SPECIAL CLASS: Drawing as Meditation, instructed by Damon Lehrer.                                         Three sessions, beginning December 6. See the class description here.

Thanks to everyone who came to our Open Studios After Party last Saturday celebrating         BFAC's 13th birthday

Be sure to check the News page and Events listings for more information and registration.

BFAC is now fully open and these sessions are running:

-   Sunday Morning Month-Long Pose, 9:30AM-12:30PM

-   Monday Evening Short Pose, 7PM-10PM

-   Thursday Evening Long Pose, 7PM-10PM

-   Saturday Evening Short Pose, 7PM-10PM

Our Saturday Morning Month-Long Pose session is on hiatus for the time being.

If you have registered in the past, but haven't attended in a while, your membership may have been deactivated. Email us and we will reactivate it.

Our monthly membership option has been reinstated. See the Join Us page for details.

Masks are now optional for all attendees (but see the News page for more details). We have removed the attendance cap and are once again welcoming walk-ins.

Before attending a session for the first time, please read our Studio Etiquette page.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support during this difficult time.

We look forward to drawing and painting with you soon!


BFAC is looking for volunteers! We have several opportunities for getting involved: Hosting sessions (on a regular basis or as a substitute), managing our online scheduling, managing our website and social media, answering email inquiries, interviewing prospective models, buying snacks and drinks, and so on. (And the session host gets to draw or paint for free!)

Interested? Email us at for more information.

Founded in 2009 by award-winning Boston artist and teacher Damon Lehrer, Boston Figurative Art Center is an artist’s cooperative focused primarily on figure drawing and painting. Located at 6 Vernon Street in Somerville, MA, the center offers a variety of regularly scheduled sessions including classic shorter pose life drawing and long pose painting or drawing sessions (where the same pose is held during an entire 3-hour class or over a series of meetings). The majority of our sessions are not instructed, but occasionally one of our members or visiting artists will offer a class with instruction. Except when otherwise noted, sessions are held in our Vernon Street studio.

In addition to encouraging the serious practice of art, BFAC is a welcoming community that shares occasional social or travel events. While attending sessions, artists can discuss their work with other participants, and provide each other feedback, in a respectful and supportive manner. Free beer, wine and snacks are provided to session participants.

BFAC invites anyone interested in practicing their art to attend our sessions! Participants range from complete novices to professionals; artists with all levels of experience are encouraged to attend. You are welcome to drop in on any scheduled session, however participation is limited by the size of our studio. In order to ensure that there will be a spot for you, session participants are encouraged to join as a member (with discounts on session fees) and pre-pay online . Whether you want to pre-pay or pay at your session, please RSVP on Meetup  so we’ll be expecting you. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

Our session fee is $25 to cover the model, use of the studio, and refreshments, but if you're a monthly member, the fee is reduced to $15.  JOIN US!

Upcoming Drawing and Painting Sessions

Our monthly membership option has been reinstated.
See the Join Us page for details.


6 Vernon St. (corner of Central Ave.)

Somerville, MA 02145

Parking on-street is legal for two hours for people without Somerville parking permits, BUT WE PREFER THAT YOU PARK IN THE LOT AROUND BACK, WHICH IS OPEN till about 11PM. The building is a working factory, so the lot is monitored and safe, though it is a bit of a walk around the building to the front door.

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