News & Events

Zoom Drawing Sessions

We are having a weekly Zoom drawing sessions, Wednesdays, 7 – 10 pm, with a clothed model, until we return to the WCC.

The cost is $10. If you can’t use PayPal, contact us & we’ll work out a different method.

Contact Scott Herrmann for the Zoom drawing session link each week, or sign up for our mailing list to receive the link in an email.


Upon entering the Zoom meeting, please mute yourself (Alt-A on Windows, Command-Shift-A on Mac), & “pin” the model to your screen by
1. moving mouse over the model’s video
2. clicking the blue button with 3 dots
3. selecting Pin Video.

Indoor Drawing Session
Artwork by Dan Shanahan

Sunday, Nov. 1, 10 am – 1 pm
Location: Marshall Square Mall

There’s no warm weather in the forecast for next week, so we’re moving indoors & holding a session in Marshall Square Mall, in the eating area on the 2nd floor.

If you are interested, contact us so we can reserve a space for you. On the day of the event, text or call Dan Shanahan to see if there’s space available, 315-800-7211.

Participation is $10 or a punch (normal prices) & will be limited to 6 people.

This area has chairs and tables. We won’t be bringing any easels.

We’ll be practicing social distancing, & masks will be required. If you don’t have one, we will provide one.

Virtual Figure Drawing with the Everson Museum

Thursday, November 12, 6 –8 pm
You must pre-register to participate

Enjoy an evening of figure drawing through the study of a model right from your own home.

Please pre-register here.

Upon pre-registration you will receive an email confirmation from the Everson that will include the zoom link to participate.

Contact Kimberly Griffiths with questions

Plans for Reopening

December at the soonest

Open Figure Drawing is planning to restart drawing sessions at the Westcott Community Center. The center needs to find some funding for upgrades in order to reopen. They believe they will be ready to reopen in December. Until then, we will continue holding Zoom sessions, & if the weather permits, outdoor drawing sessions.

Attendance will be limited to 10 participants, not including the host or model. Participants will have to sign up and pay using PayPal ahead of time. Sign up will end at noon on Wednesdays, and at midnight for Sunday sessions. We’ll announce the number of spacing remaining. Those spaces will be available for walkins on a 1st come 1st serve basis and can’t be reserved. We regret that any additional walkins about the 10 person limit will have to be turned away.

We’ll make sign up available for sessions a few weeks in advance.

Because of the limited participation, we won’t be able to generate our usual level of income. To help us save money, we will be shortening Wednesday sessions to 2 hrs for now, and eliminate punch cards. You can use up whatever punches you have remaining on your current punch cards.

If there is more demand for the Wednesday sessions than we can accommodate, we might repeat the Wednesday schedule for our Sunday sessions.

We will check everyone’s temperature upon entry, & have hand sanitizer available.

We also request that people not switch easels or desks during a session.

These plans are tentative and will be reassessed if the coronavirus situation gets worse.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in person again (10 at a time)!

Fund for iPad Pro

Help Us Raise Funds

We received funding to acquire a Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16 and an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil, with the condition that we raise funds to purchase a second iPad Pro. These will be available for artists to use during Open Figure Drawing sessions at no additional cost.

We are very excited to give artists this opportunity and hope you will help us raise the $1000 we need to purchase the second iPad Pro and Apple Pencil through our GoFundMe campaign.

Open Figure Drawing, since 1989