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This is an opportunity to draw or paint the model in a community atmosphere. It is recommended that attendees have taken beginning or figure drawing classes beforehand since there is no formal instruction. However, people share their ideas and learn from each other.Artists from all over Chicagoland meet two or three times a month in Studio 215, The Figurative Art League. The session is located in Studio 215 of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. The Art Center is located at 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL. It is very close to the CTA Purple Line. Metered parking is available in the lot, and street parking is also available.

The cost of this activity is 20 dollars per three-hour session

Benches, easels, drawing boards, paper, and dry media such as graphite and charcoal are provided.

Artists of all levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced. We engage in ample shop talk. You will learn a great deal and make new friends. Plus, we exhibit our work periodically around Evanston and Chicagoland.

Upcoming events (3)

Open Session: Model Deandrea

Noyes Cultural Arts Center


Model: Deandrea
Gestures for the first 25 minutes, then one long pose.

Open Session: Model Cyn

Noyes Cultural Arts Center


Open session
Model Cyn
agenda shorter poses

Brush Ink Illustration Class with Zach Lehner

Noyes Cultural Arts Center


The use of a brush and ink to communicate depth and drama is a rarefied skill, often seen in comics and classic illustration. This class will help you to get more in touch with your drawing arm by teaching methods of fine motor control using a brush and paper. It will also help you think about how to create dramatic compositions through contrast and textures in strict black and white. By the end of the class you should have a better idea how classic comics such as Calvin and Hobbes, Pogo, and Dick Tracy were developed on the page.

Please bring the following:

  • Small round synthetic watercolor brush, size range 4 to 6
  • Higgins black ink
  • blue colored pencil
  • bristol board, size 11 by 14 inches.

Zach Lehner has a long history of illustrative work under his belt. Having worked on projects ranging in scope from graphic novels and comics to posters, children's books, and corporate communications, he is widely practiced as an artist and a highly enthusiastic teacher.

Past events (144)

Open Session: Model Jason

Noyes Cultural Arts Center