Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops,
and Open Studios in Wisconsin
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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Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W. Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53045 Telephone: 262-781-9470 x5023
Art classes include Figure Drawing. Develop your drawing skills the way the masters did, working from a live nude art model. Working with anatomy, drawing techniques, and various exercises, students will learn to see and describe form through drawing. This class is open to all skill levels, 18+ or with parent permission.

Sheboygan Visual Artists
SVA Art Factory
1201 Erie Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Weekly figure drawing sessions, Mondays 6:30-9:30pm. $7 per session. Models pose unclothed, so artists of any ability, age eighteen and older, are welcomed to attend. E-mail to join an email list for news and information.

Left of the Lake Gallery
4615 7th Ave
Kenosha, WI 53140
ArtWorks hosts an open figure drawing session every Tuesday evening 6:00-8:30pm. The drawing session is moderated. Artists need to bring drawing materials or you may purchase them from ArtWorks. Male and female models alternate weekly. Absolutely no photography. Must be 18+ or with signed parental/guardian consent. Price is $10. Models wanted.

Healing Forest Studio
807 Clinton St
Waukesha, WI 53186
Telephone: 414-502-7850
Instructed and Uninstructed
Our art studio was designed primarily for adults seeking to learn how to draw and paint in an accessible, structured environment. Unique to the Milwaukee and Waukesha area, our studio offers Fine Art courses via an authentic university teaching style combined with flexible scheduling and economical pricing. Our class sizes are small and intimate and we welcome students of all levels. Now featuring instructed and uninstructed Figure Drawing sessions.

U.W. Whitewater
800 W. Main Street, Greenhill Center of the Arts, Room 2055N
Whitewater, WI 53190
Art Dept. Office: Telephone: 262-472-1324
Non-Instructional Figure Drawing Open Studio. Group meets Monday evenings 5:30-8:30pm in the UWW Greenhill Center of the Arts, room 2055. No reservations are required. There is a nominal $10 per session fee payable at the session. The U.W. Whitewater Art Department schedules and rotates female and male art models. Sessions consist of a series of warm up gestures followed by several longer poses each session. Must be 18 or over to participate or be accompanied by or have the written permission of a parent or legal guardian.

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
MIAD Pettit Building, Room 385
273 E. Erie St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Telephone: 414-847-3330
Open Figure Drawing sessions are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters, typically Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm. This is an opportunity to draw from a live art model without instruction. One model provides a variety of quick and sustained poses. Participants can choose to pre-register ($50 for 10 sessions) or pay $6 per session at the door. MIAD students and Alumni, $3 at the door. Students under the age of 18 years must have written parental permission to attend.

Life Drawing Tonite at Art In
1444 E. Washington Ave.
Madison WI 53703
contact Paul Smith:
Life Drawing Tonite is hosted by Art In, a Madison WI gallery. 7:00-10:00pm every second and fourth Wednesday night at Art In, we offer a three hour session with live models for only $20.00 per session. Free parking and facility entrance are in the back. Come with your own drawing materials, we provide the rest. All levels of technical ability in drawing are welcome, from polished professionals to first timers. Sessions are facilitated by Madison artist Paul Smith, who has been drawing the figure for decades. Our one rule is that you have to have fun!

Atwood Atelier
2046 Winnebago St.
Madison, WI 53704 Telephone: 608-345-7745
Instructed and Uninstructed
Atwood Atelier hosts open figure drawing and painting studios, as well as instructed classes and workshops. Open studios are uninstructed, but moderated. Models are sometimes nude, sometimes portrait, and sometimes costumed. Each session, models take a single pose lasting 3-5 hours, with breaks. Drawing boards, easels, and horses are provided. Open studios cost $15-$18/session.

UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th floor.
Madison, WI 53715 Telephone: 608-262-1156
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Drawing the Figure. In this course for all levels, you work from a live model to develop your figure-drawing skills using charcoal, pencil, and ink. Poses range from 30 seconds to 2½ hours.
• Figurative Painting Studio. Sunday mornings. Uninstructed. Paint from a live model in a relaxed studio setting. The model holds one pose for 3 hours (with breaks).
• Figure Drawing Studio. Wednesday evenings. Uninstructed. Draw from the model at your own pace in a stress-free environment. Background music adds to the creative mood. Poses range from 30 to 60 minutes.

The Academy of Fine Art
217 Broadway Street
Denmark, WI 54208 Telephone: 920-362-4382
Open Portrait Sessions. Join us the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month during the school year, 6:00-9:00pm drawing and painting the clothed portrait model. For only $8, you get 3 hours with a live model, fun atmosphere with other artists, young and old, beginners and advanced. Reservations are not necessary. We have some easels and drawing benches.

Peninsula School of Art
3900 County F, P.O. Box 304
Fish Creek, WI 54212 Telephone: 920-868-3455
Art classes include Life Drawing or Sculpting: Work independently, without instruction, from a live art model. One male or female model will pose each week. Quick “warm-up” sketches will be followed by longer poses, with the time frame, poses, and clothed or nude option decided by the group. Whether you’re a 2- or 3-D artist, this eight-week session offers a convenient, cost-effective opportunity to work from life.

CREATE Portage County
IDEA Center
1039-B Ellis Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481 Telephone: 715-254-0460
Artists 18+ of all abilities, styles, and genres are invited to participate in the IDEA Center's figure drawing series, DRAW. First Wednesday of each month 6:00- 9:00pm. Featured themes and models both costumed and nude. Bring your own supplies and snacks. $10 for the general public, $5 for CREATE members, free for IDEA Center members. Part class, part social experience. A facilitator will be available to share techniques and to answer questions. Space is limited to 15 artists. Limited easels are available for reservation—RSVP by email. Walk-ins are welcome if space allows. Inquire by email if you are interested in modeling.

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Dept. of Art and Design
Menomonie, WI 54751
Contact Amy Fichter
Open Life Drawing. Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm while classes are in session. Micheels Hall 287. Free. This session provides UW-Stout students and members of the public in the surrounding communities access to an art model for Life Drawing.

MISA -Madeline Island School of the Arts
978 Middle Road, PO Box 536
La Pointe, WI 54850 Telephone: 715-747-2054
Madeline Island School of the Arts offers five day workshops in drawing, painting, and other genres. Workshops include plein air and studio opportunities in watercolor, oil and mixed media. Classes are taught by nationally known instructors during the months of May-October. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Green Lake Renewal
492 Hill St.
Green Lake, WI 54941 Telephone: 920-807-0007
Figure drawing classes are $10 for a 2-hour session on Tuesday nights from 6:00-8:00pm. Female and Male nude models. Poses start at 30 seconds and move up to an hour long pose (up to the moderator's discretion). We are seeking models for the Fall.

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