Education Programs Foundation Programs

Figure Drawing

Please note: Joan Mitchell Foundation is not currently offering any studio or portfolio development classes. Through the end of 2017, the Foundation is focusing on research and piloting innovative educational opportunities for the artist community. We look forward to sharing the new education model with you in 2018. 

For those families looking for new art program opportunities, we have created a comprehensive resource directory of various ongoing youth art programs and opportunities in the NYC area. The free booklet is available to download here.

Read on to learn about our past programming.


Monthly figure drawing sessions allowed participants to develop their observational drawing skills and understand the human anatomy by providing the opportunity to draw from a nude model. This workshop allowed participants to gain a deeper understanding of the art world as they consider the techniques and styles of a range of figurative artists while developing their own skills and styles. Participants were also given the opportunity to sketch and explore as they make choices regarding materials and techniques to communicate their impression of the model. Participants in all Joan Mitchell Foundation art education programs ages 15-25 could participate in this workshop.

  • Artist-Teacher Jaqueline Cedar and participants critique work. 

  • Torn paper collage created during a Figure Drawing session.

  • Participants work with acrylics during a Figure Drawing session.

  • Painting created during a Figure Drawing session.

  • Pastel drawing created during a Figure Drawing session.

  • Charcoal drawing created during a Figure Drawing session.

  • Artist-Teacher Jaqueline Cedar and participants draw from life during a Figure Drawing session.

  • Participant working with acrylics during a Figure Drawing session.

  • Painting in progress during a Figure Drawing session.

  • Participants work with acrylics during a Figure Drawing session.

  • Ink drawing created during a Figure Drawing session.

Slideshow: Photos and artwork from the Winter 2014 session of Figure Drawing.