Weekly figure drawing in Eugene, Oregon

Whiteaker Printmakers Figure Drawing group meets weekly in Eugene, Oregon to work from the nude figure in a friendly yet professional environment.

If you have any questions, please use the Contact form to submit them to facilitator Will Mitchell, and I’ll get right back to you.

When, where and how much

  • Every Sunday evening, 6:00 to 9:00
  • 1320 W. 2nd Avenue, on the corner of Polk. See the sign directing you to the upstairs annex. Please note, there is no elevator to the upstairs annex, and bathrooms are reached by a flight of stairs.
  • There is ample parking available in the ClaySpace lot.
  • $8 for the three hour session

The studio

The multipurpose space has a raised dais for the model with artists in a semi-circle. We use a single spotlight to illuminate the model. There are easels, benches, and tables, and drawing boards are available. The studio is temperature-controlled for all seasons.

The current space comfortably accommodates 12 artists, though on occasions has hosted many more. Artists often bring refreshments to share during the breaks.

We prefer no turps or smelly solvents. Gamsol is okay.

Timing

Usually, short to progressively long poses. A typical session:

  • Four 2-minute poses
  • Five 5-minute poses
  • One 10-minute pose
  • One 20-minute pose
  • 10-minute breakĀ 
  • Two 20-minute poses
  • 10-minute breakĀ 
  • Two 25-minute poses

Timing is adjusted to the temperament of different models (some models are comfortable with long held positions, while others prefer short held, more dynamic poses), and artists regularly propose certain timing sequences.

This is a very democratic group. Your opinions regarding the type and gender, the timing of poses, or the set up of the studio space are respected and accommodated for where possible.

Facilitator

Will Mitchell holds a Master’s in painting from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia. In addition to painting in oils and acrylics, he has been drawing the figure for over 40 years. Will brings his experience as a yoga therapist to his understanding and appreciation of the figure in art.

Note: The drawing group is in a space donated by Whiteaker Printmakers, but itself is not part of WhitPrint.