Other Places to Draw

This page was made in response to many people asking us, “where are there more open studio figure drawing groups in San Diego?” We have a listing at artmodelbook.com.  It’s a great resource for checking out other places to do figure drawing in Southern California.  But here is a list of other places that we are aware of.  We suggest contacting these groups before attending as things might change since the time of this posting.


Sunday 10 am-1 pm
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
1955 Julian Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113


Second Sunday of the month 3pm – 6pm
North County Coastal Life Drawing – Meetup Group
Martin Fine Art Classes
162 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd
Suite E-30
Encinitas, CA 92024
(past Champagne French Bakery Cafe, look for the Patio dining)


Sunday 6:30 pm-9 pm
San Diego Art Loft
3421 Tripp Ct.-off Sorrento Valley Blvd.
Suite #2
San Diego, CA 92121


Monday 8:30 am-12 pm
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037


First Monday of the Month, 6pm – 9 pm
Gay Men’s Art Group
Twiggs Bakery & Coffeehouse
4590 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92116
On the corner of Park and Madison


Tuesday 5:30pm – 8:30pm
West City Campus –  Room 124a – 619-221-6973
3249 Fordham St
San Diego, CA 92110


Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm
Market Street Studio Gallery
2770 Historic Decatur
Barracks 14, Studio 202 upstairs,
San Diego, CA 92106


Thursday 6pm-9pm
Back Fence Society
110 S. Citrus Ave
Suite F
Vista, CA 92084


Friday – 12:30 pm-3:30 pm
Encinitas Library
540 Cornish Dr (between D St & E St)
Encinitas, CA 92024


Friday – 6 pm-9 pm
San Diego Male Figurative Drawing Group
North Park Yoga
3063 University Ave
Suite 100
San Diego, California 92104

Friday – 7 pm-10 pm
Watts Atelier – Uninstructed Open Studio
171 Calle Magdelena
Suite 103
Encinitas, CA


3rd Saturday of every month 3 pm-6 pm
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art
The Merrow
1271 University Ave (between Richmond St & Vermont St)
San Diego, CA 92103


If you know any other open studio drawing groups or have more updated information on the  above mentioned places, feel free to comment below.


5 thoughts on “Other Places to Draw

  1. Drawing and Painting Classes in University Heights at local artist Grace Ann Piano’s home. Outdoor garden setting….1936 Meade ave 92116. Grace Ann teaches at the Art Institute of California and facilitates learning creative skills and how to have fun with art. Come on out…email art@graceannpiano.com

  2. Even though it’s not in San Diego County, it’s close enough. On a Saturday you could paint a model for 10 hours for $30.

    LCAD-Laguna College of Art and Design
    2222 Laguna Canyon Road
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1136
    Host for Saturday sessions: Edgar Silvia · Esilvialagunacollege.edu 323-617-7513
    Host for Sunday sessions: Brian Maldini · brianmaldinilagunacollege.edu 949-357-6448
    LCAD offers three weekend figure drawing workshops. $15 per session. ALL mediums are welcome. The studios have plenty of horses, easels and taborets. Model gender varies. The workshops are uninstructed but feel free to ask for help from the host.
    • Saturday 9:00am – 2:00pm. Studio 8. Nude, short poses 2min – 20min. We will have music and coffee.
    • Saturday 4:00pm – 9:00pm. Studio 8. Nude or costume, long pose.
    • Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm. Studio 10. Nude or costume, long pose. We will have music, refreshments and some less than healthy snacks to keep the energy up while trying to carry out our vision.

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