Open Life-Drawing

Figure Models: Old Town Artists uses a model coordinator to schedule the models for the Wednesday-night open studio sessions. Please contact her directly at

Old Town Artists has hosted life-drawing open-studio sessions for most of its history. The sessions are in the Old Town Artists studio space on the east end of the fourth floor of the ACVR building. (A freight elevator is available to those artists who don't want to climb the three flights to the fourth floor. )

The sessions are open to all serious artists, from beginner to expert.  We especially welcome beginners, who can work at their own pace in a supportive, critique-free environment. This is an open studio, there is no instructor.

Drawing equipment and amenities  provided by Old Town Artists
  • Easels, drawing benches, and tables  are available for use by the session participants.
  • Participants bring their own drawing or painting supplies.
  • Coffee, tea, and water are provided by Old Town Artists.
  • We invite all participants to stay after the drawing sessions for popcorn and conversation.

Studio Rules

The sessions are held in the studio shared by members of Old Town Artists. As a result, we request that participants observe these simple rules.
  • Please remember that drawing session participants are guests of Old Town Artists.
  • Stay out of the artist's spaces, which are delineated by tape on the floor.  Participants are invited to use the lounge area. 
  • Do not use any equipment, easels, or supplies from the artist's spaces.
  • Use only furniture or easels labeled Old Town Artists.
  • Pick up after yourself. Remember to throw away your coffee cups, scrap paper, paper towels, etc.
  • Oil painters cannot use turpentine because many persons are allergic to it. Oil painters must use odorless mineral spirits.
  • Fixatives are not allowed in the studio because they are health hazards in enclosed spaces.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the ACVR building. 

Length of Sessions

The drawing sessions alternate between a 3-hour session one Wednesday and a 2-hour session on the following Wednesday. The session schedule is posted in advance on the home page of this blog.

How the sessions are run

The sessions consists of three, 3-minute poses followed by one pose for the rest of the  session. The model is giving the discretion of  posing for 45 minutes and taking a break for 15 minutes or posing for 22 minutes and taking a break for 8 minutes. 
  • Time: Most Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The schedule is posted in advance on the home page of the blog.
  • Cost: $9.00 for 2 hours or $13 for 3 hours, payable at the first break in the session. On the Wednesdays when the session is 3 hours, participating artists have the option of only drawing for 2 hours and paying $9 instead of $13 for the session. We provide a tip basket for the model. Tipping is optional.
  • Payment: We collect the session fees during the first break.
  • Entry to the studio: The ACVR building is locked after 4 p.m. The door will be opened for life-drawing participants from 6:40 to 7:00 p.m. After 7:00 p.m. call 651-278-5128 and someone will come downstairs to open the door for you.
  • Model schedule: The schedule of life-drawing models will be posted on our blog when it becomes available.
Other Life Drawing Studios

Since 2009 Art Model Book has listed art schools, ateliers, and studios in the U.S. and Candada where artists can paint, sculpt, or draw live art models.  The list for Minnesota is here.

Roz Stendahl also maintains a list of life-drawing studios on her blog,

Art Model Book notes "Life Drawing groups come and go, and schedules change, so it is wise to confirm with the organizer before attending."
      Drawing by Tracie Thompson from a life-drawing open-studio session, June 2010.