Boston Figurative Art Center's open studio sessions are relaxing, fun and welcoming to everyone.
Fall 2023 schedule:
Check out the Events page for more information and registration.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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
BFAC now offers deep discounts to session fees for members. Memberships are $35/month for a Renew Monthly membership, or $30/month for six months or more. With a Renew Monthly membership your session fees for any non-teaching session will be only $12! And for six-month members the session fees will be $10!! Non-members are still welcome to any and all drop-in sessions for a fee of $25. (The 4-session discount has been discontinued.)
But don't just join to save money – join to be part of our community of artists, working together and individually to practice one of humankind's oldest creative traditions: the depiction of humanity.
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.