Figure Drawing: Live From New York

By Peggy Roalf   Friday August 9, 2019

Figure drawing has become something of a mania in New York City, with dozens of Drink & Draw opportunities across the boroughs. The urge to draw the human figure has reached critical mass to the point that the NYC Parks Department now offers—and this is no lie—Figure Al Fresco: free open drawing sessions in several of the city’s parks (above). Following is a list of possibilities to fill out your last few weeks of Summer and beyond. Some offer booze; some offer tea; some are free; a couple are landscape sessions. Many offer drawing materials, so check the Info before you sign up. 

Scheduled Drink & Draw Events 

Tuesday and Thursday Sketch Nights, 6:30-9:30pm. Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rdStreet, NY, NY Info

The Living Gallery,Wednesdays, 7-9 pm. The Living Gallery, 1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY Info

Astoria Drink N Draw, First Friday and Third Thursday, xxpm. QED, 2716 23rdAvenue, Astoria NY Info

The Boogie Draw Session, one Wednesday per month from 7 to 9pm. 3848 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY Info

Left: Drawing at Bryant Park, July; photo © Peggy Roalf 

Life Drawing and Drinks, Thursdays, doors 6pm, drawing starts 7 pm. Long Island City Artists at Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46thAvenue, Long Island City, NY Info

Bat Haus Drink N’Draw, Wednesdays, 8-10:30 pm. 279 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY Info

Bar Chord Burlesque Drink N’Draw, Wednesdays, 7-9 pm. 1008 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY Info

This n’That Drink n’Draw, Tuesdays, 7-9 pm. 108 North 6thStreet, Brooklyn, NY Info

Dynamic Figure Drawing, two Tuesdays per month. Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY Info

Tuesday Figure Drawing BYOB, 8-10 pm. ESS Community Projects, 70 Eckford Street, Brooklyn, NY Info


Drawing the Clothed Figure with Mark Milroy, 7-9 pm. National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NY, NY Info

Wednesdays through October

Figure Al Fresco, 2:30-4:30 pm. Battery Park City, South Cove Park. Info

Saturdays through October

Drawing in the Park, Landscape drawing, Saturdays, 10am-noon. Wagner Park, 20 Battery Place, NY, NY Info

Friday, August 16

Draw with Markus Prime & ArtXman, 7 pm. Remy Rouge Culture Center, Brooklyn, NY Info

Right: My drawing from at Bryant Park, July 26th session

Saturday, August 17

Fastnet Observational Drawing Workshop, 10am-noon. Landscape drawing, Freshkills Park, 350 Wild Avenue, Staten Island, NY Info

Tuesday, August 20

Rooftop Figure Drawing6:30-9:30 pm. 64 Dobbin Street, Brooklyn, NY Info

Friday, August 23

Ink Anime Drink and Draw, with cosplay model, 7-9 pm. Unbound Story, 529 West 29thStreet, NY, NY Info

Saturday, August 24

Drawing the Dance, noon-2 pm. Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, NY, NY Info

Thursday, August 29

Long Pose Figure Drawing, 6:30-9pm. Drawing New York, 123 East 15thStreet, NY, NY Info

Saturday, August 31

Dare2Draw with special guest Alitha E. Martinez, 5-7:30 pm. Seven spots available, Manhattan location on registration.

Monday, September 9

Poster House, 6-9 pm. The city’s newest museum offers a monthly Drink & Draw inspired by Alphonse Mucha’s 6-foot posters of Sarah Bernhardt. 119 West 23rdStreet, NY, NY Info



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