Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops,
and Open Studios in Ohio
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.
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Ohio Art League
1552 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
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 Brett Nuckles brettnucklesgmail.com
Figure Drawing. The first and third Wednesday of every month from 7:00-9:00pm. $7. Open to everyone (18 and up).
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
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.
Terra Community College
Kern Center for Community & Industrial Development
2830 Napoleon Road
Fremont, OH 43420
Art classes include Figure Drawing. Learn to draw the human figure realistically.
Anatomy, proportion, bone/muscle structure, and foreshortening problems
investigated. We will have a live art model to draw from. Use charcoal, graphite or pen and ink.
210 Elm Street
Toledo, OH 43604
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.
The Cleveland Institute of Art
11141 East Boulevard, Room G303
Cleveland, OH 44106
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.
Dr. Sketchy's Cleveland
15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH 44110
Cabaret drawing events. This is an affiliate of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, founded in New York City.
Orange Art Center
31500 Chagrin Blvd.
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
Classses include Life Drawing and Painting.
28795 Lake Road
Bay Village, OH 44140
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
Uninstructed figure drawing Tuesday evenings. $6 for members, $7 for nonmembers.
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242
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
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/medical form must be on file.
Akron Society of Artists
Summit Bldg, Third Floor North
140 E. Market St.
Akron, OH 44308
Open Studio Sessions with Model, 3 hours, often in multi-session sets. Usually clothed, sometimes nude art model.
$5 members, $8 non-members, easels and taborets available. Normally Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm and first Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm.
(No Wednesday evening 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
330-294-8848 if street door is locked.
Canton Museum of Art
1001 Market Avenue North
Canton, OH 44702
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
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
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
Classes include Figure Drawing with Live Models.
Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
4905 Whetsel Avenue
Cincinnati OH, 45227
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed Open Figure Drawing: Weekly study sessions with the
live art model Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Saturdays. 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.
The Preble County Fine Arts Center
601 Hillcrest Drive
Eaton, OH 45320
Life Drawing Night on the first and third Tuesdays of each month
6:30-8:30pm. This will be a unique opportunity for local
artists to brush up on their observational drawing and painting
skills in a comfortable setting with an experienced art model.
Interested individuals must be eighteen years of age or older in
order to attend and ID may be requested to verify age. There will
be a charge of $5 per person per session. Artists should bring everything
they need to draw or paint for the evening, although some lightweight
easels and drawing boards will be available for visitors to use
on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Sinclair Community College
444 West Third Street, Bldg 13 - 304
Dayton, OH 45402
Open studio life drawing with nude art models, Monday evenings 7:00-9:30pm when school is in session.
Free for Sinclair students, $5 for other members of the community.