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 - Top of Page

Art League of New Britain
30 Cedar Street
New Britain, CT 06052
Open sessions. ALNB Members $10, Non-members $12 per session. Drop ins welcome.
• Open Figure Drawing. Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm ongoing.
• Open Clothed Figure Painting. Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm ongoing.
• Creative Looks/Poses. Male/Female Models. Mondays 7:00-10:00pm.

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 and 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. We also occasionally offer portrait or figure painting classes as well.

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.

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; we run from mid January through early November. $9 per week for members, $12 per week for nonmembers. Washington Art Association was founded in 1952.

Silvermine School of Art
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT 06840 Telephone: 203-966-6668, ext. 2
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. Silvermine 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.
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 - Top of Page

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.

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.

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 $8 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.

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. 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, 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 $50 ($10/session) or $15 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 - Top of Page

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 5:00-7:30pm, $10. Some individual instruction available.

IS183 Art School of the Berkshires
PO Box 1400
13 Willard Hill Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262 Telephone: 413-298-5252 ex100
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Instructed art classes include Figure/Portrait Drawing/Painting/Collage/Ceramics/Photography. See our website for current listings.
• Uninstructed Life Drawing Open Studio: Mondays 6:00-9:00pm (year-round except holidays). $15 or $50 for 5 sessions. This drop-in open studio provides ongoing access to a live art model, both short and long poses. The model is nude. Bring your own materials. Most mediums welcome, no photography. Drop-ins welcome.

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.

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

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 x1202
Art Classes include: • Portrait Painting: This class focuses on direct observational portrait painting from a live model. The course emphasizes 'seeing', simplifying, and the importance of beginning a painting well. We will discuss color as it relates to skin tones and better understand how to achieve a 'likeness' of the sitter. Open to the beginner as well as the advanced painter. • Drawing for Beginners: In this foundation course, we will explore the basic elements of drawing including line, proportion, relationship, value, contrast, form, and perspective. We will work from still life, room interiors, and a model.

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. Our figure classes meet on Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00-2pm.
• 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
Fridays — Figure Sketch Group, 1:00-4:00pm. $15 per person. Short and Long poses. Artists may work in any medium. No instruction is provided. The sketch group meets 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. $10 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
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Instructed classes include The Academics of Drawing and Painting the Figure.
• Uninstructed Life Session — to be announced in near future.

Academy of Realist Art
112 South Street, Second Floor
Boston, MA 02111 Telephone: 617-426-3006
Classes include Long Pose Figure Drawing, Figure Constructs, Portrait Drawing and Painting, and various figure/portrait workshops.

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, Figure Painting, Portrait Drawing, Portrait Sculpture.
• Uninstructed Drawing in the Galleries, every Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm. Drop-in and sketch from from objects in our galleries.

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: 617-592-7070
Life Drawing Sessions. Sundays 1:00-4:00pm, Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm (long pose), and Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm. $25/session. Inquire by email if you have questions.

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.

Outpost 186
186 1/2 Hampshire Street (Inman Square)
Cambridge, MA 02139
Sunday mornings 10:00am-12:30pm. 3 hours of life drawing and live improvisational music. $15. All are welcome, bring your own drawing materials.

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:
Note: Building is locked so arrive promply, no later than 7:00 pm to gain access.
• Mondays 7:00-9:30pm. Life Drawing with a nude art model. First Monday of each month is one long pose for the whole session. On the other Mondays the model takes short poses, ranging from 3 to 20 minutes. No art equipment provided, only chairs. Bring your easel, if desired, or just a sketchpad. Artists of all levels of ability and experience are welcome. $6/session. 2014 marked our 20 year anniversary of weekly (drop in) figure drawing!
• Thursdays 7:00-9:30pm. Portrait Night. At this session a clothed model holds one simple pose for the whole evening (with breaks) for a portrait. Often, the pose will be repeated for a second week. $6/session. We are always looking for new portrait sitters.

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
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Figure Drawing Group coordinated by Cathy Keller. Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm. Drop-in rate per session: $15 for members; $20 for non-members. Maximum of 15 participants.
• Figure Drawing with Janet Monafo. Tuesdays 6:30-9:00pm. All Levels. Adults and Teens. Junior Membership required. This course will focus on gaining an understanding of the structure of the figure, achieved through study of planes, perspective, and line relationships. The poses will range for 5-20 minutes, according to the needs of the class. Cost of model is included in class price. Maximum of 15 students.

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.

artlounge Arlington
1346 Mass Ave
Arlington, MA 02476
Telephone: 781-643-0300
1st Tuesday of the month, 7:00-9:30pm, open to all levels. Gender of model alternates each month, length of poses range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes. Models are clothed. Raised platform with seating for model, seating at tables available to all attendees, supplies are available if needed. Registration is recommended but drop-ins are fine, $20.00 per person.

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.

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.

Westport Art Group
1740 Main Road
Westport Point, MA 02791
Figure Drawing Workshop, Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00noon. Open to all. $40 for a 4-week month. $50 for a 5-week month. $15 per session.

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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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Newport Art Museum
Coleman Center for Creative Studies
26 Liberty Street
Newport, RI 02840
Telephone: 401-848-2787
Instructed and Uninstructed
• RI Open Drawing. Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm. A drop in open studio with a figure model facilitated by RI Open Drawing group. $13 Model fee per session; simply pay the monitor on-site.
• Pay-What-You-Can Figure Drawing: Open Studio with Model. Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm. Great for artists with a tight schedule or wallet, the Coleman Center offers this studio session almost every Tuesday evening. No registration required. Just drop-in, contribute what you can and draw! Suggested fee: $8 per session.
• Instructed classes include Portrait Drawing Basics, Portrait and Figure Painting, Figure in the Landscape. See website for current schedule.

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.

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.

Kate's Studios
109 Summer St.
Providence, RI 02903
Contact Kate Huntington: Telephone: 401-440-5997
Open Life Drawing is held most Wednesday evenings 7:00-10:00pm. The life drawing consist of a variety of poses throughout the evening (nude model). Portrait Painting on Monday at 7:00-10:00pm. One 3-hour pose with a clothed model. $10.00 per session. Open to everyone.

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. Classes are open to members only--see website for membership information.

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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