Figure Drawing in and around Portland, Oregon

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The organizations listed below hold non-instructed open life-drawing sessions and/or classes with instruction.

Open sessions are indicated by: drawing sessions
Classes are indicated by: classes with instruction

Host organizations generally provide furniture (easels, drawing horses, chairs, tables, etc). Participants are usually expected to bring their own supplies.

Refer to individual websites for the most accurate and current information about schedules, locations, and fees.

Organizations are listed alphabetically by name.

Directory of Open Sessions and Classes:

Brush and Palette Figure Painting Group Facebook page
4962 SE Jennings Ave map Paint or draw from the nude or costumed model in an extended pose. Space is limited to ten artists, RSVP requested. Join Facebook group for news and notices. drawing sessions classes with instruction
Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan St., Newberg map Studio-based class offering beginners and advanced artists an opportunity to draw the human figure. Models in varying poses and time increments. Led by artist-instructors along with free drawing time. drawing sessions classes with instruction
Darling Press
5300 SE Foster Rd map Space is limited to 8 people, first come first served. Sessions start with several short gesture poses and gradually work up to a half-hour or full-hour pose. drawing sessions
Dead End Drawing Club Dead End Drawing Club Facebook page
424 N Tillamook (The Makery) map A chance to get away from the computer and work on your observational drawing/painting skills. Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to join. drawing sessions
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School: Portland Dr. Sketchy's Portland Facebook page
1400 SE Morrison (Crush Bar) map The world's sexiest figure-drawing event. Themed/costumed drawing sessions, gorgeous alternative models, crazy contests, and stiff drinks. Loaner drawing supplies provided by Muse Art and Design. drawing sessions
Hipbone Studio
1847 E Burnside, #104 map Beginners to experienced artists are welcome. Sessions with short gestures building to 30-45 minute poses. Long-term pose sessions. Classes and workshops. drawing sessions classes with instruction
Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway map Work on drawings, paintings and even sculpture. A monitor calls the poses. Bring your own supplies. MAC provides easels. Max capacity: 15 participants. drawing sessions classes with instruction
Oregon College of Art and Craft
8245 SW Barnes Rd map See OCAC website for current events and offerings. drawing sessions
Oregon Society of Artists
2185 SW Park Place map Sessions begin with gestures and work up to longer poses as the session progresses. Once-a-month long-term pose. Open to OSA members. (Membership is $60 per year for many member benefits.) drawing sessions
Pacific Northwest College of Art continuing education:
511 NW Broadway map Draw the human figure from a life model in gestural studies and extended poses. Sessions are planned by PNCA staff but without instruction. Adult participants only. drawing sessions
Sequoia Gallery and Studios
136 SE Third Ave, Hillsboro map Drop in and expand your skills with life drawing of a live model using your preferred medium. drawing sessions classes with instruction
Spritely Bean
5829 SE Powell Blvd map Figure drawing night with a clothed/costumed figure model. Bring your art supplies, creativeness, and let's draw! drawing sessions
Still Death
4035 SE Hawthorne Avenue map A monthly natural-history themed education and drawing/painting session using animal skulls as references. Artists of all skill levels invited, 18+ years of age only, please. drawing sessions
The Drawing Studio The Drawing Studio website
3614 SE Division map Classes that will push intermediate level students to explore how they see rather than simply what they see. Students are welcome to use any and all media, including paint. Most sessions will have live models. classes with instruction