Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops,
and Open Studios in Washington State
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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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Edmonds Sculptors/Drawers Group
725 Driftwood Lane
Edmonds, WA 98020
Live nude model poses the same long pose for a series of 3 consecutive Wednesday afternoons from 1-4pm. September-May. Mix of gender, races and ages. Artists are responsible to bring own easel, drawing horse or sculpture stand, which can be stored on site if artist is a regular. To sign up for the uninstructed sessions, we utilize an online system called SignUpGenius. The system allows artists to sign up for one or more of the sessions in a given series. There is a flat fee of $20 (non-refundable, non-transferable) when you sign up. Email David to receive session invites.

Kirkland Arts Center
620 Market Street
Kirkland, WA 98033-5421
Telephone: 425-822-7161
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Instructed classes include Drawing the Living Figure and Teen Life Drawing.
• Uninstructed Sunday Life Drawing sessions. Sundays 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Work from a live nude or costumed art model during this drop-in drawing, painting, or sculpting session in the third floor Skylight Studio. Open to the general public. Preregistration is not required. $10 fee per session. Discount punch card available. To access the Skylight Studio when Gallery is closed (Sundays and evenings), please use entrance at rear of building.

Gage Academy of Art
1501 10th Ave. East, #101
Seattle, WA 98102
Telephone: 206-323-GAGE
Classses include: Introduction to Figure Drawing; Expressive Figure Drawing; Intermediate Figure Drawing; Painting the Figure; Beginning Figure Sculpture; Figure Sculpting Studio - Gesture.

North Seattle Community College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103 Telephone: 206-527-3705
Art classes include Figure Drawing.

Artist & Craftsman Supply Seattle
4350 8th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Host: Shawna Holman, Telephone: 206-753-8887 (text only)
Drop-in figure drawing in the classroom at the back of the store. Tables, chairs, some boards, horses and easels are available. Cost depends on number in attendance; $10-30 sliding scale (1/2 price for students).
• 1st and 3rd Saturdays 3:30-6:30pm. Extremely Short Narrative Gestures. Minimally clothed, based on improv topics.
• Sundays 10:30am-1:30pm. Nude poses range from 2-20 minutes. Double model pose every first Sunday in March, June, September, December for $20-60 sliding scale (1/2 price for students). Double model poses range from 5-60 minutes. We aim to include models of all gender, size, ethnicity, etc.
Parking is provided up to 2 free hours in the lot across the street by using the kiosk and entering the code: 2021 and placing the printed ticket on their dashboard. Any parking beyond the free 2 hour period must be paid or moved to street parking. A&C is not responsible for any parking tickets incurred while in the store.

The Miller School of Art
9610 8th Ave SW
Seattle WA 98106
Telephone: 206-861-9265
Classes inlcude:
• Expressive Figure Drawing and Painting
• Figure in Proportion: the Intuitive Approach

Art/Not Terminal Gallery
Fountain Pavilion at the Seattle Center
Seattle, WA 98109
Contact Scott Severson:
Figure drawing. Sundays 5:00-8:00pm. $10 per session.

Daniel Smith
4150 First Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
Instructor: Telephone: 206-650-0591
Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm. Drop-in Figure Drawing class with Jamie Bollenbach. These live model sessions offer light instruction to help you develop the timeless techniques for drawing the human form. No requirements or prerequisites. We offer professional feedback at the level you want. The instructor's ten years of teaching experience shapes a gentle but powerful session, presenting careful observation and realism as a grammar for the expressive poetry and visual experiment of art. $15 per session; $65 for 5 sessions; $120 for 10 sessions.

Pratt Fine Arts Center
1902 S. Main Street
Seattle, WA 98144 Telephone: 206-328-2200
Figure Drawing and many other drawing classes offered. In Pratt's drawing classes, offered from beginner to advanced levels, students work with a variety of subjects, including the figure and still life. Basic drawing students work with pencil and charcoal, learning to use line, value and perspective, while intermediate students learn to integrate other media into their work, including pen, ink, and watercolor, to create more complex images.

Wonder School of the Arts
Location varies, most often at
University of Washington campus
Seattle WA 98195
Courses inlclude: Figure drawing, Step-by-Step. In this class students will learn how to draw the human figure, using an easy step-by-step method, whether working from an art model, from photos, or from memory and knowledge. We'll start by sketching some figures based on simple, underlying shapes, then add in the details. Students will learn about proportions and foreshortening, motion and action, basic surface muscles, and how to use shading to make the figure look real and three-dimensional.

Dakota Art Store
1415 Cornwall Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225 Telephone: 360-676-8918
Life Drawing Wednesdays 11:30am-2:00pm. You are invited to attend Figure Drawing with a nude art model. This is your opportunity to practice drawing the human form and share the company of other artists. Each session begins with gesture exercises. Poses then gradually increase up to 30 minutes. Grab your art supplies and join us! $14 per person.

Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
813 Edgecliff Drive
Langley, WA 98260 Telephone: 360-637-4690 Telephone: 206-571-0442
Workshops include The Dynamic Figure: a classical approach, Drawing & Painting the Figure, Painting the Portrait from Life : a classical approach, The Figure in Charcoal & Painting the Figure in Oil, and The Human Figure: a comprehenisve strategy.

DAO Studio (Developing Artists of Olympia)
314 Capitol Way (above Don's Camera second door on the left)
Olympia, WA 98501
Contact: Scott Waeschle Telephone: 360-556-5922
Drop in Life Drawing Workshop 3 Hours. A well established drawing group welcome to all. We draw 5-minute warmups and move to 20-minute poses, occasionally longer. Bring your own materials drawing board or easel. Chairs provided. Every Tuesday 5:30-8:30pm. $15 a session.

The Lamplighters
211 4th Ave E
Olympia, WA 98501 Telephone: 360-742-3107
Drop-in Figure Drawing takes place every Thursday (barring holidays) at 6:00-8:00pm. Models are undergarments or bodysuits, occasionally nude. A variety of genders are represented by the models. Prospective models can e-mail Poses range from 30 second warm ups to 20 minute drawings, with 1 minute, 5 minute, and 10 minute poses in between. We provide stool, and benches and chairs on request. Materials should be brought in by artists. Event is $15.00 at the door, $12.00 if purchased online before hand or if a member of The Lamplighters. Cash purchases at door support models.

Collapse Contemporary Art Gallery
115 South Wenatchee Avenue
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Join fellow artists for an Uninstructed Life Drawing Session. Exhilarating, fast-paced sketching to longer poses from a live nude model in the medium of your choice. Sessions are bi-weekly: Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm. $35 per session. Visit our website to sign up — only 15 slots available. To honor the comfort of our models, please be set-up and prepared to begin drawing at 5:30pm. No late arrivals. Chairs provided. Must be 18 years or older to attend. Email with questions, to join our mailing list, or if you are interested in modeling.

Terrain Gallery
304 W Pacific Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
Open figure drawing sessions every Sunday afternoon, 3:00-6:00pm. Cost is $15 cash. Nude models. We alternate male/female models weekly. Open to any artist 18+. Drop ins welcome.

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