Where are you located?
We are located at 2608 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ, 85705.
There is limited parking in the front.
Please consider parking anywhere in the dirt lot behind the building and entering from the back.
When are you open? Can I come visit?
What do I need to bring to a Figure Session or Open Studio?
We have 6 aluminum Stanrite easels, stools, wire shelf taborets, plastic folding chairs, and one drawing horse. Feel free to bring your own art furniture if you are more comfortable.
Most mediums are welcome in the studio, with some exceptions:
The Scoop on Oil Paint
- Oil paint is welcome with small containers of odorless mineral spirits (OSM) like gamsol.
Keeping OSMs covered and minimal is appreciated.
- No turpentines please.
- Please take your dirty solvents home with you.
No dumping of solvents is allowed in the studio sink or garbage can.
- Please consider taking your dirty brushes home to clean.
We have one sink. If you must clean them at the studio, please make sure as much paint is out of them as you can.
- Please “bag your own rags/papertowels”.
No Soft/Hard Chalk Pastels Please
- Please refrain from bringing colored soft/hard chalk pastel into the studio.
- I don’t hate pastel art, I just would prefer not to have the dust in my studio. Thank you for understanding.
- Please check out the Tucson Pastel Society for pastel studio opportunities.
- Charcoal, conte, sanguine, white chalk is ok.
Our goal is provide a friendly but focused environment!
- Arrive before the start time to set up your station.
- Limit talking with fellow artists and model to breaks.
- No photography of model, do not touch the model, and give the model adequate personal space.
- No critiquing of other’s work, and no soliciting of critiques from others.
- Please turn your cell phone sounds off and only answer calls outside the studio.
- If you must leave early, consider leaving during the last break.
Thanks for your help!
How much do figure sessions cost?
Costs of individual sessions are posted in the calendar.
I’m new to this and I’ve never drawn or painted from a life model before…
Beginners are welcome! Life drawing is a great way to practice and improve your artistic skills. Our atmosphere and models are professional. If you are still ambivalent about attending a session where the model is nude, try a clothed session first. Feel free to contact me to get a feel for the studio and figure sessions, and which sessions are clothed.
Do you teach classes?
I am in the process of developing some classes for beginners.
I am also available for art tutoring for individuals or groups. Contact me to discuss the possibilities!
I am interested in being a figure model. What do I do to “apply”?
The first 4 things I’ll want to know are:
- If you have you done it before. (Bonus points for being experienced.)
- If you have some references.
- If you have attended a figure session before as a participant.
(If you have never seen figure modeling in action I do recommend attending a figure session as an artist here or around town. You are welcome to bring or borrow a sketchpad and pencil. Unfortunately, you may not just come “watch”, you must participate as an artist.)
- What makes you feel you are qualified to pose? Are you a dancer, bodybuilder, actor, art lover, or just interested in the gig? (Not that you have to be athletically built, all body types are interesting to artists!) Why are you interested, and/or what makes you unique?
Posing for art is somewhat physically demanding. Even the most comfortable pose can start to be uncomfortable when holding still for 2o minutes at a time for up to 3 hours (with breaks).
So if you’re still up for the challenge and want to help some artists make art, please get in touch!
Who runs these figure sessions?
I’m Natalie Fruciano, nice to meet you! I have enjoyed the challenge of life drawing and painting since college at the University of Arizona. Attending some longer figure sessions at the Scottsdale Artist’s School, and then a 3 week portrait intensive at Studio Escalier in Argenton Chateau, France really “sealed the deal” for exploring figurative art more deeply. I wanted to create more opportunities for more intense study in Tucson.
I would be especially interested in learning of your goals. If you have any interest in more intense study in the form of longer model poses or portrait sittings, please let me know, as scheduling these is cost prohibitive until I have enough interested people to attend!