Drawing Session with Live Model

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Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

An open figure drawing session with costumed, clothed and nearly-nude models for all skill levels. Instruction available by request from 6-6:30.  This is an opportunity to draw observationally, or paint, and work with mostly-clothed models in curated and themed looks, that may include lingerie, casual, burlesque, evening wear, partial nude with still life, musical instruments, glamour, occupations, drag, streetwear, and puppetry. The basis of this weekly session is the human figure, and a diverse and interesting array of models will be present. Depending on the week, we may have one model, or two. Each session promises to be inspiring, not just because of our wonderful models, but because of the artists at hand.

Optional Instruction from 5-5:45: For those needing some guidance or instruction, we encourage you to show up right at the beginning, at 5 PM. Our teaching artist will introduce some useful instruction that can inform the rest of your session, and give you something to work with as you develop your artistic skills. Artist of all levels are encouraged to arrive at 5 PM, as well. Those not interested in instruction can simply work with the model and tune out our teaching artist if they choose to. After 5:45, the session will be uninstructed, with models changing poses, music playing, and artists working independently on their drawings, sketches, or paintings.

Share the love: Cash or Venmo tips for our models are totally optional, not required, and we appreciate them, should you feel inspired.

BYO art supplies. All drawing, sketching, and water-based painting supplies are encouraged. Oil painting is fine, but please avoid toxic solvents. (please be careful if using charcoal or chalk pastels- it's pretty messy. Good studio hygeine is encuraged)

Be Kind: Ultimately, we want to maintain a fun and encouraging as well as a very respectful atmosphere. This is an inclusive and nurturing space, for those who choose to come as guests, as well as our models, teachers, and administrative team. We welcome artists of all ability levels, and we seek to encourage and inspire all who walk through our door. 

What to Bring

basic sketching supplies, or portable painting supplies such as sketchbook or sketch pad (LMN recommends going larger, when possible, so you have room to move your arm/hand), pencils, pens, markers, portable watercolors or gouache... please too dirty or noxious, such as stick pastels or charcoal, or solvents.

Minimum age

16 years or older

Parent or guardian required if under 18

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • draw from a live model
  • be creative in a relaxed group setting
  • make art in a varied group of artists who may inspire you
  • eclectic music by DJ LMN ;)
  • not a class, per se, but help is available
  • draw in a real artist's studio (aka the She Shed)
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Laura Mae Noble

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Laura Mae Noble is a teaching artist who works in a variety of media, including illustration, drawing and painting, and with plants and botanicals. She teaches fine art at her private studio, Studio LMN, in the historic Flatiron Arts Building. She co-founded Chicago CreaTable LLC, seeking to inspire creativity, ecology, and community through a variety of art, craft and creativity classes based at Studio LMN. She also has a private coaching business for promising art/design college hopefuls, and for portfolio and personal development- Noble Creative Coaching. She has been teaching illustration and figurative drawing as Faculty at SAIC since 2013. Anything else? Why, yes: she founded Noble Tarraria, a landscaping and terrarium design company, and Figure Ground Arts, her arts LLC that hosts, among other things, a desitination-based plein air painting retreat, Tributary Artists Symposium. Other affiliations include West Elm, and AirBnB. Private client event, art and design inquiries welcome. Originally from Vermont, she has been living in Chicago since 2010. She is also a proud Mom since September 2020. Life is good, and worth sharing through art!

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