Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops, Open Studios
in Pennsylvania — from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia
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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South Arts
The Historic Schoolhouse
2600 South Park Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102
margo.barraclough@gmail.com Telephone: 412-835-9010
Instructed
Classes include Clothed Figure Drawing. Instructor will give demonstrations and discuss ways to create stronger figure drawings. Artistic anatomy will be touched on. Media used will be pencil and or charcoal. Drawings will be done from a live model.
[2013-06-19]

Panza Gallery
115 Sedgwick Street
Millvale, PA 15209
Telephone: 412-821-0959
panzagallery@mac.com
Uninstructed
Life Drawing every Thursday evening 6:30-9:30pm. $10. Coffee, french pastries & drinks served.
Enter side door to lower gallery. No sign-up required. All artists welcome, 18 and older.
[2009-07-09]

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
Telephone: 412-622-3288
Instructed and Uninstructed
Classes include Life Drawing, Painting the Figure, Open Studio: The Undraped Model, and Open Studio: Painting the Undraped Model.
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Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
artscool@andrew.cmu.edu Telephone: 412-268-2409
Uninstructed
The School of Art runs open figure drawing sessions during the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) usually on Sunday nights. Check the link above for the current schedule.
[2009-08-03]

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Trust Arts Education Center
803 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
education@pgharts.org Telephone: 412-471-6079
Instructed
The Trust hosts Second Saturday Art Workshops such as Drawing the Clothed Figure and Figurative Watercolor Painting. See website for upcoming workshops.
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Pittsburgh Center for the Arts School
The Scaife Building
1047 Shady Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Registrar: Betsy van den Blink betsy@pittsburgharts.org Telephone: 412-361-0455 x324
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Open Figure Studio with a nude model. Drop-in session Sundays 1:00-4:00pm. $15. Prior experience recommended. Students work in the medium of their choice at their own pace. A monitor will time poses and offer instruction as needed. Light refreshments will be served.
• Instructed classes include Sculpting the Figure. Working from a live model, students will create small-scale figurative sculptures using high-fire clay. The first two sessions focus on honing observation skills, human anatomy and techniques for sculpting in clay. The model will keep a single pose for the final four sessions.
[2011-12-26]

Greensburg Art Club
230 Todd School Road
Greensburg, PA 15601
info@greensburgartclub.org Telephone: 724-837-6791
Uninstructed
Monday Night Figure / Portrait Sessions. 4th Monday of each month, 7:00-9:45pm. $8 per session.
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The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts
124 East Leasure Ave
New Castle, PA 16101
Telephone: 724-652-2882
Unistructed
We meet every other Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00pm when the Hoyt is in session, so 4 times each Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. The studio is small so we are limited to 10 artists. Session is 2 hours and we normally do multiple poses. We try to get a variety of models of all shapes, sizes, ages. We have male and female art models and they are nude. No instruction. Any medium except solvents. Cost is $15 for non Hoyt members, $10 for members. Tipping model is encouraged but not necessary; $1-$2 is usual. There are easels and tables available. We normally have background music and are pretty informal. They Hoyt is in a quiet residential area with plenty of free parking.
[2011-09-06]

The Open Studio
Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center Workroom
134 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA 16901
openstudiogroup@gmail.com Telephone: 570-404-2191
Uninstructed
Portrait/Figure sessions take place every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 2:00-5:00pm. We do 20 minute sets with 6 minute breaks. Models offered: male, female, costumed and nude. Joining the Open Studio is free but $5 is charged for Portrait/Figure sessions. Easels, tables and chairs are available. Open Studio also offers still life and critique sessions, occasional instructed drawing classes, trips, and a dynamic, supportive atmosphere. We're also always looking for new models.
[2013-02-14]

Art Association of Harrisburg
21 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Telephone: 717-236-1432
Instructed
Classes include Figure Drawing & Painting, Thursday evenings 7:00-9:00pm.
[2013-06-13]

Council for the Arts
159 South Main St.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
programs@councilforthearts.net Telephone: 717-264-6883
Instructed
Classes include: Drawing and Painting the Figure; Beginning and Intermediate Portraiture.
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York Art Association
220 South Marshall Street
York, PA 17402
yaa1@comcast.net Telephone: 717-755-0028
Instructed
Classes include figure drawing. Focusing on one part of the anatomy each week. We will talk about how the bones and muscles make up the form of the human body. Using nude models at the beginning will help the student to see the human form, which will be clothed for the last weeks of class.
[2013-03-14

Art of Recycle
27 North State Street
Ephrata, PA 17522
artofrecycle@yahoo.com Telephone: 717-682-1444
Uninstructed
Life Drawing. Every other Thursday evening 6:00-8:00pm. We provide the chairs, the venue, and the model. All models are clothed. We are opening up this workshop for mature teens (14 and older) and adults. You may use any medium. Bring your own art supplies and an easel if you work with one. A $5 donation is suggested for the model. You do not need to be a member to attend.
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Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
204 N. Prince Street, P.O. Box 59
Lancaster, PA 17608
ce@pcad.edu Telephone: 717-396-7833
Instructed
Art classes include Figure Drawing.
[2009-07-08]

The Barnstone Studios
52 N. 2nd Street, Suite 3
Coplay, PA 18037
Telephone: 610-261-1030
Instructed
Art classes include Figure Drawing I and II.
[2009-07-07]

Connexions Gallery
213 Northampton Street
Easton, PA 18042
anthony@connexionsgallery.net Telephone: 610-250-7627
Uninstructed
Life drawing on the 4th Tuesday of every month, 7:00-1:000pm. $10 per person fee. Nude figure model. Beginner-Expert: this is for anyone who wants to come. A casual approach to figure drawing. BYO Beverages. BYO Materials. There is a beautiful outdoor area to hang out during the break and after.
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Baum School of Art
510 Linden Street
P.O. Box 653
Allentown, PA 18105
registrar@baumschool.org Telephone: 610-433-0032
Instructed
Art classes include Figure Drawing and Figure and Portrait Sculpture.
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The Afa Gallery
514 Lackawanna Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
ted@tedmichalowski.com Telephone: 570-969-1040
Uninstructed
• Life Drawing. Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm. $5. Art models will be nude, with occasional drapery, partial costume, or accessory. Art models of any body type or experience level are welcome to inquire to pose.
• Drawing Social. Sundays 6:00-9:00pm. $5 general, $2 with valid student ID. Combines a drawing group with a live musical performance: the performers being the subject as well as the entertainment. Every Sunday presents a different ensemble of progressive, improvisational, and experimental musicians. All ages and skill levels are welcome. The non-drawing are also very welcome to relax and enjoy the show.
[2013-06-18]

Bucks County Classical Arts Center
30 West Bridge St, Suite #4
New Hope, PA, 18938
bcclassicalartsc@gmail.com Telephone: 215-693-1841
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Classes include Long Pose Figure Drawing (charcoal) and Pencil Life Drawing.
• Open Studios with live model. $15 per 3-hour session. Monday 10:00am-1:00pm, short pose, nude model. Wednesday 1:30-4:30pm, long poses, portrait model. Wednesday 10:00am-1:00pm, long pose, nude model.
[2013-06-18]

Cheltenham Center for the Arts
439 Ashbourne Road
Cheltenham, PA 19012
info@cheltenhamarts.org Telephone: 215-379-4660
Instructed
Classes include Figure Drawing and Painting. Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting the human figure. Once the basic skills have been mastered, students will be able to apply those principles in paint.
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Main Line Art Center
746 Panmure Road Main Location Closed for Renovations
Haverford, PA 19041
sbrennan@mainlineart.org Telephone: 610-525-0272 ext. 23
Instructed and Uninstructed
Classes included Figurative Sculpture, Figure Drawing & Gouache Painting, and Figure Modeling I & II.
Uninstruced Open Life Studio is an opportunity for artists at all levels to work independently to maintain or improve their life drawing skills in a variety of techniques and media. The group warms up with short gestural drawings and moves on to longer poses. Models interested in posing for our classes should contact Katie Groppi 610-525-0272 ext. 17 or kgroppi@mainlineart.org
[2009-10-14]

Abington Art Center
515 Meetinghouse Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046
info@abingtonartcenter.org Telephone: 215-887-4882
Uninstructed
Model Workshop. Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm. This is a chance for experienced artists to come together and draw from the nude art model. Everyone gives each other support and feedback to improve their work in this creative environment. Each morning starts with several croquis followed by more sustained poses. For AAC members only. Limited to 20 students.
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Artists of Yardley
949 Mirror Lake Road
Yardley, PA 19067-5514
Monitor: Renee Egan serelene@comcast.net
Uninstructed
Open Studio: Live Model on Monday evenings 6:30-9:30pm. Students will practice life drawing with live clothed and nude models. Come on out and improve your drawing, painting, charcoal etc. using a live model! Walk in students are welcome. Participants will pay $12 per session with cash or check. Contact to get on the e-mail notification list.
[2013-06-19]

Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
info@wayneart.org Telephone: 610-688-3553
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes include Introduction to the Figure, Figure Drawing, Adult/Teen Figure Drawing, Drawing the Figure & Portrait, Figure in the Landscape, Figure Within an Interior Environment, Drawing & Sculpting the Figure, The Figure in the Environment.
Uninstructed: Drawing and Painting Open Studio.
[2013-06-20]

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
continuinged@pafa.edu Telephone: 215-972-7632
Instructed
Beginning to advanced classes in figure drawing, beginning to advanced life modeling, portrait, figure in interior, animal drawing, costumed model and master classes in life painting and drawing with Vincent Desiderio, Peter Van Dyck, Stuart Shils and many others.
[2013-06-20]

The University of the Arts
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
precollege@uarts.edu Telephone: 215-717-6430
Instructed
Pre-College Saturday School for high school students. Art classes include Figure Drawing and Figure Sculpture.
[2009-11-16]

Moore College of Art & Design
20th Street and The Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
ce@moore.edu Telephone: 215-965-4030
Instructed
Figure Drawing. Develop strong observational skills and learn about composition and proportion through interpreting the human figure, the traditional prerequisite to all visual disciplines. The unclothed model allows for the study of gesture as well as skeletal and anatomical structure. Students will learn how to capture a pose with quick gestures, develop a quality of line with contours and solve foreshortening problems by understanding aspects of perspective. Short drills will lead to long poses and the development of more complete, detailed drawings using a variety of drawing media. This class uses both nude and clothed art models.
[2013-06-19]

Rittenhouse Drawing Group
240 South 20th Street (just off Rittenhouse Square)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
rittenhousedrawinggroup@googlegroups.com
Uninstructed
The Rittenhouse Drawing Group has been meeting since 2008 in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood in Philadelphia, PA. Artists meet on Tuesday nights from 7:00pm-9:00pm and draw from the live art model. Drawing sessions are largely self-directed, however informal instruction is available by Mark Bullen. No materials are provided, however the current host may be willing to provide basic materials in a pinch. Drawing spots and easels are available on a first come first serve basis—arrive any time after 6:40pm. Drawing begins promptly at 7:00pm. There is a fee of $10 per session. For complete information please join our Google Group.
[2010-02-15]

Dupree Studios
3617 Haverford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
james@dupreestudiosinc.com Telephone: 215-386-1804
Unistructed
Open studio figure draiwng Tuesdays and Thurdays 6:30-9:30pm. $15/session.
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Dr. Sketchy's Philadelphia
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
drsketchyphilly@gmail.com
Uninstructed
Cabaret drawing events. Sessions take place on the second Saturday of each month, 3:00-6:00pm. This is an affiliate of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, founded in New York City.
[2010-03-18]

James Oliver Gallery
723 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Telephone: 215-923-1242
Instructed
Figure Drawing Wednesdays 6:30-9:00pm. Models of differing sizes and ages all welcome. $12.
[2012-04-24]

The Philadelphia Sketch Club
235 South Camac Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5608
Telephone: 215-545-9298
Uninstructed
The Philadelphia Sketch Club offers six workshops a week on various days and times for the convenience of participants. No registration is required. Studio Workshops. $9 per session; $8 for Sketch Club members ($6 for students with valid ID). Easels and drawing boards are provided. Bring your own materials. Lockers available for a small fee. Life Model: Monday 6:30-9:30pm, Tuesday 12:00noon-3:00pm, Wednesday 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm. Costumed Model: Thursday 12:00noon-3:00pm.
[2013-06-19]

The Plastic Club
247 South Camac Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
plasticclub@att.net Telephone: 215-545-9324
Uninstructed
The Plastic Club offers painting and drawing workshops year-round for a nominal fee. $8 per session, $7 for members. No registration is required. Easels, boards, tables provided. The schedule is:
Tuesdays 9:30am-12:30pm, drawing and painting from a clothed model;
Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm, Thursdays and Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm, and Saturdays 1:00-4:00pm, drawing and painting from life models;
Saturdays 10:00am-12:30pm Life drawing with a Moving Model.
[2013-06-19]

Studio Incamminati
340 North 12th Street (southwest corner, 12th and Callowhill streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19107
info@studioincamminati.org Telephone: 215-592-7910
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed Open Studio sessions. Sundays (except selected dates) 1:00-4:00pm. Draw or paint from live art model in a studio setting with other artists. Just bring your own art supplies, an easel and taboret are provided. $10 per each 3-hour session which is payable at the studio, or Purchase a 10-visit discount card for $70.
Instructed classes include Long Pose Figure Drawing in Graphite, Introduction to Figure Drawing in Charcoal, Studio Anatomy The Body at Rest - The Torso, and Oil Painting- Still Life and Figure.
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Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-2811
info@fleisher.org Telephone: 215-922-3456
Instructed
Classes and workshops include Figure Drawing - Introduction, Figure Painting- Introduction, Figure Sculpture - Introduction, Alla Prima Figure Painting, Painting and Drawing from the Figure, Figure Drawing - Intermediate, Figure Painting - Intermediate, Figure Drawing - Advanced, and Painting the Model in a Setting.
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