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.
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 Thursday evening from 7:00-9:00pm.
The cost is $10 and includes refreshments.
This is a figure drawing session with nude models.
We do short poses the first hour and two longer poses the second hour.
There are horses, tables, chairs or stools, easels and drawing boards available.
Artists may bring their own favorite portable easels.
Studio opens at 6:00pm and there is a coffee shop in the building.
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.
Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Dr SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Life Drawing Rochester meets Thursdays 6:00-9:00pm.
Bring your own charcoals, water colors or any other materials you like to work with.
The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly. All are welcome regardless of experience or ability.
Non-Members: $10; Members: $5. Please pay at 3rd floor registration table upon arrival.
Figure Drawing Co-op
School of Art, 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.