Here is a semi-exhaustive list of figure drawing sessions in the Pittsburgh metro area! This does not include drawing classes which are different.

Figure drawing sessions are a low cost and low barrier event for artists of all skill levels to practice translating the human figure from the 3D to the 2D plane. This is a fundamental communication skill and gives us a deeper understanding of form and texture. Regardless of your artistic aspirations—drawing teaches a different way of thinking and observing the world. With the pandemic... being where it is, sessions have been slowly coming back on board. I'm trying to bring back a comprehensive list of these regular figure drawing sessions! If I missed one, let me know. I want to promote everyone!!

Updated April 17th 2024

Mia Drawing Events (Sharpsburg; pop-ups)

Monthly portrait sessions every third Tuesday at ZYNKA Gallery in Sharpsburg (904 Main Street) $15 a session; models vary by month so follow her on IG for updates.

Follow @stclairmermaid | @liveartpgh on Instagram!


Wilkins School (Regent Square)

These Mondays in 2024 from 6:30–9:30PM 

April 29
May 13

July 22
August 5
August 19
September 9
September 23
October 7
October 21
November 4
November 18
December 2
December 16
December 30

7604 Charleston Ave, Wilkinsburg $10 + voluntary gratuity for the model. Get on their mailing list by reaching out to for regular updates.


Red Fish Bowl (Lawrenceville)

Wednesdays 7:30–10PM $10

4327 Butler Street (Lawrenceville; not wheelchair accessible)

RSVP on their website here. This event is focused on gestural drawing with short poses. From their site: "Poses from 10 seconds to 30 minutes. This will allow artist to warm up hand-eye coordination and leave artists with many figures to work from. Instruction, tips, and critiques will be given by the artist host (a multi-disciplined artist/illustrator). Artists should bring sketch books, easels, and supplies.


South Arts Figure Drawing Sessions (Bethal Park)

Every other Wednesday 6:30–9PM

2600 South Park Road, Bethal Park (Unclear about wheelchair accessibility)

From their website: "Come and practice your drawing skills with a live model. The model may be nude or in costume. Figure Drawing Sessions meets every other Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-9 pm. $12 per session. This is not a class but a drawing session. 

Contact Bill for more info: 


Gilberti Fine Art Studio

Second and Fourth Wednesday mornings 10:00AM–1PM $20
1030 5th Ave. Coraopolis, PA 15108
Contact Cindy @GilbertiFineart

Maple Leaf (Millvale)

Thursdays 6:30–9:30PM (as long as Francis wants to organize them)
The Maple Leaf 115 Sedwick St Millvale, PA 15209



Get on the mailing list for regular updates about this event. Reach out to to get on the list.


Saturday Portrait Sessions (Lower Lawrenceville)

Free portrait session the third Saturday of each month at The Port 3620 Butler St. (Lower Lawrenceville) from 10AM–12PM.

Participants take turns being the model (clothed only).


Irma Freeman Center (Garfield/Friendship)

Starting again!

I heard a rumor that there's a session on Sunday April 21st, 2024 from 1–4PM


CMU Sunday Night (Oakland)

Sundays during the semester 6–8:30PM

College of Fine Art Building on CMU campus; third floor (Room 308; wheelchair accessible.)

2024 Dates Left

April 21st


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