Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops, Open Studios
in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico Utah, Wyoming
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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Arizona — sorted by Zip Code

Mesa Arts Center
One East Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
Telephone: 480-644-6501
Classes include Life/Figure Drawing.

Scottsdale Artists’ School
3720 North Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Telephone: 480-990-1422
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed Art classes include Figure Drawing, figure painting, and figure sculpture. Uninstructed Open Studio is held Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with male and female nude and costumed art models. Open Studio is open to the public. The School provides a model and equipment. Participants bring their own supplies to draw, paint or sculpt. [Monday Open Studio is not held in the Summer - resumes in October.]

TriPal Arts Studio
18609 N 103rd Ave
Sun City, AZ 85373 Telephone: 623-583-4379
Instructed and Uninstructed
TriPal Arts Studio is located in the West Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area in Sun City. Two drop-in sessions available per week. Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:00pm, nude models, male and female, no instruction. Thursday mornings 9:30am-12:00noon, clothed models once a month, male and female, instruction on basics of drawing including portraiture. Occasionally figure sessions with nude model. Monthly newsletter sent to all attendees informing when models will be at Thursday sessions. Email for details. Easels and benches provided. $20.00 each session.

The Drawing Studio
2760 N. Tucson Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716 Telephone: 520-620-0947
Instructed and Uninstructed
See above web link for instructed classes.
Uninstructed Open Studio schedule:
Sunday morning, 9:30am-12:30pm, general studies (short to long poses)
Monday morning, 9:30am-12:30pm, general studies (short to long poses)
Monday evening, 6:00-9:00pm, general studies (short to long poses)
Friday evening, 6:00-9:00pm, one long pose, costumed
Fee $10.00 for all open studio sessions. No reservations are required.
An updated art model schedule is posted here:

Coconino Center for the Arts
2300 North Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86002
Contact Robin Cadigan, Gallery Director: Telephone: 928-779-2300 x 104
Figure drawing and sculpting sessions. Tuesday mornings 9:00am-1:00pm. See website for dates. Bring your own materials to draw or sculpt. Easels and drawing horses are provided. $90 for 6-week session. Register online or by phone. Space is limited. This is a great opportunity to work with a live model.

Life Drawing Saturdays!
The ART Room, The Old Jerome High School Studios
Building A, Room 204 (first studio on the left)
89A Hampshire Lane
Jerome, AZ 86331 Telephone: 928-708-9674
Come draw, paint, sculpt from a live nude model every Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm. The ART Room is located in an Old High School renovated for Open Art Studios, nestled on the inspiring mountainside town of Jerome, Arizona: The lil' ghost town that was saved by artists. Come enjoy the veiw with us... Our group setting is warm, professional, friendly, and respectful. We ask only a $10 donation for the model. B.Y.O.Easle or borrow one of ours! Instuctor, Douglas L. Weber, available as needed.

Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 Telephone: 928-282-3809
See website for figurative art classes and workshops.

Colorado — sorted by Zip Code

Art Students League of Denver
200 Grant Street
Denver, Colorado 80203
Telephone: 303-778-6990
Throughout the year, members of the Art Students League of Denver can gain experience drawing, painting or sculpting from a live art model. Short and long pose sesions are offered, using nude and costumed models. Fees: $7 for members currently enrolled in an instructed class; $9 for members not currently enrolled in an instructed class. Bulk tickets are also available. Please see the website for more details.
Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Fridays, 9:00am-12:00noon
Fridays, 1:00-4:00pm
Saturdays 1:00-4:00pm

Core New Art Space
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Colorado 80204 Telephone: 303-297-8428
Life Drawing Group. Come draw with other artists in a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere. Bring pad or easel & drawing supplies. Chairs provided. Cost: $40 for 5 sessions or $10 for a drop in session.
See website for schedule. No sessions during Summer months.

DEAD Academy (Denver Entertainment Art & Design Academy)
841 Santa Fe Dr.
Denver, CO 80204 Telephone: 720-354-0264
The DEAD Academy will be offering life drawing sessions featuring athletic models, sometimes nude and sometimes in costumes, often with weapons, in poses that will be useful for those wishing to draw characters for the movie, video game and comic book industries. Sessions are generally held on the first and third Sunday of each month from 3:00-6:00pm. We charge $10 for 3 hours, and ask that you tip the model so we can continue to get great models.

Redline Figure Drawing
2350 Arapahoe Street
Denver CO 80205
Telephone: 303-296-4448
Please come join us Monday nights 6:30-9:30pm for our non-instructive figure workshop. RedLine will provide a live model for attendees to work from. RedLine artists will be present to monitor and assist with each sessions. Please bring your own supplies. $40 for 5 sessions or $10 for a drop in session.

Denver Life Drawing
Xcentricity Gallery
4020 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212
Contact Sophia Rose: Telephone: 303-433-5045
Sketch with us in a creative and fun atmosphere. The gallery offers drop-in life drawing sessions with a nude art model in short and long poses. We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7:00-9:00pm. (Exception: Nov. and Dec. meet only on 2nd Wednesday.) Please bring your own sketchbook, non-toxic drawing materials, $10 + optional tip for the model. Chairs, tables and sketch boards available. Bring an easel if you'd like to use one. Several times a year we have a male or costumed model.

Dr. Sketchy's Denver
Crash 45
321 E 45th Ave
Denver, CO 80216
Cabaret drawing events. Every 3rd Sunday of the month 6:00pm. $8. This is the Denver affiliate of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, founded in New York City.

Life Drawing Circle
Denver's Dangerous Theatre
2620 W. 2nd Ave. #1
Denver, CO 80219
Contact David Caballero: Telephone: 303-856-8410
The Life Drawing Circle is held 1:00-3:00pm every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Please bring your own drawing supplies, a respectful attitude and $5 class fee. Optional gratuity for the model is appreciated. Everyone is welcome regardless of artistic skill or experience, just come and explore your creative potential in an open, friendly environment. We are seeking reliable art models. Contact David for details.

Lakewood Heritage, Culture & the Arts
470 S. Allison Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80226 Telephone: 303-987-5436
Drop-in Figure Drawing. Mondays 9:00am-12:00noon, $6. Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm, $8.

Classical Art Academy
5485 Conestoga Court, Suite 101
Boulder, CO 80301 Telephone: 303-522-3048
Art classes include Figure Drawing and Figure Painting.

Colorado Gay Men's Figure Drawing Group
Rotating locations in both Boulder and Denver
Boulder, CO 80302
Twice monthly figure drawing group meets in various locations in both Boulder and Denver. Open to sketchers of ALL skill levels with members of many ages and sizes. Sexuality does not matter as long as you are comfortable with an all male group and nude models who can occasionally be frisky to overt in their posing. See website for more details, to RSVP for each session, and to get specific location information.

Boulder Figure Drawing Group
4949 N Broadway #108
Boulder, CO 80304
Call Roger for more information Telephone: 303-449-0673
Boulder's longest running figure group meets 3 times a week. $12 per 3-hour session.
Monday long pose 1:00-4:00pm.
Wednesday short pose 6:30-9:30pm.
Saturday short pose: 1:00-4:00pm.
Bring drawing or painting materials and a board for support. Easels and benches provided.

Colorado Coalition of Artists
148 West Oak, Unit C
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Contact John: Telephone: 970-988-5138
Figure Sketching and Painting. Mondays 6:30-9:30pm. Come hone your skills and have fun drawing the figure. Nude art model. No instructor. Poses range from 1 minute to 30 minutes one week and 3 one-hour poses the next week—please check the CoCoA calendar for the weekly schedule. Cost for members is $30/month or $10 drop-in. Cost for non-members is $40/month or $15 drop-in. All levels of experience welcome. Individuals under 18 years of age must have parental approval—please call ahead.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E. Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Telephone: 719-520-1899
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes include Expressive Figure Drawing, Figure Quick Sketch in Oil and Figure Sculpting courses. Uninstructed Life Drawing/Open Studio with a Model are: Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm (long pose, nude); Fridays 9:00am-12:00noon (long pose, the first Friday of each month is a clothed session, all others are nude); Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm (gestures: 1 – 20 minutes, nude). Easels and taboret crates supplied. Atmosphere is fun and focused. $10 per session ($6 members, $5 students)

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Bemis School of Art
818 Pelham Place (behind the Fine Arts Center Main)
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Telephone: 719-475-2444
Art classes include Figure Drawing and Sculpting the Figure in Clay.

The Art Center
1803 N. 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501 Telephone: 970-243-7337
Mondays 9:00am-12:00noon or 6:00-9:00pm: Nude Model.
Wednesdays 9:00am-12:00noon: Portrait and Clothed Model.
Open Studio Figure. Each session is broken into gesture drawings, and 20 to 40 minute poses. There is no instructor or materials supplied. Artists can use art center easels, tables and drawing horses. The artists will be supplied an art model. Please do not bring toxic or odorous materials into the studio. Artists must be at least 18 years of age to draw from the nude models. Artist attending Wednesdays portrait session must be at least 15 years old. 7 Sessions Tuition: $60 Member/$70 Non member.

Idaho — sorted by Zip Code

Idaho Falls Arts Council
498 A Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83402 Telephone: 208-522-0471
Figure Drawing. Join this five week class and spend your evenings focusing on drawing the figure and your portrait. We will primarily focus on charcoal drawing mediums hoever, advanced students may work from other media. Supplies for first class: 18" by 24" sketchpad, board, and soft vine charcoal.

Boise Figure Artists Group
4257 Adams Street
Boise, ID 83714
Contact: Gary Holland
Live model, uninstructed, Mondays 6:00-8:00pm. There is also a short class preceding the group for those who desire instruction in figure drawing and painting. $125/month, or $100/month if you commit to the full semester. Space is available for 10, possibly a few more, but the first 10 who send their check for their deposit and first month will be accepted. Please sign up to ensure your place. Models: Suggestions with names/phone/emails gladly accepted.

Terry Lee Studio
1675 W. Lee Court
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814 Telephone: 208-765-9131
Open Life Drawing Sessions. Nude art model, usually female. Every Monday night 5:30-8:30pm. Cost is $15. Drawing horses and easels are provided. Poses are 30 min long. The Second and Fourth monday is clothed model , one pose all night, for portrait painting or drawing. Average attendance is 10. Professional atmosphere. Beginner to advanced, all are welcome. No need to pre-register, just show up. On going every week, year round. Sculpture class on Tuesday night. Nude model. Same price, same time. These sessions have been on going in my Studio for the last 15 years.


Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee
Missoula, MT 59802
Telephone: 406-728-0447
OPEN LIFE DRAWING is an ongoing session that provides artists an opportunity to draw from a live art model in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm. Must be 18 years or older. Please note: this evening class will NOT be held during June, July and August. Figure Drawing will resume the first week in September.

Nevada — sorted by Zip Code

Nevada Museum of Art — E.L. Cord Museum School
160 West Liberty Street
Reno, NV 89501 Telephone: 775-329-3333 x260
Instructed and Uninstructed
Classes include Drawing the Figure, Life Drawing: Open Studio, and Time-Period Costume Drawing: Open Studio. An instructor is present in the Open Studios to coordinate class and offer instruction when requested. See the website for more information or to register as a student.

Contemporary Arts Center
107 East Charleston Blvd., Suite 120
Las Vegas, NV 89104 Telephone: 702-382-3886
Life Drawing Workshop. Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm in the CAC gallery at the Arts Factory. There is no instruction involved. Most all media is accepted. Artists bring their own materials. Six horse benches, an easel and chairs are provided. You may bring you own easel, etc. $4 to $10 depending on how many artists attend, to pay for the models. If you have further questions, please contact Stewart Freshwater at 702-878-2208, 702-373-7202 or e-mail

Dr. Sketchy's Las Vegas
Dino's Lounge
1516 Las Vegas Blvd S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Cabaret drawing events held the third Tuesday of every month from 7:00-10:00pm. This is an affiliate of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, founded in New York City.

New Mexico — sorted by Zip Code

Harwood Art Center
1114 7th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 Telephone: 505-242-6367
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed 8-week classes include The Human Figure: Drawing From the Model.
Uninstructed Open Drawing Sessions with the Model. Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm. All levels welcome. $10/class or 5 classes for $35 with purchase of punch card. Bring your own materials.

UNM Continuing Education
1634 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Register online or call Telephone: 505-277-0077
Classes include Human Anatomical Drawing: The Skeleton and Human Anatomical Drawing: The Muscles.

The Artist Studio
8200 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Contact: Marilyn Drake Telephone: 505-400-2571
Open sessions are held every Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 9:30am-12:00noon. The Wednesday sessions are clothed, with a single pose for the morning. Thursdays are nude with short poses from 1 to 20 minutes each. On the second and fourth Mondays of every month, there is a session with a single nude pose. The fee for all sessions is $7.00, plus an optional model tip. The studio is in rear of the Hoffmantown Shopping Center at Menaul and Wyoming. Inquire about periodic instructed workshops.

New Mexico Art League
3407 Juan Tabo NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Telephone: 505-293-5034
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed Art classes include Life Drawing and Figure Painting: The Art of Seeing.
Uninstructed Open Live Model Sessions: Thursdays 9:30am-12:00pm, short and long poses including ten 1-minute poses, five 2-minute poses, followed by single pose. Friday Mornings, 9:30am-12:30pm, nude model, long pose. For artists in dry media, acrylic, and water-based oil (no solvents). Model Fees: Members: $6; Non-members: $8.

Ryder Studio School
Second Street Studios, Studio #31
1807 Second Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Various figure drawing and portrait painting workshops. Anthony J. Ryder, principal instructor and founder, is the author of The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing. Workshops and programs at the Ryder Studio run six hours a day, five days a week, and range from two weeks to nine months.

Valdes Art Workshops
1006 Marquez Pl.
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Telephone: 505-982-0017
Art classes include Figure Drawing and Figure Painting.

Felix Voltsinger Workshops
2200 West Alameda
Santa Fe, NM 87507 Telephone: 505-490-8110
In these small classes, I emphasize a classic approach to drawing from the figure. My teaching philosophy is rooted in the training that I had at the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, and my long study in this area. The classes and workshops are oriented towards drawing the figure from observation, with an emphasis on composition, proportion, and anatomy of the human body, giving the student a fundamental understanding of the classic approach. Classes use both nude and costumed models, and are held in a bright high-ceilinged studio near downtown Santa Fe.

Los Alamos Life Drawing Group
Fuller Lodge Art Center
2132 Central Avenue
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Moderated by Ken Nebel: Telephone: 505-690-1715
Los Alamos Life Drawing group meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm and Sundays from 10:00am-3:00pm (with a lunch break from 12:15-1:00). No registration required, drop-ins welcome. Artists split model fees. We provide easels, horses, backing boards; the rest is up to the artist! Wednesday evening sessions consist of a variety of shorter gestural poses. On Sundays, the focus is one long pose, for painting or detail work. Los Alamos Life Drawing Group has been gathering since the mid 1950's before Los Alamos was recognized as a town, and sees a variety of artists from every walk of life.

Taos Open Figure Drawing Group
Visit the blog or call for current location
Taos, NM 87571 Telephone: 575-613-5340
If you are in Taos on any Thursday 6:30-9:30pm, please join local Taos artists in drawing the figure. We have an art model every week with poses from 2 to 25 minute poses. This group has been on going for over 35 years. Nancy Delpero, Monitor.

Utah — sorted by Zip Code

Bountiful/Davis Art Center
745 South Main Street
Bountiful, UT 84010 Telephone: 801-292-0367
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes include Figure Sculpture with costumed models or draped models.
Uninstructed figure drawing sessions with nude art model. Ongoing, Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm. You must be 18 or older to attend. Drop in: $10, with student I.D: $7, 6 weeks: $42.

Open Figure Drawing
255 West 700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
We meet Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm. Both male and female art models, usually undraped. A few easels and several donkeys are available. Number of participants ranges from 2 to 10, averaging around 6. Cost is $10 per session or $36 dollars for a four week card. Atmosphere is friendly but professional. We usually do three 15-20 minute poses followed by one 2-hour long pose. However, individual requests can usually be accommodated.

Hein Academy of Art
16 West 700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-2731 Telephone: 801-502-9185
Figure painting and drawing class. Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm. All skill levels welcome. Instructor: Jeff Hein. Price: $170/mo.

Kings Gallery and Academy of Art
2233 South 700 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84106 Telephone: 801-486-5019
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed Life Drawing Tuesdays 6:30-9:00pm and Fridays 10:00am-12:30am. $7 per session.
Instructed workshops inlcude Figure Drawing and Figure in Oil. See website for schedule.

Visual Art Institute
2901 South Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84106 Telephone: 801-474-3796
Figure Drawing classes are held Saturdays 9:30am-12:30pm in 12-week sessions. We also run our Figure Academy Workshops for Teens during July. We offer two 2-week intensive workshops of Drawing and Painting the Figure, students attend 9 hours each day. Independent Study classes available.

University of Utah
ART Room 342
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Open figure drawing. Saturdays 9:30am-12:30pm. $5 per session or $40 per semester (16 weeks). Nude model. Third floor of art building.

Sketch Cabaret
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Contact Veronica Lynn Harper Telephone: 801-833-7611
Figure art session Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30-10:30pm. Email for full details and location. Registration Required. 3 hour drawing session with live model: Tuesdays nude, Thursdays draped. First hour is gestures and warm ups, then two 15-minute poses, two 30-minute pose, and one 50-minute pose with breaks. We also host large scale monthly figure drawing events. Details on events found on our Facebook account.

Bridge Academy of Art
148w 600s
Provo, UT 84601 Telephone: 801-623-0351
Art classes include Figure Drawing/Painting.

Provo Art & Frame Art Classes
201 West Center (Located in the Classroom above the Art Store)
Provo, UT 84601 Telephone: 801-375-1150
Art classes include Figure Drawing. See website for current offerings.

The Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting (CAS)
43 E.   200 S.
Springville, UT 84663 Telephone: 801-822-8802
Workshops include Figure Drawing/Painting.

Springville Art Store
Springville, UT 84663
Open studio figure drawing. Saturdays 10:00-1:00pm. $7. Nude model.


Artful Hand Gallery
302 East 1st Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Figure Drawing 6:30-9:30pm every Thursday, August through May.

Art Association of Jackson Hole
240 S. Glenwood St.
Jackson, WY 83001 Telephone: 307-733-6379
• Life Drawing open studio every Wednesday night 6:00-9:00pm. Open to artists of all skill levels. All media and disciplines including sculpture are welcome. A nude art model will be present and easels will be available. Bring your own drawing or painting supplies. $10 for members ($20 for nonmembers).
• Portrait Club. Thursdays 6:00-9:00pm. One pose, clothed art model. Bring your own materials. $10 for members ($20 for nonmembers).

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