What we’re about
This is the Meetup group associated with the Boston Figurative Art Center, headquartered at the Vernon Street Studios in Somerville. You can join this Meetup group online for free, and get information about what we're doing, and when. If you would like to attend a session with us, please RSVP here and pay at the http://bostonfigurecenter.org. We are a group dedicated to promoting figurative art in the Boston Area, and to providing a community where figurative artists can meet, talk, and work together. We would like to help create a context for figure artists that we feel is lacking in the area, and by coming together foster a more visible figurative art presence in Boston.
Please visit our website at http://bostonfigurecenter.org for more information.
Also, before attending a session for the first time, please read our Studio Etiquette page on the website.
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Figure Drawing on Toned Paper6 Vernon St, Somerville, MA
Please note that you need to register for this class on our website at the Boston Figurative Art Center. We use Meetup for outreach only, and we can only keep count of the registrations if everyone registers on our website- thanks for your understanding!
This class will open a window on the classic technique of using black and white charcoal in combination with toned paper. Kev Fang, a graduate of Art Center College of Design and now working for Hasbro, will demonstrate how he creates beautiful sheets of figure studies using this technique. Students will learn about simple anatomy tricks, tips for using the media most economically and effectively, and page composition. The goal of the class is for each student to go home with some beautifully composed pages of figure studies worthy of framing.
Time: Four Wednesday nights in September, 7:00 to 9:30pm
Cost: $120 for four classes for paying monthly BFAC members, $150 for non-members.
Location: 6 Vernon Street, Somerville, MA
Please bring 5 sheets 18 x 24 inch sheets of toned paper (Canson Mi-Tientes Dark Gray for charcoal, Strathmore Blue or Tan for colored pencils)
A regular white sketch pad/sketchbook for notes
Generals 6B charcoal pencils, Generals white charcoal/chalk pencils, Prismacolor premier Tuscan red pencils
Session 1: Figure drawing basics, basics of rendering, short poses (colored pencil)
Session 2: Short poses continued, rendering continued (charcoal)
Session 3: Long pose basics and two one-hour poses
Session 4: 2hr long pose final
- Thursday Long Pose6 Vernon St, Somerville, MA
Come join us for our Thursday night life drawing sessions! All levels welcome, no prior drawing or painting experience necessary. We will start with a few quick warm-ups, and then move into a long pose for remaining 2.5 hours. If you bring oil paints, please use an odorless medium.
We will meet outside the 6 Vernon St just before 7:00. If no one is there, please call the number listed outside.
$25 - drop-in fee. Member and student discounts are available
- Saturday Evening Short Pose Figure DrawingVernon Street Studios, Somerville, MA
Come draw with us on Saturday evenings! The model will take poses ranging from 1 minute up to 20 or 25 minutes (or longer if time permits).
Bring your own materials, or just come and use paper and pencils provided. Free snacks and beverages!
Please RSVP at our website rather than on meetup:
where you can also get more info about the BFAC.
Our sessions are "open studio" format; there is no instructor. Artists are free to work however they like, in whatever media they prefer. (Painters, please use an odorless medium.)
All levels are welcome, from beginners to experienced artists.
Cost: $25 ($15 for monthly members and students)
6 Vernon Street is the large brick building at the corner of Central and Vernon Streets. Park on the street. Note that the front door is locked. The host's name and number is posted outside the door. Call or text when you arrive and we'll come down to let you in.
We prefer that all artists be vaccinated, but masks are now optional for all attendees.
- Sunday morning sketching/drawing/paintingVernon Street Studios, Somerville, MA
Come to paint or draw the model for a four week pose!
We meet each Sunday morning from 9:30 am to 12:30 am.
Non-member: $25 - drop-in fee
Or become a BFAC member:
Renewable monthly Membership: $25/month and pay $15/session
Register and pay online up to 24 hours in advance of the session at: