Photo: Susanna Alatalo


The Finnish Art Society organises open life drawing sessions in the Kunsthalle Helsinki from 18:15 to 20:00 hours.

September: 22nd, 29th
October: 6th, 13th, 20th
November: 17th, 24th

Please note that the Society reserves the right to change these dates and continues to monitor the coronavirus situation. Check for possible updates.

Please arrive healthy. USING A FACE MASK IS RECOMMENDED. The Kunsthalle has disinfectant points in the main and the back lobby and by the elevator. Disposable masks can be purchased at the ticket office.

The number of seats is limited to 50 in two rooms (25 seats per room) in order to keep a safe distance.

Ticket selling starts at 17:45. Please wait outside and queue at a safe distance of 1.5 metres apart. Remember to keep distance also during the break.

The drawing session starts at 18:15 and ends at 19:55 in the middle gallery and at 20:00 in the back gallery in order to avoid crowding the hallway. When the drawing night is over, please kindly leave without delay. The staff will collect the chairs.

Please bring your own drawing materials.

Tickets: €8 / €5 for the members of the Finnish Art Society
Series tickets: 5 visits €35, 10 visits €70
Disposable mask: €2 (1 mask per visitor)
We advise to prioritise paying with a card and to avoid using cash.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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Artist Tapani Raittila:


“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