Life drawing Resumes may 19, 2021

We are starting the Life-Drawing Open Studio on May 19, 2021. Because of the COVID pandemic we have made some restrictions for attendees of the the life drawing sessions. The restrictions are listed below. We anticipate that these restrictions will be lifted later this summer.

Special Covid Precaution GuidelinesThe following guidelines are intended to limit the dissemination of Covid-19 at the Wednesday night life drawing sessions and to provide a comfortable informal, safe space for those attending to practice their art.

Sessions will alternate weekly between 2 hour ($10) and 3 hours ($15), starting at 7PM on Wednesday evenings.

These guidelines are temporary and will be adjusted accordingly as the Covid Pandemic subsides. 

1. Attendance will be limited to 10 vaccinated individuals on a first come basis.
2. No one is permitted to enter the studio who has had contact with an infected person within the past two weeks, has a fever, or has any of the many symptoms of a covid-19 infection. If you feel ill stay home!
3. Attendees, including the model must sign the posted waiver, which frees OTA of any liability associated with attendance.
4. All artists must wear a mask, except when consuming a drink, and set up their easel at least 3ft from other artists and 8ft from the model.
5. Food cannot be consumed during the session, however, wine and drinking water are available.
6. Hand sanitizer is provided and should be used when appropriate
7. Artists must wipe down their easel and chairs with disinfectant at the end of the session and return them to their original storage space.
8. The OTA monitor will disinfect the general areas after each session.
9. Donations are expected from those who consume wine and snacks during the happy hour after each session. 
10. Pets are not permitted at the life drawing sessions.
11. Visitors must refrain from entering the private studio space of OTA members. 

Saturday portrait drawing sessions

We are discussing restarting the Open-Studio Portrait Session this summer.

Information about open-studio life drawing sessions

Old Town Artists has hosted life-drawing open-studio sessions for most of its history. The sessions are in the Old Town Artists studio space on the east end of the fourth floor of the ACVR building. (A freight elevator is available to those artists who don’t want to climb the three flights to the fourth floor.)

The sessions are open to all serious artists, from beginner to expert.  We especially welcome beginners, who can work at their own pace in a supportive, critique-free environment. This is an open studio, there is no instructor.

  • Easels, drawing benches, and tables are available for use by the session participants.
  • Participants bring their own drawing or painting supplies.
  • Coffee, tea, and water are provided by Old Town Artists.
  • We invite all participants to stay after the drawing sessions for popcorn and conversation.

Studio Rules

The sessions are held in the studio shared by members of Old Town Artists. As a result, we request that participants observe these simple rules.

  • Please remember that drawing session participants are guests of Old Town Artists.
  • Stay out of the artist’s spaces. Participants are invited to use the lounge area.
  • Do not use any equipment, easels, or supplies from the artist’s spaces.
  • Use only furniture or easels labeled Old Town Artists.
  • After the session return the easels, tables, TV trays, etc. to their storage locations.
  • Pick up after yourself. Remember to throw away your coffee cups, scrap paper, paper towels, etc.
  • Oil painters cannot use turpentine because many persons are allergic to it. Oil painters must use odorless mineral spirits.
  • Fixatives are not allowed in the studio because they are health hazards in enclosed spaces.
  • Smoking is not allowed in the ACVR building.
Length of Sessions

The drawing sessions alternate between a 3-hour session one Wednesday and a 2-hour session on the following Wednesday. The session schedule is posted in advance online.

How the sessions are run: The sessions consists of three, 3-minute poses followed by one pose for the rest of the session. The model is giving the discretion of  posing for 45 minutes and taking a break for 15 minutes or posing for 22 minutes and taking a break for 8 minutes.

  • Time: Wednesday night sessions begin at 7 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. (2 hour session) or until 10 p.m. (3 hour session). Portrait sessions are hosted monthly, usually on Saturdays and times can vary. Follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date schedule.
  • Cost: $10.00 for 2 hours or $15 for 3 hours, payable at the first break in the session. On the Wednesdays when the session is 3 hours, participating artists have the option of only drawing for 2 hours and paying $10 instead of $15 for the session. We provide a tip basket for the model. Tipping is optional.
  • Entry to the studio: The ACVR building is locked after 4 p.m. The door will be opened for life-drawing participants from 6:40 to 7:00 p.m. After 7:00 p.m. call 651-278-5128 and someone will come downstairs to open the door for you.
  • Model schedule: The schedule of life-drawing models will be posted on our website when it becomes available.

Figure Models: Old Town Artists uses a model coordinator to schedule the models for the Wednesday-night open studio sessions. Please contact her directly at

Other Life-Drawing Studios

Since 2009 Art Model Book has listed art schools, ateliers, and studios in the U.S. and Canada where artists can paint, sculpt, or draw live art models.  The list for Minnesota is here.

Art Model Book notes “Life Drawing groups come and go, and schedules change, so it is wise to confirm with the organizer before attending.”