Quimper Arts

 Thank you for visiting.  Please join us any Monday to draw or paint live models in Port Townsend, Washington.


What is Quimper Arts?

Quimper Arts is first and foremost a group of artists who draw and paint (and even sculpt!) live models every Monday.  Click the History tab to see our history.

When and Where

We have two sessions with different models each Monday.  The morning session, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, consists of shorter poses.  The afternoon session, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., involves just a single pose by the model.  Some artists prefer the morning sessions; some the afternoon; some of us come to both sessions.  We have sessions even on holidays, except for Christmas and New Years if they fall on Mondays.

Our meeting place is the the Masonic Lodge, 1360 Jefferson St, Port Townsend, WA, which is the red brick building behind the stone post office building.

What Does it Cost?

Dues are $60 per year.  If you are a new member the dues are prorated based on the month you start.  Once you are a member, the cost is $10 per session you choose to attend.  If you are not yet a member, you are still welcome to attend as many sessions as you wish.  The cost for non-members is $15 per session.  Sign up with and pay your annual dues and session fees to the Treasurer or whoever you see with the money box at the session.

Benefits of Membership

Here are some extra benefits to joining Quimper Arts:

  • Community: With your membership dues we have the stability to keep our group alive and assure we can meet our rent, model, and other expenses.  Quimper Arts is part of the vibrant arts community in Port Townsend, and supports emerging artists by awarding scholarships at the annual Jefferson County Fair.
  • Art education: We often learn simply by observing our fellow artists and the variety of mediums used by Quimper Arts artists.  Past art education has included charcoal portrait and figure drawing, and the Board is looking into other educational opportunities.
  • Showing your work:  This website has an artist page that will soon be revamped to include current members and samples of their work (optional of course).  We can link to your own art web pages and/or Instagram if you want other members or the general public to see more of your creations.  Pippa’s Real Tea invited us to set up a show in 2016, and we will return in May – June 2018.  We expect we will again be offered a wall to show our work at the Jefferson County Fair.

What to Expect and Protocols

Morning Sessions:  The first ten poses are one minute each, and the models often strike dramatic poses that would be hard to sustain for more than a minute.  Then there are a couple each of 5, 10, and 20 minute poses.  The artists enjoy warming up with the shorter poses, capturing the general gestures, leading up to the longer poses.

Afternoon Sessions: In the afternoon the model holds a single pose for the entire 2.5 hours.

We have artists of all levels of experience, including beginners, attending our sessions.  There are as many approaches as there are artists: Some focus on just the portrait; some refine the shading; some use the model for general inspiration and don’t attempt a realistic representation.  Our artists use a variety of mediums.

Whether you attend the morning or afternoon session, please arrive a few minutes before the starting time in order to set up.  You may enter either through the front door or the side door if you arrive before the session starts, but please use only the front door if you arrive after a session starts or if you must leave during a session in order to avoid drafts and noise and for the privacy of the model.  If you must enter or leave during a session please do so quietly and with as little disruption as possible.

Bring any type of material you wish to to draw or paint on or with.  A board that you clip paper onto can be helpful.  If you have an easel, great.  We also have “horses” (benches where you can sit and prop your drawing board in front of you) and tables.

If you use oil or acrylic paints you must have a drop cloth to protect the floor.  If you must use mineral spirits for oil painting, use only odorless mineral spirits and keep these in a covered jar that you uncover only when you actively need access.  Gamsol and Daniel Smith’s DS Sol are good choices.

Please keep cologne, perfume and other personal fragrances out of the studio.

Cell phones should be off or on vibrate or low volume ring.

The artists share the responsibility to set up and clear up at the end of the day.  Artists who come in the afternoon are encouraged to stay until the end so we can all share in putting everything away.

We are indeed fortunate to have a group of great models, both men and women of different ages and shapes, but who are all diligent and talented.  (If you are interested in being a model, please visit our Model Schedule page and see the contact information for the morning and afternoon model schedulers).

Tips to models are welcome, and if you choose to tip, you can just hand the model your tip at the end (when their clothes are back on).  Our Treasurer will try to keep some smaller bills in the box if you need to break a $20 for tips.

If you want to photograph a model, you must first get the model’s permission, and then pay the model a $5 photo fee.  Please wait until the end of the drawing session to actually photograph the model.

If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please contact us at oldtimeyart@centurylink.net or call our President, Tracy Grisman, at 415-225-3018.  You can also visit us on Facebook.



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