News & Events

Open Figure Drawing is Looking for a New Home

OFD need to find a new home. The Westcott Community Center is no longer providing room rental.

Please help us keep an eye out for a new home and think about a potential rental spaces. We have already checked out some pertinent venues such as the Delevan Center and the Gear Factory but they don’t currently have an opening for us. Can you think of any community centers, galleries, churches, garages, homes, business space that you are familiar with?

Our needs for an ideal space:
900 square foot open area
9-10 foot ceilings
Storage space
Parking space for 16 cars
Heating and cooling
ADA wheelchair accessible
bathroom w/shower

Our ideal location is near SU so we could still see college students, otherwise still in Syracuse, or suburbs.

Themed Drawing – Irish Dancing

Sunday, March 3, 2024, 1 – 3 pm

We are repeating our Irish Dancing theme from last Fall in a more suitable month.

Themed Drawing sessions are the 1st Sunday of every month, except sometimes when the 1st Sunday is a holiday weekend. Refer to OFD’s calendar for exact dates of future events.

Regular prices and rules apply.

Onondaga Historical Association Drawing Session
Sunday, March 10, 2024, 12 – 3 pm
321 Montgomery St, Syracuse, NY
Join Open Figure Drawing at the Onondaga Historical Association for a special Costumed Drawing event. We’ll be drawing from a model wearing a historical costume from the museum’s collection.

We will bring a supply of eases and drawing boards.

Suggested donation: $12 or 1 punch.

We would like to thank the Onondaga Historical Association and Scott Peal for hosting this drawing session and allowing us to use their vintage clothing. You can support the OHA by making a donation when you attend our session.

Date and time subject to change.

Long Pose
Artwork by Judith Hand, February 2024

Sunday March 17, 2024, 1 – 3 pm

Long Pose drawing sessions consist of 1 pose, with breaks for the model, for the entire 2 hr session. They are on the 3rd Sunday of every month in 2024, except there is no Long Pose session in December. Check our calendar for the exact date each month.

Regular prices apply.

More information about Long Pose sessions.

Group Show Catalog

The Fall 2023 Group Show catalog is now available! It contains artwork from all OFD participants who submitted art to this show.

$10 each. Buy one at your next visit to OFD.

Available at any Open Figure Drawing session at the Westcott Community Center.

Cover art by Donna de Monte.

Many other catalogs from previous OFD group shows are available too.

Weather Related Closings
Artwork by Chuck Ladd

Open Figure Drawing will try to stay open for every session through the winter months. However, on Wednesdays, if the model or host is not able to make it to the WCC due to the weather, we will cancel. We will update our website, Facebook page, and send out an email by 5:30 pm.

See our weather related closings policy.

OFD is Looking for Volunteers and Board Members
“Our Founder” photo by Larry Hoyt

Open Figure Drawing can always use additional volunteers.

We have had a low attendance since the pandemic, so we can use help reaching out to new potential participants. We’ll need them to help us afford to pay our rent when we find a new location.

We can use help with our regularly scheduled Wednesday sessions, and our travelling sessions. This typically involves setting up and tearing down.

We can use help documenting sessions by photographing participant artwork, and by photographing artists and the model in action during clothed sessions.

We can also use new board members. Board members are volunteers who keep OFD running. They meet monthly and do all of OFD’s planning.

If you are interested in helping, contact us, or talk to the host during any OFD session.

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