10 Places in L.A. to Draw Nude Models
For around 30 year, People Sketchers has held workshop sessions that feature both male and female models in various stages of undress. Currently held Thursdays at the Hillcrest Center for the Art in Thousand Oaks, the unrestricted, all-levels classes accepts drop ins and are available for $15 at the door. Hillcrest Center for the Art, Thousand Oaks, (805) 381-2747.
2. Santa Monica YWCA
Just about every Tuesday night, professional artists and those who are still honing their skills join coordinator Dan Horowitz in a well-mirrored gym at the Santa Monica YWCA for uninstructed male and female figuring drawing and to network with other artists. Students of all ages (and genders) are welcome, although those under 18 must submit a parent waiver. Single sessions start at $12 a piece for non-members ($8 for students) and packages of four are also available. 2019 14th St. Santa Monica, (310) 452-3881, www.smywca.org.
1. Tom of Finland
Miguel Angel Reyes
For something more on the (only) male and (sometimes) erotic side, local figurative painter and muralist Miguel Angel Reyes offers monthly live model figure drawing and painting workshops at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Echo Park. Artists of all levels are welcome and a DJ spinning tunes in the background can help take the edge off of newcomers. RSVPs are required and it's suggested that participants pay $25 at the door. 1421 Laveta Ter., Echo Park, (213) 250-1685, www.tomoffinlandfoundation.org.
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