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 directory@artmodelbook.com

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Columbia Center for the Arts
215 Cascade Street, PO Box 1543
Hood River, OR 97031
eando@columbiaarts.org Telephone: 541-387-8877
Instructed and Uninstructed
Life Drawing Model Sessions every other Friday 9:00am-12:00noon. $12. Nude model. All skill levels welcome. We start with a set of 1 and 2 minute poses, followed by five 5-minute poses, two 10-minute poses, then 20-minute poses. Enter the studio via the orange door on Cascade; it is about half a block east of the main gallery entrance. Oil painters, please use odorless mineral spirits, preferably Gamsol; no turpentine. Pastels are welcome; please be cautious about blowing the dust. Please do not photograph the model without permission; discuss with the model privately, on a break or after session.
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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 suejl@onlinenw.com
Uninstructed
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.
[2010-05-25]

The Drawing Studio
3614 SE Division
Portland, OR 97202
Telephone: 503-232-9749
Instructed
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.
[2013-05-30]

Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson St.
Portland, OR 97209
ce@pnca.edu Telephone: 503-821-8903
Instructed
Classes include Beginning + Intermediate Figure Drawing and Figure Painting Intensive.
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Hipbone Studio
1847 E. Burnside #104
Portland, OR 97214
Telephone: 503-358-0898
Uninstructed
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).
[2009-07-13]

The Bamboo Grove
134 SE Taylor St.
Portland, OR 97214
Uninstructed
Open figure drawing sessions. Sundays 10:00am-1:00pm. $12.00 ($10.00 with student ID). Bring your drawing materials and join us for a laid back drawing session with a live nude model. Free parking.
[2013-08-06]

Dr. Sketchy's PDX
Crush Bar
1400 SE Morrison
Portland, OR 97214
Uninstructed
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.
[2013-05-10]

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.
[2013-05-30]

Oregon College of Art and Craft
Drawing Studio at OCAC
8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225
studioschool@ocac.edu Telephone: 503-297-5544 / 800-390-0632
Uninstructed
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
[2009-07-06]

JumpstART
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3702
Telephone: 541-737-4745
Instructed
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.
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Saturday Figure Drawing Group
Room 290, Lawrence Hall, University of Oregon Campus
Eugene, Or 97403
Telephone: 541-684-0719
Uninstructed
Figure drawing sessions take place every Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and are FREE, open to both students and the public. Benches, boards, tables, and easels are available. We follow the standard timing of one- and two-minute warm up poses, and build to 20- and 25-minute poses. See our website for directions and other relevant information. All are welcome.
[2014-02-26]

Maude Kerns Art Center
1910 East 15th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97403
staff@mkartcenter.org 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.
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Ashland Art Center
357 E. Main St.
Ashland, OR 97520
Contact Sarah F Burns at sarahfburns@gmail.com with questions.
Uninstructed
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.
[2013-08-05]


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