Wednesday, June 30, 2010

San Diego - Open Life Drawing Studios list

A short list of open life drawing workshops in San Diego. Send me a note via the red "Contact Me" button, if you want a workshop added to the list.

Figure Drawing-Vista CA,
Vista Art Foundation Gallery 204. 
204 Main Street, Vista, CA
Corner of North Indiana and Main Street

Wednesdays: 6-9pm
$10 fee
Uninstructed Life Drawing Open Studio.
Organizer: Judy

Purpose: Adding to the list of Life Drawing sessions in North County. gives the artist the option to practice an additional evening; Wednesday nights. This session will not conflict with the other open Life Drawing classes in our area, which are Studio2ndStreet and Encinitas Library. Drawing exercises the creative side of the brain, which improves their creativity in all artistic media. All levels are invited, all media welcome, Bring Your Own Supplies. BYOS

Sketchbook Sessions: San Diego

Wednesdays: 6-9pm
No fee to draw.
Uninstructed sketchbook drawing. Open to public. All skill levels welcomed.
Organizer: Paul Davies and Eddie Holly 

Sketchbook Session: San Diego Artists are a mix of professional artists and beginning art lovers currently working to create video games, concept art for movies, tee shirts, books, magazines and comics, all dedicated to supporting the arts in San Diego. They meet once a week in San Diego, to draw in their sketchbooks and socialize. Facebook Link

Watts Atelier
171 Calle Magdelena Suite 103, Encinitas, CA. 92024
Phone: (760) 753-5378
Fridays: 7 pm-10 pm

Uninstructed Life Drawing Open Studio.
Model Fee:
Jeffery Watts

Watts Atelier of the Arts is located in the quiet beach town of Encinitas, CA, 30 miles north of San Diego. The Atelier was founded by Jeffrey R. Watts in 1992 as an intimate studio environment now operated by Mr. Watts and a core of 8 professionals in the areas of representational drawing, painting, sculpture and illustration. Watts Atelier has been modeled after the studio atelier of nineteenth century Europe.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art
The Ruby Room.
 1271 University Ave (between Richmond St & Vermont St)
3rd Saturday of every month: 3 pm-6 pm
A fun drink and draw, with games and racy themed costumed models.
$10 admission

We’ll be combing San Diego to find the most beautiful burlesque dancers, delicious fetish models, spunkiest Rollergirls, drag queens, drag kings, belly dancers, and the most rippling hunks of man. Then we let you draw them for three hours. Interspersed with posing are ridiculous drawing contests (best left handed drawing? Best incorporation of a woodland critter?) where you can win alcohol and fancy prizes.
Dr. Sketchy’s is the little Brooklyn event that became a movement. Founded in 2005 by artist Molly Crabapple, Dr. Sketchy’s asked a simple question. Why can’t drawing people be sexy?
From its humble Brooklyn beginnings, Dr. Sketchy’s now has 100+ branches around the globe, including Hollywood, London, Tokyo, Rome, and Melbourne. Since it’s successful launch during Comic Con 2007, Dr. Sketchy’s San Diego branch has been going strong each month, featuring everyone from burlesque beauties to professional dancers to hunky male models.
YOU BRING: Your sketchpad, your drawing implements, some cash for liquid inspiration
WE PROVIDE: Hot models…Drinks…Drawing!

North Park Open Studio Figure Drawing Group

4044 Idaho Street. 
San Diego, CA 92104
10 am to 1 pm.
Uninstructed Life Drawing Open Studio.
Model Fee:

Saturdays: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Uninstructed Life Drawing Open Studio.
Model Fee: $5

We are a casual group professional artists, art students and hobbyist that meet at the North Park Recreation Center every Thursday from 10am to 1pm and Saturday mornings from 9:15am to 12:15pm to practice in classical life drawing with a live model.

We provide chairs and tables, but you must bring your own art supplies. We start with 2 minutes gestures, then 5 minute poses, a 10 minute pose, then followed by 20 minutes poses until the end. The last Thursday and Saturday of every month is one long pose after the gestures. No photography of the model is allowed.

If painting with oils, “Gamsol” or odorless Turpenoid are recommended. Currently space is limited so first come first serve. Thursday mornings are a lot less crowded than Saturday mornings.

Free Parking.

You must be 18 years of age or older.


If you know of more open life drawing studios in San Diego, please contact me, and I'll add them to this list.

Updated: Feb.2015


zeronerain said...

Thanks Graham.
This is Won Ju from your Tuesday class at Sony.
I'll try to be there.
See you there.

Paul Hassett said...

There's a life drawing on workshop on Wednesday night at 6pm to 9pm. It's been going on pretty strong for about a year, so I don't think it's going away anytime soon.

I've been attending regularly:

Graham Smith said...

Thanks for the info, Paul. I'll update the list.

Great drawings on your blog. I recognize all the models!

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