Open Draw


From Life: Open Drawing Sessions with the Live Model
Weekly on Tuesdays, 6-9p

Year-round Program*

Drop In Session Fee: $10 (cash or check)

*Check website for closure updates

About Open Draw

Sessions are hosted with a live model and facilitated by a moderator. These sessions serve as an opportunity for artists in the community to practice the foundational skill that is rendering the human form in a group setting, and sessions are open to artists of every skill level.

Sessions take place in our main building 1114 7th Street NW 87102.
Students can arrive anytime between 6:15p – 6:35p, students who arrive after 6:35p will have to wait for a break in drawing to be allowed entry. 


Artists are required to provide their own materials. If an artist is using materials that will create mess (pastel dust, charcoal dust, etc) the artist must clean up any mess immediately upon finishing the session, and leave the space in the same condition that it was when they arrived. The artists are requested to bring any cleaning products they will require to do this. Harwood has a limited selection of easels to choose from that will be provided on a first come first serve basis.

About the Moderator

Ivan Boyd is a local artist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Solo and group exhibits include 516 Arts, the John Sommers Gallery, the Harwood Art Center, and the Bright Rain Gallery. His awards include The Phyllis Muth Scholarship for Fine Arts, The Harry Nadler Memorial Fellowship Award, and The Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship at Yale University. He has taught art as an adjunct faculty member at Central New Mexico Community College, and at the Harwood Art Center, The Southwest University of Visual Art, and the University of New Mexico. Before focusing exclusively on his art he worked as an Analyst Programmer at the University of New Mexico.


5:40pm – 6:00pm – Arrival Time

6:05pm – DOORS CLOSE

6:05pm – 9:00pm- DRAWING TIME

**Doors will be locked once the drawing commences.This is to ensure that the artists are not disturbed whilst drawing, and the model is not unduly compromised. LATE ARRIVALS WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR A BREAK IN DRAWING TO BE ALLOWED ENTRY**

Note: Long Pose session scheduled on the third Tuesday of every month. Long Pose sessions start with a 20-minute warm up with fast gesture poses ranging between 1 – 3 minutes. The remaining time will be devoted to a single long pose allowing for more fully developed renderings.