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Figure Drawing (In-Person)

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

Develop your artistic skills in life drawing. Working from a live model with expert instruction from teachers who are professional artists, students learn about proportion, gesture, movement, and perspective. Working in charcoal, graphite, and ink, we move from short poses for sketches to long poses for complete, finished drawings. Whether you want to focus on drawing or are looking to develop your skills as a painter, figure drawing is the classical...

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Weeknight Figure Drawing

Drawing New York @ 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10010

Our two-and-a-half-hour uninstructed figure drawing session with a long pose at the end. All levels are welcome. This session is designed to allow attendees to create more completed drawings. The first forty minutes are short poses. After that, all poses are 20 minute poses with a 40-minute pose at the end. We play music quietly while the model is posing so sketchers can concentrate. Q&A Q: Can I make up a class if I miss one? A: No,...

Monday Sep 25th, 6:30–9pm Eastern Time

Weekend Figure Drawing

Drawing New York @ 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10010

The uninstructed session starts with short poses at the beginning to warm up. The longest pose will be 20 minutes. We take a 5-minute break every 20 minutes. What to bring: We recommend a drawing pad and pencils or charcoal. We can also accommodate small watercolor sets. Please note: We cannot accommodate dry pastels (for health reasons), open ink containers, or paint other than watercolor. Absolutely no photography while the model is...

Saturday Sep 30th, 12–3pm Eastern Time

Figure Drawing or Painting: A Foundation

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

Students can choose to work on drawing or oil painting from the live model. Instructor may suggest to work on drawing or painting depends on the students’ progress. The class focuses on the structural landmarks of the human figure by combining the variations of form and plane. We will begin by simplifying light and shadow to create shapes with a step-by-step approach, which will then allow you to build the detail of the body and achieve alikeness...

Tuesday Nov 14th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

 (11 sessions)


11 sessions

Long Pose Figure Drawing

Drawing New York @ 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10010

The uninstructed session features a single long pose for the entire session. We take a 5-minute break every 20 minutes. There is a long break in the middle of the session. What to bring: We recommend a drawing pad and pencils or charcoal. We can also accommodate small watercolor sets. Please note: We cannot accommodate dry pastels (for health reasons), open ink containers, or paint other than watercolor. Absolutely no photography...

Sunday Sep 24th, 12–3pm Eastern Time

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Figure and Portrait Drawing Combined

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

Dive into anatomy and discover how to render realistic figures and portraits. Use graphite, charcoal, or your other favorite drawing medium to create lively drawings while honing your skills in understanding the proportions and intricacies of the human body. Work from live models via online video conferencing and participate in class demonstrations and discussions. For the Supply List, please CLICK HERE

Monday Nov 6th, 4–6pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Drawing: Anatomy & Artistry

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

This class will teach the skills necessary to approach figure drawing. Anatomy will be taught and discussed as a tool to create expressive, interesting figure drawings.  Artistry will be emphasized.  We will analyze the "magic" of old master drawings.   Students will also learn basic shading techniques, expression of line, building solid planes, portrait construction, and a variety of other topics, through lectures and examples....

Monday Nov 13th, 7–9pm Eastern Time

 (11 sessions)


11 sessions

Drawing: The Figure

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

Understanding the basics of drawing the figure allows you to organize light, shade, gesture, and rhythm into a single expressive whole. Working individually with the instructor, you’ll be introduced to varied drawing approaches and techniques, and develop your skills and insights.  Open to students of all levels. Registration fee included. Material List: 18 x 24 Newsprint pad 18 x 24 White drawing pad Charcoal pencils - 2B, 4B, 6B Graphite...

Friday Nov 17th, 3–6pm Eastern Time

 (11 sessions)


11 sessions

Long Pose Figure Drawing & Painting

Chelsea Classical Studio @ 526 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

This is a long pose figure drawing and painting class that focuses on composition, proportions, gesture, values, color and oil painting technique. Working from the live model, students will learn to work in a direct alla-prima approach where they will aim for good draftsmanship, values and color. This is a fundamental skill in painting, and learning to mix colors in the right value and placing them correctly in the composition takes much practice...

Monday Sep 25th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

Classical Drawing Workshop @ 98 Sterling St, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Drawing from life and photographic reference, here we shall learn how to draw the human figure in an informal individualized setting with no embarrassment. Starting with the basic building blocks of contour and gesture drawing, Students create pictures that go beyond stick figures to life-like renditions of what is observed. No grading, and no pressure. Students may show up and use provided materials, but student cooperation and procurement of materials...

Friday Oct 6th, 5:30–7:30pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

The Figure in Space

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

In this course, students will explore the expressive possibilities of the figure in space. Working in a medium of their choosing, students will be encouraged to develop their own voice and delve deeply into their artistic practice. The course is built around individual students interest, skill levels, and sensibilities. Students will work from the live model and their own reference materials. There will be demonstrations as well as frequent...

Wednesday Nov 15th, 9am–12pm Eastern Time

 (11 sessions)


11 sessions

Portraiture - Drawing Faces @ 98 Sterling St, Brooklyn, NY 11225

In Person classes. A study of how the face is drawn in an informal individualized setting with no embarrassment. Step-by-step approach of how to draw the human head in proportion using both traditional and Loomis method. In-depth live and video demonstrations are all provided. Students may show up and use provided materials, but student cooperation and provision of materials is required after the first session. Class...

Thursday Sep 28th, 5:30–7:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

From Figures to Abstraction

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

This class will look at and analyze how to go from the real world of observation into abstraction using some simple exercises. Starting with basic drawing and working into painting (acrylics preferred) we will also explore materials and their unique possibilities to add to the project. Taking into account color and composition we will work to produce original works while maintaining a solid conceptual basis for the work. Materials: Drawing...

Tuesday Nov 14th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

 (11 sessions)


11 sessions

Portrait Drawing Intensive

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

Focused sessions will address traditional proportion, dynamic compositions and expressive approaches using various drawing media. Supply List

Thursday Jan 4th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Adult: Life Drawing Workshop with Live Model

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo @ 98 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Class Experience Drawing is an invaluable tool for all the visual arts and takes a lot of practice to get right, so regular studio time is essential for seeing real progress.  This is the perfect opportunity to practice the discipline of life drawing with a LIVE (clothed) model in an art studio. Hone your practice and capture the human body's essence, musculature, and posture while sharpening observational skills + developing style. ...

Thursday Sep 28th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

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Discover the Best Figure Drawing Classes in NYC

Living in New York City, you encounter people constantly. In a city that never sleeps, it can be easy to miss the unique features and aspects of people that you encounter daily. Crowds of people may even appear as meaningless shapes after a while, lacking all meaning and form. Luckily, figure drawing can help artists of all abilities recognize the beauty and nuance of the humanity around them. Figure drawing practices mirror the slow observation and rhythm of mindfulness and other forms of meditation, allowing students to reconnect with their environments and communities by sketching the musculature and unique features of diverse models in varying postures. 

Why You Should Learn Figure Drawing in NYC

Figure drawing is the perfect pastime for anyone living in a large urban space. While cities like New York foster busy and fast-paced lifestyles, figure drawing encourages artists of all experience levels a chance to slow down and create something beautiful and unique. Professionals with high-stress jobs use figure drawing and other forms of artwork to unwind after a busy day or engage in a different skill set. Others may use figure drawing to process the complex emotions that emerge throughout the work day and to recenter their priorities and goals. 

Figure drawing also brings people together. Whether sketching a model in a large studio with other artists or refining your skills through a live online course in the comfort of your home, figure drawing connects you to a larger community of artists worldwide. If you are considering pursuing a career in figure drawing, this also may be an excellent opportunity to build your professional network and explore potential pathways to launching your career.

In-Person Figure Drawing Classes & Schools in NYC

There is no one right way to represent the human body in art. Consequently, artists at every level can find a class that will best suit their creative needs and goals. Before selecting one class format over another, consider the following questions:

  1. Do you have and know the tools and techniques needed to create your desired artwork? 
  2. Would I prefer a structured course or freeform sketching and studio time? 
  3. How intense do you want your classes to be? Are you looking for a casual setting with food, friends, and fun or are you looking for a more serious environment to refine your craft? 
  4. How much time and money do you have to spend on this class? 

Students that thrive in community-based spaces with formal instruction gravitate to in-person classes. Frequently led by a trained instructor in an environment designed to cultivate creative energy and promise, in-person figure drawing classes are a great way for many students to build their artistic skills and communities on a set schedule. Almost every art school offers classes that cover every technical skill level in different media. The most critical choice for a student to make is to identify the school and location that will prepare them for success.

New York City is a space known for its connections to the arts. Unsurprisingly, many art schools provide figure drawing and artwork-focused classes. Located in the heart of Central Park, 92nd Street Y hosts over 4,000 classes in art, exercise, travel, theater, and other forms of continuing education. Relevant to artists wishing to broaden their figure drawing skills, 92nd Street Y offers several classes covering topics such as Figure Drawing, Oil Painting for Absolute Beginners, and Figure Drawing and Portrait Construction classes. Accessible for all skill levels, these small classes give artists a guided opportunity to work on their depiction of gestures and poses using live models. Discover how the instructors at 92nd Street Y have inspired students to embrace their creative side for over 150 years. 

In-person classes allow students to intimately engage with the historic settings, techniques, and themes of classical art in a modern setting. Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the New York School of the Arts uses national and international partnerships with artists and other art organizations to create a holistic art education for its students. Students can broadly explore and expand their creative side through art history, studio practice, and art business classes. More advanced students can even apply for the school’s study abroad program to learn from professionals around the world. The New York School of Arts offers a range of classes related to figure drawing, including its popular Drawing: Anatomy and Artistry, Drawing: the Figure, Figure Painting, and Portrait Painting Classes. These classes are accessible for all artistic skill levels and most ages. Artists learn important skills such as capturing the features, expressions, and personalities of live models. Advanced artists will also appreciate opportunities to expand their skills through classes like The Figure in Space, Sculpture: The Human Form, and Figure: Painting the Model in Costume. Through these classes, students can work with new media and receive regular critiques of their art. 

Artists looking for pathways to work with live models and build their artistic communities without always being enrolled in an instructed class should consider Drawing New York. Across the street from the historic Gramercy Park, Drawing New York prides itself on helping students of all skill levels make “real and tangible progress” in their craft. Newer artists can enjoy casual yet structured instructor-led courses like Introduction to Drawing for Beginners and Instructed Figure Drawing. Both classes feature demos and opportunities for individual practice. After mastering the basics, many students continue developing their craft through uninstructed figure drawing courses with live models, such as Long Pose Figure Drawing and Weeknight Figure Drawing. These sessions are an exceptional opportunity for artists on a budget to refine their skills and create beautiful pieces in a community-based environment. 

While many studios offer classes that younger artists can take, One River School stands out among art programs by tailoring classes to age groups. Watch your kindergarten through second-grade children explore their creative side through drawing, sculpting, and printmaking through multimedia courses like Kids Art Shuffle and Kids Focus on Making. Third through fifth-grade students can build their drawing skills through Kids Focus on Cartooning, Kids Art Focus: Drawing, and Learn to Draw Realistically: The Portrait workshops. Are you looking for a way to help your teenager build mindfulness practice while learning a creative skill? Check out engaging One River School classes like Teen Art Focus: Drawing, Teen Focus: Manga, Sketch Series, and Learn to Draw Realistically: The Portrait. Through their workshop and programming, One River School works to create an environment where innovative students can find success and build meaningful relationships with like-minded peers. 

Virtual Figure Drawing Classes & Schools

Are you feeling inspired to take a figure drawing class but reluctant to add to your long commute? Consider enrolling in a live online figure drawing class! Virtual classes allow talented instructors to lead students through basic and advanced drawing techniques in the setting of their choice. Don’t feel limited to classes in your area or travel to new cities to take a class with one of your favorite artists. Virtual courses connect students to instructors, models, and other artists nationally and internationally. 

New artists may be hesitant to enroll in a class, especially if these opportunities require students to buy materials and establish their studio. Luckily, many live online figure drawing classes come with lists of recommended tools and accessories to help set you up for success. Many of these classes require items that most students already have around the house or will be useful to them in the long run. Many Coursehorse classes even send students more difficult-to-access materials so that all participants will have the necessary materials to complete their course. 

Are you trying to figure out the best figure drawing class for your skill level and budget? Doing your research can go a long way in helping you pick the right class. For example, novice artists looking for a welcoming environment to refine their skills may want to enroll in The Art Studio NY’s Free Fear Courses, such as their Beginner’s Drawing 101 or Beginner’s Comic and Cartoon Drawing classes. Instructors leading these classes recognize that many students find starting a new hobby intimidating. To counteract their student’s anxiety, these instructors work to build a fun and supportive environment where everyone can succeed. Students can use these classes to prepare for The Art Studio NY’s Advanced Drawing course or the Evanston Art Center’s Figure and Nature Drawing/Painting classes. All of these classes work to help students engage and further define their inner artists. 

Private Group Figure Drawing Classes in NYC

Are you looking for a fun team-building activity that will help your team destress while learning an important skill? Consider checking out one of CourseHorse’s figure drawing classes for private groups in NYC

Coursehorse hosts multiple media classes in person and online, allowing you to choose which learning format will work best for your group. In-person classes cover topics such as Painting and Potting Succulents, Sneaker-Painting, and Glass-Etching. Groups looking to stay closer to their headquarters or allow their employees to work from home can also opt for live online art classes. Students rave about the opportunity to sketch still lifes, landscapes, faces, and other stationary figures through the Virtual Group Drawing & Sketching Class. Pet-loving employees will cheer to have the opportunity to spend more time with their favorite four-legged friends through the Virtual Pet Portrait Classes. Just finish a big project? Consider treating your staff to a bit of fun and play with the Virtual Cartooning and Doodling Workshop. Many group classes require only basic materials such as pens, pencils, and paper. CourseHorse will provide participants with materials for most courses that require anything beyond regular household materials. 

Businesses can also work with CourseHorse to host classes on topics that are not currently listed. Reach out through CourseHorse’s contact page to learn more about creating custom themes or skill demonstrations for your employees’ classes. Accommodating anywhere from 30 to 250 students, CourseHorse’s classes can be streamed on multiple platforms with no booking fees. Groups can even change their size after booking if needed! Help your employees explore their creative side by enrolling in a CourseHorse class today.