Open Life Drawing/Figure Painting Group in Marietta, GA

Shane McDonald has hosted weekly open figure life drawing/painting sessions since his studio opened in 1998. Shane currently hosts session at his classroom studio K2 of the Artisan Resource Center (one mile south of the Big Chicken off Cobb Parkway). The meetings are relaxed and friendly. If you're interested in attending just sign-up for a session or more below: (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:

female figure charcoal sketch of a female by Shane McDonald $12 - Please use the Sign-up buttons above to sign-up. You'll have the option to pay in advance using Setmore.


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.

COVID-19 Mitigation

Attendees are welcome to wear a mask, but they are not required. For more information on COVID, please checkout this CDC link:

Map and Directions

The Artisan Resource Center is somewhat hidden behind the small furniture store on Cobb Parkway South. If coming from Wylie Road, it's hidden behind the Marietta Commercial Plaza.


Tap the map to get written directions and to see images of the area.