Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops,
and Open Studios in New York State
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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Chelsea Classical Studio
526 West 26th Street, Suite #415 (Between 10th and 11th Ave)
NYC, New York 10001
The Chelsea Classical Studio Core Program is an integrated curriculum of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture taught by figurative painters and sculptors from different educations and backgrounds, who strongly believe that artists need more than one perspective in order to flourish.

West Chelsea Fine Arts Building
526 West 26th Street, Studio 415
NYC, New York 10001
Uninstructed and Instructed
Evening uninstructed figure drawing sessions Monday through Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm in Chelsea. Long pose, live art model, small group.
Instructed classes on Sunday afternoons 1:00-4:00pm and weekday mornings.

Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
NYC, New York 10001-5992
Art classes include Life Drawing and Model Drawing for Fashion Designers.

Cooper Union
University Settlement
273 Bowery
NYC, New York 10002
Telephone: 212-353-4195
Art classes include Life Drawing.

The Educational Alliance
197 East Broadway
NYC, New York 10002 Telephone: 646-395-4235
Art classes include Figure Drawing.

The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
NYC, New York 10003
Telephone: 212-475-3424
Live model drawing for artists of all levels. Open to the Public. Bring your own materials. $15 per person.
Mondays 7:00-9:00pm. Contact: Simon Levenson,

Pastel Society of America
15 Gramercy Park South
NYC, New York 10003 Telephone: 212-533-6931
Instructed classes include Portrait/Figure.

Salmagundi Club
47 Fifth Avenue
NYC, New York 10003 Telephone: 212-255-7740
Instructed and Uninstructed
Mondays 7:00-10:00pm. Sketch Class - Short Poses.
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm. Open Studio Sketch Class - Long Pose.
Founded in 1871, the Salmagundi Club provides exhibitions of paintings, sculpture and photography; conducts art classes and painting demonstrations; and holds art auctions throughout the year.

Summer Sketch Group
Usually at Jimmy's #43, 43 East 7th St. Downstairs, but check our website
NYC, New York 10003 (East Village)
Nude drawing with New York's top art models in a cool, funky East Village location. $15 per session via Paypal or at the door. Poses from 30 seconds to 20 minutes long. Sessions run year-round on alternate Sundays 3:00-6:00pm (2-3 sessions a month). The space holds 15-20 people. The model is on an elevated and well-lighted stage. It's a performance space and not a formal art studio, so we don't have easels, but you can bring your own. Instead, we have a comfortable, relaxed space with room to spread out. There's a beer and wine bar for your liquid inspiration.

School of Visual Arts
209 East 23 Street
NYC, New York 10010-3994 Telephone: 212-592-2050
Art classes include Figure Drawing, Drawing the Clothed Model, Anatomy and the Live Model.

Chelsea Sketch Group
136 W 24th St
NYC, New York 10011
Telephone: 212-243-7633
Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm. One long pose for the entire session (with model breaks). $15/session or $50 for four sessions (good for one year). Hosted by David Klass.

New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture
8 West 8th Street
NYC, New York 10011
Telephone: 212-673-6466
Courses in drawing, painting and sculpture. The New York Studio School is run by professional artists, based on total commitment to the pursuit of excellence and research in drawing, painting and sculpture.

Pratt Institute
144 West 14th Street, Room 209
NYC, New York 10011
• Precollege courses in Foundation Art, and Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing. These courses are conducted on the Brooklyn campus in Summer, and on the Manhattan campus in Fall and Spring.
• A variety of continuing education courses for adults are available, including fine art topics, as well as Lighting, Portraiture, and Fashion Photography classes in our Photography and Digital Imaging certificate program.

Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue
NYC, New York 10011
Life Drawing: Work from a live art model to discover various aspects of drawing. Study master drawings, develop an understanding of structure, and cultivate elements of draftsmanship. Bring 18x24 newsprint pad and vine charcoal to first class. Offered each semester. Available on a credit or noncredit basis.

Spring Studio
64 Spring Street (SoHo)
NYC, New York 10012 Telephone: 212-226-7240
Instructed and Uninstructed
Draw art models every day and six evenings a week in New York City.

New York Academy of Art
111 Franklin Street
NYC, New York 10013 Telephone: 212-966-0300 x968
• MFA courses available.
• Continuing Education instructed classes include Human Anatomy/Ecorché of the Body; Figure Drawing 101; Figure Drawing and Painting; Painting the Flesh Academic Figure and Portrait Painting; and Sculpting the Figure.

The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation
26 Wooster Street (Between Grand and Canal)
NYC, New York 10013 Telephone: 212-431-2609
Erotic Drawing Studio. Wednesdays or Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm in the Leslie/Lohman Basement Annex on Prince Street, not in the Wooster St. gallery. The session consists of 20-minute sexually provocative poses. These are not classes and are not meant for beginners. Experience in drawing from life is needed. Artists accepted for the Erotic Drawing Studio will receive weekly email announcements and can make reservations by email. $20 for nonmembers, $15 for members. Occasionally we have two models and then the fee is higher. Attendance is by reservation only. Call Rob Rosen at 212-431-2609.

The Compleat Sculptor
90 Vandam Street (West SoHo)
NYC, New York 10013
Contact Rita, Education Coordinator: Telephone: 212-243-6074 Ext. 102.
In addition to mold-making and life-casting seminars, The Compleat Sculptor is offering day and evening monthly courses in clay modeling, wood and stone carving. Specialty workshops concentrating on the human form are held multiple times throughout the year. Custom classes are also available.

New York Art Studio
333 5th Ave. 6th Floor
NYC, New York 10016 Telephone: 212-279-1622
Classes include Figure Drawing, Sculpture (3D Figure), and Portfolio Preparation.

Art Students League of New York
215 W 57th St
NYC, New York 10019 Telephone: 212-247-4510
Instructed and Uninstructed
Since its founding in 1875, the League has offered instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking, taught by professional artists who are masters in their field. Some of the classes and workshops inlcude Life Drawing and Anatomy; Painting the Human Figure; Anatomy for Artists, Elements of Drawing; and Watercolor and the Figure. Uninstructed Drawing from Life (ASL Members fee per class: $8. Non-Members fee per class: $12). Some classes may take place at the Vytlacil campus: 241 Kings Highway, Sparkill, New York 10976. Telephone: 845-359-1263.

Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue (at West 76th Street)
NYC, New York 10023 Telephone: 646-505-4444
Art classes include Life Drawing and Painting: This course will help you develop a skill that is similar to learning a new language, then learning to sing a beautiful song. Each class focuses on drawing and painting from a live art model.

The Art Studio NY LLC
145 West 96 Street, Suite #1B (between Amsterdam and Columbus)
NYC, New York 10025 Telephone: 212-932-8484
Inspiring art classes for all levels and ages including figure, portrait and live model drawing and painting. All figure drawing and painting classes at The Art Studio NY combine artistic technique with encouraging expert art instruction. Both short and long poses are used to awaken your ART and soul. Private figure drawing parties available for corporate teams, private parties and bachelorette parties. Group art classes and private classes available for all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced.

Janus Collaborative School of Art
508 East 117th St
NYC, New York 10035 Telephone: 917-492-1923
Art classes include Drawing and Painting the Figure from Life. As a new addition to the program, the Janus Collaborative School of Art is working with the Drexel School of Medicine in Philadelphia on a new artistic anatomy class.

Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
NYC, New York 10065 Telephone: 212-838-2560
Jazz & Sketch - Every Tuesday and Thursday 6:30-9:30 pm. Regular Price: $15, Student Price: $7. Tuesday sessions have a nude art model. Thursday themed sessions have a nude or costumed art model.

National Academy
School of Fine Arts
5 East 89th Street
NYC, New York 10128 Telephone: 212-996-1908
Day and evening Art classes include Figure Drawing; Figure Painting Experimental Approaches; Figure Drawing with an Element of Composition; Figure Drawing or Painting Using Water-based Paint; and Intermediate and Advanced Figure Drawing.

92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
NYC, New York 10128
Telephone: 212-415-5562
Classes include Go Figure: Perfect your understanding of anatomy and proportion and learn how to draw using charcoal and pencil. Work from models to make drawings that convey the strength and subtlety of the human form.

Art Lab, Inc.
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, New York 10301 Telephone: 718-447-8667
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Life Drawing Studio. Monitor only, no instruction. Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm. Draw from the figure. Those present will determine poses and length of poses. Students supply own materials. See our website for current dates and prices.
• See our website for the current schedule of instructed art classes for ages 3 to adult.

Art Academy of Westchester
145 Palisade Street, Suite 404
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 Telephone: 914-455-4050
Life drawing sessions usually Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm, professional large and beautiful art studio. We begin with short poses ending with long poses, sometimes depending on the group the same pose all night. Usually we have a small group of 10 to 12 artists. Looking for models—please email reference images.

Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison's Landing
Garrison, New York 10524 Telephone: 845-424-3960
Instructed and Uninstructed
Drop-in Drawing and Painting from Life. Sundays and Mondays 9:30am-12:30pm. $20 per session or $100 for 8 sessions. On-going sessions for those who want to work on their own to develop and refine their techniques of drawing and painting from the live model. Bring your own materials.
Instructed Classes include Introduction to Figure Painting.

Katonah Art Center
131 Bedford Rd.
Katonah, New York 10536 Telephone: 914-232-4843
Instructed and Uninstructed
In Open Life Studio and Open Figure Painting, teens and adults sketch, sculpt, or paint directly from the nude art model in a relaxed, informal setting, without instruction. For a figure drawing class with instruction, students may choose the Vine Charcoal class to learn to draw the nude figure accurately through easy, proven techniques. In Draw People, students learn an approach to drawing the dressed and draped figure. Call for more information.

Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension of Westchester Community College
27 North Division Street
Peekskill, New York 10566 Telephone: 914-606-7301
Instructed and Uninstructed
Open Figure Drawing - This course will provide community artists with access to a variety of models. No formal instruction but will be supported by a studio monitor. Work in an atelier studio environment with peers and hone your figure drawing skills. Models may be nude or clothed.

Reilly League of Artists
230 Ferris Avenue
White Plains, New York 10603
Telephone: 914 761-6124
The Reilly League of Artists is a cooperative studio of artists who are interested in developing their knowledge and skills in drawing and painting. It is organized exclusively for educational purposes and to promote the study and improvement of the arts. Painters of all levels of ability-beginners and professionals-are eligible to become members of the League. Annual membership dues: $375. $20.00 per session for members. A variety of Life Drawing and Portrait sessions are scheduled each week:
Tuesday morning: portrait pose.
Wednesday afternoon: life drawing multi-week pose.
Thursday afternoon: one long pose.
Thursday evening: 25 minute poses.
Friday afternoon: 1-15 minute action poses.
Saturday morning: portrait pose.

Westchester Community College Center for the Arts
At the Westchester County Center
196 Central Ave.
White Plains, NY 10606 Telephone: 914-606-7500
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Life Drawing Classes. 10-week class. Tuesdays 9:20am-12:10pm or 6:45pm-9:35pm. Models vary between male and female and are always nude.
• Open Life Drawing Session. Monitored life drawing session offered to all. Donation asked, pay what you wish. First come, first served basis to a maximum of 20 participants. Open to the public. Meets once a month. Call for dates. Models vary between male and female and are always nude.
• Drawing Marathon. This three-day workshop is designed to expand one's experience of working with the figure and to deepen one's knowledge of anatomy and aspects of drawing. Through the exploration of various media and techniques, participants will learn to make drawings using the figure rather than figure drawings. The seminar will include numerous lectures and demonstrations using a variety of models and media. The participants will begin by working on large paper and will advance to life size drawing using rolls of paper and a large backing board. A materials list will be provided upon registration. Held in December. Call for details.

Nyack Center Figure Drawing
58 Depew Avenue
Nyack, New York 10960
Contact: Janet Hamlin
Weekly figure drawing sessions Thursday evenings 7:30-10:00pm. Formerly at Hopper House, moved to Nyack Center: corner of S. Broadway and Depew St. enter back of the bldg. Cost $12 for adults, $6 for students, per session.

Bridgeview School of Fine Arts
10-27 46 Avenue, 2nd Floor
Long Island City, New York 11101 Telephone: 718-937-1300
Art classes include Drawing from Observation, Painting from Observation, Figure Drawing Intensive, and Figure Sculpture Intensive. Emphasis on skills and creativity.

Grand Central Atelier
46-06 11th Street
Queens, NY 11101
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Art classes include Short and Long Pose Figure Drawing; Figure Painting; Portrait Drawing and Painting; and Portrait Sculpture.

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Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
• Precollege courses in Foundation Art, and Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing. These courses are conducted on the Brooklyn campus in Summer, and on the Manhattan campus in Fall and Spring.
• A variety of continuing education courses for adults are available, including fine art topics, as well as Lighting, Portraiture, and Fashion Photography classes in our Photography and Digital Imaging certificate program.

Figureworks Inc.
168 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211 (Williamsburg) Telephone: 718-486-7021
Weekly Life Drawing Sessions. Experienced models, Short poses. Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm. $9.

Bunnycutlet Gallery
158 Roebling Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg) Telephone: 917-584-7420
Brooklyn Nude Figure Drawing is a life drawing night for creative professionals, illustrators, animators, designers, and fine artists. It meets once-a-week at the Bunnycutlet Gallery between the hours of 7:30-10:30pm, typically on Wednesdays (check our schedule for any changes due to holidays or exhibition installation). $15 at door. RSVP Encouraged.

Project of Living Artists
30 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211 (Williamsburg)
Telephone: 718-388-6708
Drawing Workshop with a Model. Every Saturday 10:30am-2:30pm. $10. No reservations - Just show up. We provide the art model, studio, drawing tables and easels. You bring your own drawing supplies and skills. Monitored by Joseph Catuccio. Directions: To get there, take the L train to the 3rd stop in Brooklyn - Graham Avenue Subway Stop - walk south to Devoe Street, and then two and a half blocks to Bushwick Avenue.

Brooklyn Art Space
168 7th Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Open Figure Drawing and Painting drop-in sessions. Open to anyone, no sign-up needed. Artists may work directly from the art model at their own pace. $12/session for non-members.
Mondays 7:00-10:00pm: series of short poses. BYO wine.
Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm: One three-hour pose. BYO wine.
Saturdays 12:00-3:00pm: One three-hour pose.

Third Avenue Clay
418 Third Avenue — between 6th and 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Studio Telephone: 718-858-9700
Life Drawing Class. Drawing from the live art model with personal instruction from Geraldine Gventer. Contact or Telephone: 917-613-1889.

Greenpoint Life Drawing at Arthouse 61
61 Greenpoint Ave., 5th Floor, Room 503
Brooklyn, New York 11222 (Greenpoint) Telephone: 718-383-0322
Drop in life drawing classes Monday-Friday 8:00-11:00pm. Art models will be nude, male and female. Each model is hired for one or two weeks, and each night will do two or three warm ups, then will resume one pose for the time period they are hired. We're trying to provide artists with a space where they can develop a piece after a helpful warm up. We've created a nonjudgmental environment where people can come and work in whichever medium they'd like, in their own unique style. Future instruction will be offered in drawing as well as in sculpture. Easels are provided. There is a $15 drop in fee per class.

988 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222 (Greenpoint) Telephone: 703-915-2409
Fridays 7:00-11:00pm. $15. Friday night Figure Drawing at THECEEFLAT is an ongoing, noninstructional, and professional situation to sharpen your creative skills which is open to all levels from the most experienced draughtsman to beginners. Most of the art models we have are playing out some kind of costumed theme which affords the artist the ability to further their exploration of design by using the theatrics of the costume as a jumping off point to their personal creation of the figure.

3rd Ward
195 Morgan Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11237 Telephone: 718-715-4961
Instructed and Uninstructed
• A variety of instructed classes are offered, including Anatomical FIgure Drawing: The Human Form, Drawing in Pastel and Charcoal, Introduction to Drawing: Texture, Proportion, & Perception, and Portrait Photography: Lighting, Composition, & Direction.
• Drink N Draw. Wednesdays 8:00-10:30 pm. $15/person or $10 w/ a friend, free for Members. Pay at the door. We provide the beer and the model. You bring your drawing tools and creativity. Hosted in the Gallery of 3rd Ward, this is a great way to relax after a long day of work.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School
Ingraham St
Brooklyn, New York 11237
Cabaret drawing events at various venues. Sessions held every other Sunday.

Enid Braun Figure Drawing Class
Renate Albertsen-Marton Gallery - The Village @ Gureje
886 Pacific Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238 (Prospect Heights)
Figure classes at The Village @ Gureje are aimed at students at all levels, from beginner to more advanced, with an emphasis on the expressive possibilities of figure drawing. Working from a nude model in charcoal and other media, students gain a sense of the dynamics of the human form, along with some basic anatomy. The three-hour sessions are broken into 20-minute sets, building from short gesture poses to longer poses. Instructed by Enid Braun.

National Art League
44-21 Douglaston Parkway
Douglaston, New York 11363
Telephone: 718-224-3957
Figure Drawing, open class. Every Monday 7:00-10:00pm. Short Pose.
2nd and 4th Tuesday each month. 7:00-10:00pm. Long Pose.

Long Island Academy of Fine Art
14 Glen Street, Suite 201
Glen Cove, New York 11542 Telephone: 516-924-3294
Art classes include Figure Drawing/Figure Anatomy; Life Drawing and Painting for High School students. Classes also offered at Riverhead annex: 40 West Main Street, Riverhead, New York 11901 Telephone: 631-603-5514.

Huntington Fine Arts
266 Pulaski Road
Greenlawn, New York 11740 Telephone: 631-351-4060
• Life class: drawing from the live art model. You are taught and encouraged to develop drawing techniques through the use of all media; charcoal, pencil, pastel, watercolor, oil sticks, etc. Each drawing class is followed by a critique where you display your work.
• Sculpture class: All media: clay, wax, stone, plaster, wood, metal. Intermittently work from the live model doing sketches in clay with great emphasis on learning the dimensionality of human anatomy.

Art League of Long Island
107 East Deer Park Road
Dix Hills, New York 11746 Telephone: 631-462-5400
Instructed and Uninstructed
Art classes include Modern Figurative Drawing and Painting. Learn to see the model with an unacademic eye and to see the complete paper as a painting field. The class will discuss art, framing, galleries, current artists and styles — whatever is important to the group. Nude art model. Short and long poses. Any medium. Bring acid-free paper (no newsprint), any size, but large format will be encouraged
Uninstructed sessions include Open Studio with Model.

The Teaching Studios of Art
115 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, New York 11771
Telephone: 917-597-2404
Figure Drawing and Painting with Rob Zeller — This course is designed to give artists of all levels a strategy in approaching drawing and painting of the human form. While the techniques taught will be classical in nature, there will be room for creativity. We begin by learning to convert the great masses of the body into specific shapes, using both linear contour and structural building blocks. Different types of classical proportions will be discussed, as well as different methods of measuring in a perceptual manner. One of the main goals of this course is to teach the artist to see the body as having architectural structure, and understanding how to translate that concept into 2-dimensional form.

Applied Arts Inc
11 Indian Wells Highway
Amagansett, New York 11930 Telephone: 631 267-2787
Open Studio Figure Drawing every Monday night 6:00-9:00pm. $15 per session, $8 for students and seniors. To inquire about art modeling, please contact Alana at 631-267-2787.

Golden Eagle
14 Gingerbread Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937 Telephone: 631-324-0603
This figure drawing class meets every Friday 10:00am-1:00pm. It is instructed by Linda Capello. Models are nude, male or female. Easels and chairs are provided for all students. Drawing boards are available if needed. $225 for four 3-hour sessions, or $60 for a single session.

The South Street Gallery
18 South Street
Greenport, New York 11944 Telephone: 631-477-0021
Life Drawing, Tuesdays 4:30-7:30pm. Bring drawing materials for a three hour session with an artist's model. We begin with ten two minute poses, then progress to three fives, two tens and one fifteen. The last hour is a series of three twenty minute poses. All levels welcome. $15 per session or $120.00 for ten sessions (within twelve weeks).

Sag Harbor Fine Arts Center
2 Rose Street
Sag Harbor, New York 11963 Telephone: 631-603-5514
Art classes include Figure Drawing & Painting and Portrait Drawing & Painting. A number of intensive workshops are also offered on Figure Drawing and Figure Painting.

Southampton Cultural Center
25 Pond Lane
Southampton, New York 11968
Contact the teacher/monitor: Telephone: 631-725-5851
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Instructed Life Drawing Classes. Thursdays 10:00am-12:00noon. Artist and teacher Linda Capello focuses on anatomy, proportion foreshortening, mass and line quality in this class.
• Uninstructed Life Drawing. Tuesdays 10:00am-2:00pm.

The Remsen Street Studios
188 Remsen Street
Cohoes, New York 12047 Telephone: 518-428-5667
Figure Drawing 6:00-9:00pm each Monday. Cost $40 for 4 sessions or $12 for drop in. Please call or email to reserve a spot as space is limited. Jon: 518-312-1564 or Mark: 518-669-5021

The Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River Street
Troy, New York 12180
Contact Sunny da Silva: Telephone: 518-273-0552
Instructed and Uninstructed
Art classes include Portfolio Development, Beginning Figure Drawing, Figurative Painting, and Figure Drawing Open Studio!

The Woodstock School of Art, Inc.
2470 Route 212
Woodstock, New York 12498 Telephone: 845-679-2388
Workshops and classes include Artistic Anatomy, Life Drawing, Figurative Clay Sculpture, Figure Painting, and Portrait & Figure Painting.

Hudson Opera House
327 Warren St.
Hudson, New York 12534 Telephone: 518-822-1438
Life Drawing with Model. Artists work independently in a disciplined environment; No instructor or specific method is followed. $15 per 3-hour session. Please see website for schedule.

Unison Arts
68 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, New York 12561 Telephone: 845-255-1559
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm at Unison Theater. An opportunity for professional artists and students to work with experienced art models under controlled lighting. Tuesday sessions are dedicated to shorter poses of 1 to 30 minutes. On Thursdays there will be one 2-hour pose for those wanting to do more highly-resolved drawing or painting. No reservation needed. $10 members / $13 non-members per class or $36 members / $48 non-members for a series of 4 sessions.

Barrett Art Center
55 Noxon St.
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601 Telephone: 845-471-2550
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed Open Life Drawing Studio. Draw or paint from a nude art model. Open Session is a friendly, creative opportunity to practice technique: anatomy, gesture, short and long poses of the figure. Work independently and bring desired materials. Reservations a must! Tuesdays 10:00am-1:00pm. Fridays 6:00-9:00pm. Members $90/6 weeks or $18/session. Nonmembers $100/6 weeks or $20/session.
Instructed classes include Artistic Anatomy and Figurative Sculpture.

Mill Street Loft
45 Pershing Ave
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Telephone: 845-471-7477
Art classes include Figure Drawing I & II and Figure Painting I & II. We cover basic human anatomy, gesture drawing, figure proportions, portraits, and long term poses using a variety of drawing materials and techniques. Each class works from a live art model and explores composition through the human form, observation, and discussion. Each Figure II class is an advanced course intended for juniors and seniors who have completed at least two semesters of Figure I.

The Black Feather Retreat
1833 Route 209 - Box 588
Westbrookville, New York 12785
Contact Mark Philip Stone: Telephone: 973-614-9101
Annual Artist / Figure Model Day, generally held in August. A day of art in the Catskills. Fresh air, art, artists, figure models, performances, discussions and conversations among artists, art models, friends and lovers of art. Rain or shine we have planned a full day of nude figure models, mixed genders and body types. Work in our large studio barn or outside in the meadow. Artists must bring their own equipment for sketching or drawing, etc. This is a venue for life sketching and drawing, not for photographers. Registration is $45 for the entire day (includes lunch).

Saratoga Arts
320 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 Telephone: 518-584-4132
Instructed and Uninstructed
Art classes include Drawing with the Live Nude and Portrait Drawing & Painting.
Uninstructed Open Studio figure drawing sessions are held Mondays 6:30-9:30pm. Register for a six-week block for $60 (members), $80 (non-members). Ages 15 and up.

Cortland Arts
Cultural Council of Cortland County
37 Church Street
Cortland, New York 13045
Contact David Beale at Telephone: 607-753-7786
Open Life Drawing Class, Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm. $60 per 6-week session.

Red House Arts Center
201 S. West Street
Syracuse, NY 13202 Telephone: 315-425-0405
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Body of Art Series. Monthly uninstructed figure drawing. Whether you are a novice or professional, create classical or abstract works, join sessions each month and support the artistic community. During this evening of art and music, like direction, Redhouse artists and instructors will be available to direct and critique during the session (optional). Bring your own art supplies.
• Figure Study Youth Class provides each student with the opportunity to work from a live, clothed model.

Open Figure Drawing, Inc.
Westcott Community Center
826 Euclid Ave
Syracuse, New York 13210
Figure drawing every Wednesday night 7:00-10:00pm. We are located on the second floor of the Westcott Community Center, at the corner of Euclid and Westcott Streets. The fee is $8.00 per night, or $14 for you and a friend. A punch card good for 5 visits can be purchased for $32.
Costume drawing held on the first Sunday on each month, 1:00-4:00pm.

Buffalo Arts Studio
2495 Main Street, Suite 500
Buffalo, New York 14214 Telephone: 716-833-4450 x 11
Bargue's Drawing Course with Tom Rojek. Learn a classical approach to drawing. A highly intensive course designed for adults wanting to further their artistic development and high school students applying for art schools. This 7 week course meets on Wednesday nights for 2 hours. Three sessions are offered throughout the year: Fall, Winter and Spring.

Burchfield Penney Art Center
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222 Telephone: 716-878-6011
Instructed and Uninstructed
On the third Thursday of February, March and April between 6:00-8:00pm, students and the public are invited to participate in figure drawing at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Artists are responsible for bringing their own supplies, and instructors will be available at each session. All skill levels are welcome. $8 general, $5 members, $3 for college students with i.d.

Western New York Nude Models
17 Delray Drive
Cheektowaga, NY 14225 Telephone: 716-833-2998
Saturday mornings 10:00am-12:30pm. We have been running open nude female figure drawing sessions in my home since 2006. Conversation, music, and a dessert and drink break at mid session. Generally 20 minute poses, 80% of the time. We go longer if the pose looks good and/or the model is sleeping. ;) Our regulars are high school and college instructors and other very good artists. The cost is $7.00 per session.

The Art Stop
10 & 12 North Ave.
Village of Webster, New York 14580 Telephone: 585-872-5710
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed Life Drawing class. Learn how to accurately draw the human body. Once you learn how to draw the human form you will feel confident to draw anything!
Uninstructed Open Life/Figure Drawing. Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm. $10. Nude Model and refreshments provided, come and join other artists and keep your skills honed in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
Creative Workshop
500 University Ave.
Rochester, New York 14607 Telephone: 585-276-8959
Art classes include Figure Drawing and Figure Sculpture.

Steve Carpenter Studio
176 Anderson Avenue
Rochester, New York 14607 Telephone: 585-758-1410
Figure Drawing Open Studio, Mondays 6:00-9:00pm all year. Nude art models will be available for drawing from life from 6:00-8:00pm. From 8:00-10:00pm, a new model will pose for 4 consecutive Mondays to enable painting completion. $4/hour or $65 for 20 hours paid in advance. Easels and drawing horses provided. Bring own supplies.

Community School of Music and Arts
330 East State Street
Ithaca, New York 14850 Telephone: 607-272-1474
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed Life Drawing is for intermediate and advanced level artists interested in drawing from the figure. Bring your own supplies and drop in any Thursday 12:30-3:00pm. Members $10. The first session of each month will be devoted to clothed portraits.
Instructed classes include Painting the Figure and Drawing Fundamentials 2: The Figure and Still Life.

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