This is the place for art and figure drawing in New York from the nude model! This is one of the largest and oldest figure drawing groups on Meetup, and an extension of a figure drawing group that started about 20 years ago! Our goal is to offer artists of all levels, from total beginners to seasoned pros, an opportunity to draw from some of the best models, at the most modest of prices.

We offer several different kind of figure drawing events, so there's something for everyone. 

• Our regular figure drawing meetups, are traditional academic figure drawing sessions, usually about three hours long that feature one professional nude art model offering long and short poses in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. These are friendly, non-judgmental events where you can work at your own pace. These have no instructor (but I'm always happy to answer questions). Events at our midtown location are open to all ages, our downtown location is 21 and over (ID is required).

• Draw-mania! is our monthly extravaganza--a four-hour draw-a-thon and variety show in a tiki bar! Every third Thursday of the month, you can expect four outstanding art models, a terrific DJ offering music that is conducive and inspiring to artistic creation (at least for most artists), and cutting edge music, comedy and performance art interspersed throughout the night. And if all of that doesn't inspire you, We're located in NYC's most fun and eclectic tiki bars, where you can find colorful and tasty drinkable inspiration! This event is strictly 21 and over, and ID is required. (While you are welcome to enjoy the bartender's creations, there is no requirement to indulge and beverages are not included in the entry price).

Jerry's Draw-mania! is a weekly 2-hour figure drawing event hosted by Jerry's Palette Shop in Manhattan. It's features one non-nude model in long and short poses. Since it's in one of the top art stores, you have the option of purchasing materials at the event if you need them. At only FIVE DOLLARS per session, it's one of the best deals in the art world! These events are one of our few non-nude events, and are open to all ages.

• We also have special events throughout the year, including short boat trips, classes and seminars with an instructor, and social gatherings where you can get to know your fellow artists.

• Occasionally we will feature events on our site that are not "our" events, but which may be of interest to our members. Most recently these have included the Art and Design High School Annual Draw-a-thon, and Michael Alan's Living Installation. (If you have an event you think our members may be interested in, please email me to be considered for inclusion).

All levels of artistic ability are welcome. Just bring your favorite art materials and your apatite for creativity!


Are you new, and not sure what kinds of art materials to chose? Look at this article:
http://nyfiguredrawing.blogspot.com/2011/10/what-materials-to-bring-for-your-first.html

Also check out the blog for fun & useful art and figure drawing articles:
http://nyfiguredrawing.blogspot.com/

Check out this primer on shading & depth in drawings:
http://nyfiguredrawing.blogspot.com/2010/11/drawing-in-3d.html

And if you're wondering about the value of a 30 second pose, read this:
http://nyfiguredrawing.blogspot.com/2009/03/what-good-is-30-second-pose.html

If you're an art model looking for gigs, check this out:
http://nyfiguredrawing.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-advice-for-models.html

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I started the group because there wasn't any other type of group like this. I've met some great folks in the group who have become close friends and have also met some amazing business owners.

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