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The Drawing Foundation – All Day Drawing Competition

$45.00 – $65.00

Join The Drawing Foundation for an all-day Figure Drawing Competition.


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Join up to 65 other artists for a full day of drawing from multiple live models. Starting at 10:00 am on Sunday, April 7th, artists can work in three distinct categories:

  1. Long Pose Figure Drawing (6-hour pose)
  2. Short Pose Figure Drawing (changes every hour)
  3. Portrait Drawing (6-hour pose)

A note about the word “competition”: We believe that working with others of various skill levels drives us to work at our highest abilities. This competition is designed to foster camaraderie and inspiration within the community. Attendees do not need to submit their work for judging.

  • Morning Drawing Session 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Lunch (not provided) 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
  • Afternoon Drawing Session 2:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Judging 5:00 pm.
  • Winner Announced 5:30 pm. 

Artists may work in dry media only, including graphite, charcoal, and pastel pencils. (Loose, dry pastels are not permitted for health reasons). Artists may work up to 18″x24″. We do not accept digital art for submission for judging.

Attendees will be allowed to enter the building at 9:45 am in the order they arrive. Seating is strictly first come, first served, and seats may not be saved for artists who are not present. Each attendee will be given two chairs to work with, allowing them to place their board on the back of one chain and sit on the other. Compact easels are permitted on a case-by-case basis (space permitting). Easels may not occupy the front row of any model area. 

We are thrilled to have three esteemed judges joining us for this competition.

  1. Nadine Orenstein: Drue Heinz Curator in Charge, Department of Drawings and Prints – The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  2. Hannah Yata: Artist Hannah Yata works with the techniques and materials of the old masters. Her psychedelic wonderlands are whimsical and playful at first, but at second glance, they burst with resonance and symbolism, creating a playful and devouring atmosphere.
  3. LeeAna Wolfman: Director of Galerie Daniel Templon, a Contemporary art gallery established in 1966 based in Paris, Brussels, and New York.

Awards will be given in three categories: 1) Short-Pose Figure Drawing, 2) Long-Pose Figure Drawing, and 3) Portrait Drawing (presented by The Portrait Society of America)

Judges’ decisions are final and at their sole discretion. Because our judging panel includes an artist, curator, and gallery director, we encourage artists to create the best work they can according to their tastes.  

Awards are NOT purchase prizes. Winning artists keep their work. The Drawing Foundation may reproduce images solely for promotional purposes and makes no claim of copyright to images. Artists agree to share and tag images and photos based on language provided at the award ceremony.

No photography is allowed while models are posing. Photography of models will result in the immediate removal of attendees, who will forfeit their ticket, spot, and payment and will not be allowed to submit work for judging.

The rooms are expected to be quiet while the artists are working. Conversations should take place outside the competition area. Phone calls and music on speakers are not allowed. We recommend earphones if you wish to listen to music or for noise cancellation.



Drawing New York


Drawing New York
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003 United States
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April 7
10:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
$45.00 – $65.00
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