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Draw From Life:



Offered to the public as part of McGuffey’s on-going service to the community of Charlottesville and surrounding counties, our three figure drawing sessions per week offer, for $10, the opportunity to draw or paint from a live model.  We provide no instruction and all are welcome to bring drawing materials and join in the fun.  The groups consist of artists of all skill levels–beginners and experienced artists are welcome.  There is no commitment to continue to attend regularly and you may attend any or all of the sessions as you wish.  All sessions are fun, friendly, and supportive.  Ask for a parking permit at the front desk for daytime sessions.. There are easels and chairs, but bring your own drawing materials.

Robert Bricker, Jean Sampson, Sam Fisher.

Thursday and Saturday 10 am-Noon:  

Robert Bricker’s South Basement Studio #1
Proctored by Jean Sampson and Robert Bricker

Wednesday Evenings 7-9 pm (door opens at 6:45 pm): 

Robert Bricker's studio #1 in the South Basement,
Proctored by Sam Fisher  


Robert Bricker:
Jean Sampson:
Sam Fisher:

Site at Studio #1 or Starnes classroom at the discretion of the instructor each session. Model fee is $5 per half hour.


McGuffey Art Association is committed to maintaining a fair and respectful environment for work and study. To that end, and in accordance with federal and state law, McGuffey Art Association prohibits any association member, staff, student or visitor, from harassing and/or discriminating against any other member, staff person, visitor, student or model because of that person’s race, sex (including sexual  harassment),  sexual  orientation, gender expression, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, or disabled status. Incidents of harassment and discrimination will be met with appropriate disciplinary action. This has been and is our standard practice but is now being formalized in writing for the reference of future proctors, drawing group leaders, participants and models.


All proctors and drawing group leaders who utilize live models, given the inherent sensitive aspects of such activity, must be scrupulous in maintaining an appropriate professional, safe and welcoming atmosphere. Teachers and leaders should avoid any conduct, whether physical or verbal, that could be misinterpreted by a reasonable person, participant or witness, or that could otherwise cause discomfort on the part of the model or other participants in the activity. No such conduct shall be permitted by any participant either. Proctors and leaders should be welcoming and professional and phrase advice constructively and avoid all bullying or intimidating behavior.

The following excerpt is taken from Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation (2009 Oxford University Press, New York) by Deborah Rockman, Kendall College of Art and Design:

Additional Classroom Rules When Drawing from a Model:

Modeling is hard work. Unless you have done it before, it is difficult to realize the challenges involved in modeling well. Everyone in the classroom deserves to be treated with respect, and this is especially true for the models who find themselves in an especially vulnerable position because they are nude and because all eyes are upon them.
The model’s personal space is to be respected, and you should never touch the model while he or she is at work. There are some instances, with the model’s permission, when it is appropriate for the instructor to make contact with the model in order to point something out, when teaching anatomy, when helping the model to get back to a particular pose, and so on. But the generally accepted notion is that under no circumstances should you, as a student, make contact with a model.
Under no circumstances should the instructor, leader or any participant make any comment about the physical appearance or any physical or assumed attributes of the model. Comments should be restricted to those that describe the artistic process, such as light, shadow, contour, rhythm, or similar.

The models, too, should be made aware of guidelines for their behavior. During a break, you can expect that the model will wear a robe or other cover until it is time to resume modeling. If you encounter an uncomfortable situation with a model, your best course of action would be to discuss the issue with your instructor who can address the issue with the model. In general, common sense and courtesy provide the best guidelines.