Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops,
and Open Studios in Oregon
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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Saturday Drawing Group
Linfield College Art Department
Miller Fine Arts Building A off Keck Drive
McMinnville, OR 97128
Contact: Sue at
We meet on Saturday from 9:30am-1:30pm. Our art models are nude, male and female. We start with gesture drawings from 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, then go to longer poses of 10 minutes up to 45 minutes. Once a month we have one pose that lasts the full 3 hours. Bring drawing materials of newsprint and heavier drawing paper for the longer poses. Also bring charcoal, pencils, pen and ink. Some people like to work in watercolor or oil or acrylic. Wooden benches (horses) are provided. Also easels are provided most of the time. The group has been in existence since 2000.

Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan St
Newberg, OR 97132 Telephone: 503-487-6883
Sessions will occur on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm, $180 for 5 weeks, or drop-in fees $12 per hour. The figure drawing class will allow participating artist to work expressively with charcoal, graphite, ink, and experimental media. Working from female and male nude forms the class will focus on gesture and expressive mark making, starting with shorter warm up poses and leading into to 20 minutes or longer poses. All skill levels are welcome, participants must be 18 or have a signed permission from a parent or guardian. Drawing horses & easels provided, all other materials must be brought by participants.

The Drawing Studio
3614 SE Division
Portland, OR 97202
Telephone: 503-232-9749
Classes inlcude Introduction to Drawing and Intermediate Drawing. Most sessions in the Intermediate course will have live art models. In the Intro course, students work from photos, reproductions of other artworks, the mirror, and the human figure, using graphite, charcoal, and pen. Classes meet evenings and weekends and are designed for anyone from true beginners to experienced artists who want to get their work rolling again.

Oregon Society of Artists
2185 S.W. Park Place
Portland, OR 97205 Telephone: 503-228-0706
All skill levels and mediums welcome. Please register on our website class page or by calling the office.
• Friday 10:00am-1:00pm, $15. Drop-in, uninstructed group working from unclothed models.
• Friday 1:30-4:30pm, $20. Drop-in, uninstructed group working from clothed to partially clothed models. Single pose. (Instruction available from facilitator if needed.)

Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson St.
Portland, OR 97209 Telephone: 503-821-8903
Classes include Beginning + Intermediate Figure Drawing and Figure Painting Intensive.

Hipbone Studio
1847 E. Burnside #104
Portland, OR 97214
Telephone: 503-358-0898
Drop-in life drawing sessions. On-going. Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm, Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm, and Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm. Beginners are welcome. Drawing benches and boards, easels and tables are provided. Typically, we start with gestures and work toward poses of 30-45 minutes $10 / session or $45 / 5 sessions. LONG TERM POSES Thursdays 6:30-9:30pm. Ideal opportunity to work from an extended pose (3 Thursday evenings) each month. You’ll have more time to develop a drawing or series of drawings or complete a pastel or painting. Art model and pose changes monthly. $12 / single session or $30 / commit to 3 session (same pose).

High Low Art Space
936 SE 34th Street
Portland, OR 97214
Instructed and Uninstructed
Weekly drop-in life drawing in SE Portland:
• Tuesdays 1:00-4:00pm 3 Hour Pose
• Thursdays 1:00-4:00pm 4 Week Pose
• Thursday 6:00-9:00pm Shorter Poses
Instructed($25/class or $100 for five classes):
• Mondays 4:00-7:00pm Figure Drawing
• Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm Portrait Drawing
Easels and chairs are provided; we provide materials for classes, but not for uninstructed sessions.

Still Death
Fernie Brae
4035 SE Hawthorne Ave
Portland, OR 97214
Editor's note: This is not a life drawing session. In fact, it's more like a death drawing session. A little bit of a tangent to the main focus of this directory, but I've decided to include it.
A monthly natural-history themed education and drawing/painting session using animal skulls as references. Artists of all skill levels invited, 18+ years of age only, please.

Dr. Sketchy's PDX
Crush Bar
1400 SE Morrison
Portland, OR 97214
Themed alternative figure-drawing event the Last Sunday of each month, 7:00-10:00pm at Crush Bar, 21+, $10. Gorgeous live models, fun contests to win fine art books, art supplies and other prizes, and a full bar to help loosen your creative inhibitions. Artists of all experience levels welcome, basic loaner art supplies available. Semi-nude and professionally costumed poses beginning with short poses and finishing with two 20 minute poses. Tables and drawing boards available, first-come-first-served. We also host quarterly special art events at different locations around town; see our website for more information.

Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
Telephone: 503-823-ARTS (2787)
Instructed and Uninstructed
The Multnomah Arts Center offers courses and workshops in drawing, sculpting, and painting the figure. Courses are offered year round and are scheduled daytime and evenings. Go to MAC's website for a complete listing of offerings. The Multnomah Arts Center has been offering courses in the arts for forty years. Join our community!
Uninstructed Open Life Drawing: $12 per session or $100 for 10 sessions.

Oregon College of Art and Craft
Drawing Studio at OCAC
8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225 Telephone: 503-297-5544 / 800-390-0632
Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm. Open Life Drawing participants sign in and pay their fees at the Front Desk in the Centrum upon arriving – no need to pre-register. Please consult the semester calendar in the Drawing Studio or at the Front Desk for other scheduling conflicts that may preempt Life Drawing. No prerequisite. $7/SESSION OCAC STUDENTS & MEMBERS / $10/SESSION ALL OTHERS

Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3702
Telephone: 541-737-4745
JumpstART is a summer precollege Visual Arts program sponsored by the Department of Art at Oregon State University, designed for ages 15 to 18. JumpstART students spend six hours daily in art classes. Classes include Drawing and Modeling the Human Figure.

Maude Kerns Art Center
1910 East 15th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97403 Telephone: 541-345-1571
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Instructed art classes include Figure Painting: A One-Pose Study (a comprehensive study of the human figure as you work from one pose over eight class sessions) and Studio Painting: Still Life & Figurative.
• Open Studio Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Figure Sculpture. The Art Center invites artists to become a part of our Open Studio Sessions. Model poses vary and are selected to accommodate artists' needs. Drop-ins are welcome. $11 Drop-In Fee. Sign up for the whole term and receive a sizeable discount.

Emerald Art Center
500 Main Street
Springfield, OR 97477
Telephone: 541-726-8595
Open Drawing. Wednesdays 6:30-9:00pm. $6 per session which pays for the model. Live Figure drawing and painting studio, not an instructional class; however, there are usually other artists willing to help a beginner. Our library is full of useful resources available to members. Professional models (clothed and nude) rotate weekly.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center
40 S. Bartlett St
Medford, OR 97501 Telephone: 541-772-8118 x 302
Rogue Studio Figure Drawing Sessions. Drop-in Tuesday evenings for 2 1/2 hours of moderated, uninstructed figure drawing sessions with a live model. Adults 18 years and older from beginning to advanced levels are welcome. The sessions will include short gestures and longer, sustained poses. Students must provide their own drawing materials. Drawing boards, worktables, and easels are available for use. Pre-register for individual or all sessions, or drop in and pay at the drawing session. $10 per session; $45 for a 6-session series.

Ashland Art Center
357 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR 97520
Contact Ann DiSalvo at with questions.
Monday morning life drawing: Short Pose. 1-25 minutes, $10 per session. Wednesday evening life drawing: Long Pose. Two sessions of the same pose for in depth drawing or painting. $12 per session. Both sessions use male or female nude models. Easels, tables, chairs provided.

Project Space
106 Talent Avenue Studio 5
Talent, OR 97540
Contact Sarah Burns at or Telephone: 541-621-7767 with questions.
Life drawing sessions are held Wednesday mornings 10:00am-1:00pm. We have one model each month; the first week is short poses and the following weeks are the same long pose, enabling artists to do in-depth drawing or non-toxic painting. Models are unclothed, of varying ages, types, gender etc. Model inquiries welcome, must be able to hold long pose. Easels provided. Limited to 6 participants. $13 drop-in or pre-pay at $10 per session to reserve your place.

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