What is lifedrawing? It is the artistic study of the nude human figure from observation of a live model.   In my opinion, it is the best way to learn how to draw.

The studios I post as Meetups meet at the Austin Visual Arts Association.

Tuesday morning, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, requires an RSVP! This is our only "chem-free" studio.  No oils, solvents, etc. allowed.

Wednesday morning, at AVAA, 10 am-1:00 pm, requires an RSVP!

The Sunday afternoon, Monday evening and Thursday evening  studios are first come/first served.

Tues and Wed studios: Please RSVP!!!! An rsvp is a commitment that you are indeed coming.  If you change plans, change the rsvp ASAP, even if you are just on the Waiting List.

Model fee is $5.00. CASH only, no checks. Yes, I accept change. Must be 18 or over.

On Tuesday, no oil paints or solvents.  I have more than one participant with either asthma or chemical sensitivities. Acrylics and watercolors are ok.

The other studios are oil paint friendly, but you must use odorless solvents.

Here are regular options throughout the week:


Saturday morning, 9:00am-12:00, Jim McIntyre's long pose sesssion at the Hancock Recreation Center, 811 East 41st Street, going strong for over 25 years!


AVAA , 2:00-5:00 pm.  Usually 10 one-minute gestures, followed by two one-hour poses. Every other Sunday, the first half of each pose is nude, and the second half in costume.


AVAA has Monday evening lifedrawing, 7:00-10:00 pm. Check out the Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_172864042771059&ref=ts


10:00 am-1:00 pm.  Please RSVP thru the Meetup group.


AVAA, meets 10 am-1:00 pm.


Thursday evening studio at AVAA. 7:00-10:00 pm.  Go to the calendar to check it out.  Or, check out the Thursday evening Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AVAAThursdayEvening/

Jerry's Artarama has a lifedrawing studio from 7:15-9:15 pm.  Be aware that altho the event calendar says "free," there is actually a $5.00 model fee.

Drink-n-Draw normally meets once a month.  Check out the Meetup group page: http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Drink-n-Draw/

Dr. Sketchy normally meets once a month.  Check out the Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=146619802036908&ref=ts


The Dougherty Arts School: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/dougherty-arts-school

The Art School at Laguna Gloria: http://austinmuseum.augusoft.net

Cordovan School of the Arts in Round Rock: http://www.cordovanarts.com/

The Art Institute of Austin: http://www.artinstitutes.edu/austin/about/

ACC offers life drawing classes for college credit. So do St. Ed's & UT. Concordia offers drawing classes, but I do not believe they have lifedrawing. UT now only allows its art majors to take studio classes.  And, good luck getting into the program!

If you live in San Marcos, you could contact the San Marcos Art League for info about opportunities there: http://www.sanmarcosartleague.org/

In Fredericksburg, there is the Fredericksburg Art School: http://www.fbgartschool.com/

We also have a group on flickr.com where some of us post drawings:


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Your organizer will refund you if:

  • If you cancel without 24 hours notice, you still owe the model fee for that studio and can bring it the next time. Let the monitor know if you were ill or had another valid excuse (car trouble, etc).

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$5.00 a session

This covers: Dues pay the model; extra cash buys toilet paper, etc & covers when we are under

Payment is accepted using:

  • Cash or check - “Please bring $5.00 in CASH (not a check) each time you attend one our studios.

Your organizer will refund you if:

  • If you cancel without 24 hours notice, you still owe the model fee for that studio and can bring it the next time. Let the monitor know if you were ill or had another valid excuse (car trouble, etc).

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