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Studio 23 Gallery

2309 Encinal Avenue

Alameda, CA 94501

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Studio 23 partners with The Bay Area Models Guild to bring you our 3-hour figure drawing session hosted by Yolanda Cotton-Turner

This is a 3 hour, self-guided, no pressure workshop for adults of all skill levels to practice translating the human form! The human figure is important for every artist to practice because observing and interpreting the shape of the human body trains us to see almost every curve, line, and subtle undulation found in nature and challenges us to capture the energy and emotion from each pose. The more we practice this, the better our skills become. GO FIGURE! We meet once a month, every 3rd Friday ... please come out and practice with us!

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$20 Per Person. Must RSVP & pre-pay. Limited space, so sign up now! If you experience any issues paying or are coming in last minute, please contact us & send payment to us via

Studio 23, 2309-B Encinal Ave., Alameda, CA 94501

ARRIVE & Setup: 6:45PM
Session Begins: 7PM sharp! (Door locks at 7:00PM)
Breaks: TBA (Periodic breaks in between for the model & you TBA)
Session Ends: 10:00PM
Clean Up: 10-10:15PM

Please bring your own easel and art supplies however you do not need to have an easel to participate. Many artists just bring a sketchbook. We may have a couple extra easels if you need one. Feel free to sketch, paint, charcoal, ink, whatever floats your boat. We have limited community supplies available to use.

Model: Changes monthly

The Pose Schedule:
We normally start with short (1-2 minute) gestures and end with longer 20 minute poses.

How To Find Us:
Studio 23 is located on the corner of Oak & Encinal Ave in Alameda just off Park St. We are near Jack In The Box, directly behind Revelation Cleaners, only a few steps away from Lucky 13.

No parking in the Studio 23 parking lot! These spots are residential and/or belong to the cleaners (yes they do tow). Street parking along Oak and Encinal is usually available. Meters are free after 6pm.

Arriving Late:
Please arrive early! We lock the door to the studio to protect the privacy of the model at 7 pm. If late, wait outside, we will open the door at the next break. Breaks happen every 20 mins or so.

Refreshments will be available for a donation during breaks. I encourage you to bring food to eat during break time or you can eat before arriving.

We have regular breaks throughout the session. Use that time to get drinks, stretch and use the bathroom.

Cell Phones / Cameras:
No photography or video permitted. No cell phones or mobile devices can be used in the studio during the session. Please turn off the ringer.

Age / Conduct:
Must be 18 years old or more. We will not entertain immature or unprofessional behavior. Although we have never had any situation like this arise, please understand that we will remove anyone from the session and/or the premises, without a refund, if your behavior is distracting to others or threatens the safety of anyone. You will not be able to sign up for our meetups again.

Session Cancellations:
If we do not get enough sign-ups 7 days prior, we may cancel the session offering a refund to anyone who has already signed up and paid.

We offer a partial refund minus a small transaction fee if your cancellation is 7 days or more before the event.

Contact Info:
Text the organizers directly at 510-457-1420 with any questions. It may be more difficult to reach us the day of a meetup.


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