worcester art museum nude figure drawing classes create community

Worcester Art Museum experiences success with nude figure-drawing classes.

Since 2013, the museum has been offering nude-figure drawing classes once a week. While nude-figure drawing is a rite of passage for fine arts majors in studios, this appears to be the only museum in the country to offer it in its galleries to the general public. The museum provides pencils, paper, drawing boards, erasers, and a live model — all for the price of general admission (which is free for members, and for all visitors in August).

Attendees can come and go from the classes between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., though director of audience engagement Adam Rozan said that most stay for the full three hours. Encouraging people to linger in the galleries is one of the main goals of the program.

The nude-figure drawing classes are one of the most successful and long-term programs aimed at making the museum experience more active. The first class was held, fittingly, near a nude: “Venus Disarming Cupid,” by Paolo Veronese. Now, classes rotate from gallery to gallery, so that visitors who come back can get a new experience. The museum has tracked over 2,000 participants in the classes, many of whom are repeat visitors. Some come nearly every week.

Read full article: The Boston Globe

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