Workshops: Open Studio

Open Studio Workshops

Our workshops provide a welcoming open studio environment where artists of all levels can gather to create, learn, and connect. Whether you’re an experienced artist seeking to refine your techniques or a newcomer eager to explore your creative side, our workshops offer a space where you can draw and paint the human figure from a life model, nude and clothed. We offer a variety of sessions from short dynamic gestural poses to long classical poses, offering opportunities to fully explore the human form.

Our spacious studio space has been recently renovated. Newly installed gallery lighting–with ultraviolet filters to protect paintings–is ideal for working artists. The space is bathed in natural light.

Open Studio Schedule
Mondays:  6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Nude model, short and long poses
Tuesdays: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Nude model, long two-week pose
Wednesdays: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Nude model, short and long poses 
Thursdays: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Costumed model, long pose

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Nude and consumed model, gestural, short and long poses

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Nude model, Croquis, 2-5 minute poses

No prior signup needed.
Join any of our scheduled workshops, and bring your own art supplies. We provide chairs, tables, and easels. All workshops are held in the Sketch Club’s upstairs gallery and are open to the public and run weekly, excluding holidays and inclement weather. The schedule above is accurate as of 2023, cancellations will be posted to the front page of, and timely notifications will be sent to the workshop mailing list. Join our workshops mailing list to stay informed of the latest workshop activities, schedule updates, and learn about upcoming sessions.

  • All the sessions are facilitated by board approved volunteer monitors:
    • Tiger Jaser – Workshop Director
    • Bob Bohne
    • Andrew Gomsi
    • PJ Smalley

If you’re interested in volunteering as a monitor or in any other capacity, please contact us at

If you’re interested in modeling for any of our workshops, sign up here


$9 for members
$10 for non-members (become member)
$6 for full-time students (student ID required)

  • Our workshops are open to individuals at any skill level
  • You do NOT have to be a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club to participate in the workshops.
  • You must bring your own supplies. Easels, tables and seating are provided
  • Only odorless terpenoid or similar solvent permitted, and you must take it with you The PSC does not have facilities for disposal of solvents
  • A small number of electrical outlets are available for digital device users
  • Workshop attendees have the opportunity to exhibit their work at The annual Workshop Show

Workshop Guidelines

  • Please arrive early to find an optimal spot to work in and not disrupt the session during workshop time. 
  • Fees will be collected by the monitors after the first twenty minutes. Please have cash on hand. Tipping the models is highly encouraged. 
  • When setting up, please give space for others behind or in front of you. Make sure those in back can see the model.
  • Please make every effort to wipe down your easel when leaving and make sure around your easel is clear of charcoal or pastel dust.
  • Please observe the easel arrangement in the storage closet and replace your easel in the same manner.
  • Please do not use turpentine for oils and bring your own container to dispose of used minerals safely. We ask that you use odorless thinner.
  • Please do all aerosol spraying outdoors, front or back yard.
  • If there is a need to adjust the pose, please inform the monitor directly, instead of the model.
  • Taking pictures of the models is not allowed, unless explicitly permission is granted by the model.
  • Anyone who needs a locker or has fees for a locker should contact the office at 215-545-9298 or
  • Attendees under 18 require permission slip from legal guardian.
  • We always appreciate your feedback. Let us know if you have any suggestions or feedback