News & Events

Traveling Costumed Drawing Session
Sunday, December 8, 12 – 3 pm 321 Montgomery St
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. There will be no Long Pose drawing session in December. This Traveling Session replaces the Long Pose session for this month. Suggested donation for people participating in this session: $10 or a punch.
Bring a Friend

Open figure drawing needs more participants.

Open Figure Drawing is non-profit, volunteer run organization started 30 years ago to give Syracuse area artists an affordable opportunity to work from live models. Our attendees have become a community, pitching in with set-up and tear down, and helping each other. In that spirit, the board wants to share our current financial status.

A Wednesday evening session costs $130 to produce. The entry fee is $10 a week or, $8 with a punch card. Since we have a mix of both each week, we need to average 16 people weekly to break even. We have been consistently falling short of that figure and, on average, spend more than we are receiving. We are not in dire straits, but we need to be proactive. We want to ensure we can continue to provide our sessions to the community.

Raising prices is an obvious step we could take. Before we do that, we are asking for your help to boost attendance at our current rates. There are several things you can do to help. If you’re on social media, you can share our events and check-in at our sessions. If you post your artwork online, you can tag us in your posts. If you frequent places with community bulletin boards, you can take a poster at a session and hang it up on your next visit. When you are talking to people who express an interest in the group, you can encourage them to come to a session. We can help with that last one.

If you know someone who’s never been to an OFD session, or hasn’t been to one in years, we will offer them one complimentary session to come check out the group. It’s our hope that if we can get them in the door to draw and have a good time, they will come back and become part of our community.

Closed for Christmas & New Years
Christmas and New Year fall on Wednesdays this winter. There will be no figure drawing sessions on these dates (Calendar).

Additionally, OFD’s policy for closing due to bad weather changed last year. If Syracuse City Schools have a weather related closure, we will consider closing too, but will try to stay open. (more info)

Costumed Drawing

January 5, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

The theme for this session has not yet been decided on.

Costumed Drawing sessions are the 1st Sunday of every month, except on holiday weekends.

Regular prices and rules apply. 

Long Pose
With a Nude Model
In Jaunary, we will start having a nude model for the Long Pose.

Sunday, January 26, 1 – 3 PM.

There is no Long Pose session in December.

Long Pose drawing sessions are the 3rd Sunday of the month, unless the 3rd Sunday falls on a long weekend, (such as the 3rd Sunday of Juanary) . Check our calendar for the correct weekend for each month.

There will be no Long Pose session in December. The Onondaga Historical Association Drawing Session replaces that event.

Open Figure Drawing, since 1989