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Unleash your artistic talents in a supportive and collaborative environment with professional artists at The Art Studio's Life Model Drawing Sessions. Explore the elements of art, techniques, and mediums while working on small, medium, or large projects. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced artist, this class offers a sanctuary for creating, socializing, and collaborating.

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Life Drawing - Instructed

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Life Drawing - Uninstructed

Valley Art Workshop @ 5210 Collier Place, Woodland Hills, CA

Experience the timeless art of life drawing at Valley Art Workshop. Discover the beauty of classical poses, master the art of form and shadow, and explore the intricate details of anatomical articulation. Unleash your creativity and immerse yourself in the captivating world of figure drawing.

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Basic Life Drawing

  • All levels
  • 18 and older
  • $219
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  • 1227 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
  • 18 hours over 6 sessions

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  • $219
  • 18 hours over 6 sessions
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this life drawing class:

Learn to draw the human form in a class designed for creative individuals with little figure drawing experience. Work with charcoal, graphite, and Conte crayon as you explore the creative use of materials to portray and interpret the figure within the composition.

You’ll receive direction on proportion, volume blocking, and some anatomy in the first three weeks, then learn about special techniques for drawing knees, elbows, feet, hands, and the head. You will be working with live models.

Recommended textbook (not required; available online): Complete Guide to Life Drawing, by Gottfried Bammes (ISBN-10: 1844486907).

Supply List:

– 18” x 24” inch Newsprint Pad*
– White paper (sometimes called Drawing/Sketch/Bond) Pad of the same size*
– Sketchbook or notebook for note-taking during demonstrations
– Graphite Pencils : HB, 2B                            
– PRISMACOLOR Colored pencils (colors are up to you!)                                   
– Compressed Charcoal Pencils : Extra Soft and Soft       
– Conte Crayons (2 per Box) : Black, Terra Cotta and/ or Brown                   
– Retractable breakaway knife and/or Pencil sharpener                                                                                      
– Kneaded Eraser
– 2 or 3 soft pastels (colors up to you) - one each of a light color, mid-value and dark color are preferred for value scale drawings.        
– a few pieces of “Canson/ Mi-Teintes” or other toned/colored drawing paper (you can buy these by the piece at most art supply stores.)

*a clipboard for that size paper will be provided if you cannot afford one


–Sketchbook : optional but highly suggested for note-taking
–DERWENT Drawing Pencil
–Colored pencils:
Prismacolor VERITHIN : Indigo, Peacock blue, Ultramarine blue & Black    
Prismacolor: Dark green, purple, Dark blue, Red, Magenta, Brown
–Other erasers
– Any other type of drawing materials!

School Notes:

You MUST have and input a valid California address and US phone number when signing up for Santa Monica College in-person courses, or you may be rejected from the course. If you do not have a valid US address and phone number, your enrollment will not be accepted.

Students with any valid US address may enroll in online/remote classes. 


Santa Monica College's Community Education Office operates from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, excluding weekends and holidays. Please bring your CourseHorse purchase confirmation with you to class. Your Classroom information is noted in the Special Notes. If you do not have a classroom on your purchase receipt, please reach out to [email protected].

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No cancellations after a class has begun, so choose courses carefully!

  • Requests for withdrawal from a class must be submitted in writing via email at least 8 business days before the start date of the class; receipt of requests made via other methods, such as phone messages, cannot be guaranteed.
  • You may receive a credit voucher applicable to future classes, which is valid for two years from the date of issue.
  • A minimum service charge of $15 per class cancellation will be withheld.
  • Refunds are granted ONLY if a class is cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled.
  • In the instance of cancelled classes, course fee is automatically refunded.
  • Credit card refunds are processed with seven business days, check and cash refunds will be issued by check within 45 business days.


  • To transfer to another class, request must be submitted in writing via email at least 8 business days before the original class meets.
  • A minimum service charge of $15 per class transfer will be deducted.

Important Information:

  • Refunds are NOT issued for absences nor prorated for late registrations.
  • Missed class meetings may not be made up in another class. There is no auditing of classes.
  • Returned checks will be subject to a $25 handling charge.

Some high demand classes, such as Glass Fusing and Good Times Travel day trips, have separate and different refund policies stating that all registrations are final, and no refunds, credits, or transfers will be given. Please bear that in mind when registering for those classes.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Santa Monica College (513)

(4.3-star rating across 513 reviews)
  • Basic Life Drawing

    Reviewed by michael l. on 4/7/2016
    Excellent instructor. All levels of drawers can expect to come away with some skills to apply to there art style.
  • Basic Life Drawing

    Reviewed by michael l. on 10/19/2015
    Challenging and good instruction on a beginner level
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    Reviewed by Gabrielle M. on 12/1/2016
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