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 Open Figure Drawing


Our Open Drawing sessions provide a valuable opportunity for artists of all skill levels to work from a live model in a structured studio environment. A monitor is present to set the poses, keep time, and ensure a prompt start. Easels, stools, and drawing horses are available for use. Attendees are responsible for bringing their own art supplies.

Figure model sessions feature nude male and female models; models will be clothed for portrait sessions.

Sessions last three hours, and are $20 per session.

Spaces may be reserved and paid for online, or drop-ins may pay in cash at the door.

Are you a high school student? Lyme Academy of Fine Arts Open Drawing sessions are free for you! Come join us in the studio! Questions? 860-434-5232.


Monday Evening Open Figure Drawing
6-9 pm
Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Stobart Studio
Monitor: Thomas LaPine

Are you looking for the opportunity to draw or paint a figure model over an extended period of time? Join us for our five- to six-week poses and work alongside our students and community members. Sessions take place in our beautifully illuminated studios, working through long poses from live models. This is a great opportunity to develop more finished drawings and paintings and to build your endurance as a figurative artist. Open to all levels.


Saturday Open Figure Drawing
10 am-1 pm
Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Chandler Studio 

Monitor: Various

Need a drawing warm-up? We offer weekly Open Figure Drawing sessions featuring a series of short poses: We start with ten 2-minute gesture drawings, two 5-minute gesture drawings, and one 10-minute pose, followed by one longer, 1 ½ hour, pose. Open to all levels.


Saturday Evening Open Figure Drawing
5-8 pm
Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Cole Studio (formerly the “Foundations Studio”)
Monitor: Thomas LaPine

Are you looking for the opportunity to draw or paint a figure model over an extended period of time? Join us for our five- to six-week poses and work alongside our students and community members. Sessions take place in our beautifully illuminated studios, working through long poses from live models. This is a great opportunity to develop more finished drawings and paintings and to build your endurance as a figurative artist. Open to all levels.


Sunday Portrait Drawing
1:30-4:30 pm
Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Cole Studio (formerly the “Foundations Studio”)
Monitor: Thomas LaPine

Are you interested in capturing a person’s likeness? Artists will have the opportunity to develop finished drawings and paintings over the course of 5 to 6 sessions with the same live model. This focused period will allow artists to develop their technical abilities, as well as to better understand the poetry of physiognomy and the human condition. We will rotate male and female models over the term. Open to all levels.