Creative themes for life drawing sessions

Il Bagno by Zidaina Serebraikova. Public domain.

Il Bagno by Zidaina Serebraikova. Public domain.

Interested in adding variety to your standard life drawing session? Here is a listing of creative life drawing sessions from around the world to give you some ideas.

Please feel free to provide other examples to add to this list!

Macabre / “Death” Drawing

Creative / Artistic

  • Cardiff Art Models Collective (Cardiff) Provides a constantly changing variety of imaginative workshops. See their gallery of past sessions and their Facebook page for more ideas.
  • Tate Modern (London) Life drawing sessions in the Tate Museum from 2006 to 2011 that used the human figure as a visual prompt through which participants could interpret the artwork in the galleries and aim to radically reinvent the traditional concept of drawing from life. Sponsored by London Life Drawing.

Theatrical / Multimedia

  • The Drawing Theatre (London) A fusion of theatre and drawing in a creative workshop that combines elements of performance and movement, light and sound, to explore the human figure in hidden spaces and beautiful architecture. Sponsored by London Life drawing.
  • London Life Drawing (London).  Classes and workshops that combine performers, sound, lighting, props, visual effects, drawing techniques and exciting materials to create an unforgettable visual drawing experience. See also their Facebook, TwitterFlickr, and blog  pages.
  • Skin (Manhattan). Discontinued (?) monthly life drawing session with rock bands and multiple models, sponsored by Artists 4 Israel.



  • White Hands (Niigata Prefecture, Japan) – Hosts weekly life drawing sessions as therapy for middle-aged Japanese virgins.

Cultural initiatives

Specialty Interest

Specialty Models

Multiple models

Collaborative Efforts


  • Draw-Mania! (Manhattan) Life drawing sessions with dynamic music and lighting, interspersed with short performances from the cutting-edge musicians, comedians and storytellers. See also their YouTube video and Facebook pages.



 Specialized locations

Specialty training

Girls Night Out / Hen Parties


Outdoor nude sessions in major cities

Here is some links to YouTube videos of nude figure drawing sessions that took place outdoors in the centers of major cities:

Downtown Ljubljana [contains nudity]

Downtown Barcelona [contains nudity]

New York City Body Painting Day (Full Nude Body Painting, Columbus Circle to Time Square) [contains nudity]

30 body painter painted 40 fully nude models at Columbus Circle in Central Park, then marched down Broadway to Time Square for a photo shoot. Then boarded a double decker bus and toured the city, followed by an art exhibition of Andy’ Golub’s creations at Jerry’s. The festivities ended at Times Square. This event made headlines around the world!

ArtModels360 art reference photos for sculptors, painters and students

Recommended Life Drawing Materials (Blick)

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