observation skills. An opportunity for adults of all levels of ability to experience working from a live model in a relaxed and supportive setting. Participants may work in the medium of their choice and should bring their drawing supplies with them to class the first evening. Beginners may call the Art Center for a list of suggested materials. Adults only, space is limited.

Flicker Street Studio
74 Flicker Street
Memphis, TN 38104 Telephone: 901-767-2999
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed Life Drawing Open Studio. Fridays 10:00am-12:00noon. $10 per session.
A variety of instructed classes and workshops are offered, such as Drawing and Painting the Figure.

Memphis College of Art
1930 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104 Telephone: 901-272-5142
Art classes include Life Drawing.

Square West Arts Loft
32 Public Square
Columbia, TN 38401 Telephone: 931-548-6617
Square West Arts Loft hosts a non-instructional Figure Drawing Open Studio every first Saturday of the month,11:00am-1:00pm (subject to change). Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Sessions feature one live, male or female nude model with a schedule normally consisting of 30 minutes of short gesture poses, one 20-minute pose, and one 45-minute pose. Clothed models are occasionally featured. Attendees should bring their own materials, but clipboards, easels, and chairs can be provided. New models are always needed and should contact the studio through the web site if interested in posing.

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