Welcome! About us

Offering drawing experiences since 1989.

Please read our new COVID related rules.

Mission Statement

We are an incorporated nonprofit 501(c)(3) art organization, run by a board of directors (contact info) and volunteer hosts. Money collected goes to paying the model, the rent, and for snacks. Any surplus goes to equipment and a slush fund for less populated nights.

The Westcott Community Center, corner of Euclid and Westcott Streets.
We are on the second floor. Come in the main entrance and up the elevator or stairs on the left. Bring a friend!


We are open every Wednesday night from 7 to 10 pm.

We are closed if any of the following fall on a Wednesday: Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s day.

We usually hold 2 Sunday sessions a month, from 1 to 3 pm.

Check our calendar for the exact dates.

Weather Related Closings

OFD will consider closing if the Syracuse City School District closes or if after school programs are cancelled due to bad weather. We will update our website, Facebook page, & send an email to our mailing list to keep everyone appraised. If you are unsure, call Dan or Iver after 5:30 pm for an answer.

If weather delays school, OFD is open.

On weekends or during school holidays, visit our website to see if we are closing due to the weather. You can also subscribe to our mailing list or follow us on Facebook.


The fee is $12.00 per session.

A punch card, good for 5 visits, is available at the door for $48*.

We remain one of Syracuse’s most economical drawing experiences. Correct change is appreciated but not necessary. Make checks payable to Open Figure Drawing Inc.

*Every punch card comes with a coupon for 10% off at The Art Store (Commercial Art Supply). If you already receive a discount, such as a student or senior discount, this coupon gives you an additional 10% off your already discounted price.

Book an appointment with Open Figure Drawing

Wednesday Figure Drawing Schedule

Costumed Drawing Schedule

Long Pose Schedule

Equipment is stored in the closet opposite the sign-in table. We have eight drawing tables, a dozen easels, and numerous drawing boards. Please return items when finished. There is a small supply of paper and drawing supplies for emergencies.

The restroom is located in the rear of the building. Please help us and the WCC keep the restroom clean.

Trash is near the door to the WCC gallery (unless someone has moved it).

We strive to be chemical free. Please use fixatives outside of the building. Please keep smelly or noxious materials at home, including perfumes, markers, and all forms of turpentine and other toxins.

Recording devices such as cameras are not permitted.

Do not use cell phones during any part of the session.

Quiet talk is permitted but please be respectful of your neighbors.

Open Figure Drawing, since 1989