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 - sorted by Zip Code
Ohio Art League
1552 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
Life Drawing. Sundays 1:00-4:00pm year-round except holidays, summer vacation, 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
Figure Drawing. The first and third Wednesday of every month from 7:00-9:00pm. $7. Open to everyone (18 and up).
If you’ve 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!
College of Art & Design
107 N. Ninth St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Figure drawing is the pictorial representation of the human body
in various forms and positions. Working from the nude art model, explore
proportion, anatomy, perspective, foreshortening, analysis of form,
and planer structures of the figure. Create drawings with particular attention to line and value.
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.
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 9:30-12:30 and first
Wednesdays 7:00-10:00 pm. (No Wednesday evening sessions in 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.
121 Lincoln Way East
Massillon, OH 44646
Art classes include Figure Drawing. 3 Saturdays. $70 members, $80 non-members.
Using pencil and charcoal on paper, draw from a live art model focusing
on several aspects throughout the course, including movement, form,
weight, and shape. Cost includes teaching fee, model fee and art materials.
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, 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.
Fitton Center for Creative Arts
101 South Monument Avenue
Hamilton, OH 45011
Figure Drawing. 6-week sessions offered year-round. Whether just
beginning or more advanced, the techniques learned will help you
develop your personal style and skill level. We will explore realistic
and expressive interpretations of the human figure in both black
and white and color. Supply list available upon registration. Model
fee included in cost of class. Students age 16+ welcome with parental
consent. Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm. Location: Fitton Studio West.
Art Academy of Cincinnati
1212 Jackson St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Instructed and Uninstructed
Classes include Figurative Sculpture in Clay, Figure Drawing, Life
Drawing, Oil Painting the Figure,
Open Studio allows artists to work independently from a professional
nude art model in both long and alternating poses on a weekly basis.
Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
2727 Woodburn avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206
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.
Kennedy Heights Arts Center Inc.
6546 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213
Classes include Figure Drawing with Live Models.
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.