Life Drawing Classes, Workshops,
and Open Studios in Canada
Listings in the USA

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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Calgary School of Art
531 Manitou Road SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4C2 Telephone: 403-287-7448
Art classes include Painting from Life.

Alberta College of Art + Design
1407 - 14 Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 4R3 Telephone: 403-284-7640
Figure drawing -- Prerequisite: Previous drawing experience.
Figure painting -- Prerequisite: Acrylic Painting I or Oil Painting I.

Quickdraw Animation Society
351 - 11th Avenue SW, Suite 201
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0C7 Telephone: 403-261-5767
Life Drawing. Ongoing Drop-in Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm. Ages 18+. Fee: $10.00 per session. This is a casual non-instructional session with live models. All major animation schools & studios require samples of life drawing portfolio. Simon Tang, workshop coordinator, is willing to review student portfolios upon request. Sessions are held via RSVP. Email by Sunday before the session.

Mount Royal University
Lincoln Park Campus,
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6 Telephone: 403-440-6012
Art courses include Portrait & Figure Drawing.

Harcourt House Arts Centre
Third Floor, 10215 112 St.
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 1M7 Telephone: 780-426-4180
Instructed and Uninstructed
Drop-In Sessions include Life Drawing, Figurative Sculpture, and Long Poses, and Draw ‘Til You Drop. Drop-in sessions are non-instructional where the group works from the life model. All drop-in sessions are held in the Annex building next to the gallery, 10211-112 Street. The front door will be locked, so please ring the doorbell. Instructed classes include Sculpting the Human Figure.

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100 Mile House Life Drawing Group
Parkside Art Gallery
401 Cedar Ave.
100 Mile House, British Columbia V0K 2E0
enquiries: Telephone: 250-395-2021
We do 10 sessions, Spring and Fall, drawing from live, nude art models of both genders. Cost for drop-in is $15 for a 3 hour session, Saturday mornings 9:00am-12:00noon. We begin with a number of 1 minute poses, to 3 minute, 10 minute and end the class with two or three 30 minute sittings. At the beginning of the class, there is a group critique of the previous weeks' drawings. The atmosphere is very casual. Bring your own materials and supports.

Whistler Arts Council
Millennium Place
4335 Blackcomb Way
PO Box 383
Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B0
Contact Teresa Bouchard: Telephone: 604-905-8860
Life Drawing held at Millennium Place in Whistler every Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm and Friday 3:00-5:00pm. Sessions are open to everyone from beginners to accomplished artists. The regular session starts with short (under one minute) gesture poses so the participants and art model can loosen up, allowing artists focus to become fluid and spontaneous. The session then usually progresses to longer poses where the participants have time to focus on the details such as shadows, facial features, fingers and toes. There are usually one or two breaks per session to give the model some time to rest.

Sunshine Coast Arts Centre
PO Box 1565, 5714 Medusa Street
Sechelt BC V0N 3A0
Telephone: 604-885-5412
Life Drawing Group has been running since 1985. Tuesdays 10:00am-1:00pm (except during the summer). Nude art model, alternating male and female. Poses range from 1 minute to 30 minutes. The model starts promptly at 10:00am so it is advised to show up early. The front doors are locked then, and people know to go to the back doors. Fees are $15 per drop-in or $10 per week if you pay by the month. Easels are provided. These weekly sessions are an unusual opportunity to practice drawing the most complex and inspiring of subjects in natural overhead light.

Livessence Society for Figurative Artists and Models
Rotary Centre for the Arts
Painting & Drawing Room
421 Cawston Avenue
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 6Z1
Figure drawing sessions. Saturdays 9:30am-12:00noon. Mondays 6:30-8:30pm. Please see the calendar for specific details. $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members. Beginners are welcome as are students and professional artists.

Maple Ridge Life Drawing Group
Yennadon Elementary School
23347 128th Ave.
Maple Ridge, British Columbia V2X 4R9
Contact Sharon Axford Telephone: 604-462-9295 or Roger Luko Telephone: 604-462-8859
This an uninstructed open life drawing studio; meeting on the Yennadon Elementary School stage every Thursday evening 7:00-10:00pm during the school year. The art models are nude and the poses vary in length from 2 minutes to 30 minutes, allowing for quick gesture drawings to more detailed studies. Artists of all levels are welcome. The fee is $14 for the 3-hour session. Bring your own drawing materials and drawing board.

Suite E Life Drawing Group
Coquitlam Community Centre
630 Poirier Avenue, Joseph Howe Room
Coquitlam, British Columbia V3J 1A1 Telephone: 604-469-1911
Meets Tuesdays 6:50-9:50pm, from September to June. The female and male art models are professionals who usually pose unclothed. For some sessions the model will be partially draped or in costume. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before to set up as sessions start promptly. Drop-ins and new members are very welcome. $12 non-members; $8 for members (or 10 session tickets for $75); $6 for students attending senior secondary school IF they bring their student ID card. Click our link above for more information including the model schedule.

City of New Westminster, Art Services
Anvil Centre
777 Columbia Street
New Westminster, British Columbia V3M 1B6
Telephone: 604-527-4640
This 3-hour class explores the timeless concepts of observational drawing and its compositional principles. Develop a solid foundation in life drawing, or advance your technical abilities, using draped and undraped male and female models. A variety of materials such as graphite, charcoal, watercolor and mixed media, are used for both analytical and expressive studies and longer poses. The class looks to historic and contemporary artists examples for inspiration, adopting both classical and contemporary drawing methods. Critiques and discussions culminate in students creating their own experimental project. No prior experience with drawing is required or expected. $20, basic materials included.


Dr. Sketchy's Vancouver
The Wallflower Modern Diner
2420 Main St (near Main & Broadway)
Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 3E2
Cabaret drawing events. This is the Vancouver affiliate of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, founded in New York City.

Basic Inquiry - Vancouver Life Drawing Society
1011 Main Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 4L4 Telephone: 604-681-2855
Figure drawing sessions seven days a week. See schedule on the website.
Drop-in Rates for Single Sessions $15 for non-members, $12 for members.

Vancouver Institute of Media Arts
570 Dunsmuir Street, Suite 600
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1Y1 Telephone: 604-682-ARTS (2787)
Art Classes include Intro to Basic Digital Life Drawing. This course is designed to teach the beginner the basics of digital life drawing. Digital life drawing is meant to apply traditional drawing and painting skills to the digital art form. The course guides the student through the basic use of photoshop, and the wacom tablet as it applies to drawing from the life drawing model. The course is recommended as a follow up to the basic drawing course.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design
1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3R9 Telephone: 604 844 3810
Art Classes include Introduction to Life Drawing.

West Point Grey Community Centre
Program located at Jericho Hill Centre
4196 W 4th Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia V6R 4J5 Telephone: 604-257-8140
Life Drawing Sessions. These three-hour sessions are an opportunity to draw from a nude model in a relaxed but serious environment. All levels welcome. Please bring your own drawing materials. Coordinated by visual artist Lynn Falconer. Drop in $13, exact change only please. See website for schedule.

Victoria College of Art
1625 Bank St
Victoria, British Columbia V8R 4V5 Telephone: 250-598-5422
Art Classes include The Figure in Art and Sculpture Studio.

Vancouver Island School of Art
2549 Quadra Street
Victoria, British Columbia V8T 4E1 Telephone: 250-380-3500
Art classes include Life Drawing.

Xchanges Artists' Gallery and Studios
2333 Government Street, Suite 6E
Victoria, British Columbia V8T 4P4 Telephone: 250-382-0442
Drop-In Sessions. All experience levels are welcome. Hone your figurative skills in a supportive and creative environment. Drawing boards, donkeys, sculpture stands, and coffee provided. Male or female art models provided, except portrait session where the artists take turns modeling. Artists provide their own materials.
• Life Drawing/Painting. Mondays 7:00-9:00pm. Gestures to 20-minute poses
• Long Pose Painting/Drawing and Portrait Groups are held on alternate Wednesdays 10:00am-12:00noon.

Coast Collective at Esquimalt Lagoon
3221 Heatherbell Road
Victoria, British Columbia V9C 1Y8 Telephone: 250-391-5522
Figure Drawing/Painting, every Wednesday afternoon 12:30-3:00pm. No sessions from May through August. Call ahead to confirm scheduling if possible. $12 drop-in fee. Some artists say that if you can paint the body you can paint anything. Come and dive into the world of life drawing and painting. Models will go through different sets of poses of different lengths during each session. A mix of gestural poses followed by short and long poses each Friday. No instruction. Any medium and any skill levels are welcome. Just bring your regular supplies and have fun!

The Old School House Art Centre
122 Fern Road, West
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia V9K 1T2 Telephone: 250-752-6133
Life Drawing Sessions. Fridays 10:00am-1:00pm, September to June. $10 drop in.

Art Alchemy Studio/Gallery
362-C 10th St
Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 1P5
Dynamic Figure Drawing: We put a twist on the traditional figure drawing sessions by involving moving (and entertaining) models. The sessions have been intimate and rewarding for artists and model/performers alike. We bring in a wide variety of dancers, musicians, singers, athletes, yogis and more. Enjoy the challenge of figures in motion while honing your artistic skills! There is no set schedule for sessions. Please see website for upcoming events and dates.

Muir Gallery
440 Anderton Ave
Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 2M7 Telephone: 250-334-2983
The Comox Valley Community Arts Council is excited to offer weekly life drawing sessions at the Muir Gallery. These two-hour, non-instructional sessions are offered with the artists in mind - keep your drawing skills sharp with weekly practice with a live art model! Bring all of your own materials - model and tables will be provided. Some paper available at a nominal charge. Cost: $15 drop-in, $10 for CVCAC members. See the website for current schedule.

Campbell River Art Gallery
1235 Shopper's Row
Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 2C7 Telephone: 250-287-2261
Open Studio Figure Drawing, hosted by Richard Calver. This is a non-instructional program designed for those who wish to practice their figure drawing skills. Bring along your drawing and/or painting materials. The gallery will provide the art model. Please purchase a 6-session punch card prior to the start of the program for $55.00 + HST (one free). Drop in fees $12.50 (HST included) once the program has started. See website for schedule.

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Portage and District Arts Centre
11-2nd Street NE
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 1R8 Telephone: 204-239-6029
Life Drawing Classes with a Model. All abilities. Members and Non Members $64 for 8 weeks. This class provides an opportunity for independent study in life drawing. Although no instructor is provided, artists and students have the opportunity to work from a model each week. Bring your own art supplies: charcoal, pastel, paper, etc. See website for current schedule.

Winnipeg Sketch Club
Forum Art Institute Bldg.
120 Eugenie at Taché
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0X7
Sketching sessions take place Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm. Founded in 1914, Winnipeg Sketch Club has the distinction of being one of the oldest clubs of fine art in Canada. The express purpose of the Club throughout its history has been to provide artists with opportunities to sketch from live art models. There is an annual membership fee of $75 payable with the membership application and at the beginning of each calendar year. Drop-in fee of $6 per session for non-members. The club is intended for artists who have achieved a demonstrated level of knowledge and ability. It does not offer art classes or instruction for beginners.

Winnipeg Art Gallery
300 Memorial Boulevard
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1V1 Telephone: 204-786-6641
Life Drawing: Open Studio. $7. Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm. This drop-in program provides an opportunity for independent study in life drawing. Although no instruction is provided, artists and students have the opportunity to work from art models in a personal choice of materials. No advance registration is required; payment is collected each week at the Studio Programs front desk. Participants bring their own supplies.

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Art Shack
370 Acadie Ave.
Dieppe, New Brunswick E1A 1H1 Telephone: 506-855-7422
Life Drawing Classes, Thursday evenings 6:30-8:30pm. $16 drop-in. Life drawing is an excellent way to enhance your drawing techniques and converse with other artists, while participating in the classic practice of drawing nude art models. Bring your own materials and take advantage of our clean studio and easels.

Saint John Arts Centre
20 Peel Plaza
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 3G6 Telephone: 506-633-4870
Life Drawing. Wednesdays 7:00-9:00pm. (No sessions in summer.) These weekly non-instructional classes provide artists with the opportunity to sketch and draw the human figure from live art models. Classes begin with short warm up gesture studies and progress to more sustained poses. Space is limited to ten participants. Please bring your own drawing supplies, but tables, easels, drawing horses and boards are provided.

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
457 Queen Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5H1
See website for current classes.

Anna Templeton Centre for Art, Craft & Design
278 Duckworth Street
St. John's, Newfoundland A1C 1H3 Telephone: 709-739-7623
Figurative art classes include Figure Drawing, Drawing Figures in Motion, and Portrait Drawing.

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Mahone Bay Figure Drawing
Mahone Bay Centre
45 School Street
Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia B0J 2E0
Figure drawing studio sessions with a nude model (both male and female) take place in a friendly and supportive atmosphere every Sunday morning from 10:00am-1:00pm (October through April) at the Mahone Bay Centre. A fee of $15 per participant per session covers the cost of room rental and model fees. Benches, tables, and drawing boards are available. Newsprint pads are sold at cost. Poses vary from 1 minute gesture to half hour sustained. These sessions are not instructed and open to all ability levels. Short courses of instruction are offered annually. We are always recruiting new models.

Figure Drawing with Richard Rudnicki
26 Elliot Street, Findlay Centre, Room 101
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 2X7
Saturday mornings twice a month, 9:00am-12:00noon. Three hours with a nude art model, starting with quick gesture poses then settling in for one pose suitable for paintings and studies. Five minute breaks every 25 minutes allow for feedback and discussion. Any media; odour-free oils okay. No instruction (private classes are available outside these sessions). The room is large with good light, high ceilings and wood floor. There are tables and chairs.

Dartmouth Art Students League
61 Dundas street, near Ochterloney Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 4H5
Figure Drawing: Drawing the nude art model in poses of varying length, using exercises designed to allow focus on each of the necessary skills in turn. Media of the students' choice. Experienced artists will be working independently, alongside students. Ten week courses (afternoons or evenings), three hours/class. $135 without instruction (for experienced artists, with permission of instructor), $150 with instruction. Paper supplied at a minimal cost.

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
1107 Marginal Rd.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 4P7 Telephone: 902-494-8185
Instructed and Uninstructed
Figure Drawing (instructed). Working from live nude art models, students explore drawing techniques used to render the human figure. Instruction emphasizes line, form, proportion, movement, gesture and observational skills. Prerequisite: Introductory Drawing or equivalent. Class Limit is 18. Site: Port 207, 1107 Marginal Road. 7 3-hour sessions $215.
Life Drawing Open Studio (Uninstructed). Participants have access to a studio situation with a live nude art model. This open studio is particularly suitable for NSCAD alumni and Extended Studies students with experience. Limit is 10. Site: D241, 5163 Duke Street. 6 3-hour sessions $85

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Fleming College - Haliburton School of The Arts
297 College Drive
Haliburton, Ontario K0M 1S0 Telephone: 1-888-353-6464
Week-long courses in Life Drawing, Life Painting, Landscape of the Model, Figurative Abstraction, Portrait Painting, and Portrait Sketching. Depending on the course, nude and costumed art models are utilized. An introductory Saturday workshop in Figure Drawing is also available. Most offerings are scheduled in July and August, in the inspirational Highlands of Haliburton. Accommodation assistance is available.

Ottawa School of Art
Orleans Campus
245 Centrum Boulevard
Ottawa Ontario K1E 0A1 Telephone: 613-241-7471
Art classes include Life Drawing, Go Figure: Drawing and Painting the Figure, Human Anatomy Drawing Workshop, Portrait Drawing Workshop, Portrait in the Medium of Your Choice, Expressive Portraits in Acrylics and Watercolour, and Teen Portfolio Development.

The Academy of Realist Art of Ottawa
2445 St. Laurent Blvd, Suite B244
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 6C3
Telephone: 613-260-0483
We are proud to offer a quality atelier program right here in the nation's capital! The curriculum and teaching techniques of the ARA atelier program are modeled on the 19th century French academies in the tradition of the old masters. Students receive individualized practical instruction advancing at their own pace while working to achieve the highest levels of draftsmanship and painting skills. This intensive and focused teaching methodology has a proven record of success. We offer full time, part time and foundation classical drawing programs. Individuals may enroll in the atelier program at any time. All levels of ability are welcome.

Sandy Hill Life-Drawing Workshop
Sandy Hill Community Centre Basement
250 Somerset St EAST
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6V6
Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm. The usual turnout is between 30 and 50 people, at every level from beginners to professionals. Easels are not provided by the workshop, but there are lots of chairs. The schedule is 5 90-second gestures, 1 20-minute standing pose, then 3 30-minute poses with 5 minute breaks in between. Our workshop has been running for over 35 years. It is probably the largest and cheapest in Ottawa. The class is co-operative and non profit. Drop in any Wednesday. We never stop! You only pay for the sessions that you attend--currently $4 including coffee, tea, and cookies. Everyone helps with the room set-up before the session and then helps in the clean-up afterwards as much as they are able.

Life Drawing at the Art House Cafe
555 Sommerset St. West
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5K1
Weekly semi-nude life drawing (think swim-wear coverage) taking place in a fully restored heritage house turned gallery/cafe. Sessions take place Tuesdays from 7:00-10:00pm during functioning cafe hours. Poses range in length from 1 minute to 35 minutes with one 15-minute break. $10.00/session can be purchased online, in the cafe, or at the event as drop-in (space dependent). Free street parking, easy bus access. Not wheelchair accessible. 50/50 balance between male female bodies. $2 Easel rental. All skill levels welcome. Facilitators schedule bi-monthly pre-session instructions if requested.

Greenboro Pavillion Life Drawing Workshop
Greenboro Community Centre
14 Tapiola Crescent
Ottawa, Ontario K1T 2J7
Saturdays 1:00-3:30pm. Join our facebook page for schedule updates. Draw from undraped figure models, a daytime workshop in the South end of the city of Ottawa, Ontario. Non profit, uninstructed, we provide plenty of chairs, the room, and schedule the models. The model cost is shared among attendees which varies depending on attendance to a maximum of $10 per person. Bring your own materials (e.g. paper, pencil, eraser, easel). The class is 2.5 hours long, starting with short gestures followed by, medium length poses, and a one hour pose to finish. Parking is free or bus stop right at our doorstep.

Melrose Ave. Art Club
Takahashi Martial Arts Dojo
5 Melrose Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1T8
We are a non-instructional figure drawing club located in a centre of Hintonburg. We get together every Friday morning 9:30-12:30. The club offers long pose, one pose for 6 weeks, with or without drapery. You can use dry medium, water colour, acrylic and oil paints as long as you follow the rules. $20 for drop-ins; discounts for mutltiple weeks and for students. See website for details.

Visual Arts Studios
Nepean Visual Arts Centre (located in the Nepean Sportsplex)
1701 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1W2
Telephone: 613-580-2424 ext. 46652
Classes include Life Drawing Studio. Drawing or painting from the nude model. Studio members share the cost of the model.

Kawartha Artists' Gallery and Studio
420 O'Connell Rd.
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 4C9 Telephone: 705-741-2817
Open Studios: $8 model fee plus $2 studio use fee for members ($4 studio fee for nonmembers).
• Life Drawing. Tuesday 9:00am-12:00noon. Why not give drawing or painting from life a try in the medium of your choice. Year-round.
• Life Drawing. Wednesday [time?]. Will not run from May through August.
• Portraits. Wednesday 1:00-4:00pm. Everyone is welcome, so gather up your charcoal, pastels, paints and give portraits a go. Call Bob Carter 742-3294 or Alex Cranfield 745-3425 to inquire about art modeling.

Shelburne Life Drawing
596340 Second Line W.
Shelburne, Ontario L0N 1S6
Life drawing sessions on Wednesday nights 7:00-10:00pm. Registration required for 8-week sessions at a cost of $160. Drop in possible if space is available - please contact us before attending. Male/female nude models (occassionally a couple) - a different one every night during the session. Short poses for the first half of the class and extend to 3 30-minute poses in the last half of the class. Some drawing horses, easels, drawing boards available. Please bring your own materials. Coffee/tea and snacks included.

The Creative Hub
23 Main St S
Waterdown, Ontario L0R 2H0
Telephone: 905-815-9745 (contact: Trevor)
Wednesday Nights, 7:15-9:15pm. $15. Form-Fitting Clothed (tights/swim/gym wear etc) so anatomy can still be studied. 2 to 30 minute poses incrementally. Basic materials provided. Please register in advance as seating is limited; see Hub Classes on our website.

Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street
Whitby, Ontario L1N 0A8 Telephone: 905-668-4185
Art classes include Life Drawing and Expressive Portrait Painting.

Studio 201
36 James Street
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 6L6 Telephone: 289-219-1492 (call or text)
Model Coordinator:
Meets weekly on Tuesday nights 7:00-9:00pm from September to June. The studio has been operating since 2013 and is currently the only life drawing studio in the Niagara Region. Artists pay $10 fee for 2 hours open session studio. Eeasels, artist horses, and boards provided. All skill levels welcome. Undrapped (nude) poses range from 30 second gestures to 1:45 with a break every 20 minutes. Art model submissions welcome; we provide supportive props for poses, private change room, model dais, professional lighting and a secure, respectful and professional environment. Models are paid $50 for 2 hours.

Winged Canvas Art Hub
185 Bullock Drive, Unit 1
Markham, Ontario L3P 7R4 Telephone: 905-205-1231
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Open Life Drawing. Tuesdays Nights from 6:30-9:00pm (see our website for dates). Semi Nude, and Costumed models. $20 drop-in. $70 4-session pass. $120 8-session pass. Visit our website for schedule, themes, and more information. Easels and music are provided. Bring your own materials. Only odourless mineral spirits allowed.
• We also offer instructed figure drawing and portrait classes throughout the year.
• Always seeking new art models.

Latcham Gallery Life Drawing
Silver Jubilee Building
6297 Main Street
Stouffville, Ontario L4A 1G7
Telephone: 905-640-8954
Adults (18+) meet weekly to sketch and draw from a nude art model. Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer sessions. There is no instructor. Pre-registration is required. Call to register and ask for details.

Rumble Open Studio
154 Rumble Ave.
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 4G2 Telephone: 905-770-8144
Life Drawing. Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm (September to June) and Summer sessions Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm (July and August). $20 drop in fee. Gestures galore and 3 short poses with medium of choice. Bring tons of paper. Open Studio/artist owned studio.

Quest Art School + Gallery
Midland Cultural Centre
333 King Street (corner of King St. and Elizabeth St.)
Midland, Ontario L4R 3M7 Telephone: 705-526-ARTS (2787)
Instructed and Uninstructed
Workshops include Instructorless Figure Drawing.

Visual Arts Mississauga
4170 Riverwood Park Lane (Located in Riverwood Park)
Mississauga, Ontario L5C 2S7 Telephone: 905-277-4313
Instructed and Uninstructed
Teens and Adults; Instructional Beginner Life Drawing, Portrait & Fabric Study, Figurative Abstraction and Portrait Painting; Non-instructional Life Drawing Open Studio

Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
1430 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, Ontario L6H 2L1
Telephone: 905-845-9430 Telephone: 905-845-9430, ext. 2612
Art classes include Figure Drawing 1, Figure Drawing 2, and Life Painting.

Oakville Art Society
560 Bronte Road
Oakville, Ontario L6L 6S1 Telephone: 905-827-5711
Classes and Workshops include Abstractions in Figurative Art and Portrait Painting With Live Model. See the website for current offerings.

Visual Arts Brampton Creative Studios
1 Bartley Bull Parkway, Suite 10
Brampton, Ontario L6W 3T7 Telephone: 905-453-9142
Life drawing sessions. Tuesday evenings, artists get together, to draw from the human form. Each session begins with 10 two minute warm-up gestures. Then there follows 3 ten minute poses. After a short break, the evening is divided into half hour poses. Professional life models usually will pose for two consecutive poses. Subjects are on a raised model stand with proper spotlighting to create three-dimensionality. As always, drawing horses and boards are provided for use. Contact us for more information. Tuesday evenings 7:00-9:30pm, weather permitting. $10 for Members and Non-Members. $7 for CREA8TIF Members.

El Camino Studio and Gallery
22 Wilson Street, Suite 201
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 1C5 Telephone: 905 484-3796
We offer drop-in life drawing sessions three nights per week, as well as Saturday afternoon sessions. The studio has an in-house exhibit space. Art workshops and art classes are available on site and off site. The studio and gallery space is available for special events and projects. In-house artists are available for commissions.

James North Life Drawing
Jessica Roth Studio Gallery
175 1/2 James Street North (3rd floor)
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2K9
contact John Martin at: or Telephone: 416-828-7556
Every Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm. Rotating short, medium and long poses on a 3 week cycle. The models are nude. A great mix of relaxed and professional atmosphere to draw in since January 2010. All skill levels welcome, just bring $15 and materials. Drawing horses/easels and some boards are provided.


The Centre for Creative Communications
Centennial College
951 Carlaw Ave (Near Pape and Mortimer), Room 295.
Toronto, Ontario M1K 5E9
Contact David McClyment: Telephone: 416-289-5000 ext. 8500
Open Life Drawing Studio. Three 8-week series throughout the year: Fall, Winter and Spring. Once per week, evenings 6:00-9:00pm. $8 per session or $40 for all eight sessions. The art model and a limited number of horses and easels are provided. Bring your own materials.

Willowdale Group of Artists
North York Seniors Centre
21 Hendon Ave
North York, ON M2M 4G8
The Willowdale Group of Artists is one of Toronto's oldest art groups, founded in 1947. Life drawing sessions are held on Tuesday evenings. These sessions are scheduled as part of the ongoing membership activities and are not open to the public.

Koffler Centre of the Arts
4588 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M2R 1W6 Telephone: 416.638.1881 x4269
All levels of artists are welcome to explore drawing and painting of the human form. A variety of figurative art classes and 2-day workshops are offered, such as: Art of the Portrait; Colour Portrait Painting; Contemporary Figure Painting; Experimental Figure Drawing/Painting; Expressive and Abstract Figure Drawing/Painting; Figurative Abstraction; Life Drawing.

Luc Sculpture School and Studios
663 Greenwood Avenue (at Danforth)
Toronto, Ontario M4J 4B1 Telephone: 416-461-7936
Modeling the Figure. This course offers realistic figure sculpture in clay from live models.

Central Connection
Withrow Park Clubhouse
725 Logan Avenue (south of Danforth Avenue, near tennis courts)
Toronto, Ontario M4K 1L3
Drawing and painting studio sessions. Mondays 6:30-9:30pm. $10 per session drop-in fee. We hire high-quality professional art models. Over five weeks we will have figure poses (two nights), costume poses (two nights) and a night of quicker drawing or painting poses. Please arrive by 6:20 to help set up so we can start promptly. We have a number of wooden easels and drawing boards. Bring your own materials. NO turpentine, citrus thinners, fixative sprays or adhesives. Everyone is expected to help take down and put away the props, chairs, draping, mats, etc. Closest Subway: Chester, on the Bloor-Danforth line.

Avenue Road Arts School
460 Avenue Road
Toronto, Ontario M4V 2J1 Telephone: 416-961-1502
Art classes include Introduction to Portrait & Figure Drawing, Master Class in Figure Drawing, Master Class in Portraiture, Portrait Painting, Painting the Figure and Portrait in Watercolour.

519 Church Street Community Centre
519 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C9 Telephone: 416-392-6874
Life Drawing. Thursdays 8:00-10:00pm. There are both male and female models, but with an emphasis on the male form. Artists of any skill level are welcome. Bring your own materials. We generally start with short warm-up poses, then move to 15, 20, or 30 minute poses. There is a ten-minute break in the middle to socialize. $10 per session or $200 for a whole year (May to May). Cash only. We are always looking for new models.

Artist Resource Centre of Toronto
263 Adelaide Street West
Toronto,Ontario M5H 1Y2
Telephone: 416-525-7428
Artist Resource Centre of Toronto is a studio dedicated to life drawing in the heart of downtown Toronto. We offer uninstructed drawing and painting from the nude model in both a short and long pose format. Our sessions run for 3 hours at a cost of $15.00 and usually run from Thursday to Sunday. We provide drawing horses, chairs and if needed, charcoal and paper at a low cost. We strive for the best Life Drawing atmosphere by offering experienced models in a classic atelier environment.

Toronto Heliconian Club
35 Hazelton Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2E3 Telephone: 416-922-3618
Monday Sketch Group. Every Monday from September until mid-June, the Art Section organizes life-drawing sessions with a live art model for Club members and non-members alike. 10:00am-12:00noon for quick poses, and 1:00-3:00pm for a sustained pose. The fee is $7.00 for each two-hour session, or $14 for the whole day. The Group stages a show of participants' work in Heliconian Hall in January to early February.

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4
Telephone: 416-979-6608
Art classes include Life Drawing, Foundation Anatomy for Artists, Figurative Painting, Figurative Sculpture, and Figurative Photography.

Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD)
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, Onatrio M5T 1W1
Open Life Drawing with a professional model. While this studio time is offered by the OCAD University Alumni Association, you don't have to be a student or alumni to attend -- the sessions are open to everyone. Life drawing sessions are scheduled on Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm (year-round) and Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm (September to April). Bring a drawing board and materials. No reservation is required. $10 per session; pay to the monitor on duty. Room numbers vary, please see website for schedule.

Open Life Drawing at Project Art
230 Queen St. West (rear entrance)
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1Z6 Telephone: 647-290-2357
Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm. Climate controlled. $15. Drawing boards, easels, and horses provided.
Pose format:
10x 1-minute, 2x 5-minute, 1x 10-minute, Break.
3x 10-minute, Break.
5x 1-minute, 2x 15-minute, Break.
2x 20-minute.

Animation Portfolio Workshop
St. Matthew's United Church
729 St. Clair Ave West
Toronto, Ontario M6C 1B2
Telephone: 416-651-3658
Courses include Life Drawing for Animation.

Toronto School of Art
980 Dufferin Street, 2nd Floor (at Bloor in the old Kent School building)
Toronto, Ontario M6H 4B4 Telephone: 416-504-7910
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Courses include Life Drawing, Life Painting, Figure Sculpture, and Figure and Portrait painting.
• Open Life Drawing offers a variety of poses, Monday and Friday evenings, 6:00pm-9:00pm weekly. Participants must bring their own supplies, and may use TSA drawing boards, easels, and tables. Open Life Painting offers sustained poses, Friday evenings, 6:00pm-9:00pm weekly. Note: Health & Safety Policy prohibits spray fixatives, aerosols, and solvents other than odourless mineral spirits. No registration necessary. The drop-in fee is $15 per session. 5-session passes are available for $60. TSA Code of Conduct for Classes with Models is clearly posted in the studios.

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1J6
Telephone: 416-531-4635
Weekly Life Drawing Class since the 1960's. Wednesdays 8:00-10:00pm at the Art Bar, $7.

Toons on Tap
152 Augusta Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2L5
Costumed gesture drawing with living cartoon characters. 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 7:00-10:00pm. $10 cover. Toons On Tap is an open, costumed life drawing event created with the animator in mind. Be amongst other artists, and draw from professional models best described as living cartoon characters. Bring your sketchbook to an upcoming session, and remind yourself why you love to draw. Note: Toons On Tap is experiencing higher than normal model applications and will no longer accept unsolicited applications without two professional references and a portfolio.

Artists 25
267 Brock Avenue, Studio #104
Toronto, Ontario M6K 2M3
Telephone: 416-504-3948
Session fees: $7.00 members, $8.00 non members. Annual membership fees: $65.00
Tuesdays: 7:30-10:00pm. life drawing gestures and short poses
Thursdays: 7:30-10:00pm. costume and portrait - same pose for three consecutive Thursdays.
Fridays: 7:30-10:00pm. life drawing, same pose is sustained for three consecutive Fridays.
Saturdays: 10:00am-12:30pm and 1:30-4:00pm. Life drawing morning and afternoon - same pose is sustained for morning and afternoon and for two consecutive Saturdays.

Academy of Art Canada
1929 Davenport Road
Toronto, Ontario M6N 1C3 Telephone: 416-658-0808
Art Classes and Workshops in Natural North Light with Life Model (Comparative/Proportionate): Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Portrait Drawing, Portrait Painting, Constructive Anatomy/Morphology, Rendering and Modeling of Form, Pictorial Design. Historical Oil Painting Techniques taught at AAC include direct as well as indirect techniques: Alla Prima, Fa Presto, Early Venetian & 19th Century Venetian, Old Flemish (oleo-resinous over egg tempera on panel), Old Italian, 19th Century Flemish, Renaissance, Baroque, Pre-Raphaelite, 18th & 19th Century British Portrait Technique, 19th Century French and British variations. At the AAC, pictorial thinking is taught in consideration of artistic ideals and feelings, while respectful of considered placement/measurement.

Academy of Realist Art
2968 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6P 1Y8 Telephone: 416-766-1280
Workshops include: Figure Drawing; Figure Painting; Figure Drawing Using Constructive Anatomy and Rhythmic Form Modeling; Portrait Drawing; Portrait Painting; and Alla Prima Portrait Painting.

2928 Dundas St. West, The Junction
Toronto, Ontario M6P 1Y8 Telephone: 416-901-7464
Drop-In Life Drawing No Instruction. Every other Thursday 7:00-10:00pm. $15/session or $65 for a 5-class pass. First come, first served. Artists should arrive 10-15 minutes early to get prepared. Easels, tables and chairs are provided for everyone, but all artists are welcome to bring their own equipment. The models are female or male and differ by the week depending on availability. Materials: You should bring a drawing board, a bull clip, large paper, and the drawing medium of your choice. These items are also available for purchase from our shop.

The Drawing Room
Diane McGrath Studio Gallery
213 Sterling Rd.
Toronto, Ontario M6R 2B2
Open advanced life drawing class. Short action poses: 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Models are aerialist circus performers, choreographers, and/or dancers posing in the air on circus equipment in costume. Drawing horses, boards, and clips available. Commit to a month up front for a discount price: 4 weeks $50.00, 5 weeks $60.00, Drop-in $15.00. Please RSVP. Having a minimum of 3 people commit to a month up front would be a precondition of running for that time period. See Facebook page for current schedule.

Creatures Collective Gallery
522 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6V 1J3
Our gallery hosts a weekly life drawing session, every Tuesday from 7:30-10:00pm. Every week one of our male or female nude models starts with a series of gesture poses and we finish with one long pose. Snacks often provided, drawing materials and good music always provided. It's a relaxed and welcoming environment for any and all artists to draw together. It runs year-round, $10 and $8 for students. We are always looking for good models! Please email us, or just come to a Tuesday session if interested.

Neilson Park Creative Centre
56 Neilson Drive
Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 1V7
Telephone: 416-622-5294
Instructed and Uninstructed
Drop-in life drawing Tuesday evenings; no instructor.
Life drawing course or drop-in, Friday mornings; no instructor.
Figurative Art with Kim Lee Kho Wednesdays and Fridays.

Etobicoke Art Group
56 Neilson Drive
Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 2S2
Telephone: 416-622-5294
The Etobicoke Art Group has been meeting since 1951. See website for rates.
• Mondays 9:30am-12:30pm. Life Drawing Studio. Nude Model. Gestures, long and short poses.
• Tuesdays 7:30-10:00pm. Life Studies from the Nude, a studio for independent and experienced artists. Each evening includes gestures, a 30 minute study and a long pose. All media and all levels welcome.

Eden Mills Community Club Hall
108 York Street
Eden Mills, Ontario N0B 1P0
Contact: Janet Wilson Telephone: 519-856-2811
Life Drawing Drop-In. Mondays 7:00-10:00pm. Arrive by 6:45pm to set up and stay until the room is cleared. 20 minute break for tea. $15 per session plus a $10 yearly fee membership to Eden Mills Community Club. The long pose will be the last Monday of each month. The hall is in the centre of the village. It is a red brick building with parking lot. *It is important to contact Janet in advance in case of last minute cancellations.*

The Colour Jar
120 Garafraxa St. N.
Durham, Ontario, N0G 1R0 Telephone: 519-369-1283
Figure Drawing, unclothed and clothed, male and female. Occasional classes. Instructed. Variety of pose lengths. Easels and benches provided.

Durham Art School
Durham, Ontario N0G 1R0
Classes include Life Drawing & Anatomy. Draw an unclothed model each week. Review classic approaches to drawing the human figure. The class will begin with short gesture drawings, followed by 5 to 30 minutes poses.

Cambridge Centre for the Arts
60 Dickson St (Intersection - Dickson St and Ainslie St S)
Cambridge, Ontario N1R 8N1 Telephone: 519-740-4681 ext 4376
Weekly Life Drawing Sessions. Draw the figure at this community arts centre open studio drop-in class. Every Monday and Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm, $10 each session. Last Wednesday of each month, one long pose 6:30-9:30pm, $15.00. Wednesday sessions run throughout the entire year, including all summer long. Monday sessions run September to the end of May. Wheelchair accessible building. Please remember to pay at reception when you arrive. Equipment available for you: drawing horses, easels, drawing boards. Contact: Robin Crank Telephone: 519-222-0459

Button Factory
Waterloo Community Arts Centre
25 Regina St. South
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 1R8 Telephone: 519-886-4577
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Classes include Drawing from Life.
• Drop-in life drawing on Thursdays 1:00-3:00pm. $10 per session. Equipment available for you: easels and drawing boards. Contact Sal:
• We also host a bi-annual Life Drawing Marathon.

Homer Watson House & Gallery
1754 Old Mill Road
Kitchener, Ontario N2P 1H7 Telephone: 519-748-4377
Art classes include Life Drawing. Students will learn a variety of fundamental drawing techniques and methods involving the human form. Demonstrations will be offered as well as one-on-one support. A live model is present for most sessions.

Artemis Art Supplies and Studio
286 Harbour Street
Kincardine, Ontario, N2Z 2X9 Telephone: 519-396-5463
This is an instructed, live model, figure drawing workshop. Offered as a full-day workshop with two two-hour windows. The first devoted to gesture drawing and 20-minute contour studies. The second half is intended to provide artists the opportunity to work on one sustained pose. All equipment and drawing materials are provided, ie: easels, stools, chairs, paper, chalks, charcoal, conte, graphite. This workshop takes place in an art studio located in a historic building in lovely, lakeside Kincardine, Ontario. Please call for booking details.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery
20 Ava Road
Brantford, Ontario N3T 5G9 Telephone: 519-756-5932
Life Drawing with Nude Model. This class provides you with an opportunity to enhance your drawing skills through the study of the figure. Open to anyone interested in anatomy, as well as an opportunity for students headed to art school to build up your art portfolio. Life drawing is open to youth 16 years old with parent’s consent. Monitor present/No instructor.

Gallery Stratford
54 Romeo Street
Stratford, Ontario N5A 4S9
Telephone: 519-271-5271
Instructed and Uninstructed
The Gallery Stratford's Open Studio Life Drawing has been running since the 1980s. $10 per session. Wednesdays 8:00-10:00pm. This is an uninstructed drop-in studio; no registration is required. Bring your own materials. We draw both male and female art models. Poses run from 2 to 20 to 40 minutes over a two hour period. On occasion we run longer sessions with longer poses. To be on the notification list for special sessions, email Ken Nutt at
See the gallery website for a current schedule of instructed courses.

The ARTS Project
203 Dundas Street
London, Ontario N6A 1G4 Telephone: 519-642-2767
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Classes include Figure Drawing, Sculpting the Human Head, and Portrait Drawing.
• Life Drawing for Artists. On Monday evenings 7:00-10:00pm (excluding holidays), the Drawing Group holds instructor-less life drawing classes for professional and amateur artists. We provide the facility, the seating, the art model; you bring your own supplies and drawing board. The classes, with their combination of short and long poses, give artists an opportunity to sharpen their life drawing skills. $10 per session.

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Dr. Sketchy's Montreal
MainLine Theatre
3997 St Laurent
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1Y4
Alternative/cabaret drawing events. This is an affiliate of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, founded in New York City.

Syn Studio
94 St. Catherine East, unit 7
Montreal, Quebec H2X 1K7 Telephone: 514 998-7625
Classes include Drawing from Life, Draiwng the Human Form, Advanced Anatomy, Constructive Figure Drawing, and Sculpting the Human Form.

3634 St. Laurent Blvd.
Montreal, Quebec H2X 2V4
Figure drawing workshop. Sundays 5:00-8:00pm. $7. Great live art models, trained help available, snacks, drinks, easels, tables, great lighting.

Atelier de Brésoles
55 rue de Brésoles
Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1V7 Telephone: 514-288-3772
Art classes include Life Drawing, Anatomical Drawing, and Life Painting.

Studio Technique
metro Place St-Henri
Montreal, Quebec H3B 1A2
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Figure Drawing classes, taught by Samantha Youssef, combine her experience from 2D feature animation, academic drawing, and classical ballet. This program not only helps develop aesthetic finishing techniques, but most importantly helps the artist to extrapolate information about the functions and physics in a pose, and the mechanics of the anatomy. It trains the artists' eye to be able to better analyze references from life, and to expand their visual library.
• Uninstructed life drawing sessions are offered with a seasonal membership.

Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier
2450, Rue Workman
Montreal, Quebec H3J 1L8 Telephone: 514-931-CCGV (2248)
Sessions include: Live Model (quick warm up poses then two 20-minute and two 45-minute poses); Live Model Long Pose (4 hours); and Portrait. See website for schedule and details.

Montreal Art Centre / Griffintown Art School
1844 William
Montreal, Quebec H3J 1R5 Telephone: 514-667-2270
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Griffintown Art School classes include: Portraits From Life-A Classical Approach and Sculpting The Human Form.
• Join the community of artists at the every Monday night 6:30-9:30pm for an open drawing session. Models alternate each week between male and female. The Art Centre has enough easels, drawing boards, tables and chairs for all. The sessions are $10 per person. Pay by cash at the door.

The Visual Arts Centre
350 Victoria Avenue
Montreal, Quebec H3Z 2N4 Telephone: 514-488-9558
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Classes include: Learn to Draw the Figure, Life Drawing Intermediate and Advanced, Figure and Portrait Drawing, Figure and Portrait Painting from Alla Prima to Sustained Work, Figure and Portrait in Watercolor, Portait Drawing from Black and White to Colour. Note: Not all of these classes are offered every semester.
• Studio with Model. Each week, the studio is available for artists who want to work from the model. When space is available, late registration is possible

Beaconsfield Artists' Association
Centennial Hall
288 Beaconsfield Blvd
Beaconsfield, Quebec H9W 4A4
Life Drawing Classes. For BAA members only. Tuesdays 1:00-4:00pm. Two sessions per year (September-December and January-March). Cost per session varies with number of participants and weeks in the session. Contact Ann Rocherfort: 450-699-1533.

La Maison des Arts Rive-Sud
31 Lorne
St. Lambert, Quebec J4P 2G7 Telephone: 450-671-3258
Instructed and Uninstructed
Classes include BA 113 Life Model. Free or directed drawing from life model. Draw or paint the medium of your choice. Short and long poses. $19 / one evening. $85 / for 5 evenings. See website for schedule.

Centre for Continuing & Distance Education
University of Saskatchewan

245 Williams Building
221 Cumberland Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK S7N 1M3 Telephone: 306-966-5574
Art classes include Life Drawing I & II.

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