We offer several part-time study options, including a open studio figure sessions, evening and Saturday classes.

We are here to teach our method to the people that want to learn it – if you’d like to study with us in a different format than what’s listed below, we will be happy to work out a custom study schedule to fit your schedule and goals.

Please click here for a list of required materials.

Saturday Portrait and Figure Class

Our Saturday portrait sessions are a great opportunity to learn the CSS drawing method, and a chance to work with some of Philly’s finest figure and portrait models. During this month-long class you will learn our method for creating an accurate block-in with an emphasis on gesture and likeness by focusing on shapes at the picture plane, and then transitioning to a more three-dimensional mindset before leaving that preparatory stage. Students will then proceed to model that drawing in graphite or oil paint. You may choose to draw the full figure or a portrait. All skill levels welcome.

Four Saturdays in a row (rolling enrollment), 10:00am – 3:30pm

$250 per month

Evening Cast Drawing and Block-in

Cast drawing is a centuries old, proven practice that builds a strong skill set that one will find useful in representing any subject, and was considered foundational training for all realist artists prior to the 20th century. Whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced artist looking to hone your drawing skills, our cast drawing class will teach you a powerful step-by-step procedure for artistic problem solving. You will draw from plaster casts of classical sculpture, learning how to see shapes accurately, think three-dimensionally in line, and render with a high degree of fidelity. The concept of light on form, as well as other conceptualizations of nature will be explored.

Once your technique is sound you may move on to a cast painting, where you will learn how to paint form in oil. You may also choose to start training by creating faithful copies of master drawings, exclusively from the Charles Bargue Drawing Course. Such copy work was a standard introduction for artists of the past and students will find it a welcome transition to drawing from life. All skill levels welcome.

Monday through Thursday, 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

Instruction on Mondays and Wednesdays.

$225 per month

Open Figure Drawing

Our figure drawing sessions are open to the public on a case-by-case basis. This is just to ensure our full-time students have guaranteed spots for each pose, and is not meant as a barrier to entry – we welcome all artists in most media to participate in figure sessions. Please call or email to get a current schedule of poses and availability.

$15 per session.


Please send all class registration inquiries to cambridgeststudios@gmail.com, or call us at (267) 888-7345. We look forward to seeing you!

Cambridge Street Studios, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race /ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or age in the administration of any of its volunteer, employment, educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or any other programs.