Figurative Artists Hone Skills Each Week at AVAA

Jorge Molina

Figurative work by Jorge Molina, created at AVAA Life Drawing


The AVAA Life Drawing Program has been a mainstay in the community for more than 15 years, allowing artists to collaborate and to continue their education and professional development at affordable prices, and at a convenient, accessible location year-round.

AVAA hires models for 3-hour intervals for open art sessions five times a week throughout the entire year at the AVAA Building located in central Austin. The sessions provide artists the valuable opportunity to draw from life. AVAA’s program is just $6 per session. It allows artists to hone their drawing, painting, & sculpture skills in an open studio format almost any day of the year without the obligation of signing up for a formal or expensive class. Participants include artists of all levels.

Members or our Life Drawing Program are invited to participate in our annual exhibit at Austin Art Space — “The Austin Figurative Show.”

Our wonderful artist volunteers graciously host our sessions. Without our coordinators, the program would not exist. Please thank them!

Life Drawing Program Schedule:

  • Sundays, (2-5) with Coordinator Arye Shapiro
  • Mondays (7-10 p.m.) with Coordinator David Ferguson.
  • Tuesdays (10-1) with Laura Grimes
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) with Sarah Cecil
  • Thursday evenings (7-10 p.m.) with Hannah & Jorge

Please check the Life Drawing Meetup page for more information.

Life Drawing Program Information:

$6 per session. Easels provided. To sign up to be on the Life Drawing Program list, email

*Please note: Beginning Jan. 22, 2017 our fee per session is $6.