News & Events

Onondaga Historical Association Drawing Session
Sunday, March 26, 2023, 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.

5th Wednesday – Gestures

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, during figure drawing

This figure drawing session will focus on gesture drawing, with poses varying in length from 5 seconds to 10 minutes. This is a good way to get into figure drawing if you haven’t done it for awhile.

About 5th Wednesdays:

Some months have 5 Wednesdays. We have decided to use that ‘extra’ 5th Wednesday to change up our session a little bit and try some new ideas. We will let you know well in advance what will be different about each session. 

The next 5th Wednesday after March is May 31.

Watercolor Portraits

With Dan Shanahan

Saturday, April 1, 1 – 3 pm
Everson Museum, 401 Harrison St, Syracuse
$32 Everson Museum Member
$40 Non-member

In this workshop, Dan Shanahan will guide you through the process of creating a portrait with watercolor, starting with laying out your image by drawing, and completing your work using watercolor to place lights and darks to carefully create depth.

You can find Dan Shanahan at Open Figure Drawing every week, using either watercolor or pastel.

Everson will provide the material needed for the class but asks that students supply their own brushes. Students are free to bring their own other watercolor material as well. See the list below for Dan’s suggested supplies.


Pencil & Eraser
• 1/2″ round mop type brush
• 2 brushes size ranging from 6 to 10 rounds
• 1 or 2 brushes size 2 – 3 rounds
• burnt sienna
• cobalt blue
• perylene maroon
Container with open top to hold water
Absorbent rags
Board at least as large as your paper
Please use the paper supplied with the class.

Everson website class listing

Sign up and pay


If you or anyone you know is interested in this class but can’t afford the registration fee, please apply for a scholarship using the link at the bottom of the Everson’s class listing page.

Themed Drawing

Sunday, April 2, 1 – 3 pm

The theme for March is Ballet. We have a model who is a ballerina.

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 April 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