News & Events

Group Show at the Gear Factory

200 S Geddes St, Syracuse

Saturday, June 10, 2023, 3 pm – 11 pm

OFD is happy to announce that our 2023 Group Show is now hanging at the Gear Factory. (event page is on Facebook).

Join us for the reception on June 10.

Gallery hours are Monday June 12 – Friday June 16, 6 – 9 pm.

Thank you to all who participated.


  1. Anyone who has come to a drawing session within the last year may submit artwork.
    You can submit up to 3 pieces of artwork from any OFD session. In case we run out of space, you are guaranteed at least 1 work will be displayed.
  2. How to Enter
    Submit an entry form with your artwork.
  3. Deliver artwork to the Westcott Community Center by Sunday, June 4, 1 – 3 pm, during the Long Pose Drawing session.
    At the end of the show, please pick up your artwork from the Westcott Community Center, on Wednesday, June 21, during Figure Drawing, from 7 – 10 pm, or as soon as you can thereafter.
  4. Artwork must have identification and contact information on the back. Include your name and phone number (or e-mail or street address). Optionally, include a title, media, and size information. We also suggest signing and dating your work.
  5. All work must be framed & have a wire for hanging from a picture hook.
  6. Work can be for sale, but does not have to be. Sales will be handled between the buyer and the individual artist.
  7. Package your artwork carefully.
    Be sure to mark all the packing materials with your name or initials. This helps us repackage it when we take the show down.
Long Pose
Artwork by Dave Hicock, April 2023

Sunday June 17, 2023, 1 – 3 pm

Long Pose drawing sessions consist of 1 pose, with breaks for the model, for the entire 2 hr session.

They are usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month, except this month we’ve scheduled it on Saturday to coincide with the Westcott Art Trail.

Check our calendar for the right day of each month.

Regular prices apply.

More information about Long Pose sessions.

Gesture Drawing with Scott Herrmann

Saturday, July 1, 2023 1 – 3 pm
Westcott Community Center
$25 or 2 punches

Just why does OFD start each session with 15 gestures? What is the point of these short poses? Join OFD president Scott Herrmann as he leads a fun, fast paced workshop dedicated to just how crucial gesture drawing is. If you’re new to drawing, just getting back into it, or if you just plain love gesture drawing, this workshop is for you!

More information and registration

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Themed Drawing

Sunday, July 2, 2023, 1 – 3 pm

The theme for May is Red White & Blue.

Themed Drawing sessions are the 1st Sunday of every month, until September, when we switch things up for that month only. See our calendar for exact dates.

Regular prices and rules apply.


Join via Zoom for $4. Pay with PayPal. If you don’t have a PayPal account, below the PayPal sign in, you will see a link to pay with credit or debit card. If you do not want to pay that way, contact Dan for other options.


Zoom Link:

Upon entering the Zoom meeting “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.

Consider turning off your video when the model is posing. If everyone does that, it may improve the quality of the video for all by cutting down on the amount of internet data being used by the Zoom session. There is no need to mute and turn off your video during breaks.

If you are interested, let Dan know by July 1, by 9pm. If there is no interest, the session will not be broadcast over Zoom.

First Visit is Free

Have you been thinking about going to OFD, but haven’t gone yet? We’ll help you out. Your first visit is free!

Digital Drawing Tools Available

We have an 11″ iPad Pro and a 12.9″ iPad Pro with Procreate and a 16″ Wacom MobileStudio Pro with Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, and Corel Painter available for your use at any WCC session at no additional cost. Just ask the host.

If you’d like some instruction, Tim Oliver-Grow can demo using Procreate on the iPad. Dan Shanahan can demo using PhotoShop on the MobileStudio Pro. Contact us to find out when Tim or Dan will be at Open Figure Drawing.

Wacom MobileStudio Pro

Open Figure Drawing, since 1989