Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops, Open Studios
in Illinois — from Chicago to Champaign
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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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Northlight Art Studio
1325 East Davis (corner of Davis and Arthur)
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Contact: Jerell Meyer Telephone: 847-640-8007
Instructed and Uninstructed
For painters seeking the experience of drawing/painting from a live model, we offer the opportunity to join with other experienced artists in a professional setting. This has been a dream of a dedicated group of artists, and now a reality. Open studio: Life figure drawing undraped, Tuesdays 1:00-4:00pm. Themed portraiture painting, Thursdays 1:00-4:00pm. Experienced models in inspiring settings. Demo given pre-session, and suggestions during to further your learning and art experience. First session is gratis with divided model fee. All program information available at first session. For answers to questions and to reserve a place, please contact Jerell Meyer.

Pauper's Art Guild
831 N Wilke Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005 Telephone: 847-868-3779
Instructed and Uninstructed
We have drop-in live model sessions, partner portrait painting, and Super Hero Sunday action drawing. Space for 20 artists with drawing horses and easels provided. $15 for 3 hours. Bring your own materials. Thursday nights from 6:30-9:30pm is long pose nude figure and Super Hero Sunday every Sunday from noon-3:00pm with costumed models in outfits inspired by comic book/fantasy/movie/ characters: 30-second quick poses, followed by longer poses, ending with a 1 hour pose. Saturday Partner Portrait Painting is from 7:00-10:00pm, costs $60/couple, we provide materials and finger food, its BYOB. Also seeking models for both Thursday night and Super Hero Sundays.

Valley Art Club
Dole Mansion
401 Country Club Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
The workshop meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:00-10:00pm in the lower level of the Dole Mansion. Short and long poses. Plenty of tables and easels are avaialble for artists to use in the room. Most models are professional life models with an occasional model in street clothes or costume. Members $8, Non-members $12.

The Art Center
1957 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Telephone: 847-432-1888
Instructed and Uninstructed
Art classes include Figure Drawing & Painting; Figurative Sculpture; Life Drawing for Beginner Thru Advanced.
Uninstructed Figure Drawing, Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm; Drop in, informal workshop for all levels. Work in any media from a live art model; TAC Membership required for this class.
Uninstructed Drop-In Figure Sculpt/ Draw Studio: All Levels, Wednesdays, 1:00pm-4:00pm; An Informal Drop in workshop for all levels in sculpture as well as drawing. Work from a live art model.

North Shore Art League
620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093-2308 Telephone: 847-446-2870
Classes include Figure Art (nude), Portrait Art, and Clothed Figure Drawing & Painting. Come learn how to draw the figure, either nude or with clothing and drapery, using colorful setups and compositions. Students can work in their media of choice. NSAL membership required. All ability levels welcome.

Elmhurst Art Museum
150 Cottage Hill Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Telephone: 630-834-0202
Classes include Figure Drawing, an opportunity for adult artists and AP art students who paint and draw to increase skills and comfort while learning to capture the complexity of the human figure. Students will draw from nude and draped models with emphasis on gesture, proportion, volume, contour line, and composition. Pencil, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, and ink washes will be taught. Please bring a large drawing pad and your drawing tools of choice to class. Model expense included.

The Dupage Art League
218 W Front St
Wheaton, IL 60187
Contact: Jessica Breed,
The Dupage Art League holds drop-in life drawing sessions with a professional model on Saturday afternoons from 1:30-4:30pm. Our sessions are uninstructed but coordinated. We use both male and female nude models. Our session starts with 5-minute warm ups and then goes into a long pose for the remainder of time with breaks. We supply tables and easels. Bring your own materials. We expect you to use odorless mediums with oils. At this time, October 2014, fees are $15 per session and most Saturdays have sessions. Life drawing coordinators: Jessica Breed, Janice Skivington Wood, and Alex Zajczenko. Email Jessica Breed to be put on the model info and session reminder email each week.

Evanston Art Center
2603 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201
Telephone: 847-475-5300
Instructed and Uninstructed
Classes include Figure Sculpture; Figure Drawing and Painting; Drawing and Painting the Nude.
Uninstructed Open Figure Studio, Drawing and Painting. Figure Studio offers participants the opportunity to work in their choice of media from nude art models. Poses range from one to thirty minutes. A classroom monitor is in charge. Participants must have previously completed one EAC painting or drawing class. Pay $15 at each class session, or register for entire 10-week term and save. Monday 9:30am-12:30pm.

Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302 Telephone: 708-386-9853
• Sunday 1:00-4:00pm. Figure Drawing. Begins with quick gesture poses, followed by several longer poses, finishing with a single 1-hour pose.
• Tuesday 9:00am-12:00noon. Figure Drawing -- No sessions during Summer.
• Tuesday 6:15-9:15pm. Figure Sculpting From Life.
See the website for more details.

Tall Grass Arts Association
367 Artists Walk
Park Forest, IL 60466
Telephone: 708-748-3377
Open Studio for Figure Drawing. No Instructor. Model provided. The life drawing studio is held on the first and third Sundays of each month, 3:00-5:00pm. Artists are invited to bring materials and practice drawing the human form from life. This is a self-guided class that begins with gesture poses and then moves into longer poses. 18 years and older. $15 per session.

Fine Art League of Chicago
Benedictine University
5700 College Road
Scholl Hall, Room 227
Lisle, IL 60532
Contact Ronnie Maziarek Telephone: 630-408-8055
Thursdays 7:00pm-9:30pm. Take the 2nd driveway in from Maple on the corner of Maple and College. It will take you to the parking lot in front of Scholl Hall. Go in the front door and up the stairway on the right. Take a left at the top and the room on the immediate right is 227. We start out with several 90-second to 2-minute gestures, followed by one long pose. $12. Both male and female art models. Bring your drawing materials of choice. Feel free to bring in a work to be critiqued during the break.

Fine Art League of Chicago
Naperville Womans Club
14 S. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Contact Ronnie Maziarek Telephone: 630-408-8055
Tuesdays 7:00-9:30pm and Fridays 9:30am-12:00noon. The building is an old church. There is a parking lot around the back off Benton and Central Park Dr. Come in the back door. If it's locked, just knock - we're right there. We start out with several 90-second to 2-minute gestures, followed by two long poses. $12. Discounts available if you sign up for multiple sessions. Both male and female art models. The workshops are open to both men and women. Bring your drawing materials of choice. Feel free to bring in a work to be critiqued during the break.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Continuing Studies
36 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 1440
Chicago, IL 60603 Telephone: 312-629-6170
Courses include Introduction to Figure Drawing, Multi-level Figure Drawing, Figure Drawing for Illustration, and Multi-level Figure Painting Studio: Gesture drawing and long term poses, clothed and unclothed, male and female models of all body sizes and ages, models pose alone or two models pose together. Class offerings vary by session: Fall, Spring, Summer.

The Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts
1012 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60610 Telephone: 312-642-4400
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Courses include Figure Drawing, Portrait Drawing, Figure Painting and Sculpture.
• Open studios with live art models seven days a week! Free to P&C members. Non-Members are charged $15 per 3-hour session. Easels and tables are provided. Gesture drawing and long-term poses, clothed and unclothed, male and female models of all body sizes and ages.

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615 Telephone: 773-324-5520
Instructed and Uninstructed
Open studio figure drawing. Instructed classes include Sculpture - Portrait & Figure; Figure Drawing; Portrait & Figure Painting and Drawing; and Anatomy for Artists. Classes change quarterly; see website for schedule.

Flat Iron Arts Figure Artists
Flat Iron Arts Building - Studio of Lisa Carter
1579 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Studio 233
Chicago, IL 60622
Join us every Thursday 7:00-10:00pm for open studio figure drawing from a live nude model. We will feature both male and female models. Fee is $20, payable at the door. We have a great studio space and provide easels.
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Platform Studios Chicago
1821 West Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60622
• Figure Drawing Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:00-9:30pm. Live, nude art model, starting with 1-minute gesture sketches, then progressing to 5 and 10 minute drawings. The remainder will be either one long pose (hour and a half) or two medium length. Bring your drawing materials. Instruction available upon request. $10/session and always just drop-in. No sign-up is needed.
• Monthly Figurative Illustration Workshop is a modified figure drawing session including a themed costume, props and other scenarios. $20.
• See website for additional classes and Open Critique.

Vitruvian Fine Art Studio
1735 N. Ashland Avenue, Second Floor
Chicago, IL 60622 Telephone: 312-519-7206
Art classes include Figure Drawing, Drawing the Figure in Pastel, Portrait Drawing, Figure Painting, Portrait Painting, Life Size Sculpture, Portrait Sculpture, Life Casting, and several Anatomy classes.

Ravenswood Atelier
3009 W Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
We offer 3-4 year apprenticeship and accept full-time students only. The atelier trains no more than ten students at one time in order to supply each individual with ample work space and ensure high quality of instruction. The daily life drawing class is a stronghold of our comprehensive program. The portrayal of the human figure in all its subtlety is perhaps the most difficult task for any artist. The drawing of the model provides infinite opportunities for improvement while allowing the instructors to express advanced concepts. It is here that the student develops greater sensitivity to the proportions of the human body, learns to capture gesture and likeness quickly and effectively, and grapples with the fleeting effects of natural light which define the subject in its surroundings.

Greenleaf Art Center
1806 W. Greenleaf
Chicago, IL 60626 Telephone: 773-465-4652
Art classes include Figure Drawing. Draw or paint the figure. An exploration of the figure as subject matter. Learn how to render the figure through observation of a live art model. Emphasis will be on color, shading, and gaining an understanding of the nature of the human form. Some nude, some costumed classes.

University of Chicago
Logan Center Room 802
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Outside the Lines is a University of Chicago organization hosting weekly figure drawing sessions on Wednesdays 7:00-9:30 from second week to ninth week of each quarter. The schedule may vary quarter to quarter, so check our website for updates. There will be a live art model at each session. Paper, easels, drawing boards, and other supplies will be available--the supplies are provided free of charge. Poses increase in duration over the three-hour period. All are welcome. Events are free for University of Chicago undergrads, $2.00 for University of Chicago grad students, and $5.00 for those not affiliated with the University.

The Drawing Workshop
4410 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640 Telephone: 773-334-4412
Instructed and Uninstructed
Drop-in figure drawing sessions take place on Sunday morning 10:30am-1:30pm and Wednesday evening 6:30-9:30pm. No enrollment required. $15.00 per session.
Basic Drawing class using the live art model. Continuous enrollment. 10 weeks enrollment or 10 consecutive classes from the date you start. Monday 6:30-9:30pm, Thursday 6:30-9:30pm. $295.00.

Lillstreet Art Center
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640 Telephone: 773-769-4226
Art classes include Drawing and Painting the Nude Figure.

Studio 935 Adult Art Classes & Workshops
1257 North Milwaukee Ave. 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60642 or text 773-734-5426
Figure Drawing Open Studio on Thursday 6:30-9:30pm with 1,000 square feet space with good lighting for you to set up in. Easels provided. Instruction on request. Start with short poses, gradually work into a long poses. All levels welcome. $12 for three hours.

The Place
1917 W 103rd St
Chicago, IL 60643
Figure Drawing. 3rd Saturday of each month. $20. All skill levels are welcome. In this class we will demystify drawing the human body. We will open you up to a new way of drawing and seeing, and teach you to loosen up and form a greater connection to your subconscious through the traditional format of a series of short poses followed by a longer pose. Experienced artists not necessarily interested in instruction are encouraged to use this as a drop-in drawing session. Bring your own supplies. We will have a few easels on-hand, but feel free to bring your own.

Rumble Arts Center
3413 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647 Telephone: 773-278-4441
Figure Drawing Workshop: Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm. $8-10. Students will work intensively with the human figure. Students will learn how to draw the human form and will experiment with a variety of mediums. We will begin with simple black and white sketches and move towards color composition of extended poses in both paint pastel. Our final project will be the completion of a large, nude composition. No prior experience with the figure is necessary. Those in high school, college and beyond all levels will find the class challenging. Instructed by Brook Woolf. Live art model. Equipment and supplies are provided.

Tom Robinson Studios Figure Workshop
2416 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647 Telephone: 773-227-3144
Life drawing class at the beautiful studio/gallery of artist Tom Robinson. Sundays from 1:00-4:00pm. $20. Instruction available. Usually nude female art model. Artists must be 18 and behave in a professional manner. Small friendly relaxed group. Learn by watching. Short and long poses. Some benches and easels. We also have an annual group show of artists that attend group.

Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th St.
Chicago, IL 60655
Telephone: 773-445-3838
Classes include Figure and Portrait.


MELD (Monday Evening Life Drawing)
McGown Studios
5801 W Springfield
Champaign IL 61822
Monitored by RJ Karlstrom Telephone: 217-419-6580
Mondays 7:00-9:00pm. $10 per artist/session. All 2D media are welcome, and we provide chairs, stools, table space and tray tables. Easels are also welcome. All skill levels are welcome.

Weekday Life Drawing Studio
800 Enterprise Dr
Rantoul, IL 61866
Meeting weekly on Wednesdays 10:00am-Noon in a studio environment to provide local artists a daytime opportunity for drawing. Seating and some tables available, easels welcome. A newly formed drawing session (4/2013) we're looking for artists and models both. Artists pay a modest fee to offset the payment for the model. Plans are for the group to participate in local art shows as well as our own gallery shows at the studio. Contact the group coordinator for details.

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