Drop-In Figure Drawing & Painting (Tuesdays)

Nude Figure in Charcoal by Doug Swinton
Our classes are very popular and fill up quickly. We encourage you to REGISTER.

INFORMATION: We alternate between traditional life drawing sessions with a nude model and vogue style figure painting sessions with a semi-nude or model in costume.

Figure Drawing:

  • Nude Model
  • Begin with short poses suitable for gesture drawing and build up to longer poses in the second hour.
  • Single light source.
  • No instruction, peer review only.
  • Wine is welcome.

Figure Painting:

  • Semi-Nude or Costume
  • Poses are usually about 20 minutes
  • Multiple light sources.
  • Some instruction or assistance available by Doug Swinton.
  • Reference photographs available.*
  • Wine is recommended :)

Price: $12 (drop-in) • Card of 10 sessions $100

Figure classes run weekly on Tuesdays 6-8pm.


  • September 12 (life drawing • nude)
  • September 19 (figure painting • semi-nude or costume)
  • September 26 (life drawing • nude)
  • October 3 (figure painting • semi-nude or costume)
  • October 10 (life drawing • nude)
  • October 17 (figure painting • semi-nude or costume)
  • October 24 (life drawing • nude)
  • October 31 (figure painting • semi-nude or costume)
  • November 7 (life drawing • nude)
  • November 14 (figure painting • semi-nude or costume)

Price: $12 (drop-in); Card of 10 sessions $100

Register for any session...HERE or below

Purchase Card for 10 sessions & GET 1 SESSION FREE!
figure class card

striped-tights-white-robe-pastel-figure-drawingFigure drawing has been the standard measurement of an artist's skills for hundreds of years. It is as important today as ever. It teaches good observation and accurate sketching.

The best way to learn how to draw anything is by observing and drawing human beings. If you know how to render the figure well, your skills at creating nonfigurative and even abstract art will be stronger. Life drawing teaches accuracy of observation and leads to the ability to draw or paint any subject.

The more you draw the figure the more you will develop the ability to communicate movement and personality. By using simple lines an artist should be able to give a figure a real sense of life and individuality. You will learn to draw three dimensionally and to make the figures feel like they exist in a real world.

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Summer Hours

Monday 9am - 6:30pm
Tuesday 9am - 6:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 6:30pm
Thursday 9am - 6:30pm
Friday 9am - 6:30pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am-4pm

Closed: August 7


7160 Fisher Street S.E.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2H 0W5

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