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 well over 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.
IN THE LAST YEAR OR TWO, WE'VE BEEN LIMITED IN THE AMOUNT OF EVENTS WE OFFER, BUT WE'RE HOPING TO GRADUALLY COME BACK TO PRE-COVID ACTIVITY. KEEP AN EYE ON THE SITE FOR NEW EVENTS!
We'll be brought back our amazing Draw-a-thon, Draw-mania! this past fall, and will be bringing back more events this Spring.
We offer several different kind of figure drawing events, so there's something for everyone.
• Draw-mania! Returned for the first time this fall, and we're looking forward to more this Spring. A multi-hour draw-a-thon and variety ran from 2011 to 2016, Over 5 years we featured about 50 different models and 200 different entertainers, and had artists visit us from all over the world!
We're looking forward to return to these in 2023:
• 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.
• 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 can 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: