Open Life Drawing/Figure Painting Group

Shane McDonald hosts an open figure drawing/painting session at studio K2. The meetings are relaxed and friendly. If you're interested in attending for the first time, please give Shane a call: (770) 218-0676 or E-mail:

figure drawings and paintings by Shane McDonald
Drawings and paintings by Shane McDonald

Sundays 4-7 p.m.

These 3-hour sessions are an opportunity for community artists to practice drawing/painting the human figure, but there is no formal instruction.  It's a friendly group, so if you're a beginner, feel free to ask others for tips during the session.  Join Shane McDonald's Figure Drawing/Painting Facebook Group for frequent updates on the schedule of models and to share your work.


$12 - Drop-in (please call (770) 218-0676 if you are new to the group)

$8 - Drop-in (for college students with valid college ID)

$40 - Five consecutive sessions hosted at the studio (BEST DEAL! - paid at the first session)


The group generally starts with 2-minute gesture poses, followed by a single long pose that lasts for the remainder of the evening. Model breaks take place every 25 minutes. This agenda may change on days when a model is scheduled to pose for consecutive sessions enabling artists to complete more elaborate works.

Reference Photography:

Cameras are allowed, but please respect the model's right not to be photographed. Artists should ask the model individually and discretely if they allow photographic references to be taken. Please do not assume that permission given to one artist is granted to all artists. Please always tip the model if you take photos. (Suggested tip: $4-5 for each pose.)

Things to bring:

The studio supplies easels for up to 12 people on a first-come first-served basis. Bring your own drawing board, drawing paper and tools. If you want to paint, please use odorless mineral spirits bought from an art store (hardware store brands are not really odorless). Many people bring wine and snacks to share, but this is not required. Music will be played — hopefully for your enjoyment.