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 leave a message for Shane at: (770) 218-0676 or E-mail:

To manage over-crowding, attendees are required to sign-up.

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.

Upcoming Sessions
Note the earlier time during winter months!

COVID-19 Mitigation: As of February 6, 2022, masks are not required at Shane McDonald Studios; however, in an effort to keep our community safe, it's encouraged to monitor CDC Guidelines. For more information on current CDC Guidelines, please checkout this link:

Decisions for scheduling upcoming sessions are being made a couple of weeks at a time.

Feel free to pay in advance using the button.
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$12 - Please use the Sign-up Genius link above, even if you pay in advance through the PayPal Pay Now button.


The group generally starts with six 2.5-minute gesture poses, followed by an 8-minute pose, and finally one or two long poses that last for the remainder of the evening. 7-minute model breaks take place every 23 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: $5-10 for each pose.)

Things to bring:

The studio supplies easels for up to 9 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.