February 9, 2020

Los Angeles, CA

TOM of Finland Foundation
Life Drawing Session
Uninstructed life drawing session

  Life Drawing Workshop Artist: TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (preparatory drawing), 1965 © 1965 - 2020 Tom of Finland Foundation

Uninstructed Nude Figure Drawing and Painting

Each month the Foundation offers a friendly
and positive environment to practice your skills.
Please bring your own materials.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
[Early arrival suggested due to parking availability]

Spinning the tunes: DJ RocketManLA, with over 100,000 songs!

Light refreshments will be served.

Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes
Reservations Required
[Kindly notify if you must cancel]

$30 suggested donation upon arrival.
$25 Advance Tickets
Scholarship funds available.

10% OFF for 1 advance ticket for ToFF Members
ToFF members enter your ongoing 9 digit award number
into PROMO CODE for 10% off for one ticket.

Please use your phone outside the drawing area.
(No photography)

These sessions start at the scheduled time. We strongly urge artists to arrive at least five to ten minutes early to avoid disturbing a modeling session in progress. Plus: the earliest to arrive get the best seating!

Each month the Foundation offers a friendly and positive environment to practice your skills. From unsure beginner to master artist, working with a live model provides unique challenges and opportunities unlike any other, giving each session its own kind of excitement. Plan to attend!

Sessions are held once a month (usually the 2nd or 3rd week of the month) on Sundays. 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Please sign up for ToFF's eNews to receive reminders of future Sessions and other Foundation and erotic art events.

Our Life Drawing Session Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes

Miguel Angel Reyes was born September 29th, 1964 in Colima, Mexico. He immigrated to the United States in 1975. He has consistently been a prolific artist since graduating from Oits Parsons school of design in 1987 with a BFA in fine art.

Miguel is a Los Angeles - based portrait and figurative painter, muralist, printmaker and illustrator. Miguel incorporates expressionist brushwork and a saturated palette in celebration of the classic latin tradition. Miguel's accomplishments as a photographer informs the way he creates paintings and prints. When not working from life, Miguel begins by shooting his own photographs on the street, clubs, in studio and elsewhere. Whether working from life or photos, his pieces always create an intimate connection between subject and viewer.

His art has been exhibited throughout the U.S including - Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Alaska. Miguel has created murals for the Los Angeles MTA, and bus ad campaign for LA County Office of AIDS - AIDS/Living Responsibly campaign. Miguel's work is in the collections of LACMA print collections, Laguna Art Museum, Watts Towers Arts Center, University of Austin, TX, and Fine Arts gallery Museum, Chicago.

Miguel's clients include - Genre, Flaunt, Guess Jeans, Forest Witaker, Tom Skerritt, Davis Factor, Luis Barajas and Jim Turner. Miguel has been the recipient of the 2001 CSW Artists of the Year, 2000 WEHO Awards/Artist, 1998 VIVA Arts Award and the 1992 VOGUE/SOTHEBY'S Cecil Beaton Award.

Miguel's artwork has been published in LA Times Magazine, Blue, Chicano and Latino Artist of Los Angeles, and Saludos Hispanos magazine.

Naked & Loving It: One Local Artist Has the Utmost Appreciation for Male Nude Figures

Artist: Miguel Angel ReyesAnd after attending one of Miguel Angel Reyes’ nude figure drawing sessions at the Tom of Finland Foundation, you will too.

Long before Grindr, Scruff, Snapchat, and that leaked Cheyenne Jackson video, there was erotic art—skilled hands and sharp eyes that captured every detail of the naked human body.

Artists like L.A.’s very own Miguel Angel Reyes keeps this traditional art form alive in his own work at the Tom of Finland Foundation’s monthly Life Drawing Sessions... You’ll be under Reyes’ gentle wing, himself a former session attendee before he took over as coordinator nearly 10 years ago.

Lydia Siriprakorn, FRONTIERS



Getting to TOM House

Our bus stop is Sunset/Echo Park. We are serviced by Metro lines 4/704 and 2/302. Also the 603 to Alvarado/Sunset.

Continue on Sunset Boulevard to Laveta Terrace, then up the short hill and up the Grand Stairs until Laveta Terrace levels out and another 1/2 block. TOM House is on your left. The House is only a 0.3 mile walk from the bus stop.

Photograph by Alex La Cruz for GAYLETTER
Photograph by Alex La Cruz for GAYLETTER

1421 Laveta Terrace is on a residential street so you may also want to consider using Uber or Lyft.

Future Session dates usually appear on our Public Calendar.

TOM House
(Foundation Headquarters)
1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026
(Echo Park) Map

For more information contact: Miguel Angel Reyes

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