Courses and registration

Art Room online Theme Nights 

The University of Helsinki Art Room Theme Nights shed light on various interesting subjects for drawing that are easily available in home environment. Drawing Master Vappu Rossi is the teacher, and most of the nights also involve introductions by visiting experts. The Theme Nights will be held in Finnish. Please see course details and registration links on the Finnish website.

Open to everyone. Wednesdays 5 May – 1 June 5–7:30 p.m.

The open drawing evenings at the Art Room welcome both beginners and more experienced artists. Each evening course can accommodate 15 participants. No previous experience in life drawing is necessary. Life drawing and croquis evenings will be held on alternating weeks.

The price for one night is 12€ / 8€. Registration is binding. The participation fee will not be reimbursed, but if you fall ill, you can request that your participation be transferred to another Wednesday session. The reduced price is for students, pensioners, unemployed, members of the Helsinki Alumni community, individuals doing their military or non-military service, and professional artists.

Croquis is a full-body sketch of a model drawn in a short amount of time. This spring’s croquis evenings at the Art Room provide a comprehensive overview of the different aspects of croquis drawing. Croquis, like all forms of life drawing, becomes even more rewarding with practice! For the croquis evenings, you will need your own drawing pad or sketchbook, preferably size A4–A3. For reasons of hygiene, we hope that the course participants will have their own drawing equipment, but pencils and other basic drawing tools can also be borrowed from the Art Room.

Life drawing at the Art Room focuses on classical drawing of a live model. The model does not change positions as in a croquis session. Instead, we will be drawing one pose over several 20-minute periods. The basics of charcoal drawing technics and observational drawing will be covered during the life drawing evenings. Life drawing is a fascinating, suitably challenging way for artists of all skill levels to practice their hand-eye coordination! In the Life Drawing evenings, a large sheet of paper will be provided. You can borrow drawing supplies from the Art Room or bring your own.

We follow the distance and hygiene recommendations both in the Art Room and in the excursion destinations. According to the university's guidelines, a mask is used in the courses in the Art Room. The mask recommendation is updated as needed according to the university's guidelines.

Note! Last-minute cancellation places can be inquired from the drawing master at or directly in the Art Room at the start of the drawing night at 5 pm. Upon arrival at the last-minute cancellation place, the course fee will be paid in cash directly at the Art Room.


Wed 4.5.2022 at 17–19.30 croquis: FULLY BOOKED!

Wed 11.5.2022 at 17–19.30, live model: FULLY BOOKED!

Wed 18.5.2022 at 17–19.30, croquis: FULLY BOOKED!

Wed 25.5.2022 at 17–19.30, live model: FULLY BOOKED!

Wed 1.6.2022 at 17–19.30, croquis: FULLY BOOKED!

Intensive courses 4–5 May and 18–19 May 2022 at 10am – 3pm.

Two identical two-day courses.

The intensive courses are open to everyone and feature atelier work and excursions to various venues of the University of Helsinki, fascinating from the artist’s perspective. On the Art Room Classics Course on May 2022, course participants get a guided tour (in Finnish) to Helsinki Observatory, designed by the famous architect C. L. Engel. The course fee of €45 / €22.50 includes teaching, excursions, drawing supplies and paper.

Intensive Courses and guided tours are held in Finnish. All the exercises can be given in English, if needed. Please see the course details from the Finnish language web page.


4–5 May:

18–19 May: