Nude Art Classes in Los Angeles
The French love their art, even better if that art is erotic. Sensuality is a mainstay of French culture and they love to surround themselves with naughty pictures, seductive artwork and original eroticism that’s personal to them. Remember, the French love suggestion, hinting and teasing at something that’s hidden inside so that you have to use your imagination to fill in the rest.
To spice up your décor at home, why not take some life drawing classes so you can surround yourself with something naughty and personal to inspire you? Whether you want to be the artist or the model, hanging your own sexy artwork around your home will create that effortless, erotic French vibe all day long.
Avenue 50 Studio
131-135 North Av 50, Highland Park 90042
Avenue 50 Studio holds life drawing classes every Tuesday between 7-10. It’s a relaxed environment, just bring your own materials and settle in to draw the model, who will sit and stand in various poses. There are refreshments available and classes are usually conducted with sexy music playing in the background, which will help you to create beautiful, sensual drawings.
Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School
Three Clubs, 1123 Vine St, Hollywood 90038
Dr Sketchy’s is an irreverent art club which has branches across the US. In LA, they’re based at a club in Hollywood where they hold ‘Happy Hour’ figure drawing events on the first Monday of the month. The models are deliberately chosen for their ability to pose erotically, and the underground vibe of the club plus the specially selected music all helps to bring out that naughty artist in you.
Barnsdall Art Center
4814 Hollywood Blvd, East Hollywood 90027
Barnsdall Art Center, at Barnsdall Art Park, is a dedicated arts hub which provides adult art classes all year round. Check out the schedule for their Uninstructed Life Classes (a mix of 2-20 minutes poses by a life model) and the teacher-led Beginner’s Life Drawing sessions. There are also Uninstructed Life Drawing 1-Hour Workshops and Long-Pose sessions, too. Models alternate between male and female, with some being fully nude.
660 N Larchmont Blvd, Larchmont 90004
Created by photojournalist and caterer, Cyndi Finkle, Drawing Party is a great way to get your girlfriends together and start your evening with a couple of fun hours drawing nude models. Assemble in Cyndi’s state of the art studio and choose either the “Drink’n’Draw Party,” which is two hours of art instruction, drawing, champagne and hors d’oeuvres, or the full “Deluxe Drawing Party,” which includes a full sit-down dinner, too. Charcoal and paper are the mediums you’ll use, and the models are always gorgeous! They also do “Date Night Drawing Parties,” where two models (one male, one female) are used – a fab way to spice up the romance in your relationship. Take your lover and indulge in some great food, drink and drawing, then take your pictures home to hang on your bedroom wall.
The Gallery Girls
Touted as “the best art models in LA,” The Gallery Girls provide beautiful women of all shapes and sizes at life drawing events, or as entertainment to open special events like gallery openings, restaurants and celebrity parties. What’s so great about them is that they dress up in various themed costumes like Star Wars, Flower Fairies, Moulin Rouge and Master & Slave – mostly topless and/or semi-nude. They hold monthly artist workshops and other special events throughout the LA area, with their Late Night Salons being very popular.
Life Drawing Marathons
El Camino Community Education
Manhattan Beach Module 131, Manhattan Beach Blvd
Choose from either simple one hour sessions or the whole day ‘marathon.’ Nude models will pose for your canvas, and the marathon class lasts from 10am-5pm, every last Sunday of the month. These marathons are a great way to hone your artistic skills and take your time over your drawing without pressure to rush. You can dip in and out during the day, so take as long as you need to complete your masterpiece.
Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
16926 Saticoy St, Van Nuys 91406
One of the best places to learn life drawing, the LAAFA holds several different classes, from standard Life Drawing, where you’ll cover all the basics from tone and texture to lighting and structure, to the more advanced Life Painting, which concentrates on colors, light and imaging. You’ll get your work critiqued by professionals with the courses culminating in getting you to the stage where you’ll be able to paint or draw a gallery-standard work of art.
Santa Monica YWCA
2019 14th St, Santa Monica 90405
The YWCA offers affordable courses in life drawing using live models in a series of uninstructed classes. Just turn up with your sketch pad and pencils and draw models in either short or long poses. It’s a comfortable atmosphere and very unpretentious so it doesn’t matter what skill level you are, everyone is welcome and because there’s no teacher you can just go at your own pace. Great for experimenting with life drawing so you can get into the groove before signing up to a more advanced class later on.
Hillcrest Center for The Art
403 W Hillcrest Dr, Thousand Oaks 91360
Hillcrest run a series of uninstructed life drawing classes for artists of all abilities. They encourage drop-ins so just show up on Thursdays between 10-1 and join in the fun. Throughout the year they hold exhibitions where you can show off what you’ve learned (optional.) This is a great start-up session for beginners or artists who prefer to work un-tutored.
Nude Figure Drawing
Tom Of Finland
1421 Laveta Terrace, Echo Park 90026
Tom of Finland was an erotic artist who was a trailblazer in the world of homoerotic art in the 1950s. His life and work inspired the creation of this foundation which is today dedicated to promoting the work of other homoerotic artists and encouraging people to take up the brush themselves. The foundation holds regular workshops, usually on the middle Sunday of the month and involve a small group of artists drawing life models dressed in BDSM costume, but the themes could be anything from gay biker chic or lumberjacks, to couples and dom-sub. Your teacher is the renowned artist Miguel Angel Reyes, who’s worked with many celebrities and major retail chains, so you’re in good hands. It doesn’t matter what your level of skill is (and you don’t have to be gay to attend!) because Miguel will tailor his instruction to suit you. This is a unique chance to experience seriously erotic life drawing, and there’s even a live DJ belting out a fab playlist of tunes in the background to help you get your groove on.
Los Feliz Life Drawing Group
Tom Of Finland
4451 Kingswell Av, Los Feliz 90027
This group hosts life drawing and painting sessions every Monday and Thursday evening and Saturday morning. Affordable, at just $15, you’ll be able to paint nude models in a laid-back, comfortable studio, and there are only 13 places available, so it’s intimate and cozy.
Ann Bridges Art Studio
Tom Of Finland
3875 Wilshire Blvd, Koreatown 90010
Professional tuition from a respected artist, you’ll get one-on-one instruction using live models in a very casual, arty studio. Sign up for single classes or a course of several to save money. Great for networking, students here tend to err on the side of serious, so perhaps try a full beginner’s course elsewhere first and then hone your talents here later on.
Kline Academy of Fine Art
Tom Of Finland
3264 Motor Av, Palms 90034
Despite the grand name, the atmosphere here is very laid back, with the Academy encouraging every level of artist to come here and discover their life drawing talents. You’ll learn all the technicalities of life drawing, from angles, perspective, tone and light, to structure and how to use different mediums. Classes are conveniently held on Saturdays, and you’ll also get lectures, demos and special assignments.
Friday Night Life Drawing
Grand Central Market
317 S Broadway, Downtown 90013
Ideal for more casual artists, these Friday night sessions have a different model and theme each week and you can also put your name down to be the model as well. See life drawing from both sides and make tons of new friends at the same time. Just $10 per session, these classes make great precursors to a night on the town – they finish at 8.30pm, so plenty of time to socialize afterward.
The Safehouse Atelier
Grand Central Market
2047 S Santa Fe Av, Downtown 90021
A very bohemian, French-style studio, the Safehouse Atelier runs both intensive full time courses and more casual part time courses, plus single workshops, in all aspects of life drawing. The Long Pose Figure Drawing course is the most popular, concentrating on accurate representation of the model you’re drawing. It’s the same model in the same pose for each session, so you get to slow-build your picture without the rush of having to get it done in one session.
Happy Drawing Times
Various Locations (Echo Park)
This is a dedicated figure drawing group who use nude models (50/50 male and female.) You have to sign up to the Facebook group, then pay a membership fee, after which you’ll be given details of their ad hoc sessions, usually held in the Echo Park area. They’re always on the lookout for new models, too, so if you prefer to pose instead of paint, then you can do so here.
LA Gay & Lesbian Center
The Village @ Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N McCadden Place, Hollywood 90038
tel. 323.860.7300 x 3
There are two major life drawing courses here, one for women-only and the other for everyone. The “Art of Woman” course is designed for female artists who want to draw the female form in a safe, non-intimidating environment, so it’s ideal for beginners, and lasts 4 weeks (usually held every other month.) The second course is the weekly “Life Drawing Lounge,” where you can use various media to draw/paint the models in front of you, and get personal instruction from a professional. These are more casual classes which you can just turn up for on weeks that suit you.
Silver Drawing Academy
11070 Fleetwood St, Sun Valley 91352
This is an 8-week course using nude and partially-clothed models. It’s one-on-one tuition from artist Stephen Silver, who will take you from a basic drawing and pencil studies, to a full character portrait. You’ll also learn how to find your artistic ‘niche’ and draw the way you’re naturally inclined to, whether it’s a humorous way, a serious way or an abstract way. This is a fun and self-exploratory course designed to unleash the inner artist in you instead of teaching you an exact way to draw.
Nude Male/Female Life Drawing
3321 Pasadena Av, Lincoln Heights 90031
This studio hosts uninstructed figure drawing both male and female nude models (the sexes alternate each week.) Simply show up and stay for as long as you like – it’s $5 an hour, so it’s up to you how long you stay. Begin with fast poses, then up to 5, 10, 15 and 20 minute poses. Casual and friendly, these classes are ongoing – check their online calendar for a list of which models are posing on which weeks.
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