How to find a drawing co-op

  • June 3, 2013 - 1:46 PM


The Twin Cities metro area has more than a dozen drawing co-ops, plus many other classes and seminars that offer the opportunity to work with live models, nude and clothed. Some co-ops that use nude models require participants to be over 18. All expect you to bring your own supplies.

The co-ops generally offer weekly or monthly sessions and eagerly welcome new artists, from novices to professionals. The sessions, held in studios, community art centers and at art colleges, tend to be informal. While some are free, most charge $10 to $20 to offset the cost of the space and the model. (Bring cash.)

You can attend most of the co-ops on a drop-in basis, but some request that you commit for a series or make a reservation, so it’s wise to call before your first visit. Because the atmosphere varies, you may want to try a few of them.

A list of local co-ops can be found at

Kevyn Burger

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