News & Events

Long Pose
Artwork by Dan Shanahan, September 2023

Sunday October 15, 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. Check our calendar for the exact date each month.

Regular prices apply.

More information about Long Pose sessions.

Watercolor Workshop with Lucie Wellner

Sunday, October 29, 2023 1 – 3:30 pm

Where: 2795 Henneberry Rd
Pompey, NY

2nd floor studio, above garage (no elevator)

$25 or 2 punches

Lucie is well known for her watercolor work, and she will share her expertise in this special workshop/demonstration at her home studio. She has been painting using watercolors since 1997. Her formal training is in Surface Pattern design, which led to 15 years of designing dinnerware. She was raised and still lives in a part of the state that has an abundance of rolling hills, dairy farms, woods, fields, wildflowers and trees; their presence influences her daily life and painting. Lucie will focus on wet on wet technique in this workshop

This is the 7th event in OFD’s series Today’s Studio Artists.

Lucie will guide participants through the steps of painting a loosly-representative portrait in watercolor from a reference photo (no model).

What to bring

  1. Slippers or comfortable indoor shoes
    The studio has cherry floors
  2. Reference photo of a person
    The head and face should mostly fill the page, much like an ID photo.  Please bring 3 or more 8.5×11″ cheap paper copies of the reference photo, so we can draw on it to find shapes, shadows, and highlights, fold them, cut them up.
  3. Supplies
    If this is a brand-new experience for you, and you don’t want to purchase new supplies, there will be some supplies on hand to borrow.
    Drawing Supplies
    1. Sketch paper
    2. Soft pencil suitable for quickly shading
    3. Eraser: Kneaded erasers are good on watercolor paper because they don’t tear it up
    4. Optional: compass or dividers, straight edge
    Painting Supplies
    1. Sturdy, waterproof board, about 11×14
    Any stiff board wrapped in packing tape to make it waterproof
    2. Watercolor paper
    Arches 140 pound cold press or similar 100% cotton rag paper. Anything less quality than this will not be suitable. Single sheets of good quality paper will be available to buy at the workshop at cost.
    3. Two water containers (we’ll have jugs of water on hand)
    4. Rags or paper towels
    5. Masking Tape (white or off-white) to attach the paper to the board
    6. Brushes 
    Recommended:  Solo Horton 2105 Professional Red Sable Watercolor Brush, available online
    7. Watercolor paints and a palette for mixing– some paints will be on hand to use if you don’t have any paint.

The location is a private studio above a residential garage and is not handicapped accessible. Access is up 14 fairly steep steps. Bathroom is in the house.

$25 or two ticket punches- There are scholarships available to help anyone who would like to attend. Call 315-475-3400.  
Registration is limited to 8 participants. You must pay to complete your registration. If more than 8 people are interested, Lucie may do another session of the workshop.

All events, times, locations, etc, are subject to change.

Register online using the form below
by mail or in person during any OFD session by printing and completing this form.

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.

WCC Has New Floors
Westcott Community Center

September 22 Update

The Westcott Community Center has reopened with new floors. They’ve asked us to be careful not to scratch them up with our equipment.

Please be careful when moving desks or easels around.

All equipment that is not on wheels has been padded. Please be sure to alert the host if you notice any padding falling off or missing. Thanks!

Themed Drawing

Sunday, November 5, 2023, 1 – 3 pm

Theme: Irish Dancing

There is no Themed Drawing session on October. Instead, on the first Sunday, we will be at the Westcott Street Cultural Fair, drawing from clothed models.

Themed Drawing sessions are the 1st Sunday of every month, unless the first Sunday is a holiday weekend, or some other special weekend when we switch things to avoid the conflict. See our calendar for exact dates.

Regular prices and rules apply.


This session will be broadcast via Zoom if there is interest. Contact Dan by Saturday, November 4, 9pm. If there is no interest by that time, the session will be cancelled. Pay $4 through 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

The link will be posted when we have an interested customer.

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.

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.

If you would like to use the MobileStudio pro during Len Nicholas’s workhop, let us know by September 15.

Wacom MobileStudio Pro
Today’s Studio Artists
Artwork by Len Nicholas

Open Figure Drawing Inc. is presenting 8 community studio artists that will demonstrate their representational talents. Some artists will work digitally, others will work with traditional media. They will each have a two hour + presentation with examples of their work, a short demo, give insights to history, inspiration, hands on instruction, and tricks and tips. We will have one class each month throughout 2023.

Dan Shanahan
Watercolor Portraits
Saturday April 1, 2023
Everson Museum

James McCampbell
Monstrous Self-Portraits
Saturday May 6, 2023, 1 – 3:30
Westcott Community Center, 2nd floor

Laura Reeder
Drawing Figures = Figure Drawings
Saturday, June 3, 2023, 1 – 3 pm
Westcott Community Center

Scott Herrmann
Gesture Drawing
Saturday, July 1, 2023, 1 – 3 pm
Westcott Community Center, 2nd floor

Dave Hicock
Color and Pastels
Saturday, August 5, 2023, 1 – 3:30 pm
Westcott Community Center

Len Nicholas
Digital Drawing
Saturday, September 23, 2023, 1 – 3:30 pm
Lightworks, 316 Waverly Ave, Syracuse

Lucie Wellner
Sunday, October 29, 2023, 1 – 3:30 pm
Wellner Studio, 2795 Henneberry Rd, Pompey, NY

Kate Woodle
Animal Figure Drawing
Saturday, November 4, 2023, 1 – 3:30 pm
Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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.

Pencils for Scott Herrmann’s Gesture Drawing workshop provided by Blick Art Materials.

Fall 2023 Group Show
Gear Factory front door

200 S Geddes St, Syracuse
Saturday, November 11, 2023, 3 pm – 11 pm

We encourage you all to join open Figure Drawing as part of the R-Evolution art show at the Gear Factory (event page is on Facebook).

To be part of our display, bring your artwork to the Westcott Community Centerany time Open Figure Drawing has an event (typically Wednesday 7 – 10 pm, or a Sunday event, 1 – 3 pm)

We encourage you to bring up to 3 pieces of small artwork, as we’ll have a amount of limited space.

Anyone showing more than 3 artworks, or multiple large pieces, please consider claiming your own space by visiting the Gear Factory during hanging hours. Visit the R-Evolution Facebook event page for full details.


  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, November 5, 1 – 3 pm, during the Themed Drawing session.
    At the end of the show, please pick up your artwork from the Westcott Community Center, on Sunday, November 19, during the Long Pose session, from 1 – 3 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.

Open Figure Drawing, since 1989