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Boston Figurative Art Center's open studio sessions are relaxing, fun and welcoming to everyone.   

New classes!: Drawing with white, black, and red on toned paper, Wednesdays in September! 

Classical Techniques, Tuesdays in September!

Fall 2023 schedule:

Check out the Events page for more information and registration.


Damon Lehrer's Drawing as Meditation will continue in September on Wednesday evenings at Hisel Flynn Architects, 17 Waltham StreetLexington, MA 02421.

Read the class description here.

Drawing as Meditation will continue in Somerville as a monthly workshop, led by Adam LoRusso and Aleksey Mafusalov. Read the class description here.

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


If you are interested in modeling for us, please read the information on the Models Page before contacting us.


Please be sure to read the information on the Studio Etiquette page before attending sessions at BFAC.

Note that our sessions are (almost) always held as scheduled, regardless of how many people have registered. Some artists register at the last minute or drop in without registering.

We rarely cancel sessions, only for certain holidays or for seriously bad weather.

Note that Sunday morning long-pose sessions are month-long sessions with one pose repeated weekly for the calendar month. You do not have to attend the entire month; you are welcome to drop in any week and draw or paint, but be aware that artists who have been attending previous weeks have first choice of easel location.

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.

We look forward to drawing and painting with you soon!


BFAC is looking for volunteers! We have several opportunities for getting involved: Managing our online scheduling, website, and social media, answering email inquiries, buying snacks and drinks, hosting sessions (on a regular basis or as a substitute), 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 . We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

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Our session fee is $25 to cover the model, use of the studio, and refreshments, but if you're a monthly member or a student, 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 Vernon Street is free and legal for two hours for people without Somerville parking permits.

Parking in the lot behind the building is free, and you will not be ticketed there.

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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