Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops,
and Open Studios in Minnesota
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.
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Art Alliance / EXCO Experimental College of the Twin Cities
1600 Grand Avenue, Art Building Room 302
St. Paul, MN 55105
Figure Drawing Co-op. Every Thursday 7:00-9:00pm during the academic year.
See website for schedule. Open to the general public. Each session has a model scheduled
and the poses range from 2 minutes to 45 minutes. No fee. Bring your own art supplies and
please respect the space by picking up after yourself. To respect the model's privacy, the
door cannot be opened for late arrivals. Membership via Exco is recommended, but not required.
Drop-ins allowed, space permitting. The Co-op is run by the Art Alliance, a group of Macalester
students who share a love of art and a love of sharing art with the rest of the community.
Old Town Artists
106 Water Street, 4th Floor/East
St. Paul, MN 55107
Life Drawing Wednesday nights 7:00-9:00 pm. Schedule changes posted on our blog (click above).
Session fee is $9.00. Easels, tables, drawing benches provided. The session consists of five 3-minute poses
followed by one or two poses for the session. The art model poses for 45 minutes, breaks for 15 minutes, and
poses for 45 minutes. The ACVR building is locked after 4:00pm. The door will be opened for life drawing
participants from 6:40-7:00 pm. After 7:00 pm call
651-278-5128 and someone will come downstairs to open the door for you..
White Bear Center for the Arts
2228 4th Street (in the old Armory)
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes include No Fear Figure Drawing.
Uninistructed Land-Marker's Life Drawing Open Studio.
Center for Arts, Faith & Culture at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
3000 Fifth Street NW,
New Brighton, MN 55112
For more questions contact Sheryl Schwyhart
Portrait Sketching. Mondays 10:00am-12:00noon. See website for current schedule.
$5 per session, pay at the door. No registration necessary. Each Monday morning,
gather with others to practice portrait drawing/sketching. Portrait sketching
can help you 'read' facial expressions, an essential skill in ministry or any
leadership role. The practice of drawing what you see, not what you think you
know, is an excellent mindfulness exercise to enhance your observation in the
everyday world. Horses are provided, but please bring your own art supplies.
Clothed models vary from week to week.
Minnesota Figure Study Collaborative
1421 Main Street
Hopkins, MN 55343
Figure Study group meets every Wednesday, drawing or painting from nude models. Morning is short poses from 9:00am-Noon.
Afternoon is one long pose from 12:45-3:30pm. Drop-ins are welcome. $18 per half day or $28 for full day.
10-week subscriptions are available for a nicely discounted rate. Bring your art materials, odorless solvents only.
Easels, horses, drawing boards, tables and chairs, microwave, refrigerator, coffee and tea supplied. Bring your own lunch
and stay during our noon break. Model schedule can be found on website and Facebook.
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN 55391
Art classes include Figure Drawing. See website for current class schedule.
The Blake School-Northrop Campus
511 Kenwood Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Figure drawing open studio Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm during the academic year (September- April).
Nude figure art models for any media other than photography. Fee for non-Blake high school students
is $3, $5 post secondary and adults. This program brings young and old together in a comfortable
location by the Walker Art Center. This program does not serve unaffiliated adults outside of the Blake Community.
Model inquires are welcome. Contact: Jim Spector jspectorblakeschool.org
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
2501 Stevens Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Life Drawing Co-op. Sundays 1:00-5:00pm and Mondays 7:00-9:00pm.
These open drawing sessions focus on drawing from the live art model.
Drawing boards, drawing horses and easels are provided. An MCAD staff member
is present to facilitate the co-op, however there is no instruction available.
Cost per session is $6 (Sundays) and $5 (Mondays) for general public; $4 for MCAD alumni,
faculty and staff; no charge for MCAD degree-seeking students. No registration required.
We do not run the co-op during the weeks in between our semesters.
Mpls Photo Center
2400 North Second Street
Minneapolis, MN 55411
See website for current classes and workshops. Past workshops include Environmental Nudes, a fast paced workshop
photographing nudes in a variety of locations and lighting conditions.
1681 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Figure classes are in both drawing and painting. Pencil, charcoal,
pastel and oil are used depending on the class and student. Life
drawing is at the core of any serious program of fine arts. Each
drawing is created over a period of several sessions, developing
the student's eye for accurate proportions, gesture, and anatomy.
The Florence Hill Figure Drawing Co-op
2205 California Street NE #103
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Florence Hill has hosted the Figure Drawing Co-op since 1976. 2:00-5:00pm every Sunday.
$7. Tables, horses, easels, and chairs are supplied. Florence says, "Make art and be happy!"
The Dona Kos Figure Drawing Co-op
California Building, Studio 109A
2205 California Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
We meet every week, alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm. Email reminders
and schedules sent out each week. Tables, horses, and easels are provided. The cost
is $10.00 and includes refreshments.
Community Meeting Room
Robbinsdale Police & Fire Building
4101 Hubbard Ave N
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Organizer: Patti Paulson 763-535-2554
Low-key, non-instructional group works from live, clothed models. Model will hold one pose
with 2 breaks during the entire session. All artists are welcome. Artists may work in any medium,
odorless solvents only. First arrivals get the best seat. Bring your own easel; tables and chairs supplied.
Meets every Tuesday evening 7:15-9:30pm. (Drawing begins at 7:30pm.) Drop-In fee is still just $5 per session!
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (BLCA)
6666 East River Road
Fridley, MN 55432
The Drawing Co-op meets the first 3 Wednesdays mornings of the month, 10:00am-12:30pm, to draw or paint
from one of our talented, professional art models. No need to register for this gathering—it is not a formal class.
Bring your art materials. $10 per session.
The Edina Art Center
4701 W. 64th St.
Edina, MN 55435
Life Drawing - Drawing the figure is one of the great traditions
still practiced in the visual arts, and it provides the foundation
of much of what is important in drawing. It is also great fun, challenging
and learnable. In this class we will explore and grow our understanding
and expression of the human form through drawing the nude art model.
Techniques of contour and gesture drawing, as well as blocking in
and shading will be covered. Anatomical concepts important to the
artist will be discussed. No experience necessary. Must be 18 or
have written permission from parents.
320 East Avenue
Zumbrota, MN 55992
Open Studio Life Drawing. Selected Sundays, 12:00-3:00pm — call for
specific dates. Participants are requested to register by phone.
$18 per session or $30 for two. Includes model fee. A great opportunity
for artists, at any level of expertise, to practice and hone their
skills, and expand their ability to "see." Professional
and emerging artists, as well as fine art students developing their
portfolios, motivate each other with their own abilities, critiques,
and encouragement. Each artist works independently in the medium
of their choice. Live art models, natural light, welcoming and creative setting.
Figure Drawing Co-op
Department of Art and Design, Room CA 169
Minnesota State University Moorhead - MSUM
1104 7th Ave South
Moorhead, MN 56563
Figure Drawing Co-op. Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm excluding holidays. The cost for tri-college students
is $30 and $35 for faculty members and community artists for the semester. No pro-rated fees, no refunds. Artists
may work in any media but keep in mind CA 169 is not well ventilated for work with non-water based solvents.
Only odorless solvents may be used. The majority of the sessions involve a nude art model, but portrait models
are also employed. The Co-op is non-instructional.