Life Drawing at the Nicholas Building

Life Drawing at the Nicholas Building

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We all have one, yet the body remains a thing of fascination.

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Our life drawing classes resume on 1 February 2022.

Join us from 7:00-9:00pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Missing Persons in the Nicholas Building.

For $20 per person, all materials are provided including butcher paper, drawing boards, charcoal, and pencils.


Our untutored classes suit all levels. We welcome people of differing ages and backgrounds to attend on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 7pm to 9pm. We charge $20 per class. This includes free-to-use drawing materials and paper supplies. You are welcome to BYO food and drinks. Please ensure that you arrive on time as our class commences at 7:00pm sharp. The gallery opens 30 minutes before each class. Feel free to come in for a chat.


Missing Persons is a Covid-safe venue. We have reduced our class size to 30 people per session to ensure that social distancing is possible.

As of 22 April, it is no longer mandatory in Victoria to check-in using the Services Victoria app, show your vaccination status or wear a face mask during the sessions. If you feel unwell, please think of others and stay at home.


If you have a ticket and cannot attend, please let us know immediately. An exchange or refund will be issued if you request it (via email only) before 1:00pm on the day of your booked class.

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If your cancellation is last-minute or sent via social media we will not exchange or refund your ticket. The best thing to do is gift it to a colleague or friend.


Missing Persons is an independent multi-arts space located in the Nicholas Building in Melbourne. The community-driven space encourages flexible and experimental programming across art forms. Missing Persons houses life drawing classes, art exhibitions, theatre and comedy shows, book launches, and is a photo and film location.


The Nicholas Building is located at 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000. You’ll find us on the corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street. The entrance to the Nicholas Building is inside Cathedral Arcade (next to Subway). Take the lift up to level 4. Look out for Room 12.



Tram Stop: City Square/Swanston St

Train Station: Flinders Street Station


Louise (Lou) Klerks started running this life drawing class in 2008. In the early years, she held the weekly sessions at No Vacancy Gallery and 1000 Pound Bend. In 2016 Lou moved her class to the Nicholas Building where she established Missing Persons, a multi-arts space. For over a decade, she has taken great pleasure in facilitating the classes. Lou believes that her life drawing classes are a great place to meet like-minded people, build connections in the Melbourne arts community, and benefit from a sense of social wellbeing. Lou is proud to work with a range of highly skilled and professional life models who are central to this small operation. In addition to running the classes, she works as an exhibition curator and occasional vinyl DJ. You can find more from Lou here.


Do I need to book? At this point in time, we are only taking online bookings because of coronavirus. Purchase a class ticket via Eventbrite. You're on the right page.

How much is the class? We have casual classes for $20. This cost includes the use of our art materials, butchers paper and drawing boards.

What do I need to bring? Gold coins if you fancy a glass of wine by donation. BYO is fine too! We provide drawing materials, boards and paper (this is included in the price of your ticket).

I’ve never drawn before, is this going to be an issue? Our classes are structured but untutored. Give it a go. No judgement here.

How long is the class? 2 hours from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Our doors open at 6:30pm. Please come early but don’t be late. If you need to leave before 9:00pm, we have a break from 8:00 to 8:20pm. This is a good time to sneak away.

I purchased a ticket and I cannot attend, what do I do? We are more than happy to refund and exchange tickets if we receive an email request from you by 1:00pm on the day of your booked class. Scroll up to the section about 'Tickets, Exchanges, Refunds' to learn more.

How do I know who is modelling? You can see who is modelling on the calendar on our website.

You can also check Facebook or Instagram

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