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 (1)

East Village Drink N Draw @Niagra Monday 10/24 7-9:30 $15

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MONDAY, 7pm @ Niagara, Corner of Ave A and 7th street.

Join us for our Halloween themed DND @niagaranyc on 10/24 from 7-9:30pm. This will be our only Drink N Draw in October. Reserve your spot asap. Limited seating. Join Us 10/24 for our Halloween edition @niagaranyc from 7-9:30. I expect this to sell out. Very limited seating so reserve yours asap. Venmo $15 to @stmarksmasks or zelle/PayPal is [masked].

(Please note that we are sharing this with our Meetup members but it is not one of "our" events, so please purchase a ticket via the Venmo address @stmarksmasks, or to [masked] on PayPal
Meetup RSVPs will not be honored there).

For questions, please contact the organizers at their Instagram address:

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