Life Drawing Classes NYC

Unleash your inner artist and master the art of figure drawing with life drawing classes in NYC. Learn the fundamentals of capturing the human form, improve your technique, and gain a deeper understanding of anatomy, all while expressing your creativity and honing your artistic skills.

7 classes in-person in NYC have spots left, and 3 classes live online are available.

Adult: Life Drawing Workshop with Live Model

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo @ 98 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Class Experience Drawing is an invaluable tool for all the visual arts and takes a lot of practice to get right, so regular studio time is essential for seeing real progress.  This is the perfect opportunity to practice the discipline of life drawing with a LIVE (clothed) model in an art studio. Hone your practice and capture the human body's essence, musculature, and posture while sharpening observational skills + developing style. ...

Thursday Oct 12th, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern Time

Life Drawing

New York School of the Arts @ 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

This class has the objective of providing an opportunity to study in depth one particular issue through drawing, and this class will be focusing on structure. At each class we will explore this issue in a number of ways, including examining the works of masters to see various ways that they used structure, discussing as a group. The instructor will give demonstrations when possible.

Thursday Nov 16th, 9am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Classical Drawing Workshop @ 98 Sterling St, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Drawing from life and photographic reference, here we shall learn how to draw the human figure in an informal individualized setting with no embarrassment. Starting with the basic building blocks of contour and gesture drawing, Students create pictures that go beyond stick figures to life-like renditions of what is observed. No grading, and no pressure. Students may show up and use provided materials, but student cooperation and procurement of materials...

Friday Oct 6th, 5:30–7:30pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Long Pose Figure Drawing

Drawing New York @ 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10010

The uninstructed session features a single long pose for the entire session. We take a 5-minute break every 20 minutes. There is a long break in the middle of the session. What to bring: We recommend a drawing pad and pencils or charcoal. We can also accommodate small watercolor sets. Please note: We cannot accommodate dry pastels (for health reasons), open ink containers, or paint other than watercolor. Absolutely no photography...

Sunday Oct 8th, 12–3pm Eastern Time

Colored Pencils for Beginners

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

Discover this medium that is surprisingly versatile and perfect for the home studio. You’ll learn how to use colored pencils to create vibrant drawings from life with nuance, depth, and expression. Learn basic techniques for blending, shading, and more in this beginner-friendly course. Supply List

Thursday Nov 2nd, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)


7 sessions

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Teen Art Focus: Drawing (Grades 6-12)

One River School @ 49 N Dean St, Engelwood 07631

Designed for teen students who want to focus on mastering technical skills in the drawing medium. Students will explore the elements and principles of art and design through fun and engaging drawing projects.  Compelling projects explore figure drawing, portraiture, still life, architecture, landscape and more Work with a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, oil / chalk pastel, pen and ink Teacher led demonstrations help students...

Wednesday Oct 4th, 5–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Drawing 1.01 Drawing Basics @ 98 Sterling St, Brooklyn, NY 11225

A full 12-class offering of the ACB Method of how to draw starting with the Basics through Portraiture in a Low-Key individualized setting. Drawing from life and photographic reference, here we shall learn how to draw the human figure in an informal individualized setting with no embarrassment. Starting with the basic building blocks of contour and gesture drawing, Students create pictures that go beyond stick figures to life-like renditions of...

Friday Oct 6th, 5:30–7:30pm Eastern Time

 (12 sessions)


12 sessions

Quick Sketch Life Drawing

The Gallery Girls

Zoom Life Drawing *ONLINE* with a Model - Draw a live model in short poses & keep social with other artists while staying home. Draw a live model in Quick Sketch poses. (3s, 5, & 10s min poses) We will send you the link & passcode to the Zoom channel.

Thursday Oct 5th, 6–8pm Pacific Time

Colored Pencils for Beginners

92nd Street Y

Discover this medium that is surprisingly versatile and perfect for the home studio. You’ll learn how to use colored pencils to create vibrant drawings from life with nuance, depth, and expression. Learn basic techniques for blending, shading, and more in this beginner-friendly course. Supply List: set of colored pencils (prisma colors encouraged), handheld pencil sharpener vinyl eraser (Alvin) kneaded eraser Strathmore 400 series side-bound...

Monday Nov 6th, 1–3:30pm Eastern Time

 (6 sessions)


6 sessions

Online Drawing with Graphite 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

This fun and informative class is ideal for beginners as well as students returning to art classes after a long absence. Basic skills are learned or rekindled with this historic medium. Students will focus on developing measuring and drawing skills, as well as honing sensitivity in the hand. Unique projects in Linda’s curriculum improve hand-to-eye coordination while teaching how to measure for proportion. Best practices for sketching and shading...

Saturday Oct 7th, 11:30am–12:30pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

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Art Focus: Life Drawing (Adults)

One River School @ 49 N Dean St, Englewood, NJ 07631

Art Focus: Life Drawing program is designed for adult students to concentrate on the foundational elements of drawing, and on working from observation. Program Highlights: This program has been built to meet the demands of adult art students of all levels, meeting weekly for 2 hours. Students will explore surface, mark, space, composition, scale, materials and intentionality of pencil on paper, as well as a range of other black and white media....

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4 sessions

Nude Dude: Life Drawing

Booklyn @ 37 Greenpoint Ave, New York, NY 11222

Join this introductory drawing workshop.   The workshop will feature a nude model covering topics on:  Composition  Contour Line variation Shading You will learn the basic rules of life-drawing and the importance of breaking them.  Lale Westvind’s current solo-exhibition will be on view in the gallery.

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2 sessions

Weekend Life Drawing

Solas Studio @ 117 E 24th St, New York, NY 10010

An intimate figure drawing class with minimal instruction. Open to veterans and newcomers alike. Intimate venue Not a bad seat in the house. About this event (18+) Join us for a Saturday afternoon session of figure drawing with a live nude model. No photography allowed. BYOA or purchase a ticket with the materials option! Timeline: 30 second pose x 20 5 minute pose x 2 15 minute pose x2 *10 minute break* 30 minute pose x 2

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Introduction to Life Drawing

Newark Museum @ 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ 07102

Explore and examine the Museum though line and form. Using the Museum’s collection objects and architecture as subjects, participants will learn and practice gesture, line, form, and shading.  Although this is an introductory course; all skill levels welcome.

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6 sessions

Adult Life Drawing (Non-Instructional)

Kids at Art @ 1412 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

This class will let your creative spirit run free and you will enjoy creating your own work of art. There will be a live model or still life each week. These classes are non-instructional. There will be a class monitor and informal critiques. Artists need to bring their own preferred choice of medium, as well as sketch pad.

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Discover the Best Life Drawing Classes in NYC

Life Drawing, also known as Figure Drawing, is the practice of drawing in order to study the human figure in detail. Drawing from life is a classical part of training for artists, and helps you learn to draw directly from your subject rather than draw a generic version of it. Practicing life drawing will make you a better artist.

When you understand the human muscles and skeleton, you can draw figures more realistically. 

Life drawing classes in NYC give you a chance to practice by drawing a live model’s poses and gestures, or capturing a still life of objects. Life drawing can be a detailed study, an expressive sketch, or a captured gesture.

Why You Should Learn Life Drawing in NYC

Learning life drawing in NYC will improve your artistic skills and creativity. The city is home to world-class art schools and studios and a rich culture of galleries and museums. Your art appreciation will expand when you learn to practice life drawings of your own. 

A life drawing habit refreshes your creativity and takes you away from your usual routine. Plus, you can learn from and collaborate with other aspiring artists, expand your artistic horizons, and develop your own unique style. 

Life drawing classes can help you pursue a career in art. You’ll expand your portfolio and network with people in your classes, professionals in the field, social media, and industry shows and events. Many artists pursue their work as a side hustle, selling artwork online or at festivals and galleries. The median annual wage for fine artists is $50,000. 

In-Person Life Drawing Classes & Schools in NYC

You can choose from many life drawing classes offered in NYC. Check out Coursehorse for some great options.

Personal Studio Time: Life Drawing with a LIVE Model at Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo in Brooklyn, New York offers studio time to practice your life drawing skills with a live (clothed) model. You’ll gain experience observing the human body’s essence, musculature, and posture and sharpen your own distinctive style.This is a self-taught class and students provide their own art supplies. Bring your pencils, charcoals, inks, pastels and paper or sketchbooks to work with. 

Fundamentals of Drawing & Painting at Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops in New York City is a private class with artist Raphael-Raúl. In this private, in-person class you’ll learn to compose a still-life, mark-map your drawing, measure proportion, and see tonal values and apply them. You will practice with pastels to learn color harmony. In your session, you’ll learn how to use the Elements of Art to read a painting and you’ll gain an understanding of art history and art appreciation. You can book your personal session with the artist at your preferred time.

Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops is modeled after fifteenth century Renaissance workshops, where art apprentices worked under a professional master artist in his workshop-home. The free sharing of ideas and techniques will grow and inspire your art practice. Classes are taught in the artist’s home art studio in the heart of the Chelsea Art district of New York City.

Classical Sketching/Drawing Workshop at - Lefferts Garden in New York City takes you through the building blocks of figure drawing in a supportive, individualized setting. You’ll start by observing the building blocks of contour and gesture, and finish with a life-like rendition of what you observe. This class provides an opportunity to draw from a live model. 

There are materials available in the classroom for you to use at your first class, but please bring your own materials to later classes. The class includes demonstrations and streamed video lectures for you to follow at home, and you’ll go home with printed handouts.

Learn to create fine art at from National Endowment Fellow and professional MFA Painter and Graphic Artist Dan Freeman. You’ll learn how to not only see but observe and perceive, and translate your perceptions into conceptions and creations.

Virtual Life Drawing Classes & Schools

In-person life drawing classes are a great way to quickly hone your skills. You get advice on your technique and materials suggestions from a professional artist while you work, plus you have the opportunity to draw from live models. The students in your class share your interest in art and may become new friends who support your journey.

If there are no in-person classes available in your area, a broad scope of online offerings are a great alternative. You can hone your skills with the help of a professional artist no matter where you live. You can skip the commute and packing up your materials, and work in a comfortable and familiar home environment.

You’ll need to procure your own materials before the online class begins. Your instructor will provide a materials list that you can shop for at a local art supply or online, so you’ll be well equipped to continue practicing your drawing when the class is over. Explore these online life drawing classes you can take through CourseHorse.

Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes at The Art Studio NY provides a culture of creativity, connection and community. This foundational drawing class is suitable for beginners or more experienced artists, and will sharpen your skills and take your artwork to the next level. The class covers shading, line, tone, mark marking, and cross hatching, and you can draw from still life, landscape, or whatever inspires you most. 

Online Drawing with Graphite 101 led by Pastimes for a Lifetime is for you if you are a beginner or a lapsed artist. This class focuses on measuring and drawing skills in a fun and informative format. You’ll hone your hand sensitivity with unique projects that improve your hand-to-eye coordination, and you’ll learn to sketch and shade with graphite pencil to produce dimension, perspective and texture on paper. 

Unleash your inner artist in Fear-Free Beginner's Drawing 101 from The Art Studio NY. This beginning class provides one-on-one expert instruction on using charcoal and pencil, and explores still life, realism, abstraction, landscape, and portraiture drawing. You’ll learn techniques like shading, expressive line, mark-making, composition, contour drawing, quick sketches, 3-D effect, and dimension. The instructor hosts a private art-loving Facebook group for class students only.

Online Drawing with Graphite 102 is an intermediate class that takes your drawing skills to the next level. It covers measuring, sketching and shading skills using tinted paper and larger formats, and more challenging subject matter like still life. 

Private Group Life Drawing Classes in NYC

When you need a group event for your business or organization or a fun party activity, Coursehorse has you covered. Coursehorse provides life drawing classes for private groups in NYC.

In Virtual Group Drawing & Sketching Class you’ll learn how to make a graphite still life drawing. The class covers all the basic drawing techniques, like hatching and cross hatching to build value and create depth in your drawing. You’ll make beautiful drawings using basic shapes and dynamic compositions. Choose from still life, landscapes, botanical, faces, or another drawing style you enjoy. Just show up with a graphite pencil and your preferred drawing paper. Customize your course by adding a game or a second event with all materials included, for just $150 more. This class accommodates up to 255 people.

If you don’t see the class you’re looking for, let Coursehorse create it for you. Reach out using the Contact Us button on their website to plan your unique group experience. Booking a class with CourseHorse is a piece of cake. Just choose your class, pick a date, and take a guess at how many people will attend. You can finalize your group size up to one week before your class. There’s no booking fee or extra charges, and you’ll receive a confirmation within 24 hours of your reservation.

CourseHorse recommends joining your class on Zoom, but they can accommodate Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx. If you’d like an in-person activity, some courses can even come right to your office or home.