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Minerva's Drawing Studio aka SPRING STUDIO
91 Canal Street, corner Eldridge Street, NYC

(Above: Marc LaMantia designed, printed, and installed the sign on the front of the facade.)

After closing the studio on Broome Street on July 31 due to high rent, the studio contents were packed into a truck that was then parked at the truck rental parking lot  until Minerva found a new space on the fourth floor of 91 Canal Street with cheaper rent, and Gordon Fitch signed the lease on August 19.

Robert Haisley  designed and built platforms and installed lighting. Everyone volunteered to help and the studio opened for all sessions on September 20.

It is the best studio yet, and everyone loves it. We do need more drafting tables and folding chairs. Friday nights will go till 9:30, and Tuesday nights will have male models only.

All cards are honored. Replacements for lost, stolen, washed or misplaced cards. 

Share the JOY at these  FREE EVENTS:

Scott Moy  "PORTRAITS"

Reception: Sunday, October 20, 5:30 to 8:30
Drop by please, or visit from 4 to 6 Mon.-Fri,
through November 8

SAVE THE TREES Drawathon with Reverend Billy
Earlier in the afternoon, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, on October 20th.

Meet at the 6th Street Overpass and East River Bikeway ... to draw clothed models in order to draw attentionto the City's plan to cut down trees in the park,  part of  the coastal flood resiliency project. Resist, rain or shine.

(The Sunday 1:30 Portrait session at the studio meets as usual.)

Nylaia Performs Burlesque
Musical sounds from Andrew Bolotowsky, 
Mary Hurlbut, David Galt  and others
Sunday, October 27, 5:30 
RSVP "Yes" only, if possible
< springstudio@earthlink.net>

WATCH YouTube videos shot by Susan Yung:
Nylaia on Minerva's 80th brthday

Michael Wynne singing "On Raglan Road," last New Year's Eve

Fourth of July, 2019, in the park


Minerva Durham
Minerva Durham

New York City Art

Minerva's Drawing Studio
91 Canal Street at Eldridge St
New York, NY
Minerva Durham, Director
917-375-6086 -- springstudio@earthlink.net
AKA Spring Studio
. . . An On-Going Sketch Class . . .

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Minerva's Drawing Studio
91 Canal St,. 4th floor

Monday through Saturday, 9:30, 1:00, 6:00.

SUNDAY 10:00, 1:30 

9:30 am to 12:30 pm   ONE POSE
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm    SKETCH with instruction (Nicolaides class)
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm    Model Tryouts and quick poses

9:30 am to 12:30 pm    SKETCH with instruction (Minerva teaches)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm      SKETCH
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm      SKETCH, male model session

9:30 am to 12:30 pm      SKETCH with instruction (Nicolaides class)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm       SKETCH with instruction (Minerva teaches)
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm       SKETCH with instruction (Minerva teaches)

9:30 am to 12:30 pm     SKETCH with instruction (Minerva teaches)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm        ONE POSE
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm        SKETCH

9:30 am to 12:30 pm     ONE POSE
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm      SKETCH
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm      SKETCH

9:30 am to 12:30 pm     SKETCH with instruction (Minerva teaches)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm      SKETCH 2 models, 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays of  month
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm      ONE POSE

10:00 am to 1:00 pm   SKETCH
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm   PORTRAIT CLOTHED with instruction



Life Drawing

Draw from the model all day, every day, and six evenings a week in NYC.

Learn to draw the figure by relating disarticulated bones to the living body in Minerva Durham's drawing classes Saturdays and Thursdays at 9:30am and Wednesdays at 1:00 and 6:00.

Bring soft vine charcoal, an 18" x 24" newsprint pad and enjoy long and short poses, gestures and croquis in figurative drawing workshops in the company of serious and congenial artists at all levels of skill development.

Beginners are welcome. Walk-in, first-come, first served.

Spring Studio located at 91 Canal Street, corner Eldridge Street, in historic China Town. It is an 'open' drawing studio.

We have three 3- hour figure drawing sessions per day (two on Sunday), one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

We offer drawing, anatomy, and portrait instruction at no extra fee in 8 classes. Artists who use watercolor, pen and ink, charcoal are accommodated.

There are no per-month contracts; if you miss a class you do not pay for it.

The art studio is convenient to most subways.

World Class Art


Current Rates:

$ 22 - for one session
$ 85 - for 5 sessions
$160 - for 10 sessions
$350 - for 25 sessions
$550 - for 50 sessions


Minerva's Drawing Studio is located at 91 Canal Street, at Eldridge Street in Lower Manhattan.


NY Subway Train Stops:

Canal Street


. . . An On-Going Sketch Class . . .

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Minerva Durham -- Bio

Minerva Durham is quoted in Peter Steinhart's best-selling book on figure drawing: The Undressed Art, Why We Draw, and a drawing by her was included in A Decade of Contemporary American Figure Drawing, curated by Norman Lundin in 2002 for the Frye Art Museum, Seattle.

An article in the New York Times, A Beginner's Guide to Walk-In Art Classes, praises her teaching and describes her as, 'an earthy hippie with a gentle manner.' David Sedaris short story “Memento Mori” mentions her and her Skeleton.

Born in St. Louis MO, Minerva Durham has lived in NYC three decades. She taught drawing at Parson's School of Design for ten years before opening Spring Studio in SoHo. For twenty-five years she presented figure-drawing sessions there open to the public seven days a week. The studio moved to 293 Broome Street when its lease on Spring Street was not renewed.

The studio has exhibited the works of hundreds of artists, both professionals and students, and has presented many events of music, dance and writing, and Body Painting based on the nervous, muscular and circulatory systems.






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