Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The live model is in one pose for the entirety of each session. The figure presents many technical problems – form, structure, foreshortening and so on – so is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill. The professional model is fully clothed, except on the second Monday of every month when a professional nude model is present. Open Studio is every Monday night of the year (except for holidays) from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Open Studio is not a class, club, or workshop. There is no registration required. The fee for studio time each week is $10 per artist. The fee is $15 per artist on the second Monday. The fees pay for the model every week. Easels are available, bring your own supplies.
We also offer a figure drawing/life drawing class on Wednesday nights from 6:30-9pm. This is an opportunity to work from a live nude professional model. It is not a club, class or workshop. There is no instructor present. It is in a traditional academic format with gesture poses, several 20-minute poses and possibly 30-minute poses.
Figure drawing, also called Life Drawing, is drawing the naked human form. Figure drawing has always been the cornerstone of artistic training, but is also popular with amateur as well as professional artists. Stripped of the cultural baggage of clothing, the nude figure can express every aspect of humanity, however life class is not the place for ‘pushing boundaries’ or risque poses. So, when you attend a life drawing class, you are participating in a centuries-old artistic tradition. You might like to visit an art gallery and observe the many classical nudes in painting and sculpture before you attend your first life drawing class. A gallery here in Sunset Art Galleries of Amarillo that you can visit is chrisjohnsonfineart.com. The format of the life-drawing class is with a nude model in several poses through the allotted class time. This class requires a monthly prepaid commitment of $15 per artist per session ($50 per month if prepaid). This class is meeting during the spring and summer months. 12 student maximum. Please contact Amarillo Art Institute at 806-354-8802 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.