Life Drawing

Life Drawing are our open studio figure drawing sessions that occur twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30am-11:30am, year-round. These sessions do not have an instructor but are monitored by a volunteer student or by the Curator of Adult Education. Our models hold long poses on Tuesdays and short poses on Fridays. $12/session.

Beginning in October, Life Drawing will be adopting a Hybrid framework, with some weeks out of the month taking place In-Person in our Drawing Studio at PAAM while other weeks will be Virtual. Please Check Schedule for details. 

Both In-Person and Virtual sessions will require pre-registration. In-Person Sessions will have limited capacity for the safety and comfort of our models and students. MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Unfortunately, PAAM cannot accommodate walk-ins at this time.  

Please register below for the session by 4pm the day before each session. If you are new, Welcome! Please check out our guidelines before registering.

To register for a specific date, please mention it in the comment section of the registration form. You may purchase as many classes as you’d like; each class is $12! If you’d like to purchase more than 1 session at a time, simply type in the amount and leave it in the comments box at the bottom of the registration page.

In-Person sessions will be taking place in the Museum School Drawing Studio, our middle studio originally built for Life Drawing!  Participants should arrive before 9:30 to set up – Late comers will be asked to wait for a model break to enter.

Virtual sessions will take place on Zoom: a link will be sent out on the morning of the session by 9am. The meeting will open at 9:15am and the model will begin posing at 9:30am. Once the model begins, participants must have their camera on and their microphones muted.

You can find more information in our participant guidelines.

In-Person Life Drawing : 

  • Location: Life Drawing will be taking place on the second floor of PAAM in our Museum School.  Our Museum School door is located by our Staff Parking lot off of Bangs Street (please note: we cannot accommodate student parking). Sessions will be in our beautiful Drawing Studio, the middle studio to the right of the stairs.
  • Masks are Required. 
  • Timing: Punctuality is important, please arrive before 9:30 to set up. If you are late, we ask that you kindly wait to enter during a break as to not disrupt the model.
  • Code of Conduct:
    • Treat the model with respect at all times.
    • If you want the model in a specific position, illustrate it with your own body. Respect that a model can refuse suggestions for any reason.
    • Never touch the model
    • Use the model’s first name when addressing them
    • Cellphones should be off or on silent.
    • Participants who need to leave early should pack up and leave during a model’s break.

Virtual Life Drawing Guidelines:

  • Basics: You must be muted and camera on to participate. Anyone not following these instructions will be removed from the meeting.
  • Timing: The Zoom meeting will open at 9am; please feel free to chat and set up until 9:30 at which point you must be muted.
    •  If you are late and the model is posing, you may be left in the “waiting room” of the Zoom meeting for a few minutes.
  • Code of Conduct:
    • Treat the model with respect at all times; they are working outside of their comfort zone and taking a risk to model for you over the internet.
    • Use the model’s first name when addressing them.
    • If you want the model in a specific position, please type your suggestions in the chat box or wait until they are between poses to voice your wish. Understand that requests may not be possible for a variety of reasons.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, take a photo, screenshot, or close up photo of the model from your screen. You will be banned from participating in PAAM programming and will have an active membership revoked.
  • No unauthorized guests in the meeting room.

ZOOM Tips:
• Different views are available: speaker view works best for Life Drawing and gallery view works best for catching up at the beginning of the class or sharing your work when the model is done posing.
• The model’s window will be pinned when they begin the session.
• If you have not used Zoom, please make sure it is downloaded and you are familiar with the basics.
• Check the chat box for suggestions.



Tuesday 10/26 Sam

Friday 10/29 Jim



Tuesday – 11/2 Sam

Friday – 11/5 Jim

Virtual – Tuesday 11/9 Sarah

Virtual – Friday 11/12 Avid

Virtual – Tuesday 11/16 Avid

Virtual – Friday 11/19 Wave

Tuesday 11/23 NO LIFE DRAWING

Friday 11/26 NO LIFE DRAWING

Tuesday 11/30 Christine



Friday – 12/3 Jim

Tuesday – 12/7 Mike

Friday 12/10 Sam

Virtual – Tuesday 12/14 Gazelle

Virtual – Friday 12/17 Avid

Tuesday 12/21 NO LIFE DRAWING

Friday 12/24 NO LIFE DRAWING

Tuesday 12/28 NO LIFE DRAWING

Friday 12/31 NO LIFE DRAWING


*Subject to change


Privacy Information for Models

PAAM does not release model contact information. If an artist is interested in hiring a model(s) and asks for contact, we will instead give the model the artist’s contact information to respect the privacy of models. Models may give out their private contact information to an artist using their personal judgement; saying no to working with someone is always okay.

Photographs of the model are not permitted.

Models who experience discomfort for any reason should not hesitate to stop the behavior, speak up, take a break, and report their experience to a member of PAAM staff.

Interested in Life Drawing? Register below!

Get in touch!

For more information contact:

Grace Emmet

508.487.1750 x 11