The best drop-in life drawing in Montreal until June 2016 (when many will shut down until next September):


Figure drawing is an essential skill that every serious character designer, comic book artist, illustrator or fine artist needs to master and the best way to do that is through studying live models. Syn Studio offers figure drawing workshops featuring the best models that pose in Montreal. Open to the public, our three hour workshops are an excellent resource for artists of all levels and cost only $10 to attend (or $15 if it is a double-model session)!

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In the meantime, take a look at some photos from our recent workshops:








Need more figure drawing awesomeness? Practice is essential. You can find many regular drop-in life drawing sessions in Montreal on many different days of the week. These are some of staples of the Montreal figure drawing scene:


1. UQAM Centre de Design Atelier Libre


“For life drawing addicts who are compelled to feed their habit,” David Chait organizes two figure drawing workshops every week specializing in short gesture poses.


Where: UQAM, 1440 Sanguinet St, Judith-Jasmin Building, J-7130, Metro: Berri-UQAM

When: Wednesdays 6-9pm, Saturdays 2:30-5:30pm

Cost: Thursday $5, Saturday $10

Contact: David Chait, [email protected]





2. L’atelier du dimanche à l’UQAM



Taking place Sunday mornings this popular weekly figure drawing workshop specializes in mid-range poses of 5-15 minutes.


Where: UQAM, 1440 Sanguinet St, Judith-Jasmin Building, J-7130, Metro: Berri-UQAM

When: Sundays 11am-2pm

Cost: $10

Contact: lpa[email protected]



3. Centre Culturel George Vanier


Dessin au fusain de la sirène - Mermaid charcoal drawing

What better way to pass a week day afternoon than drawing live models! Dominique Girard hosts this pair of workshops Tuesday and Wednesday every week, with Wednesday specializing in long pose studies.  


Where: George Vanier Cultural Centre, 2450 Workman St, Metro: Lionel-Groulx

When: Tuesday 1-4pm, Wednesday 12-4pm

Cost: Tuesday $12, Wednesday $15

Contact: Dominique Girard, [email protected]




4. Griffintown Art School


Located in the heart of Griffintown at the Montreal Art Centre near Metro George Vanier


Where: Montreal Art Centre, 1844 William St, Metro: George Vanier

When: Mondays 6:30-9:30pm

Cost: $10

Contact: [email protected]



5. Ubisoft Life Drawing Friends


Rub shoulders with all the Mile End hipsters at Ubisoft’s bi-weekly figure drawing workshop every other Monday night.


Where: 5505 boul. St-Laurent, Metro: Rosemont

When: Mondays 6-9pm (Bi-Weekly)

Cost: 10$




6. Dr Sketchy Montreal

With 110 branches worldwide, Dr Sketchy is a unique monthly figure drawing workshop specializing in costumes and burlesque.


Where: MainLine Theatre, 3997 St-Laurent Blvd, Metro: Sherbrooke

When Saturdays 2-5pm (Monthly)

Cost: $10




7. Atelier Libre de Modèle Vivant 2019 Moreau



Join host Antonio Cerdán Monday nights at his loft for a weekly figure drawing workshop. No reservations necessary!


Where: 2019 Moreau local 315, Metro: Prefontaine

When: Mondays 6-9pm

Cost: $9

Contact: Antonio Cerdán, [email protected]



8. ACADEM Ateliers Libres de Modele Vivant

Every Wednesday Pascale Bernadin hosts live model drawing sessions at the Montreal Fine Arts Academy near Beaubin Metro.

Where: 6524 Saint-Hubert

When: Wednesdays 6pm-9pm

Cost: $13

Contact: [email protected] or 514-508-5119


9.  Long Pose: Loft 355 Studio D’art

Location: 6750 Avenue de l’Esplanade # 355, MONTREAL

Cost: $25

Contact: [email protected]

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 Other Resources:


Montreal Art Exhibited – Information about artists and events, including workshops.


Montreal Art Live A Facebook page dedicated to upcoming live drawing events in Montreal


Drink and Draw Montreal – An organization dedicated to promoting the local Montreal art scene. Hosts monthly drawing parties.


Know of other workshops not mentioned here? Please share in the comments!


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