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It probably comes as no surprise that I love figure drawing studio sessions. The human form is amazing in its complexity, variety, and also its similarities. Talk to any professional about ‘tips for making it big’ and inevitably the first thing they will mention is practice, practice, and some more practice.

Wanna draw comics or fantasy art? Better learn to draw the human figure. Best possible way to do that? Figure drawing studios.

Yes yes. I know. Sure – you can use Google Image Search to find pictures as reference. While that’s great, there are a number of reasons why it’s just not quite as good as a live model. Some examples are:

  • They are 2 dimensional images. You get a lot more information when the model is real, in 3 dimensions, and interacting with their environment.
  • You can change the lighting with a live model.
  • While there have been many an advance in digital photography, color depth and variety still aren’t there in bitmap images used on the net.
So what’s an artist to do?
Well, if you live in the Northern Delaware / Southern Pennsylvania / Southern New Jersey area, I’ve compiled a bit of a list below. If not, I recommend Googling for one or two in your area and asking around once you’re there. Often artists who understand the value of a live model will attend more one area session and they’ll be able to point you to some others. (That’s how I got most of the entries on my list below!)


Northern Delaware Area Figure Drawing Sessions



  • Studio Incamminati  – Sundays 1pm – 4pm ($12)
  • Sketch Club – Saturdays 9:30am – 12:30pm ($9 – $8 for members – $6 with valid student ID)
  • Plastic Club – Fridays 6:30pm – 9:30pm | Saturdays 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM (moving model!) | Saturdays 1pm – 4pm ($8)
  • PAFA Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm ($5)

Chester County and Delaware County

  • Chester County Art Association – Mondays 7pm-10pm (Members only – $15)
  • Community Arts Center – A variety of options – see link
  • Main Line Art Center – A variety of options – see link
  • Wayne Art Center – A variety of options – see link
  • Delaware Art Museum – 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month 6:30pm – 8:30pm ($5) *This is a personal favorite, and I personally attend whenever my schedule allows
I strongly recommend confirming my information on the sites linked (or better – call the numbers listed on those sites) as studios sometimes change times / accessibility.
Do you have more listings for this area? Let me know in the comments section below!
Now get out there and draw!