Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops,
and Open Studios in Michigan
Other 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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Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
1516 S. Cranbrook
Birmingham, MI 48009 Telephone: 248-644-0866
Classes include Introduction to Life Drawing (with college credit option), Advanced Life Drawing - Anatomy for Artists, Intermediate - Advanced Figure Drawing Intensive, Anatomical Details: The Arm and Hands Anatomical Details: The Arm and Hands, The Still Life & Figure, Anatomical Details: The Leg and Foot, Figure Painting: Color & Form, The Figure & Portrait in Oil, and Direct Wax Modeling: Modeling the Figure.

The Doroh Art Academy
69273 N. Main St.
Richmond, MI 48062
Every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00pm The Doroh Art Academy offers an Open Studio. We will have a costumed model and a small still life. All levels of artists are very much encouraged to participate. Any and all mediums are welcome too. $8 per person. Tables and easels provided. We are always looking for new models.

Starkweather Art Center
219 North Main Street
Romeo, MI 48065
Contact Christine: Telephone: 586-336-9649
Starkweather Art Center is inviting all level artists to attend our live model studio sessions every Thursday from 11:00am-2:00pm. Mostly nude art models, sometimes costumed. No pre-registration required. Just come on in! Beginners work alongside experiences artists in a beautiful studio for these uninstructed times. Tables and easels are provided, as well as great lighting. Bring your own preferred medium to work with. Sensitive to the artist budget we are offering these sessions for only $10 each for drop in, as well as a further discount for an 8 week commitment at $70.

College for Creative Studies
201 East Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202-4034 Telephone: 313-664-7456
Classes include Drawing the Human Figure, Realist Painting, and Sculpting the Human Figure. Students ages 16-17 enrolling in courses taught using nude art models must submit a signed Parental Consent Form.

Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Classes include Anatomy and the Figure. This class is geared towards students with past drawing experience looking to begin exploring the nuances of rendering the nude human figure. Students will work from live models and engage with concepts of anatomy and composition. Students are encouraged to bring their drawing medium of choice to the first class where additional materials will be discussed. We offer this class every season.

The Grosse Pointe Art Center
16900 Kercheval (in the Village)
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230 Telephone: 313-821-1848
Art classes include Figure Drawing.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts
407 Pine Street
Rochester, MI 48307 Telephone: 248-651-4110
Art classes include Figure Drawing.

Flint Institute of Arts
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48503 Telephone: 810-234-1695
Art classes include Figure Drawing-Basic Approach and Figure & Portrait Drawing.

MSU Life Drawing Open Studio
MSU Kresge Art Center
600 Auditorium Rd #113
East Lansing, MI 48824
For more information contact: Margaret Turnbull: Telephone: 517-337-1170 OR Tom Nelson:
Sessions meet Wednesday evenings 7:00-9:30pm in either Room 202 or 208; inquire for current dates. Model Fee: $2 Students (MSU, LCC, High School), $5 Regular. Nude Models Only. Draw on your own; no instruction provided. Please bring all drawing/painting supplies. Easels, drawing benches, and masonite drawing boards are available in the studio.

Livingston Arts Council Open Studio
The Opera House
123 W. Grand River Avenue (Please use Walnut Street entrance to The Opera House)
Howell, MI 48844
Telephone: 517-540-0065
Uninstructed open studio every Tuesday 12:00noon-3:00pm. $10. Nude, occasionally draped, male and female art models. Pose length typically 5-30 minutes, sometimes longer. Tables and chairs available. Relaxed, informal atmosphere.

Cedar Street Art Collective
1701 S Cedar Street
Lansing, MI 48910
Contact Jim McClurken: Telephone: 517-230-1856
The Collective hosts a life drawing session each Tuesday 7:00-9:00pm. Artists at all levels are welcome. $10 per artist is collected for the model. Bring your own materials. Parking at rear of building. The Collective is looking for male and female models who are comfortable with posing nude (compensation $25 per hour).

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 S. Park St.,
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Telephone: 269-349-7775 ext. 3101
Instructed and Uninstructed
Open Modeling Session. Tuesdays 6:30-9:00pm. 8 weeks session: Members $85, Non-Members $105. A live female or male art model will be available for students and professional artists. Participants in the group decide on type and length of pose.
Instructed classes include Figure and Portrait Drawing as well as Figure Painting.

Kalamazoo Boogie Woogie Figure Drawing Lounge
Joshua Diedrich Sculpture Studio
1050 E. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Our drawing session is every Wednesday night 6:30-9:30pm. It's a blue grey steel building, and the studio is near the docks on the right side of it. $12 cash drop- in fee to pay the model. Large variety of adult male and female models, all races and ages, average people and acrobats, usually nude. We're a tight knit, fun, but serious and structured group. We play music, tell jokes, and have weird conversations. We are amateurs, professionals, people of all skill levels. Please drop a message to the group admins and introduce yourself if you'd like to join our Facebook group.

Ella Sharp Museum
Studio 2
3225 Fourth Street
Jackson, MI 49203
Questions? Contact Mary Hertler Tallman Telephone: 517-960-3683 or
Figure drawing with a costumed art model. $8 for the three hour session. Open to the public. Sponsored by JCAA & Ella Sharp Museum. Click above link for current schedule.

3435 Rupprecht Way, P.O. Box 216
Saugatuck, MI 49453 Telephone: 269-857-5811
Summer classes include Drawing Marathon: This drawing intensive for beginning and advanced students expands the experience and definition of drawing. Drawing exercises emphasize figure/ ground, composition, color and scale while exploiting materials and technique to push the perceptual conventions of the still life, the landscape and the figure.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
17 Fountain St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Telephone: 800-676-2787
See website for current scheudle of classes.

Grand Valley Artists
1695 Service Road NE. #106
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Portrait Sketch Group, Mondays 10:00am-12:00pm.$5.00 for members.
Long Pose, Thursdays, 10:00am-4:00pm. $10 for members.
Figure Sketch Group, Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm. $5.00 for members.

Figure Drawing at Royce's Studio
10781 E. Cherry Bend Road (Corner of Cherry Bend and M-22)
Traverse City, MI 49684
Telephone: 231-883-1681
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Uninstructed figure drawing on Tuesday nights 6:00-9:00pm. $15 for 3 hours. Bring your drawing materials, painting is ok too. Call with any questions or if you need directions.
• Inquire about periodic instructed workshops.

Figure Drawing in Harbor Springs
Irish Boat Shop, 400 E. Bay Street
Harbor Springs, MI 49740 Telephone: 231-268-8990
Winter sessions every Sunday (except the Sunday after Thanksgiving and Christmas) through the end of March from 2:30-5:00pm. Nude models, male and female (always looking for new models). $10/minimum per artist per session for the model. Poses are generally 20 minutes with short gesture poses to start. Casual setting, tables and chairs available, some supplies on hand. Signs will help get you to the right place.

Crooked Tree Arts Center
461 E Mitchell St.
Petoskey, MI 49770
Telephone: 231-347-4337
Classes include Figure Studio Open Draw: This is open studio time for artists of all skill level to get together and draw (or paint, or pastel) with a nude figure model.

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