Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops, Open Studios
in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico Utah, Wyoming
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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Arizona — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Mesa Arts Center
One East Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
Telephone: 480-644-6501
Classes include Life/Figure Drawing.

Saturday Afternoon Life Drawing
Chandler Gilbert Community College
North West corner of Gilbert and Pecos Roads, Room C113
Chandler, AZ 85225
Contact JD Parrish on Facebook for more information.
(Almost) every Saturday of the year we have life drawing 2:00-5:00pm. Cost is $5.00 per person per session. Model is nude. We try to get both male and female models, but most of them are female. We're always looking for new models. Food and drink not provided, but you can bring your own. No alcohol because it's a school property.

Scottsdale Artists’ School
3720 North Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 Telephone: 480-990-1422
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed Art classes include Figure Drawing, figure painting, and figure sculpture. Uninstructed Open Studio is held Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with male and female nude and costumed art models. Open Studio is open to the public. The School provides a model and equipment. Participants bring their own supplies to draw, paint or sculpt. [Monday Open Studio is not held in the Summer - resumes in October.]

TriPal Arts Studio
18609 N 103rd Ave
Sun City, AZ 85373 Telephone: 623-583-4379
Instructed and Uninstructed
TriPal Arts Studio is in the West Valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area in Sun City. Two drop-in sessions available per month. Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:00pm, nude models, male and female, no instruction. Monthly newsletter sent to all attendees informing when models will be at Tuesday sessions. For instruction in drawing, consult the studio website for times and locations. Email for details. Easels and benches provided. $20.00 each session.

Tucson Figurative Art Studio
2608 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson AZ 85705
Practice your life drawing or painting skills in a friendly but focused environment. A variety of sessions are offered. Please check our website for schedule and to sign up for our email newsletter.

The Drawing Studio
2760 N. Tucson Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716 Telephone: 520-620-0947
Instructed and Uninstructed
See above web link for instructed classes.
Uninstructed Open Studio schedule:
Sunday morning, 9:30am-12:30pm, general studies (short to long poses)
Monday morning, 9:30am-12:30pm, general studies (short to long poses)
Monday evening, 6:00-9:00pm, general studies (short to long poses)
Friday evening, 6:00-9:00pm, one long pose, costumed
Fee $10.00 for all open studio sessions. No reservations are required.
An updated art model schedule is posted here:

Coconino Center for the Arts
2300 North Fort Valley Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86002
Contact Robin Cadigan, Gallery Director: Telephone: 928-779-2300 x 104
Figure drawing and sculpting sessions. Tuesday mornings 9:00am-1:00pm. See website for dates. Bring your own materials to draw or sculpt. Easels and drawing horses are provided. $90 for 6-week session. Register online or by phone. Space is limited. This is a great opportunity to work with a live model.

Life Drawing Saturdays!
The ART Room, The Old Jerome High School Studios
Building A, Room 204 (first studio on the left)
89A Hampshire Lane
Jerome, AZ 86331 Telephone: 928-708-9674
Come draw, paint, sculpt from a live nude model every Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm. The ART Room is located in an Old High School renovated for Open Art Studios, nestled on the inspiring mountainside town of Jerome, Arizona: The lil' ghost town that was saved by artists. Come enjoy the veiw with us... Our group setting is warm, professional, friendly, and respectful. We ask only a $10 donation for the model. B.Y.O.Easle or borrow one of ours! Instuctor, Douglas L. Weber, available as needed.

Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona, AZ 86336 Telephone: 928-282-3809
See website for figurative art classes and workshops.

Colorado — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Art Students League of Denver
200 Grant Street
Denver, Colorado 80203
Telephone: 303-778-6990
Throughout the year, members of the Art Students League of Denver can gain experience drawing, painting or sculpting from a live art model. Short and long pose sesions are offered, using nude and costumed models. Fees: $7 for members currently enrolled in an instructed class; $9 for members not currently enrolled in an instructed class. Bulk tickets are also available. Please see the website for more details.
Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Fridays, 9:00am-12:00noon
Fridays, 1:00-4:00pm
Saturdays 1:00-4:00pm

Core New Art Space
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Colorado 80204 Telephone: 303-297-8428
Life Drawing Group. Come draw with other artists in a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere. Bring pad or easel & drawing supplies. Chairs provided. Cost: $40 for 5 sessions or $10 for a drop in session.
See website for schedule. No sessions during Summer months.

Helikon Gallery & Studios
3675 Wynkoop St.
Denver, CO 80216 Telephone: 720-502-5635
Long pose life painting. Saturdays 5:00-8:00pm. Entry is $7. Life painting and drawing is a classic art exercise intended to build observational art skills through practice. A live model holds a nude or costumed pose for the entire session, allowing artists ample time to create drawings, paintings, sketches, or studies at their own pace. We offer only uninstructed long pose sessions alternating weekly between nude, partially nude, and clothed or costumed. Artists of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcomed. Bring your own supplies.

Lakewood Cultural and Washington Heights Arts Centers
470 S. Allison Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80226 Telephone: 303-987-5436
• Monday morning clothed model, 9:00am-12:00noon, $8, Washington Heights, 6375 W 1st Ave, Lakewood.
• Thursday night traditional figure drawing, 6:30-9:30pm $8, 480 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood.

Classical Art Academy
5485 Conestoga Court, Suite 101
Boulder, CO 80301 Telephone: 303-522-3048
Art classes include Figure Drawing and Figure Painting.

Colorado Gay Men's Figure Drawing Group
Rotating locations in both Boulder and Denver
Boulder, CO 80302
Monthly figure drawing group meets in various locations in both Boulder and Denver. Open to sketchers of ALL skill levels with members of many ages and sizes. Sexuality does not matter as long as you are comfortable with an all male group and nude models who can occasionally be frisky to overt in their posing. See website for more details, to RSVP for each session, and to get specific location information.

Boulder Figure Drawing Group
4949 N Broadway #108
Boulder, CO 80304
Call Roger for more information Telephone: 303-449-0673
Boulder's longest running figure group meets 3 times a week.
Monday long pose 1:00-4:00pm.
Wednesday short pose 6:30-9:30pm.
Saturday short pose: 1:00-4:00pm.
$15 per 3-hour session; we also offer a punch card: 6 times for $72. Bring drawing or painting materials and a board for support. Easels and benches provided.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E. Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Telephone: 719-520-1899
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes include Expressive Figure Drawing, Figure Quick Sketch in Oil and Figure Sculpting courses. Uninstructed Life Drawing/Open Studio with a Model are: Tuesdays 6:00-9:00pm (long pose, nude); Fridays 9:00am-12:00noon (long pose, the first Friday of each month is a clothed session, all others are nude); Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm (gestures: 1 – 20 minutes, nude). Easels and taboret crates supplied. Atmosphere is fun and focused. $10 per session ($6 members, $5 students)

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Bemis School of Art
818 Pelham Place (behind the Fine Arts Center Main)
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Telephone: 719-475-2444
Art classes include Figure Drawing and Sculpting the Figure in Clay.

The Art Center
1803 N. 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501 Telephone: 970-243-7337
Mondays 9:00am-12:00noon or 6:00-9:00pm: Nude Model.
Wednesdays 9:00am-12:00noon: Portrait and Clothed Model.
Open Studio Figure. Each session is broken into gesture drawings, and 20 to 40 minute poses. There is no instructor or materials supplied. Artists can use art center easels, tables and drawing horses. The artists will be supplied an art model. Please do not bring toxic or odorous materials into the studio. Artists must be at least 18 years of age to draw from the nude models. Artist attending Wednesdays portrait session must be at least 15 years old. 7 Sessions Tuition: $60 Member/$70 Non member.

Idaho — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Idaho Falls Arts Council
498 A Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83402 Telephone: 208-522-0471
Figure Drawing. Join this five week class and spend your evenings focusing on drawing the figure and your portrait. We will primarily focus on charcoal drawing mediums hoever, advanced students may work from other media. Supplies for first class: 18" by 24" sketchpad, board, and soft vine charcoal.

Terry Lee Studio
1506 W. Lacey Ave.
Hayden ID, 83835 Telephone: 208-659-4182
Open Life Drawing Sessions. Nude art model, usually female. Every Monday night 5:30-8:30pm. Cost is $15. Drawing horses and easels are provided. Poses are 30 min long. The Second and Fourth monday is clothed model , one pose all night, for portrait painting or drawing. Average attendance is 10. Professional atmosphere. Beginner to advanced, all are welcome. No need to pre-register, just show up. On going every week, year round. Sculpture class on Tuesday night. Nude model. Same price, same time. These sessions have been on going in my Studio for the last 15 years.

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Missoula Art Museum
335 North Pattee
Missoula, MT 59802
Telephone: 406-728-0447
OPEN LIFE DRAWING is an ongoing session that provides artists an opportunity to draw from a live art model in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Wednesdays 6:00-8:00pm. Must be 18 years or older. Please note: this evening class will NOT be held during June, July and August. Figure Drawing will resume the first week in September.

Nevada — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Nevada Museum of Art — E.L. Cord Museum School
160 West Liberty Street
Reno, NV 89501 Telephone: 775-329-3333 x260
Instructed and Uninstructed
Classes include Life Drawing Open Studio; Figure Drawing on Toned Paper; Art High - Sketching the Figure (for teens); Portrait Painting in Oil or Acrylics; Portrait Painting Open Studio; Time-Period Costume Drawing Open Studio. An instructor is present in the Open Studios to coordinate class and offer instruction when requested. See the website for current schedule and to register as a student.

Contemporary Arts Center
107 East Charleston Blvd., Suite 120
Las Vegas, NV 89104 Telephone: 702-382-3886
Life Drawing Workshop. Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm in the CAC gallery at the Arts Factory. There is no instruction involved. Most all media is accepted. Artists bring their own materials. Six horse benches, an easel and chairs are provided. You may bring you own easel, etc. $4 to $10 depending on how many artists attend, to pay for the models. If you have further questions, please contact Stewart Freshwater at 702-878-2208, 702-373-7202 or e-mail

New Mexico — sorted by Zip Code - Top of Page

Harwood Art Center
1114 7th Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 Telephone: 505-242-6367
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed 8-week classes include The Human Figure: Drawing From the Model.
Uninstructed Open Drawing Sessions with the Model. Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm. All levels welcome. $10/class or 5 classes for $35 with purchase of punch card. Bring your own materials.

Third Street Arts
711 3rd St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact Russ Telephone: 505-306-0535
Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:00-10:00pm. We are a life drawing (and painting and any media) group that meets in an open studio atmosphere to draw from live art models. Wednesdays are devoted to short poses, ranging from one minute gesture drawings to 20 minute poses that change after each break. Thursdays we draw and paint from a single sustained pose for the evening. We are a diverse group in terms of ability level, ranging from professionals to beginners. All are welcome and there is no ego--only support--no matter where you are in your art journey.

UNM Continuing Education
1634 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Register online or call Telephone: 505-277-0077
Classes include Human Anatomical Drawing: The Skeleton and Human Anatomical Drawing: The Muscles.

The Artist Studio
8200 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Contact: Marilyn Drake Telephone: 505-400-2571
Open sessions are held every Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 9:30am-12:00noon. The Wednesday sessions are clothed, with a single pose for the morning. Thursdays are nude with short poses from 1 to 20 minutes each. On the second and fourth Mondays of every month, there is a session with a single nude pose. The fee for all sessions is $7.00, plus an optional model tip. The studio is in rear of the Hoffmantown Shopping Center at Menaul and Wyoming. Inquire about periodic instructed workshops.

New Mexico Art League
3407 Juan Tabo NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Telephone: 505-293-5034
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed Art classes include Life Drawing and Figure Painting: The Art of Seeing.
Uninstructed Open Live Model Sessions: Thursdays 9:30am-12:00pm, short and long poses including ten 1-minute poses, five 2-minute poses, followed by single pose. Friday Mornings, 9:30am-12:30pm, nude model, long pose. For artists in dry media, acrylic, and water-based oil (no solvents). Model Fees: Members: $6; Non-members: $8.

Ryder Studio School
Second Street Studios, Studio #31
1807 Second Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Various figure drawing and portrait painting workshops. Anthony J. Ryder, principal instructor and founder, is the author of The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing. Workshops and programs at the Ryder Studio run six hours a day, five days a week, and range from two weeks to nine months.

Valdes Art Workshops
1006 Marquez Pl.
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Telephone: 505-982-0017
Art classes include Figure Drawing and Figure Painting.

Felix Voltsinger Workshops
2200 West Alameda
Santa Fe, NM 87507 Telephone: 505-490-8110
In these small classes, I emphasize a classic approach to drawing from the figure. My teaching philosophy is rooted in the training that I had at the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, and my long study in this area. The classes and workshops are oriented towards drawing the figure from observation, with an emphasis on composition, proportion, and anatomy of the human body, giving the student a fundamental understanding of the classic approach. Classes use both nude and costumed models, and are held in a bright high-ceilinged studio near downtown Santa Fe.

Los Alamos Life Drawing Group
Fuller Lodge Art Center
2132 Central Avenue
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Moderated by Ken Nebel: Telephone: 505-690-1715
Los Alamos Life Drawing group meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm and Sundays from 10:00am-3:00pm (with a lunch break from 12:15-1:00). No registration required, drop-ins welcome. Artists split model fees. We provide easels, horses, backing boards; the rest is up to the artist! Wednesday evening sessions consist of a variety of shorter gestural poses. On Sundays, the focus is one long pose, for painting or detail work. Los Alamos Life Drawing Group has been gathering since the mid 1950's before Los Alamos was recognized as a town, and sees a variety of artists from every walk of life.

Taos Open Figure Drawing Group
Taos, NM 87571
Contact: or
Thursday nights 6:30-9:30pm. Drawing horses are available, average fee is $10.00. Poses from 2 to 25 minute poses. This group has been ongoing for over 40 years. Tajmagarage directions, in Seco. Go north from Taos, on 64 (paseo del pueblo Norte) to the 150 intersection (old blinking light) and turn right 5 miles or so and take the left on highway230 to the dead end on rim road. Go right and stay right for a mile or so to Vista drive, (green sign on short wall entrance, go right to first driveway on left and drive to the back, you are there.

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Bountiful/Davis Art Center
745 South Main Street
Bountiful, UT 84010 Telephone: 801-292-0367
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed classes include Figure Sculpture with costumed models or draped models.
Uninstructed figure drawing sessions with nude art model. Ongoing, Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm. You must be 18 or older to attend. Drop in: $10, with student I.D: $7, 6 weeks: $42.

Hein Academy of Art
16 West 700 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101-2731 Telephone: 801-502-9185
Figure painting and drawing class. Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00pm. All skill levels welcome. Instructor: Jeff Hein. Price: $170/mo.

Kings Gallery and Academy of Art
2233 South 700 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84106 Telephone: 801-486-5019
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Uninstructed Life Drawing Tuesdays 6:30-9:00pm and Fridays 10:00am-12:30pm. The sessions are $10 each or a five-session punch card for $40. These two life drawing sessions every week have been held continuously for 40 years by Susan Gallacher.
• Instructed figure and portrait drawing and oil painting workshops are taught by a University of Utah Professor Emeritus and are incredibly informative. See website for schedule.

Visual Art Institute
2901 South Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84106 Telephone: 801-474-3796
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Instructed Figure Drawing classes are held Saturdays 9:30am-12:30pm in 12-week sessions. We also run our Figure Academy Workshops for Teens during July. We offer two 2-week intensive workshops of Drawing and Painting the Figure, students attend 9 hours each day. Independent Study classes available.
• Uninstructed Figure Drawing Open Session. Tuesdays, 12:30-3:30pm. $10 per session. All levels welcome. Models are both draped and undraped, male and female. Atmosphere is friendly but professional. Easels or donkeys provided. Participants should bring their own drawing materials. Contact for the open session: Patricia Kimball

University of Utah
ART Room 342
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Open figure drawing. Saturdays 9:30am-12:30pm. $5 per session or $40 per semester (16 weeks). Nude model. Third floor of art building.

Sketch Cabaret
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Contact Veronica Lynn Harper Telephone: 801-833-7611
Figure art session Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30-10:30pm. Email for full details and location. Registration Required. 3 hour drawing session with live model: Tuesdays nude, Thursdays draped. First hour is gestures and warm ups, then two 15-minute poses, two 30-minute pose, and one 50-minute pose with breaks. We also host large scale monthly figure drawing events. Details on events found on our Facebook account.

Bridge Academy of Art
148w 600s
Provo, UT 84601 Telephone: 801-623-0351
Art classes include Figure Drawing/Painting.

Provo Art & Frame Art Classes
201 West Center (Located in the Classroom above the Art Store)
Provo, UT 84601 Telephone: 801-375-1150
Art classes include Figure Drawing. See website for current offerings.

The Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting (CAS)
43 E.   200 S.
Springville, UT 84663 Telephone: 801-822-8802
Workshops include Figure Drawing/Painting.

Springville Art Store
Springville, UT 84663
Open studio figure drawing. Saturdays 10:00-1:00pm. $7. Nude model.

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Art Association of Jackson Hole
240 S. Glenwood St.
Jackson, WY 83001 Telephone: 307-733-6379
• Life Drawing open studio every Wednesday night 6:00-9:00pm. Open to artists of all skill levels. All media and disciplines including sculpture are welcome. A nude art model will be present and easels will be available. Bring your own drawing or painting supplies. $10 for members ($20 for nonmembers).
• Portrait Club. Thursdays 6:00-9:00pm. One pose, clothed art model. Bring your own materials. $10 for members ($20 for nonmembers).

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