Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops, Open Studios
in Central California Cities with Zip Code 93###
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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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Studio Channel Islands Art Center - SCIART
2222 Ventura Blvd.
Camarillo, CA 93010
Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm. Classroom A4. Nude figure drawing and painting workshop. Usually gesture warm-up poses for the first 25 minutes, then 25-minute long poses for remainder of night. We start on time so get there beforehand to set-up and do a meet-n-greet and get a cup of wine. $20 per individual night or $75 for a five-session punch card. Contact Gretel Meys Compton,

The Ojai Art Center
113 S Montgomery St
Ojai, CA 93023
Life Drawing. Tuesdays 9:30am-12:30pm.

Silver Drawing Academy
Simi Valley, CA 93065 Telephone: 818-773-2440
Instructed and Uninstructed
Hosted by Stephen Silver. Nude and costumed figure drawing sessions.

Santa Barbara City College, Continuing Education Division
Schott Center
310 W. Padre Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Telephone: 805-687-0812
Classes include Beginning Drawing: Introduction to the Human Figure, Beginning Figure Drawing, Figure/Portrait Drawing Studio, Keys to Drawing/Painting Life, Figure Drawing and Painting For Older Adults, Modeling the Figure in Clay For Older Adults, and Painting the Figure in the Landscape For Older Adults.

Arts Visalia
214 E. Oak Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291 Telephone: 559-739-0905
Figure Drawing Open Session. Monday Evenings 6:00-9:00pm.

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
1010 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Telephone: 805-543-8562
Life Drawing. Wednesdays 6:30-9:00pm.
Bring your own art supplies. Tables and some easels are available. $12 members, $15 nonmembers.

Morro Bay Community Center
1001 Kennedy Way
Morro Bay, CA 93442
Telephone: 805-772-6278
Friday Life Drawing. Draw and paint a live model in this informal art group led by Jan Mannering. Bring your own supplies including easel, paper-support, and medium. Please no oils with turpentine. Fridays 9:00am-Noon at MBCC Studio. Fee: $20/month or $6/class.

Carmel Visual Arts
Barnyard Shopping Village
3728 The Barnyard, G23
Carmel, CA 93923
Figure Drawing and Painting. Mondays 6:00-8:30pm. Alternates short-pose sessions and long-pose sessions. Male and female nude models. $100 for 10-class clip-card. $15 for drop-in.

The Pacific Grove Art Center
568 Lighthouse Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Telephone: 831-375-2208
• Tuesdays 9:00am-Noon. Go Figure! Open Draw for Adults. $10. Host: Annie Bushey, 831-373-4575.
• Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm. Figure Drawing. $10.
• First Saturday of the month. 9:30am-12:30pm. Figure Drawing Workshop. $10 model fee. Drop-in, no instruction. This is our longest running figure drawing session. It started in 1969 when the PGAC opened!
• Sundays Ongoing 6:00-9:00pm. Life Painting. $15. Drop-in, no instruction. Host: Warren Chang

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