We are a casual group professional artists, art students and hobbyist that meet at the North Park Recreation Center every Thursday from 10am to 1pm and Saturday mornings from 9am to 12noon to practice in classical life drawing with a live model.
From first time beginners to seasoned pros, everyone is welcome, but you must be 18 years of age or older. This is an open studio drawing/painting group, so there is no instructor. No photography of the model is allowed, not even from your cell phone. We provide chairs and tables, but you must bring your own art supplies. If painting with oils, “Gamsol” or odorless Turpenoid are recommended. Currently space is limited so first come first serve.
We draw/paint in 20 minute intervals with breaks in between for the model; starting with 2 minutes gesture poses (10 poses); then 5 minute poses (2 of these) and a 10 minute pose; rounding off the rest of the session with 6 poses at 20 minutes a pose until the scheduled end time. However, the last Saturday of every month is 20 minutes of gestures followed by a single long pose for the rest of the morning (broken down into 20 minute intervals to give the model a break).
The North Park Recreation Center is located at 4044 Idaho St, between El Cajon and University Avenue and parking is free (but can be a challenge sometimes). But it cost $5 even to attend. This is CASH ONLY, NO CHECKS, NO CREDIT OR DEBT CARDS. Please try and bring even change for speed and convenience.
We now have a listing at artmodelbook.com. Check them out, it’s a great resource for finding more figure drawing groups.