Open Studio Life-Drawing

weekly model drawing, model painting, portrait drawing, portrait painting after 'life' model

General information

Ateliers Westerdok offers open sessions for anyone wishing to paint or draw independently using a live model. Professionals and amateurs can brush up their drawing and painting skills and technique in an informal atmosphere.
Professional and experienced models with varied looks and body-types are booked to support and facilitate the creative process.
There is no formal teaching but there is always a guide on hand (who also paints or draws him/herself) to supervise the class and to facilitate the models. Models pose clothed, nude or semi-nude. The character of each session varies according to the model, chosen theme or poses and the length of each pose.
You will need to provide your own drawing and painting materials. Paper is available if required. A workspace with an easel and a table is ready for you at the studio.

Are all places reserved but would you like to participate if a space becomes available? Then sign up for the waiting list.  If someone has to unsubscribe, you will receive a message that a place has become available and you can still make your booking.

For each session an additional contribution of € 5 per participant per session will be charged for the model pool, which is managed on behalf of the participants by Ateliers Westerdok. This extra contribution will be settled when you book your Prepaid. The prices stated in the agenda are without the contribution for the modelfee. The amount for this modelfee will only be visible during the registration process.


You will need to provide your own drawing and painting materials.  For these sessions it is not permitted to use our materials or small equipment, but easels and tables are of course made available. Large sketch or drawing paper of 50 x 65 cm. or 70 x100 cm. is available. Please bring 2 euros in cash with you for this as there is no Cash Dispenser close by.

For some of these sessions on Thursday evenings we will also provide an online connection via ZOOM, so you can also join from home. For these sessions, you also need to register via our booking site.

Updates are announced via the newsletter or can be seen in the booking system. During the holidays there is an adjusted schedule. This will be announced via the newsletter and on this page. Please subscribe to our newsletter below.

Reservation required
Because of the Corona measures, Ateliers Westerdok is equipped with fixed workplaces and walking routes to guarantee the 1.5 distance rule. With this Corona-free interior, 14 workplaces have been realized in the Atelier on the quay and 11 workspaces in the Atelier on the side street. Each workplace has its own easel, table and chair. Everyone must register per lesson in advance. An instruction film about how to make your booking can be found on the FAQ page. For more information about our measures regarding Corona, please see this page.

Explanation diagram below

The diagram below shows two buttons:

  • the Classes button shows the overview of this week’s lessons for this course (not all courses).
  • The Courses button shows the start dates of the different classes. You can then click on Info per course to find the planning of that course.

Models this month

Tuesday 10.30-13.00
October 20: Celeste, beautiful sturdy American model
October 27: Claire, large, luxurious Italian model

Wednesday 20.00-22.30
October 14: Ditte, slim, blond model from Denmark
October 21: Mark, muscular male model from England
October 28: Lisa, super-slim light-colored American model

Thursday 19.30-22.00
October 15: Balthazar: male model, undressed, short dynamic poses
October 22: Marieke: feminine full model, undressed, short positions
October 29: Fajo: male model, undressed, short positions

Friday 10.00-12.30
October 16: Ineza
October 23: Claire
October 30: Ditte
November 6 & 13: Mike
December 4 & 11: Susanne

Press the “Classes” button to see the weekly schedule.

Regular sessions

Tuesday morning
from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
1 long pose, clothed or nude
facilitator: Ruud Ritsma)
Wednesday evening
from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm
short poses, nude
facilitator: Ruud Ritsma)
Thursday evening
from 7.30 pm to 10 pm
inspiration evening model, clothed or nude - theme varies per week . Also to participate home via Zoom
facilitator: Joeri Léfevre
Friday morning
from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
2 or 3 weeks same long pose, nude
facilitator: Amber Moonen or Jiri Jilma

Prices from June 2020

Zoom session


per session

Zoom session is € 5 incl. 21% VAT + modelfee of € 5

Koop een Prepaid

One-off class


per session

One-off class is € 10 including 21% VAT + modelfee of € 5

Koop een prepaid

Pre-paid package 10


for 10 sessions

This Pre-paid package is per individual and valid for 4 months after purchase.  A Pre-paid package for 10 sessions is €90 including 21% VAT + €50 model-fee

Pre-paid package 20


for 20 sessions This Pre-paid package is per individual and valid for 6 months after purchase.  A Pre-paid package for 20 sessions is €160 including 21% VAT + €100 model-fee

Summer program

There will be an adapted summer program between July 10, 2021 and August 22, 2021 . We then offer two sessions per week. The Wednesday evenings take place weekly. In addition, also some Sunday mornings. The exact data is in the overview.

Exposition Open Studio Life-Drawing

Every year there is a special exhibition with work by participants who join the Open Studio Life-Drawing sessions. 

Information about participation and announcements for this exhibition runs via the newsletter and Facebook.

In 2020, the annual exhibition from May 28 to June 18 will be postponed due to Corona. A new date for this exhibition will be set later. Participants who want to participate can register via