6 places to take a nude figure drawing class


Clothes are nothing but hindrances when it comes to drawing the human body. Strip down to the barest essentials in these nude figure drawing classes offered around the Bay Area. Most of these classes are uninstructed, so you will be on your own to explore the aesthetic beauty of the human form.

“Figure Drawing Without Instruction”

9:30-12:30 p.m. and 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 6:30-9:30 p.m., $16/class. 23rd Street Studio, 3747 23rd St., SF. (415) 824-3408, www.23rdstreetstudio.com 

“Uninstructed gesture poses with nude art model”

Tuesdays 6:30-9:30 p.m., $15/class. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru, Alameda. (510) 523-6957, www.frankbettecenter.org

“Drawing from the Nude Model”

Tuesdays 7-10 p.m., $12/class. Lightning Coyote Studio, 2914 Linden, Oakl. (510) 836-0363, www.lightningcoyote.com

“Berkeley Nude Life Drawing Group”

Wednesdays 7 p.m., $13/class. Firehouse North Gallery, 1790 Shattuck, Berk. www.firehouseartcollective.blogspot.com

“Gay Men’s Sketch”

Tuesday 6:30 p.m., call for reservations. Mark I. Chester Studio, 1229 Folsom, SF. (415) 621-6294, www.markichester.com

“Figure Drawing: Gestural Poses”

Wednesdays 9:30-12:30 p.m, $55/four sessions. The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno, SF. (415) 500-2323, www.emtab.org



Figure Drawing from a Life Model is a most enchanting experience because the student learns the techniques of how to draw the human figure . This is making an artist out of male/female subjects modeling for one or two hours. I loved having done this in Miami, Florida. I learned a great deal from modeling for a class and also for individual artists. The feeling is good.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 04, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

I would like to take a class!

Posted by koko on Feb. 21, 2012 @ 7:43 am

Dr. Sketchy's should have def been on this list. They create a space for mostly burlesque performers to pose and then perform between the drawing set. This is officiated over by Diane Olivier, a massive talent in the Bay Area and prolific drawer who also runs a drawing workshop in France every year. There is no instruction, but this place gets soooo packed every time. This is a must for nude figure drawing. It is The Experience!

Posted by SF Love on Feb. 21, 2012 @ 7:22 am

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