The Finnish Art Society organises open life drawing sessions in the Kunsthalle Helsinki on Tuesdays from 18:15 to 20:00 hours, exhibition programme permitting. This autumn we also have moving croquis on four Thursdays.

Bring your own drawing materials. The admission fee is €8, for the members of the Finnish Art Society €7.


August: 22nd, 29th
September: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
October: 3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st
November: 7th, 14th
December: 5th, 12th, 19th

Please note that the Society reserves the right to change these dates.

Please note: no liquids (beverages or water for painting) are allowed in the exhibition galleries. Eating is allowed only in the lobby.
Each artist should take only one chair in order to have enough seats for everybody. Please take caution around the works of art!

If you wish to receive an email about croquis nights, send your email address to info(a)
More info: Office, tel. +358 (0)45 7731 4315, ticket sales tel. +358 (0)40 450 7211.

You can buy your croquis sketchpad at the Kioski shop at the Kunsthalle.
A4 | 150 | 80 g | €10


Artist Tapani Raittila: Croquis drawings are not easy to judge

“That’s exactly how it is. When you eliminate things you can also make mistakes, I readily admit that. Croquis is done quickly, which has its advantages. It’s an entirely different thing if you make a drawing slowly. A drawing in which one ‘examines’ something, as the saying goes, differs from croquis, which is based on risk, and when it succeeds, is born under a lucky star. Matisse used to say to his students that they must be able to draw a man who falls from the fifth floor — that fast.” (Tapani Raittila in interview with Riitta Valorinta, published in Raittila’s exhibition book, 2007)

Tapani Raittila: Sitting Girl, 1973