promoting the art of figure modeling as an artistic profession

Filling a gap in our thriving arts

community, Art of Modeling provides: 

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



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 the thriving arts community here!

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 an online gallery to connect art buyers with figurative artist members, who retain 100% of their sales

  • To educate artists & models on industry appropriate conduct

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

ELLEN ALLEN, founder

Boulder Artist and Art of Modeling Founder, 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.  For almost a decade, Ellen has managed a professional commercial fashion model with dual representation in Denver & San Francisco, working directly with booking agents at two major talent agencies. Ellen has worked in arts administration for the Boulder County Arts Alliance, the Arts Hub Performing & Visual Arts Center, and for the NoBo Art District.  Ellen also volunteers in the Boulder arts community and 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.



Instructed Portraiture Drawing
Sun, Oct 04
The NoBo Space
Oct 04, 1:30 PM – Nov 01, 4:00 PM
The NoBo Space, 4929 #E Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304, USA
Taught by Robyn Cochran-Ragland
Weekly Uninstructed Figure Drawing
The NoBo Space
The NoBo Space, 4929 Broadway #E, Boulder, CO 80304, USA
4 Weeks Figure Drawing/Pre-Registration Required
Plein Air Figure Drawing
Gunbarrel Commons Park
Gunbarrel Commons Park, Almond Ln, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
Plein Air Figure Drawing offered every Monday and Tuesday as long as weather cooperates.
Daily Virtual Figure Drawing
Time is TBD
Time is TBD
Virtual Figure Drawing offered daily with various models at various times
Figure Drawing Mini Marathon
Sun, Oct 18
The Spark
Oct 18, 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM
The Spark , 4847 Pearl St B4, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
Four Hours, Four Models! Come draw figure at the Spark Theater with the garage doors wide open, artist attendance capped below 20, artists masked and socially distanced.
Monthly Costumed Figure Drawing
Sun, Apr 05
1898 S Flatiron Ct
Apr 05, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
1898 S Flatiron Ct, 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
Costumed Figure Drawing. Richard will be dressed as multiple space ship crew members based on the original Star Trek series

Please help AOM survive COVID-19!

We will use the funds to keep our models modeling plain air in the park for as long as possible, and if we secure enough funds to also help the models by reimbursing them for a portion of their cancelled due-to-Covid bookings

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