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Class #29581-1-31: Figure Drawing -
Saturdays 4/27 and 5/4 - 12:30-2:30pm
Tuition: $100 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington
Max. enrollment: 12. Enrolled so far: 7

In this Seattle figure drawing class, you’ll learn how to draw realistic human figures using an easy step-by-step method, even if you’ve never drawn before. 

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced artist, you’re welcome in this class. Beginners will learn some basics that will help you get off to a good start. Experienced artists have also told us they find this class helpful, to bring their figure drawing into better focus.

We’ll start out by drawing some simplified figures based on shapes such as easy-to-draw shapes such as ovals and cylinders; learn about the proportions; then learn how to add shading and details to make our figures look realistic and three dimensional.

Plus: how to draw hands and feet, how to show the figure in action, and how to draw both male and female figures. 

Many people take this class along with “Drawing Faces and Portraits”, which goes into much more detail about drawing the human head.

NOTE: You can bring your own art materials, or buy an inexpensive materials kit.  More info about the kit


Nils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s.  He has worked as a fine and commercial artist, book and magazine illustrator, fine arts painter, storyboard artist and cartoonist.

He has taught Seattle figure drawing classes and workshops through the Experimental College,  Shoreline Community College and  His artwork has been published in the United States and Europe.



  • This kit is optional. You can buy it, or bring your own materials
  • You do NOT have to drive to a store to pick up your kit. Instructor will bring kits to the first class meeting.
  • We usually have extras, so you can order at any time before the class starts, or just buy one in class.



  • Prismacolor premiere: WHITE
  • Prismacolor premiere: EBONY
  • Prismacolor eraser: MAGIC RUB
  • 6B drawing pencil
  • 4B drawing pencil
  • HB drawing pencil
  • Blending stump (to blend and smooth pencil shading)
  • Pencil sharpener with enclosure to catch shavings


  • Drawing paper (white) (9″ x 12”) Pro quality – Medium tooth
  • Drawing paper (pearl grey) (9″ x 12″) Pro quality – Medium tooth
  • Paper: Golden (9″ x 12″) Pro Quality – Medium tooth
  • Tracing paper (9 x 12″)
  • Kit may also contain additional materials not listed

This kit can be used for all of these classes:

  • Learn to Draw in a Day
  • Drawing for Absolute Beginners
  • Drawing in Perspective
  • Drawing Faces and Portraits
  • Figure Drawing

You can either bring your own materials for our drawing classes, or if you buy a kit, the instructor will bring it to class for you. Please prepay using the "BUY KIT" link if you would like one. Thank you, and, have a great class!


Student comments

This was my first figure drawing class, I had no idea what to expect when I walked in the door. I felt comfortable at all times and I enjoyed the different skill levels in the class. I loved the teacher and overall I learned a great deal and had fun in the class. I would for sure recommend it to a friend! (comment submitted online)

I loved it, it was really fun. – K.A., Seattle

(I liked) the instructor’s ability to simplify the important concepts necessary to draw the human figure including foreshortening. (comment submitted online)

Instructors attitude toward students, their objectives and their out put was positive and affirming….encouraging and accepting (comment submitted online)

Thanks for the extra help with hands and feet. The class was excellent and I’ll be back for some more in the future. – S.F., Seattle

I liked learning techniques. Nils simplified the process so that drawing the figure is not so daunting to me any more. Great class! (comment submitted online)

It was great, exactly what I was hoping for. I improved a lot and I understand the figure better now. – M.L.

This was a great class for me. It went at an easy pace, but covered more than most figure drawing classes cover in a year. My wife mentioned the improvement in my drawings. – R.G., Seattle

I took your figure drawing class five years ago. It made a total difference in my artwork.  Thanks for offering it. – Randy L., Kent

I was looking for Seattle figure drawing classes that did more than just set up a model and tell people to start drawing… this class looked good so I took a chance and signed up. I’m glad I did because it was exactly what I was looking for. – Robin T., Seattle