Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops,
and Open Studios in New Jersey
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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Life Drawing Studio Group
Fanwood, NJ 07023
Instructed and Uninstructed
The Life Drawing Studio Group has been meeting twice a week, year round since 1993. Uninstructed workshops are held on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Each session is 3 hours long, and consists of a series of poses ranging from 1 to 20 minutes. Models are nude. Participation is only on a subscription basis (we do not accommodate walk-ins). We regularly run instructed sessions dealing with various topics pertaining to drawing the figure. No photography or wet media permitted. Very laid back, friendly and comfortable atmosphere; we play classic rock, blues and jazz. Please include name and phone number with inquiries.

Montclair Art Museum - Yard School of Art
3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042 Telephone: 973-746-5555 extension 239
Workshops: MAMathon (figure drawing marathon, uses up to 6 models in variety of numbers and poses)
Adult classes: Life Drawing; Drawing from the Inside Out; Drawing into Painting; Genre Painting (clothed model); Portraiture; Representational Painting and Drawing (clothed); Figurative Watercolor; Mixed Media Sculpture (model in 2 – 3 sessions).
Teen Classes: Life Drawing (16+).

Studio A Figure Drawing
400 South Jefferson St. (next to Highland Ave. Train station)
Orange, NJ 07050 Telephone: 973-941-6453
Nude figure drawing. Male and female models. Thursday evenings 7:00-9:30pm (6-week class). Maximum 9 artists. Artists need to bring their own drawing supplies. Comfortable-professional-creative space. The modern studio has great lighting, easels, skeleton, small art library, bathroom, and seating during breaks. Seeking professional models; please inquire.

The Living Line: A Figure Drawing Intensive at Arts Unbound
The Dora Stern Gallery
544 Freeman Street
Orange, NJ 07050 Telephone: 973-675-2787
The Living Line is an instructed class, all about breathing life into your drawings through understanding gestural movement and storytelling. We hire models for half nude, half costumed sessions for poses lasting between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. Sketchbook reviews take place during model breaks in which instructors offer tips and further the understanding of lesson. The class is on the second Wednesday of every month 7:30-10:00pm, $20 for regular patrons and $10 dollars for students with a valid ID. Please bring your own supplies. Cash of course is accepted and there is a Paypal option on our linked page.

duCret School of Art
1030 Central Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060 Telephone: 908-757-7171
Classes include Modeling the Figure in Clay, Academy Figure Drawing, Painting and Drawing the Figure, and Life Drawing.

Arts Guild New Jersey
1670 Irving Street
Rahway, NJ 07065 Telephone: 732-381-7511
Life drawing open studio: Tuesdays 7:00-9:30pm. We run 8-week sessions of Life Drawing from late September until Thanksgiving, again from early February to mid-March, and late March to late May. The
8-week sessions are $65.00 in advance OR $10 pay by the session. We also run a 6-week session for Summer, $50 payable ONLY in advance.

Watchung Arts Center
18 Stirling Road
Watchung, NJ 07069 Telephone: 908-753-0190
Open Studio for Life Painting and Drawing Long pose figure sessions with class facilitator, artist Maryann Ficker. Classes will feature one model maintaining the same pose for all four sessions. This provides artists enough time to complete a figure painting or detailed drawing. Open to all artists and is non-instructional. We will have both clothed and nude models in future sessions. Artists ages 15 - 18 must have a signed letter of parental permission accompanying their completed registration prior to admittance to class. Thursdays, 7:30 - 10 p.m., FEE: $50 for 4 sessions. Class size is small (capped at 8 artists) and filled on a first-come first-served basis. Walk-ins welcome, space permitting, for $15 each session. Reservations required one day in advance.

Alan Brown Studio
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Long running life drawing group meets Thursday evenings. All short poses, 2 to 20 minutes. No photography.

Jersey City Art School
326 Fifth St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302 Telephone: 732-877-9116
Weekly Figure Drawing, Wednesdays 7:30-10:30pm. $15. No photography.

The Florence Academy of Art
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306 Telephone: 201-685-7080
Instructed and Uninstructed
Figure Drawing: the full time Intensive Drawing Program includes 17 hours per week of figure drawing and a 2-hour weekly lecture in Anatomy all with the model; workshops include 30-60 hours intensive study all with the model; weekly uninstructed drop in classes include easel. Figure drawing is open to all skill levels. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced students, as well as instructors, work together under one roof, allowing beginners to see and learn from the challenges and progress of professional artists, and students farther along in the program. Classes are located inside Mana Contemporary, a multi-faceted arts center with galleries, studios, a café and art related services.

Master Art Studio
580 N Maple Ave,
Ridgewood, NJ 07450 Telephone: 201-887-2187
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Instructed classes include Drawing, Painting and Sculpture from Life and Still Life. Media: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Drawing, Pastels, Charcoal. Figure/Portrait Drawing, Sketching, Painting and Anatomy. Our small classes ideal for learning. Classes are very instructional taught by professional artists.
• Uninstructed Life Drawing, Wednesday nights 8:00-10:00pm, nude model (female and male), short/long poses, $20. Professional atmosphere, snacks and coffee. Walk-ins welcome, space permitting. We welcome new models; please send resume. Professional and friendly atmosphere. Stools/easels provided, bring your own materials. Join our mailing list from our website. All levels welcome. Contact us for more info.

The Ridgewood Art Institute
12 East Glen Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Telephone: 201-652-9615
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed: Mondays 9:30am-12:00pm. Figure Drawing, Life, Costume and Still Life. $70 per month or $20 per session (plus sharing of the model fee).
Uninstructed: Mondays 7:30-10:30pm. Sketch Group-Life Model. Model Fee: $10 for members.

The Art School at Old Church
561 Piermont Road
Demarest, NJ 07627 Telephone: 201-767-7160
Instructed and Uninstructed
Instructed Art classes include Life Drawing: Figure Forms; Painting and Drawing from Life; Painting the Figure in Watercolor; and Sculpture: The Figure Abstracted. Uninstructed open studio life drawing meets 9:30am-12:30pm on Saturdays for 10 sessions during the Spring and Fall.

Art Alliance Of Monmouth County
33 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Telephone: 732-496-2277
Life drawing from the model, Mondays 10:00am-12:00pm. 4 sessions for $35, or $10 per week.

The Collective Art Tank
529 Bangs Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712 Telephone: 732-927-1317
Open figure drawing session. First Thusday of the month at 6:00pm. Please email to reserve your spot. Model fee split among attendees. Additionally, there are spontaneous figure drawing sessions once a month, usually on a Friday, with a narrow focus on something specific like drawing hands, feet, or focusing on mark making like an artist in history.

YYY Fine Arts Studio
22 River Street
Dover, NJ 07801 Telephone: Mobile: 201-323-6571
Life Drawing Sessions hosted by artist Yuri Yurov. Wednesday 7:00-10:00pm. Different models, female and male. Different setups. Very friendly and casual atmosphere. Bring your own materials. Admission $15.

The Kubert School
37 Myrtle Ave
Dover, NJ 07801 Telephone: 973-361-1327
Life Drawing with Model: 6-week class meeting Wednesday evenings. Life Drawing is an extremely rewarding and challenging activity that requires a logical sequence of drawing principals. This course will cover the art of gesture drawing, basic structuring and introductions into the human anatomy. The combined information will help the artist to construct a solid three-dimensional figure. How a drawing begins will be a key factor in its success. A focus will be placed on studies to increase skills of observation. The goal of this course is to expand on the artist's natural ability, to express the figure with more confidence.

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm St.
Summit, NJ 07901 Telephone: 908-273-9121
Classes include Zen & the Figure, Painting the Figure in Oil: Alla-Prima Painting, Drawing & Painting from Life, Life Drawing, Portrait to Figure - Painting & Sketching: Oil & Pastel, The Figure in Pastel, Understatnding Artistic Anatomy, and Portrait & Figure Sculputure.

The Center for Contemporary Art
2020 Burnt Mills Road
Bedminster, NJ 07921
Telephone: 908-234-2345
The Center offers weekly Tuesday evening studio sessions for artists who are interested in drawing from a nude model (male or female). These sessions are without instruction, offering artists the opportunity to sketch independently. Registration is not required. $20 for non-members. $15 for members.

Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960 Telephone: 973-971-3740
Classes include Figure Drawing, Portrait Drawing.

Noyes Museum of Art
Noyes Studios: Hammonton
15 Horton Street
Hammonton NJ 08037
Telephone: 609-561-8006
Life Drawing and Painting sessions. All skill levels are welcome to attend and enjoy the friendly, casual atmosphere. BYOB and BYO supplies at this creative evening. A limited number of easels will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Male and female models; models rotate. No photography is permitted. Fee: $35 Member, $45 Non-member for a set of 4 3-hour sessions held on selected Friday evenings. See our website for current schedule. Pre-registration is required: register online or by phone. Ages 18 and Up.

19 Everett Alley
Trenton, NJ 08611 Telephone: 609-394-9436
Instructed and Uninstructed
Uninstructed 3-hour open studio figure drawing With professional model, use of easel or pedestal:
$12 single session ($50 5 sessions paid in advance. $90 10 sessions paid in advance.)
An instructed Life Drawing classes is also offered.

Ocean County Artists' Guild
Ocean and Chestnut Avenues
Island Heights, NJ 08732 Telephone: 732-270-3111
Open Studio Workshops For Members and Guests. Life Drawing Studio, Saturdays 10:00am-12:30pm, Model Fee $10. Non-members may attend one session as a guest; the artist must then become a member to attend future sessions.

Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center St.
Clinton, NJ 08809 Telephone: 908-735-8415 ext. 119
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Friday Night Figure Study, an uninstructed open studio with a model held the first and second Friday of every month.
• Instructed classes include portrait drawing and a variety of other drawing, painting, ceramics, and silkscreen printing classes for adults and children. See website for current schedule.

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