Our Mission:

Make figure drawing available and affordable to all who seek artistic growth.

The Way We See It

Drawing is the most basic form of expression. It is this first indicator of a budding artist and is the most accessible format for all artists. With almost an unlimited range of mark making materials and canvas possibilities drawing has never been easier. We can be inspired by our world, our imaginations, and all the possibilities in between. But many artist, especially young artists, have trouble developing the experience working from the human figure.

In many areas there simply isn't access to a coordinated figure drawing program. Opportunities to draw a professional or aspiring figure model is either not available or held in university settings as part of a fine arts program. These programs are focused on the institutional requirements of a education track and not the needs of the artists and artist community. Dates, times, and locations are structured to fit the school day/year schedule. Leaving many interested artists without an option.

What We Can Add?

The biggest difference maker is in creating a connected community of local artists. It starts with drawing, but we can see this spreading into additional areas of focus like painting and printmaking. A connected group can communicate and share, even motivate each other outside of the classroom. Our hope is to have inspire a ripple effect. Creating more involved artists and more participation in local art events.


It's important for the drawing community to have strong leadership. Some people are great instructors and some are just motivational artists. We want to make it easy for these people to find each other and we want you sitting next to them in your next drawing sessions.

Our Philosophy

Donations are an act of selflessness. We make it a priority to handle your donations in the same way. Your donation will only go to paying model fees for attending figure drawing participants.

To make the gift as selfless as possible, we will coordinate with MIAD & UWM to offer a specific date (Open Figure Drawing Session) in the semester in which you donated. Any money not used at the specified date will be rolled over into another date which we will announce. In the likelihood that we cannot fully cover the cost of all session participants, we will pay a portion of each participants fees.

These dates will be published and promoted in on this website, our facebook page, our twitter account, emailer, etc. If you have questions about our next MilwaukeeFigureDrawing.com Sponsored Open Figure drawing session please visit our Sessions Page or contact us.

If you have questions or hesitation at any point in this process please contact us and we will get back to you right away.

Current Donation Focus:

  • Pay for Modeling Fees

Future Donation Focuses:

  • Pay for Modeling Fees
  • Establish a Permanent Space for MFD.com Open Drawing Sessions
  • Create Artist Series Talks for Community Artists
  • Build a Online Development Materials