Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops,
and Open Studios in New England
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
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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Connecticut — sorted by Zip Code

Art League of New Britain
30 Cedar Street
New Britain, CT 06052
Open Figure Drawing. Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm. Ongoing (except for holiday weeks). ALNB Members $8. Non-members $10.

West Hartford Art League
87 Mountain Rd West
Hartford, CT 06107
Telephone: 860-231-8019
Classes include Figure Drawing and Portrait Drawing.

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts
431 Hartford Ave.
Wethersfield, CT 06109 Telephone: 860-436-9857
Instructed and Uninstructed
Figure Drawing with European teaching. Figure 1, Figure 2 with Long Pose, Practical Figure Views, Bargue in 6-week sessions. Also every Tuesday evening is drop-in, monitored, live Studio. No instruction. Male or female model each evening from 6:30-9:00pm, $10.

Mystic Arts Center
9 Water Street
Mystic, CT 06355 Telephone: 860-536-7601 x213
Instructed and Uninstructed
Monitored & Instructed Figure Drawing. One of the best ways to improve your drawing skills is to work from real life. Explore techniques on your own and under the guidance of the instructor using a live art model in the nude. Instructed classes will include critiques of the previous week’s drawings and exercises for students to use during monitored sessions.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
84 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371
Telephone: 860-434-5232
Classes include Figurative Sculpture, Portrait/Figure Drawing and Painting, and Figure Drawing.

Guilford Art Center
411 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437 Telephone: 203-453-5947
Classes include Narrative Figure Drawing and Figure Sculpture.

Creative Arts Workshop
80 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Telephone: 203-562-4927
Classes include Drawing the Figure: An Introduction, Interpreting the Figure through Drawing and Working from a Model.

Art Plus Studio
130 Park St.
New Haven, CT 06511 Telephone: 203-500-7352
BYOB Life Drawing Classes for beginners. Once a month Wednesdays 6:30-9:00pm. Professional artist Bella Zadore will be leading the workshops on a monthly basis, introducing new and different techniques, providing assistance and suggestions, and recommending alternative ways to approach representing the human form. Each month will feature a different model, so you'll be able to produce a varied and interesting portfolio of drawings. The workshops are designed for both complete beginners experiment with new drawing methods, and maintain a regular schedule so that you can enhance your artistic skills and have fun with friends.

Paier College of Art, Inc.
20 Gorham Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
Contact Daniel Paier, Dean of Admissions Telephone: 203-287-3031
Courses include Clay Figure Modeling; Life Drawing I, II, III, IV, IV; Life Paintng I, II; Head Painting I, II; Portrait Paiting I, II; Drawing IV, V (The Clothed Figure); Painting IV, V (The Clothed Figure); and The Figure in Advertising I, II, III. Prerequisites required.

Washington Art Association
Bryan Memorial Plaza
Washington Depot, CT 06794
Telephone: 860-868-2878
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes include figure drawing.
Uninstructed Studio Life Drawing Tuesdays 7:30-10:00pm, Thursdays 9:30am-Noon. $9 per week for members, $12 per week for nonmembers. Washington Art Association was founded in 1952.

Silvermine Guild Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT 06840 Telephone: 203-966-9700
These sessions provide the opportunity to work in a studio environment from a live art model in the artist's preferred medium. No prior registration is required. Sessions meet year round except on national holidays. Guild members are charged one-half the regular fee. This is not an instructional course.
Monday 6:30pm-9:30pm. $18. Short, athletic poses.
Wednesday 1:00pm-4:00pm. $18. Longer poses.
Wednesday 7:00pm-10:00pm. $18. Evening Sculpture. Single pose for four consecutive sessions.
Friday 10:00am-3:30pm. $24. One pose for the entire session.

Ridgefield Guild of Artists
34 Halpin Lane, PO Box 552
Ridgefield, CT 06877 Telephone: 203-438-8863
Life Drawing. Live models are presented for this open, drop in studio session. Open to adults of all skill levels. Bring your own supplies. Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm. $12 members/$15 non-members. Class is ongoing.

Maine — sorted by Zip Code

River Tree Arts
35 Western Ave.
Kennebunk, ME 04043 Telephone: 207-967-9120
The Human Form: Open Studio. Register for a set of four sessions. Live art models will be the basis of this open studio class. Choose your own medium. Experiment with figures, shape and color in an informal and friendly setting. All skill levels encouraged.

Constellation Gallery
511 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101 Telephone: 207-409-6617
Figure Drawing with a Live Model. Selected Fridays 7:00-9:00pm. See website for schedule. $10/session or $8 for Members of the Maine Artist Collective. This drop-in studio session provides the opportunity to work in a studio environment and interact with other artists as you draw from a live model in your preferred medium. The workshop is open to adults of all skill levels from complete beginners to experienced artists. Bring your own supplies. We have a limited supply of easels, but bring your own if you want to be assured of having an easel.

Maine College of Art - MECA
522 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101 Telephone: 207-699-5061
Classes include Figure Study/Life Drawing and Portrait/Figure Studies for Seniors.

USM Portland Campus
425 Luther Bonney Hall, 4th floor (campus map)
Portland ME 04104
Figure Drawing. Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm, year-round. $10, cash only. If you don't have a USM parking sticker, your best choice for parking is Washburn or Surrenden St, then walk across Bedford to Luther Bonney Hall. If you arrive after 7:00pm, please enter through room 424. If USM classes are canceled due to bad weather, then our session is canceled also. We have easels, stools, and drawing boards. Bring your drawing supplies. No oil paints, please. Watercolor or ink is ok. Our art models are nude and alternate male and female, young and old. The maximum pose length is 20-30 minutes.

Bates College Museum of Art
Lewiston, ME 04240-6028 Telephone: 207-786-8302
As a service to the artists in our community, we host a life drawing session every Wednesday, throughout the academic year, 6:00-9:00pm in Olin 259. Admission is $7, $6 for members of the museum and discounts are also available for regular session attendees. We provide art models, drawing benches, and easels, and artists bring their favorite drawing supplies. Artists who want to paint must bring their own easel, and must use only a minimum of solvent stored in a closed container.

The Harlow Gallery
160 Water Street
Hallowell, ME 04347 Telephone: 207-622-3813
Figure Drawing Group. Sundays 7:00-9:00pm. Serious artists are welcome to draw from the human figure. Beginners welcome. Artists contribute $7 towards model fees and gallery upkeep. Arrive early to set up — the doors are locked at 7:00pm sharp. Chairs available, but no easels. Session may not run on a holiday weekend. Artists and art models may call Joe Klofas for more information at 207-317-6054.

Bangor Figure Drawing Group
9 Central Street
Bangor, ME 04401
We meet bi-monthly, usually on a Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm with a lunch break. We hire nude art models of all ages, shapes, and sizes. The costs varies based on the number of people attending, but it usually averages around $6 for a half day and $12 for the full day. Space is limited to 12. RSVP is necessary to guarantee a spot. Bring your own supplies, easels and chairs. The group is limited to only pencil/charcoal and paint is highly discouraged. If you would like to be on the email list, please email Jonas at the above address.

River Arts
241 US Route 1 (North)
Damariscotta, ME 04543 Telephone: 207-563-1507
Open Studio Life Drawing, Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm. $15/members, $20/non-members.
Open Studio Life Sculpture - 6 week sessions

ArtWaves Life Drawing
93 Cottage Street, Suite 321
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm.
Tuesday afternoons from 12:30-2:30pm
No instruction, just an opportunity to draw from a live model. $10 payable to model.

Camden Art Association
Life Drawing in the Camden Lions Den
14 Lions Lane
Camden, ME 04843
We are a group of artists who share the cost of space and modeling fees for the purpose of improving our art skills -- pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastels, watercolor, or oils. We draw nude or semi-clothed models, male and female. We have a different model each week for the length of a given series, be it 8 or 12 weeks. Poses range from 1 to 30 minutes. Attendance is open to artists 18 and older. Artists bring their own supplies. We meet Fall, Winter, and Spring. We take the summer off. The charge for a series of eight sessions is about $100. New models are welcome.

Common Street Arts
16 Common Street
Waterville, ME 04901 Telephone: 207-872-ARTS or 207-831-0154
Life Drawing Open Studio meets every Wednesday, 6:30pm-9:00pm. Serious artists and beginners alike are welcome. No instruction in given, just an opportunity to improve your life drawing skills by drawing from an artists model with fellow students. Bring what you would like to draw on and with. Chairs are available. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to set up. Door is open at 6 pm and is closed at 6:30 when the model takes the stand. A 5-session card is just $37.50 ($7.50/session, cannot beat that!) or $10 drop in. Come in and get some work done.

Waterfall Arts
256 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915 Telephone: 207-338-2222
Saturday Morning Life Drawing, 9:30am-12:00noon. See website for current schedule. Experienced art models, lively group. Bring your own materials. $15 per session or prepay $60 for 6 sessions.

Massachusetts — sorted by Zip Code

Gateway City Arts
92 Race Street
Holyoke MA 01040
Classes include Figure Drawing. For artists at any level. Strengthen your drawing skills with weekly figure classes that will help you to recognize and render human form, structure, mass, proportion, and perspective; as well as some attention to portraiture and the structure of the skull. Learn from experienced instructor, Gregory Stone, who is widely recognized for his figurative paintings and sculpture

Springfield Technical Community College Fine Arts Department
One Armory Square, Suite 9000
Springfield, MA 01102-9000 Telephone: 413-755-5288
Fall Semester Figure Drawing Class meets Monday and Wednesday 8:00-10:30am on our historic campus as part of our Fine Arts Transfer major.

Life Drawing in Sheffield
Bushnell-Sage Library
48 Main St.
Sheffield, MA 01257
Open figure drawing, Wednesdays from 5:00-8:00pm, $10. Some individual instruction available.

IS183 Art School
Box 1400
13 Willard Hill Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 Telephone: 413-298-5252
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Instructed art classes include Figure Drawing and Portrait Drawing.
• Uninstructed Life Drawing Open Studio: Mondays 6:00-9:00pm (year-round) and Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm (June through September). $15.00 or $50 for 5 sessions. This drop-in open studio provides ongoing access to a live art model, both short and long poses. Bring your own materials. On Mondays the model is nude; only drawing is permitted. On Wednesdays the model is clothed; drawing or painting may be practiced.

New England School of Fine Art
51 Union Street, #004, Lower Level
Worcester, MA 01608 Telephone: 508-963-7777
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Non-Instructional: Open to artists or students at any skill level. The format is one traditional long pose per session with nearly 360 degree view of the model. Artists may set up a fixed station for the evening or move about (respectfully) to obtain different vantage points of the pose. Reservations recommended, not required.
• Instructional: Students will be introduced to several methods of measuring, including sight-size, as well as how to block in a figure and whittle the rough form into an accurate drawing. This 8-week course alternates between male and female models for the first four classes followed by a 4-week long pose with one model.

Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Email Jesse Rives at for more information. Telephone: 508-793-4333
• Classes include Life Drawing, Figure Painting, and Oil Painting From the Figure. See our website for current course offerings.
• Nude Drawing in the Galleries. Thursdays 2:00-5:00pm. Free with Museum admission. Visitors are invited to set up their drawing boards in the galleries for the rare opportunity to draw from live nude models posing among masterworks by such artists as Veronese, El Greco, and Rembrandt. Beginners and seasoned artists alike are welcome to join a studio class faculty member as they teach new skills and techniques, all within the inspirational setting of the museum. Bring your own supplies. Stools will be provided.

Danforth Museum of Art
123 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA 01702-8291 Telephone: 508-620-0937
Classes include Portrait and Figure Drawing. Learn structure, composition and proportion as it relates to the figure in this excellent class for students at all levels of figure drawing experience. Lessons include detailed instruction on the head and facial features, anatomical drawing, taking accurate measurement, and using value to create form. A one-day figure drawing workshop is also offered.

Concord Art Association
37 Lexington Road
Concord, MA 01742 Telephone: 978-369-2578
Classes include Figure and Portrait Drawing & Painting with a Live Model.

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street
Concord, MA 01742 Telephone: 978-371-0820
• Drop-in Life Drawing. Fridays 9:00am-12:00noon. $25 for 3-hour session. No instructor. We provide a model and easels. Work in any drawing medium. Bring your own supplies. Fall, Winter, Spring sessions.
• Long-Pose Figure Study for Drawers and Painters. Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm. No instructor. We provide the studio, model, easels, tables and sculpture stands. Models booked generally for two consecutive weeks. The first half hour of class will be shorter gesture poses, and the then two one-hour poses. Bring your own supplies. 10 Weeks: $240 covers model fees.

Post Road Art Center
1 Boston Post Rd. East
Marlborough, MA 01752 Telephone: 508-485-2580
Classes include Figure Painting.

DeCordova Museum School
51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773 Telephone: 781-259-0505
Art classes include Figure Drawing, Figure Drawing and Painting, Abstraction with the Figure, and Painting the Model.

Essex Art Center
56 Island Street
Lawrence, MA 01840 Telephone: 978-685-2343
Classes include Painting the Figure, Classical Figure Drawing, and Simplified Anatomy for Artists. See our website for current schedule.

Montserrat College of Art
23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915 Telephone: 978-921-4242 x 1180
Art classes include Figure Drawing: Learn to render the human form. Students will study the relationship of bones to flesh and how to represent them using charcoal and graphite. Simple observational study techniques on form, composition, and proportion will help students to improve their drawing skills throughout the course.

Northeast Art Workshop Retreats
19 Kettle Cove Lane, Building C7
Gloucester, MA 01930
Live professional art models! Choose Tuesdays (clothed models) or Thursdays (nude models) 10:00am-1:00pm (bonus open studio time until 3:00pm). We provide the well-lit studio, model, easels, tables and kitchenette with coffee/tea, refrigerator, and microwave. First half hour will be shorter gesture poses followed by one-hour poses. Bring your own supplies and lunch to enjoy after session. Uninhibited by instructor's influence... open studio free play! 12 Weeks: $199 (covers model fees and studio rental). Open to all levels, all art mediums and in all styles (representational and non-representational) - All welcome! Please go to Northeast Art Website to register.

Marblehead Arts Association
located at the King Hooper Mansion
8 Hooper Street
Marblehead, MA 01945 Telephone: 781-631-2608
Wednesday mornings, 9:00am-12:00noon. members $12, non-members $15. Monitored, no instructor. Nude art model, generally female. Warm-ups of varying length, conclude with long pose of 1.5+ hours. Very laid back, friendly. Bring your medium of choice. If working with paints, bring your own drop cloth. Easels available. Please call and leave contact information if you have questions.

Acorn Gallery School of Art
41 State Street
Marblehead, MA 01945 Telephone: 781-631-6030
Portfolio Classes for high school students and adults. The intent of this class is to generate varied works to complete a portfolio for the explicit intent of applying for colleges and scholarships. This class works primarily with the figure and there are models (wearing bathing suits) present during every scheduled class time. Pre-Portfolio Class (ages 11-14) includes an introduction to figure drawing and anatomy.

Newburyport Art Association, Inc.
65 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950 Telephone: 978-465-8769
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed Figure Drawing with Live Model. Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm. $6 members/$8 nonmembers per session. Instructed classes incldue figure drawing and figure sculpture.

Rockport Art Association
12 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966 Telephone: 978-546-6604
Mondays - Figure Sketch Group, 1:00-3:30pm. $12 per person. Short poses: 5-20 minutes.
Fridays - Figure Sketch Group, 1:00-4:00pm. $15 per person. Long poses: one pose is often used for a month, giving the viewer adequate time to study the subject and produce completed works of art.
Artists may work in any medium. No instruction is provided. The sketch groups meet year-round in the Studio of the Rockport Art Association. Entrance is located at the back of the RAA on Stone Barn Lane.

South Shore Art Center
119 Ripley Road
Cohasset, MA 02025 Telephone: 781-383-2787
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed Life Drawing and Painting Studio. Mondays 7:00-10:00pm. Develop your skills in drawing from the art model in this ongoing class. $7 Members, $9 nonmembers per session. Model fee payable at class. Please call the Coordinator, Michael McNabb, at Telephone: 781-545-4991 if you plan to attend.
Instructed classes include Introduction to Sculpting from Life and Drawing & Painting from the Figure.

North River Arts Society
157 Old Main Street, P.O. Box 307
Marshfield Hills, MA 02051 Telephone: 781-837-8091
Open Life Studio. Thursday evenings. Draw and paint from model. Many studio sessions involve painting clothed models, and we invite students age 16 and up. Sessions working from a nude model are limited to artists age 18 and up only. Contact Coordinator Karl Nestelberger for schedule. Telephone: 781-337-7398 or

Academy of Realist Art
112 South Street, Second Floor
Boston, MA 02111 Telephone: 617-426-3006
Figure Drawing 8-week class offered on Saturdays from 9:30am-4:00pm. Additional classes include Portrait Drawing, Portrait Painting, and The Fully Rendered Figure Drawing.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 Telephone: 617-879-7200
Art classes include Life Drawing; Anatomy for Life Drawing; Figurative Clay: The Human Body; and Anatomy (Écorche): The Form of The Human Body.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts
230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115 Telephone: 617-369-3644
Instructed courses include Figure drawing.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 Telephone: 617-267-6100
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed art classes include figure drawing and figure painting.
Uninstructed Drawing in the Galleries, every Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm. Drop-in and sketch from live clothed models and from objects in our galleries. All ranges of drawing experience are welcome, including visitors who are picking up a sketchbook for the first time. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and how the artist-model relationship can inspire the sketching process. Drawing materials are provided. This is a free program, for all ages. Gallery locations change each week.

Boston Center for Adult Education
122 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 Telephone: 617-267-4430
Art classes include Figure Drawing.

The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University
Continuing Education
75 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116 Telephone: 617-994-4235
We offer courses for all levels of learners. Courses include Foundation Drawing I and II, Introduction to Drawing, Drawing: Structure and Expression, and Experimental Drawing & Painting.

Eliot School
24 Eliot St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Telephone: 617-524-3313
Drop-In Figure Drawing. All levels. Every Tuesday 7:00-9:00pm, $15. No registration required.
See website for Figure Drawing Marathons schedule.

Dr. Sketchy's Boston
Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Ave
Allston, MA 02134
Cabaret drawing events. Every Second Sunday. This is an affiliate of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, founded in New York City.

Rocco Ricci Studio
119 Braintree Street, Studio 306
Allston, MA 02134 Telephone: 617-987-0194
Life Drawing Sessions. Sundays 1:00-4:00pm and Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm. $20/session.

Cambridge Center for Adult Education
42 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: 617-547-6789
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed Art classes include Figure Drawing with Oil Pastels, Dynamic Figure Drawing, Advanced Figure Drawing. Uninstructed classes include Drawing and Acrylic Painting Open Studio. Some classes take place at 56 Brattle Street.

Boston Figurative Art Center (BFAC)
Vernon Street Studios
6 Vernon St
Somerville, MA 02145 Telephone: 617-834-7967
Figure drawing/painting. Monday nights 7:00-10:00pm. $10/sesion for members or $25 for nonmembers; membership is $25/month.

Malden Sketch Group
Commerce Place Building, Lower Level
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
Contact Judy Greulich:
2014 marks our 20 year anniversary of weekly figure drawing!
• Mondays 7:00-9:30pm. Life Drawing with a nude art model. First Monday of the month is one long pose for the whole session. On the other Mondays we ask the model to do short poses, ranging from 3 to 20 minutes. There is no art equipment provided but there are chairs in the room. You may show up with simply a pencil and a pad of paper or with your easel and paints. The group has been meeting weekly for 18 years. Artists of all levels of ability and experience are welcome. $6/session.
• Thursdays 7:00-9:30pm. Portrait Night. At this session a clothed model holds one pose for the whole evening (with breaks) for a portrait. $6/session. We are always looking for models.

Quincy Art Association
26 High School Avenue
Quincy, MA 02169 Telephone: 617-770-2482
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes inlcude Figurative Clay Sculpture.
Uninstructed Open Studio Life Drawing. 2 and 3 hour open studio every Tuesday with undraped male or female art model present. Develop your drawing skills, sketching models. $10 for 7:00-9:00pm, $15 for 7:00-10:00pm.

John Kilroy Fine Art Academy
379 Liberty Street, Suite 218
Rockland, MA 02370 Telephone: 781-925-0582
Portrait and Figure Oil Painting and Drawing. Wednesday 6:30-9:30pm. 8 weeks. $235.00 includes model fee. All levels. Learn to accurately render the human form. You will develop your technical skills for drawing and painting in oils by studying light, values, color and by gaining an understanding of edges and planes. Alla Prima painting skills will be taught to encourage technical accuracy. Students may choose to work in pastel, oil, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, or other drawing and painting media. Instructed by John Kilroy.

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Inc.
130 Waltham Street
Lexington MA 02421 Telephone: 781-862-9696
Members' Monday night figure drawing group. $100 for 8 sessions including professional model/administrative fees. For information about this group and joining the Society, please call the Office.

Brookline Arts Center
86 Monmouth Street
Brookline, MA 02446 Telephone: 617-566-5715
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Figure Drawing class: This class is designed to invigorate your drawing. Through a detailed investigation of the human body, students will learn how to rebuild the body on paper. Start with gesture drawings and muscular studies; finish with articulated drawings of the figure. This class welcomes new and returning students to work in their favorite media.
• Life Drawing Open Studio Drop-In: Designed for the artist who wishes to work from a live art model in a comfortable atmosphere. Poses range from 1 minute to 1 hour. Bring your own supplies. No instruction provided.

Waltham Mills Artists Association
Common Space Gallery
144 Moody St
Waltham, MA 02453
contact Jim Billa:
Drop-in figure drawing sessions on Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm. The association employs more than a dozen models who rotate weekly and sit for poses lasting between 2 and 30 minutes. The cost is $12 per session; after the first session, ongoing attendance also requires a $25 annual membership to help defray the cost of hiring the models. Because the sessions are held in a private floor space, and directions/parking can be confusing for first-timers, new attendees should make contact via email before dropping in.

Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA 02459 Telephone: 617-558-6522
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed sessions include Multimedia Drop-In Live Figure Class: Member $10/class, nonmember $12/class; Clothed and nude female and male art models will be set up for both short and long term poses.
Instructed classes include Figure and Anatomy Drawing: Students will be introduced to the principles of drawing the human figure and anatomy necessary to depict the figure whether from the live art model, reference photos, memory, or from the imagination. We will have demonstrations and critiques, which serve as a tool to strengthen the understanding of the figure. Occasional live model. High school students welcome.

New Art Center in Newton
61 Washington Park
Newtonville, MA 02460 Telephone: 617-964-3424
Classes are offered specifically in figure drawing with other courses in sculpture and painting featuring models throughout the term. Call for more information.

Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472 Telephone: 617-923-0100
Classes include Open Studio With Model. No instructor. Open to all levels. Figure model poses in timed segments determined by the group. Participants may use any drawing material or water based medium.

Arlington Center for the Arts
Gibbs Center
41 Foster Street
Arlington, MA 02474-6813 Telephone: 781-648-6220
Instructed and Uninstructed.
Open Life Drawing Studio. Sundays 1:00-4:00pm. Draw from the figure, water based painting and drawing media. No instruction or supplies provided, except easels and drawing boards. A studio monitor will be present to facilitate each session.
Instructed classes include Drawing and Sculpting the Figure.

Cape Cod and Islands

Falmouth Art Center
137 Gifford Street
Falmouth, MA 02540 Telephone: 508-540-3304
Friday Figure Group, 9:30am-12:00noon. Members only. Drop-in class. Meets around the new Falmouth Art Center. Class takes place is the Guild's Gallery when there is bad weather. The class is designed to practice drawing the clothed figure. There are specific assignments and constructive criticism at the end of class. All medias/ Levels welcome. $10.00 Model fee.

Featherstone Center for the Arts
30 Featherstone Lane, PO Box 1145
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 (Martha's Vineyard) Telephone: 508-693-1850
Figure Drawing. Tuesdays 9:30-11:30am. $10 per session. New participants are welcome. This is a figure drawing session, open to the public. There is no instruction. Participants paint or draw as they wish.

Cotuit Center for the Arts
4404 Falmouth Road - Route 28, PO Box 2042
Cotuit, MA 02635 Telephone: 508-428-0669
Art classes include Life Drawing. Working from a live, nude art model, the artists will be exposed to a variety of media as they explore some of the many different approaches to depicting the human form. An instructor is on hand for as little or as much instruction as the student would like. This class is for beginners and advanced students.

Cape Cod Museum of Art
Route 6A
Dennis, MA 02638 Telephone: 508-385-4477
Art classes include Figure Drawing and Life Modeling with Clay.

Three Fish and a Ram Community Art Center
36 Bates Road, PO Box 2272
Mashpee, MA 02649 Telephone: 508-477-ARTT (2788)
Life Drawing. Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm. $15 per session. Artists work with live art model. You may work in the medium of your choice. Bring your own supplies. Artist Marc Leitzel facilitates this group. Please call Marc at Telephone: 508-292-2007 to sign up at least one day before class.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM)
460 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657 Telephone: 508-487-1750
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed: Drop In Life Drawing Sessions. Tuesdays and Fridays year-round 9:30-11:30am. $10 individual sessions or $45 for a packet of five sessions. Draw from the art model in the Museum School’s light filled front studio. Bring drawing materials; easels and drawing horses provided.
Instructed workshops include Mixed Medium Figure Drawing. See website for current schedule.

New Hampshire — sorted by Zip Code

Studio 550 Art Center
550 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101 Telephone: 603-232-5597
Figure Drawing and Figure painting are both welcome. Nude female model. The space of the workshop is in our back classroom. There is no organized instruction for this workshop, but staff will be on hand for guidance. Cost is $15. Easels will be provided. Contact us for dates and times.

Ingbretson Studio of Drawing and Painting
55 S. Commercial St.
Manchester, NH 03101 Telephone: 603-348-3056
Summer workshops and evening figure classes.

New Hampshire Institute of Art
148 Concord Street
Manchester, NH 03104 Telephone: 603-836-2513
Instructed and Uninstructed
• The Continuing Education program offers both uninstructed and instructed figure drawing classes; Figure Drawing/Painting Workshop with Sean Beavers, Painting From Life, Portrait Drawing/Painting, Open Figure Drawing are a few selections. Please note: class offerings change every semester. Please go to our website and view our Meet the Master workshops and a current schedule of class offerings.
• Uninstructed Saturday Life Drawing Group: Contact Joey Pearson at Telephone: 603-641-2564. Note: This is an independent group that rents space from the school.

Sharon Arts Center
457 Route 123
Sharon, NH 03458 Telephone: 603-924-7256
Art classes include Figure Drawing. This course is an opportunity to engage in the practice of drawing the human figure in a variety of stances. Each class will begin with a series of quick warm-up poses, and then lead into longer periods, which may expand over multiple weeks. This is a perfect chance to experiment with a variety of media and mark-making techniques to capture observations from a range of art models in a casual environment.

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Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Life Drawing
Mill Gallery
560 Mineral Spring Ave.
Pawtucket RI 02860
Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm. (New time and new location.) Some chairs and benches provided. Bring your own easel. We begin with poses of 2-10 minutes and end with a 60- and a 40-minute pose.

Sandywoods Farm Arts and Agricultural Community
73 Muse Way
Tiverton, RI 02878 Telephone: 401-241-7349
Monday nights 6:00-9:00pm. $14 per session. Bring your materials and easel or other preferred work surface. Chairs provided. Nude and semi-nude models, male and female. Occasional costumed models as well. Gestural poses and long poses up to 20 minutes. Uninstructed live model figure drawing in a casual, relaxed setting. Artists of all disciplines and experience levels are welcome. Currently recruiting new models.

115 Empire St.
Providence RI, 02903 Telephone: 401-831-9327
Every Tuesday from 6:00-8:30pm. Work Benches provided. Nude art models. Pose Length vary between gestural to 20 minute poses. $6.

Providence Art Club
11 Thomas Street
Providence RI 02903 Telephone: 401-331-1114 ext. 16
Art classes include Life Drawing & Painting, Figure Drawing, and Portraiture. Founded in 1880, the Providence Art Club is one of the nation's oldest art clubs.

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903 USA Telephone: 401-454-6201
Art classes include Figure Drawing.

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Dr. Sketchy of the Upper Valley
The Filling Station
Gates St
White River Junction, VT 05001 Telephone: 802-295-4479
Sketchyjunction meets every sixth Tuesday evening. Admission fee is $10. Ages 16 and up only. Please be prepared to tip the models. We bring in true characters and performers, not just subjects. Past sessions have featured clowns in corsets, zombies, pirates, and steampunks. Most models are clothed to semi-clothed—there is a high potential for partial nudity at any given session. Think of it as art class held in an atmosphere of boozy mayhem with great music, live entertainment, and fun door prizes.

Burlington City Arts
The BCA Center
135 Church Street, next to City Hall
Church Street Marketplace
Burlington, VT 05401
Telephone: 802-865-7166
Instructed and Uninstructed
Life Drawing Drop-in for Adults (ages 16+). Mondays 6:30-8:30pm. Closed on holidays—please check our website for specific dates. Open to all levels. Facilitated by a BCA staff member and a professional model. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper. No registration necessary. $8 per session, $7 for BCA members. Purchase a Life Drawing class card and get the 6th visit for free.
Instructed classes include Contemporary Figure Painting.

Rutland Area Art Association / Chaffee Art Center
16 South Main St.
Rutland, VT 05701
Telephone: 802-775-0356
Figure drawing open studio. Thursdays 6:00-9:00pm. All medium and all skill levels are welcome. Live, nude art models with timed poses. Benches and easels are provided. No instruction. $5 for members, $10 for non-members.

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