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Unlock your artistic potential and master the art of figure drawing with online life drawing classes. Learn the techniques and skills needed to capture the human form, gain confidence in your drawing abilities, and elevate your artistic portfolio.

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Online Drawing with Graphite 101

Pastimes for a Lifetime @ Live Online via Zoom

Discover the beauty of graphite drawing in this engaging course that teaches the fundamentals of measuring, shading, and creating dimensions. Perfect for beginners and those returning to art, students will develop their skills while honing their hand-to-eye coordination. Unleash your creativity and bring your drawings to life in this unique online class.

Saturday Dec 9th, 12:30–1:30pm Pacific Time

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Virtual Life Drawing

Solas Studio @ Virtual Classroom

We can’t wait to get back in the swing of regular life drawing sessions so we’re going online until restrictions on indoor gatherings are lifted. We know times are tight! That's why our online life drawing sessions are now 100% donation-based. We always pay for our models so chip in if you can! Our sessions feature: Professional Models of all types from New York City's huge talent pool Professional Cameras and Lighting 2x Camera Angles...

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Zoom Life Drawing with a Model

The Gallery Girls

New Zoom Life Drawing *ONLINE* with a Model Draw a live model in Quick Sketch poses. (3s, 5, 10s min poses) Great way to draw and keep social with other artists while staying home. *Once paid we will send you the link & passcode*

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Quick Sketch Life Drawing

The Gallery Girls

Join The Gallery Girls for an interactive online life drawing experience! Explore the art of capturing quick sketch poses with a live model while staying connected to fellow artists from the comfort of your own home. Get ready to unleash your creativity and sharpen your skills in this engaging Zoom session.

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Adult: Traditional Still-Life Drawing

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

Still life study helps students develop the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Proportion, composition, the relationships of objects, how color affects, focus, edges, technique and applications and effects. Still Life and drawing inanimate objects is part of every art student’s Foundation course, as it allows you to move through the different stages of the process and grow confidence before moving onto painting. In the first few weeks, we will...

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Adult: Beginner Still Life Study in Drawing + Painting

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo @ Virtual Classroom

Did you love painting as a child, but put it to aside as life got in the way? Thinking about starting again? This is a super class to begin with, designed to unlock your creative potential & encourage you to get inspired and focus on your ideas. Studying still life subject matter helps hone observational skills and will teach you how to express yourself in a more personal way as your response. Place your subject matter in different light or...

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Outside In Art Inc @ Zoom

This class is designed for anyone interested in learning how to draw. This course covers drawing from life using various drawing techniques, including copying with a grid, shading and you will leave with multiple drawing techniques to practice on your own.

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Rad Life Drawing Quick Sketch

The Gallery Girls

Sunday is Rad Life Drawing *ONLINE* with a Live Model. Draw a live model in Bathing Suit doing Quick poses. (2 to 10 minute poses) Draw and keep social with other artists while staying home. We will send you the link & passcode to the Zoom channel.

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Live Model Drawing - Quick Sketch

The Gallery Girls

Draw a live model in Quick Sketch poses. (3s, 5, 10s min poses) Great way to draw and keep social with other artists while staying home. NEW TIME – Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm PST Hosted by Tayen Kim & Jennifer Fabos Patton.

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Basic Drawing

Richmond Art Center

This will be a beginning drawing class covering the basic principles of design. We will also cover drawing light and shadow, contour drawing, perspective, basics of color theory, portrait drawing, and drawing from life vs drawing from memory. Suggested Materials: variety of soft and hard pencils micron or felt tip drawing pens brush pen medium to large sized drawing pad cheap watercolor set and brush colored pencils ruler scrap paper...

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5 sessions

Black Portraiture in Watercolor

Richmond Art Center

Black figurative artists in the Bay Area will teach life drawing and painting students how to accurately depict Black art models. Celebrating professional Black art models of all sizes, genders, and identities, these 2-3 day workshops will cover topics ranging from portraiture (how to render African phenotypes, Black facial features, and hair textures) to the many shades of Blackness (how to create African skin tones). Students of every ethnicity...

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Portfolio Development for Young Artists

Richmond Art Center

This class is designed to offer young artists who are serious about enhancing their arts practice an opportunity to develop a body of work. During class we will work on observation and life drawing skills.  Students will be encouraged to work on a series of artwork that is visually compelling and well thought out. The work of contemporary, modern, and classical artists will be discussed. Structured like a foundation year college course, students...

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Zoomed: Art Workshop (Friday Evening)

Chelsea Drawing & Painting Workshops

You may be interested in drawing and painting, as both an experienced artist ​or as some one just starting out on the artistic path. If you are a beginner, the artist -instructor will start you off on the fundamentals of drawing by creating your own still-life of objects to draw. For intermediate and advanced emerging artists, we work with what you are interested in creating, so that you can develop your own vision and style. Our workshops are...

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Colored Pencils for Beginners

92nd Street Y

Discover the surprising versatility of colored pencils in this beginner-friendly course at 92nd Street Y. Learn how to create vibrant drawings from life with nuance, depth, and expression using basic techniques for blending and shading. Unleash your artistic potential with this perfect medium for the home studio.

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Drawing Texture

92nd Street Y

Learn to depict satin, glass, metal, fur, and more. Gather inspiration from master examples then use graphite and colored pencil and the eraser to draw details from still life and master works. Concepts include additive and subtractive approaches as well as chiaroscuro and color theory. For the Supply List, please CLICK HERE

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Discover the Best Life Drawing Classes Online

You have probably seen life drawing in both classical masterworks and bold contemporary artwork. The practice of drawing a live model in a pose or gesture or capturing a still life of arranged objects never goes out of style.

Life drawing is sometimes known as figure drawing or gesture drawing. It can be highly detailed and representational, or a loose and expressive sketch. A gesture drawing quickly captures the essence of a model. 

Practicing life drawing develops your skills as an artist. When you understand the muscles and skeleton of the body, You can draw a human figure more accurately and with more expression when you understand the muscles and skeleton of the body. When you draw from life you draw what you really see, not a generic image that already exists in your mind. 

Why You Should Learn Life Drawing Online

When your mind is absorbed in really seeing what you are drawing, it nourishes the creative side of your brain and encourages a zen state of thinking. The technical challenge of conveying living gestures in two dimensions improves your artistic skills and your problem solving ability. Plus, it’s a great way to meet people who share your love for art. 

To cultivate your artistic vision, explore art clubs, galleries, museums, and art shows in your community. Look for online forums and social media where you can connect with artists around the world and enrich your visual library.

If you want a career in art, start by creating a portfolio to show off your work. Network with other students in your classes and professionals in the field, build a social media platform, and attend industry shows and events. Many artists sell their work at festivals and galleries or online. The median annual wage for fine artists is $50,000. 

Virtual Life Drawing Classes 

When you take an in-person life drawing class, you quickly gain new skills from real-time lessons with a professional artist. You’ll get advice on your technique, materials suggestions, and access to live models. You’ll have classmates who share your love for art, and you’ll make connections in the art community. 

Unfortunately, life drawing classes may not be available in your area. You can still hone your drawing skills, though, by taking virtual classes. When you take a virtual life drawing class, you can choose courses from professional artists no matter where you live, without leaving your home.

You may need to provide your own materials when you take an online class. You’ll receive a complete supply list from your instructor before your class begins, and you can shop online or locally and continue practicing when your class is over. Explore these online life drawing classes you can take through CourseHorse.

You’ll discover creativity, connection and community in Beginner’s Drawing in 90 Minutes at The Art Studio NY. Whether you are a total beginner or a more experienced artist, this drawing foundation class strengthens your drawing skills and takes your artwork to the next level. You’ll practice shading, line, tone, mark marking, and cross hatching while you draw from still life, landscape, or whatever inspires you most. 

Online Drawing with Graphite 101 led by Pastimes for a Lifetime is designed for beginners or students seeking a refresher. This fun and informative class focuses on measuring and drawing skills and honing hand sensitivity. You’ll complete unique projects created to improve your hand-to-eye coordination, and you’ll sketch and shade with graphite pencil to produce dimension, perspective and texture on paper. 

Fear-Free Beginner's Drawing 101 from The Art Studio NY will unleash your inner artist. Beginning drawing students receive one-on-one expert instruction on using charcoal and pencil. You’ll explore still life, realism, abstraction, landscape, and portraiture drawing, and 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 takes your drawing skills to the next level. This is an intermediate level class that continues where Drawing 101 leaves off. It covers measuring, sketching and shading skills using tinted paper and larger formats, and more challenging subject matter like still life. 

Private Online Group Life Drawing Classes

You may face a challenge finding an engaging activity for your business retreat, team-building session, or private event. You have an easy solution, though, when you book through Coursehorse. Coursehorse has life drawing classes for private groups that they deliver virtually to you.

Virtual Group Drawing & Sketching Class guides your group members through creating a graphite still life drawing. You’ll learn hatching and cross hatching techniques and how to build value and create depth in your drawing. Your drawing project will build objects using basic shapes and use dynamic composition to make a beautiful drawing. Choose from still life, landscapes, botanical, faces, or another drawing style you like to customize your art experience. The only materials you need are a graphite pencil and drawing paper. For just $150, customize your course with an added game or second event, all materials included. This class accommodates up to 255 people.

If you don’t see the class you’re looking for or you want a completely custom experience, Coursehorse will create it for you. Click on the Contact Us button on their website to begin planning your group experience. Booking a class with CourseHorse is simple. Get started with an estimated number of people in your class, and let them know the final number up to one week before your class. There’s not a booking fee or any 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.

Online vs. In-Person Life Drawing Classes

There are advantages to both online and in-person life drawing classes. If in-person life drawing classes are offered in your community, it’s a great way to quickly improve your skills and become part of the local art community. Many people learn faster when they have in-person help and feedback, or the instructor can even demonstrate techniques on their own drawing.

You might not have access to in-person classes in your area, though. You’ll find many tutorials online, or books that explain drawing techniques, but then you don’t have anyone to ask questions of. Fortunately, now you can take high quality classes from professional artists without leaving home. Online classes connect you with expert teachers who support your artistic journey. Plus, you’ll get to know your online classmates who live around the country.

When you choose a life drawing class, take into account the experience and artistic style of the instructor. Check whether they send you materials or you need to buy them yourself, and make sure the time fits your schedule. Consider whether you have a workspace for a project that might get messy, and where you won’t be interrupted by family or pets. You’ll need a web-connected device to join a class online.

Can I Learn Life Drawing for Free Online?

There are many free resources online for life drawing. You can find tutorials, videos, and even printed lessons for sale. You’ll probably pick up some helpful tips that will help you improve your drawing. But if you really want to master life drawing and you want comprehensive instruction that covers all of the techniques, taking a structured class with an instructor will help you learn better and faster. 

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