Figure Drawing Classes, Workshops,
and Open Studios in Wisconsin
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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Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W. Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53045
Art classes include Figure Drawing. Develop your drawing skills the
way the masters did, working from a live nude art model. Working with
anatomy, drawing techniques, and various exercises, students will
learn to see and describe form through drawing. This class is open
to all skill levels, 18+ or with parent permission.
Sheboygan Visual Artists
SVA Art Factory
1201 Erie Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Weekly figure drawing sessions, Mondays 6:30-9:30pm. $7 per session.
Models pose unclothed, so artists of any ability, age eighteen and older, are welcomed to attend.
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5002 7th Ave.
Kenosha, WI 53140
ArtWorks hosts an open figure drawing session every Tuesday evening 6:00-8:30pm. The drawing session is moderated.
There is no instructor. Artists need to bring drawing materials or you may purchase them from ArtWorks.
Male and female models alternate weekly. Absolutely no photography. Must be 18.
Price is $5.00 in advance or $7.00 at the door. Models wanted.
Healing Forest Studio
807 Clinton St
Waukesha, WI 53186
Instructed and Uninstructed
Our art studio was designed primarily for adults seeking to learn how to draw
and paint in an accessible, structured environment. Unique to the Milwaukee
and Waukesha area, our studio offers Fine Art courses via an authentic
university teaching style combined with flexible scheduling and economical
pricing. Our class sizes are small and intimate and we welcome students of
all levels. Now featuring instructed and uninstructed Figure Drawing sessions.
800 W. Main Street, Greenhill Center of the Arts, Room 2055N
Whitewater, WI 53190
Art Dept. Office: artuww.edu
Non-Instructional Figure Drawing Open Studio. Group meets Monday evenings 5:30-8:30pm
in the UWW Greenhill Center of the Arts, room 2055. No reservations are required.
There is a nominal $10 per session fee payable at the session.
The U.W. Whitewater Art Department schedules and rotates female and male art models.
Sessions consist of a series of warm up gestures followed by several longer poses each session.
Must be 18 or over to participate or be accompanied by or have the written permission of a parent
or legal guardian. For updates please visit our Facebook Page.
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
MIAD Pettit Building, Room 385
273 E. Erie St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Open Figure Drawing sessions are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters, typically Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm.
This is an opportunity to draw from a live art model without instruction. One model provides a variety of
quick and sustained poses. Participants can choose to pre-register ($50 for 10 sessions) or pay $6 per session
at the door. MIAD students and Alumni, $3 at the door.
Students under the age of 18 years must have written parental permission to attend.
UWM Peck School of the Arts
Fine Arts Building, 4th floor, Room 463
2400 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
UWM Friday Night Open Figure-Drawing is Milwaukee's longest running
Open Figure-Drawing Class! Providing an artistic resource for the
community for over 50 years! 7:00-10:00pm. Starts promptly.
10 sessions each Fall & Spring semesters. 5 sessions in the Summer.
1 room available: Short Pose Room: poses range from 1 minute to 25 minutes long.
Cost: $8 per person, cash only. Get a lower price by purchasing a multi-session pass,
available at the door! ($35 for 5 sessions, $60 for 10 sessions).
Life Drawing Tonite at Art In
1444 E. Washington Ave.
Madison WI 53703
contact Paul Smith: pasdrawsgmail.com
Life Drawing Tonite is hosted by Art In, a Madison WI gallery.
7:00-10:00pm every second and fourth Wednesday night at Art In, we offer a three hour session with live models for only $20.00 per session.
Free parking and facility entrance are in the back. Come with your own drawing materials, we provide the rest.
All levels of technical ability in drawing are welcome, from polished professionals to first timers.
Sessions are facilitated by Madison artist Paul Smith, who has been drawing the figure for decades.
Our one rule is that you have to have fun!
2046 Winnebago St.
Madison, WI 53704
Instructed and Uninstructed
Atwood Atelier hosts open figure drawing and painting studios, as well as instructed classes
and workshops. Open studios are uninstructed, but moderated. Models are sometimes nude,
sometimes portrait, and sometimes costumed. Each session, models take a single pose lasting
3-5 hours, with breaks. Drawing boards, easels, and horses are provided.
Open studios cost $15-$18/session.
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th floor.
Madison, WI 53715
Instructed and Uninstructed
• Drawing the Figure. In this course for all levels, you work from a live model to develop your figure-drawing skills using charcoal, pencil, and ink. Poses range from 30 seconds to 2½ hours.
• Figurative Painting Studio. Sunday mornings. Uninstructed. Paint from a live model in a relaxed studio setting. The model holds one pose for 3 hours (with breaks).
• Figure Drawing Studio. Wednesday evenings. Uninstructed. Draw from the model at your own pace in a stress-free environment. Background music adds to the creative mood. Poses range from 30 to 60 minutes.
The Academy of Fine Art
217 Broadway Street
Denmark, WI 54208
Open Portrait Sessions. Join us Every Monday evening 6:00-9:00pm as we come together
as an art community and enjoy drawing and painting the clothed portrait model.
For only $10, you get 3 hours with a live model, fun atmosphere with other artists,
young and old, beginners and advanced. Reservations are not necessary.
We have some easels and drawing benches.
Peninsula School of Art
3900 County F, P.O. Box 304
Fish Creek, WI 54212
Art classes include Life Drawing or Sculpting: Work independently, without
instruction, from a live art model. One male or female model will pose
each week. Quick “warm-up” sketches will be followed
by longer poses, with the time frame, poses, and clothed or nude
option decided by the group. Whether you’re a 2- or 3-D artist,
this eight-week session offers a convenient, cost-effective opportunity to work from life.
CREATE Portage County
1039-B Ellis Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Artists 18+ of all abilities, styles, and genres are invited to participate in the IDEA Center's
figure drawing series, DRAW. First Wednesday of each month 6:00- 9:00pm. Featured themes and models
both costumed and nude. Bring your own supplies and snacks. $10 for the general public, $5 for
CREATE members, free for IDEA Center members. Part class, part social experience.
A facilitator will be available to share techniques and to answer questions.
Space is limited to 15 artists. Limited easels are available for reservation—RSVP by email.
Walk-ins are welcome if space allows. Inquire by email if you are interested in modeling.
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Dept. of Art and Design
Menomonie, WI 54751
Contact Amy Fichter fichterauwstout.edu
Open Life Drawing. Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm while classes are in session. Micheels Hall 287. Free. This session
provides UW-Stout students and members of the public in the surrounding communities access to an art model for Life Drawing.
MISA -Madeline Island School of the Arts
978 Middle Road, PO Box 536
La Pointe, WI 54850
Madeline Island School of the Arts offers five day workshops in drawing, painting, and other genres.
Workshops include plein air and studio opportunities in watercolor, oil and mixed media. Classes are taught
by nationally known instructors during the months of May-October. Suitable for all levels of experience.