Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops,
and Open Studios in Ohio
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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Cooley Studios
870 North High Street, Suite 11
Worthington, OH 43085 Telephone: 614-390-0488
Instructed and Uninstructed
Cooley Studios is offering instructed classical long pose nude figure drawing and painting classes. We use male and female tatoo-free models, as we are a classical art studio. Classical long pose class lasts 8 weeks with the same model holding the same pose allowing the artists to create a highly refined work. Each session lasts 3 hours from 6pm to 9pm, Thursday night. Cost for 8 weeks of classical figure study is $300. Feel free to contact Cooley Studios for other classes.

Ohio Art League
OAL Gallery
1552 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43201 Telephone: 614-299-8225
Life Drawing. Sundays 1:00-4:00pm year-round except holidays or if the monthly exhibition might interfere with us. Draw the model in a relaxed, non-judgmental environment. The session fee is $8.00 and is subject to change since we operate on a nonprofit, self-sustaining basis. We provide an art model, limited props, lighting, and chairs. Bring your own materials. Easels are generally not used because of space limitations and sight lines. Minimum age is 18. No photography. Sessions include six 1-minute gestures, six 2-minute gestures, a 15-minute pose, and three 35-40 minute poses. We use a different art model each week.

Wild Goose Creative
2491 Summit Street
Columbus, OH 43202
Contact Andre or Telephone:614-859-9453
Figure Drawing. The first and third Wednesday of every month from 7:00-9:00pm. $7. Open to everyone (18 and up). There will be a professional model, tables and chairs. There will be a different model every week. Please bring your own drawing and painting supplies and something to drink if you like. If you have never worked with a live model before or just want to work on your skills, there will be someone available to give guidance. If you just want to work on your own, that's fine too!

Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
Figure drawing from the nude model for youth and adults is offered year-round through CCAD's Continuing & Professional Studies office. Formats include weekly 10-week classes and shorter-term morning or evening workshops; fees are $135-$325, depending on the format. Use our online class finder (click above) to find details and register.

Cultural Arts Center
139 West Main Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: 614-645-7047
Classes include Draw or Paint the Nude. This class is designed for all levels as an independent study course. An Instructor is available to answer questions and to conduct class discussions. Model fee is $20 and is due at the FIRST class.

Tholepin Press
210 Elm Street
Toledo, OH 43604
Telephone: 419-243-4944
Northwest Ohio's longest running Life Drawing Group meets Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm. $10 for adults. $7 for university students with a current ID. $3 for high school students with parental permission. Tholepin boasts a wide diversity of excellent models. Poses vary from 5-minute gestures to 90-minutes. A 2 1/4 hour pose is occasionally scheduled with advance notice. Refreshments are served at break. Bring paper/canvas and medium of choice. Easels, horses, chairs, drawing boards, clips, and pencil sharpeners are provided. Sink and spray-booth access. Come draw in a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere. Get on our mailing list to be notified of severe weather cancellations.

Hyter Potrait Group
Common Space 2
10 S. Holland-Sylvania
Toledo, OH 43615
Telephone: 419-893-8268
Our open studio group meets every Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm. The group was started over twenty years ago by Al Hyter, a Toledo artist who attended the Art Students League in New York City. Draw or paint the costumed model. Chairs are available. $5 per session. The same model usually poses for four weeks, allowing the artist to complete a large piece if they attend multiple sessions.

The Cleveland Institute of Art
11141 East Boulevard, Room G303
Cleveland, OH 44106
Telephone: 800-223-4700
Life Drawing Wednesday nights 7:00-9:00pm: see website for current dates. $15 General Admission, $10 with College Student ID, $5 High School ID. Must be 18+ or have written parent permission form. Life Drawing classes involve nude models. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced artist, pay-as-you-go life drawing sessions allow you to develop or refine your drawing skills. With a per-session limit of 25 attendees, these intimate life drawing sessions allow you to draw the figure at your own pace and receive individual critique from the moderator.

Orange Art Center
31500 Chagrin Blvd.
Pepper Pike, OH 44124 Telephone: 216-831-5130
Classses include Life Drawing and Painting.

28795 Lake Road
Bay Village, OH 44140 Telephone: 440-871-6543
Pre-registration is required for the Figure Drawing and Portrait Studio Workshops. You must call to pre-register as there is limited space. A minimum of 4 students is required. Drawing the Human Figure meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm. $10 fee. Pay as you go. Bring all of your own supplies. A nude model will be available from which to work. The portrait studio is every Friday 10:00am-1:00pm.

Cuyahoga Valley Art Center
2131 Front Street
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 Telephone: 330-928-8092
Portrait and/or Nude Figure Drawing. Tuesdays 7:00-9:30pm. Fee: $12 per session for CVAC members; $15 for Non-members. (Model fee included.) Unstructured. Benches and Easels available.

Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242
Telephone: 330-672-2192
Open drawing sessions are conducted most Fridays during the academic year, from 10am to noon. Check in the School of Art office 330-672-2192 to confirm time and location.

Peninsula Art Academy
1600 West Mill Street
Peninsula, Ohio 44264
Telephone: 330-657-2248
Open Draw with Shannon Casey - There’s no substitute for drawing from life. Build on your existing skills or draw the figure for the first time in an open drawing session! Class meets Saturdays from 2:00-5:00pm, check the website to see this month’s date. Portrait artist Shannon Casey will facilitate and offer basic instruction as desired. Students will practice quick gesture drawings as well as longer poses from the clothed art model. $10. Bring your favorite drawing materials or use the instructor’s materials for an additional $5. Pre-registration is required. For teens under 18, a parental consent form must be on file.

Akron Society of Artists
Summit Bldg, Third Floor North
140 E. Market St.
Akron, OH 44308
Contact Telephone: 330-208-7287
Open Studio Sessions with Model, 3 hours, often in multi-session sets. Usually clothed, sometimes nude art model. $8 members, $10 non-members. Easels and taborets available. Normally Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm. (In some years, there are no model sessions in June, July, and August.) See our website calendar or call the contact number for the latest information. We have a really nice space on the third floor of an old building that's being developed as an arts incubator. Building access and parking off Summit Street. Call the studio at Telephone: 330-294-8848 if street door is locked.

Canton Museum of Art
1001 Market Avenue North
Canton, OH 44702
Telephone: 330-453-7666
Life Drawing Open Session is for artists of all levels who wish to practice drawing or painting the human figure. Art Models change weekly and include nude and clothed, males and females. Students must be 18 years of age or older or provide parent permission to join the class. Bring your own materials and use our drawing horses, boards, or easels. Class meets Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm. New sessions start at the beginning of each month. Pre-registration is required. Cost per month - Members: $36 & Non-Members: $45. Call contact number or visit website for latest info and registration.

Pop Revolution Community Studio
105 East Main St.
Mason, OH 45040 Telephone: 513-492-8868
Adult Open Life Drawing: Every Third Thursday of the month from 6:00-9:00pm. $15 per person. Join Pop Artists for a night of drawing, drink, and discussion! We alternate between nude and costumed models. Join our art party, get to know area artists and enjoy a night out. All drawing materials are provided. There will be a complimentary dessert and snack bar too.

Art Academy of Cincinnati
1212 Jackson St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Telephone: 513-562-8748
Instructed and Uninstructed
Classes in the Community Education program include: Directions for Figure Drawing, Drawing Dynamics, Painting the Figure, Figurative Sculpture in Clay, Drawing the Figure, Figure Drawing for Teens, Life Drawing, Pastel Techniques Using the Figure, Portrait Techniques of the Masters, Renaissance Artists and Drawing the Human Form. Open Studio allows artists to work independently from a professional nude art model in both long and alternating poses on a weekly basis.

Kennedy Heights Arts Center Inc.
6546 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213
Telephone: 513-631-4278
Classes include Figure Drawing with Live Models.

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
4905 Whetsel Avenue
Cincinnati OH, 45227 Telephone: 513-861-3638
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed Open Figure Drawing: Weekly study sessions with the live art model Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Sundays. Drawing Marathons and Free High School sessions are also offered. Instructed workshops include: Life Drawing - Introduction to Anatomy; Advanced Life Drawing. See website for details.

Dayton Visual Arts Center
118 North Jefferson Street
Dayton, OH 45402
Telephone: 937-224-3822
Figure Drawing Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm. $5 to participate. Bring your supplies, we will provide a model, drawing boards, easels and horses.

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