Plaza Art has a Life Drawing Studio once a month–– a cozy, informal setting with yummy coffee.
As an Illo major, I was required to take life drawing all three years of school. I remember moments where I'd scoff at it, because I wanted to take more technical courses or computer classes etc, and here I was semester after semester, dragging around a big newsprint pad and gumming my schedule up with a "basic" class.
But learning how to draw the human figure, the proportions of the body, the range of features, the way light clings and reflects different tones of skin ... is anything but basic.
A 4 hour studio session passed like it was nothing, and I got some quality drawings out of it.
For those of you who have never taken life drawing or drawn from a nude model, we start with quick poses, a few minutes each, then move on to a 15 minute pose, 30 minute pose, and the last one was something like an hour/hour and a half.
The model had amazing tattoos which helped with "landmarking" and "mapping" her shape.