What we're about

This is the place for art and figure drawing in New York from the nude model! We are one of the largest and oldest independent figure drawing groups on Meetup, and in New York, The summer sketch group started 20 years ago, with the 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 are also completely independent, unaffiliated with any other organizations, though we will occasionally help promote other events that we feel may be of value to our members. Come be a part of this! This is a "grassroots" group, by and for you, the members, and we're very open to your suggestions.

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.

• Draw-mania! our monthly extravaganza--a four-hour draw-a-thon and variety show in a tiki bar--ran from 2011 to 2016, but expect some new Draw-mania! shows to be popping up soon! Outstanding art models, music, and cutting edge live performance including music, comedy and performance art interspersed throughout the night.

• 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).

• We also arrange private figure drawing events, for special event and organizations.

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:
Also check out the blog for fun & useful art and figure drawing articles:
Check out this primer on shading & depth in drawings:
And if you're wondering about the value of a 30 second pose, read this:
If you're an art model looking for gigs, check this out:

Upcoming events (3)

DRAW-MANIA! Returns!--CANCELLED! (Temporarily. Read, below)

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In the meantime do check out the other events, and we have more coming soon!

Draw-mania! Returns! Four great nude and semi-nude models, live performers, and cool music in New York's grooviest Tiki bar! We will have a few fun RAFFLE PRIZES, TOO! (don't worry, no false mustaches this time)

So grab your pens and pencils and and party with the best artists and models! Great for all levels of artists. {Please, no photography and no easels).

Limited seating, so order in advance, this one's gonna sell out fast!

This is one of our Meetup events so please RSVP and pay on this site to reserve your seats!

Draw-mania!, our signature Draw-a-thon, ran 55 monthly shows for 5 years during which we brought about 50 different models, 200 different performers to an audience that came from all around the world!

I would be a bad host if I didn't mention Otto's terrific, and newly expanded selection of Tiki Drinks, Mocktails and Iced Teas (My favorite is the Stormy Skull, but you be the judge), all available in alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions. Check out the menu:

Otto's Shrunken Head is New York's premier Rock and Roll Tiki bar. a home to great music and unique art events, and creators of some of the greatest tiki drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions available). It's regularly listed as one of the best Tiki bars in America and even occasionally seen on TV, like Tony Bourdain's No Reservations

(Fun, silly artwork courtest Scott ad Bscene)

Drawing The Dance, SAT. July.16th 1pm. $15 adv./ $18 atd.

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To order tickets, please use this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-virtual-nyc-drawing-the-dance-workshop-july-16-sat-1-pm-tickets-369267207157

Please join us at the "NYC Drawing the Dance Workshop" for LIVE, IN-PERSON and for VIRTUAL artists.
We are celebrating Dixon Place's longest running LGBTQIA+ festival, The HOT Festival a month long performing arts festival supporting the queer identified artists.
Date: SAT, JULY 16
Time: 1 p.m. EDT
Place: Dixon Place Cocktail Lounge. 161A, Chrystie Street, btwn Delancey & Rivington, NY 10002. @dixonplace
Duration: 1.5 hrs. 2 sets of 30 minutes segments with a short 5 to 10 min break. Will likely end at 2:45 p.m.
Dancer/Model: Queen Miu @chikyu_moon @miusoda

COVID Protocols: Dixon Place requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all their staff, audience members and performers. http://dixonplace.org/coronavirus/.
Ticket link in bio @nycdrawingthedance
Tickets in advance for in-person: $15.
Tickets at the door (cash only): $18.
Please arrive by 12:45 p.m. so that we can start at 1pm promptly.
Virtual tickets: $12. * Zoom link will be sent to the virtual attendees, on the morning of the event.
The NYC Drawing the Dance workshop is organized by @creativeperformances and presented by @dixonplace .
Looking forward to it!

IMP for in-person attendees: we request you to wear a high grade mask when inside the building.
Please bring your proof of vaccination to enter the building. You can show us a photograph of the CDC vaccine card or your NYC Excelsior Pass with your ID.
Dixon Place is fully tested and certified for indoor productions.
Any question?
Please email to [masked]

Micharl Alien's 45th Birthday Show! Sat. July 16th, 6-11pm. $20-40

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Be sure to order your tickets from the following link: https://www.michaelalanart.com/thelivinginstallation

Alien's 45th Birthday Show!
Saturday July 16th
Come in person to Michael Alan Alien’s personal studio in Greenwich Village OR livestream via YouTube

Celebrate Michael Alan Alien’s 45th birthday (in person or livestream) with an art filled evening at his private studio!
Tour the private studio, guided by Alien and his mom, and view a new exhibition of Alien’s artwork. Flip through books of artwork made from childhood until now, see work in progress, behind the scenes work stations, The Living Installation props and costumes. A wide range of work from large canvas to affordable prints, miniature paintings, and zines on display!
For the finale see the screening of Jadda Cat’s new Living Installation performance “Birthday Chef” where she builds a wild cake for Michael Alan Alien! Video will be made available to stream online during or after the event.
Hang around until 11pm for communal drawing. Paper and drawing supplies provided!
Please select attendance from the dropdown menu below for sliding scale tickets. Private address to attend in person / link to view livestream will be emailed out before the show.


Past events (518)

East Village Drink N Draw @Niagra TUEs 6/28 7-9:30 $15

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