Artists seem to be reluctant to RSVP, so be aware that the number of attendees listed is always wrong. We seldom have fewer than 10 or 12 artists attend a drawing session, even if the RSVP count says 2 or 3 artists plan to attend. This weekly Santa Fe drawing group was started in 1969 by Eli Levin. Both amateur and professional artists have participated throughout the years. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to accomplished. The group is not an instructional drawing class, but a drawing experience and an opportunity to draw live models. Unlike some drawing groups that request silence, conversation among the artists during poses is common. Background music is usually playing. Snacks during the 5-minute breaks are available when artists choose to bring snacks.
Posing starts with warmup 2-minute poses, then 5-minute poses, and increasingly longer poses throughout the session. The poses take place in 20-minute blocks (four 5-minute poses, for example) with a 5-minute break between each 20-minute block. The last pose of the night is usually approximately 40-minutes, split into two 20-minute sessions (with a 5-minute break between the two sessions).