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promoting the art of figure modeling as an artistic profession

Filling a gap in our thriving arts

community, Art of Modeling provides: 

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The Art of Modeling is a woman/artist/model

owned business in Boulder, CO


Art of Modeling is a proud member of

The Boulder County Arts Alliance

Art of Modeling is a proud member of the

NoBo Art District

Art of Modeling is a proud Colorado Start Up

NPR station, KUNC's recent arts feature on AOM

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The Art of Modeling is a booking agency, fine arts model training provider and an informal professional association of fine arts models in the Boulder-Denver metropolitan area.

Boulder, Colorado has the third highest per capita rate of artists in the country and Art of Modeling is thrilled to promote the performing art of figure modeling & to provide this service to our thriving arts community!

Our Mission and Goals include:


  • To promote fine arts modeling as a legitimate and artistic profession

  • To encourage models’ safety and respect

  • To raise the level of professionalism within the fine arts modeling industry

  • To facilitate both the hiring of models & finding work as a professional fine arts model

  • To promote a wage that is equitable to the profession

  • To create and provide figurative drawing opportunities for the arts community

  • To support figurative artists careers by hosting brick & mortar gallery exhibits as well as by providing an online gallery to connect art buyers with figurative artist members.  Artists retain 100% of their online sales.

  • To educate artists & models on industry appropriate conduct

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Ellen art modeling in Los Gatos, CA
Illustration in progress by Artist, John Peck

ELLEN ALLEN, founder

Boulder Artist and Art of Modeling Founder/Executive Director, Ellen Allen, is an award-winning artist with a traditional arts training (A.O.S. Graphic Design) from Pratt Institute, NY, NY and a BA (Psychology) from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with additional coursework at Parson's School of Design at the New School, NY, NY.  


Ellen was a sought-after fine arts model in the San Francisco & Monterey Bay Areas.  Ellen also managed a professional commercial fashion model with dual representation in Denver & San Francisco, working directly with booking agents at two major talent agencies for a decade.


Before Ellen started Art of Modeling, she interned in arts administration for the Boulder County Arts Alliance, and worked in arts administration for the Arts Hub Performing & Visual Arts Center, and for the NoBo Art District.  


Over the years, Ellen has regularly volunteered in the Boulder, CO and the Scotts Valley, CA communities that she and her family have made her home and most recently has donated time & experience to the Dairy Arts Center, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), The Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA), The NoBo Art District, The City of Boulder's Office of Arts & Culture's (BAC) Boulder Arts Week (BAW), Arts Parts Creative Reuse Center, and Art Walk Longmont.



  • Figure Drawing Marathon August 8
    Aug 08, 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM
    The Spark, 4847 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
    Draw four different models, two at a time, collectively offering 50 different poses throughout the duration.
  • Artistic Anatomy
    Mon, Sep 06
    The Spark
    Sep 06, 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
    The Spark, 4847 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
    Instructed Artistic Anatomy Intensive
  • Figures in Literature project
    Thursdays 11am-1pm
    Boulder Public Library
    Thursdays 11am-1pm
    Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
    FREE! Draw fine arts models costumed as characters from literary classics, a different one each Thursday, 11am-1pm June-September
  • Figure Drawing Mondays, July 5, 12, 26
    July 5, 12, & 26
    Boulder, 4929 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304, USA
    Monday Drop In Figure Drawing, Short Poses. A new nude fine arts model each week. Facilitated, uninstructed. Light snacks included. Bring your drawing supplies & easel. We have easels, tables & chairs to share.
  • Figure Drawing Saturdays July 3 & 31
    Saturdays July 3 & 31
    Saturdays July 3 & 31
    Boulder, 4929 #E Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304, USA
    Figure Drawing Saturdays July 3 & 31. Uninstructed, facilitated. Nude fine arts model each week. Easels, chairs & tables available. Light snacks included.
  • Instructed Fashion Illustration
    Coming in September
    NoBo Art Center
    Coming in September
    NoBo Art Center
    Learn the fundamentals of fashion illustration from a published fashion illustrator
  • Daily Virtual Figure Drawing
    By Appointment
    Virtual Figure Drawing offered daily with various models at various times

Interested in booking a live model?

We can help.


Thank you to our generous Sponsors & Affiliates

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April 17 2021 Figure Drawing