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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, 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 Basic Portrait Drawing
    Wed, Apr 28
    The NoBo Art Center
    Apr 28, 7:00 PM – May 19, 9:30 PM
    The NoBo Art Center, 4929 Broadway St #E, Boulder, CO 80304, USA
    In this 4 session class students draw from a live model and learn the art of portraiture
  • Plein Air Figure Drawing
    Wed, May 05
    Wellington Road & Brandywine Court
    May 05, 11:00 AM – May 26, 1:00 PM
    Wellington Road & Brandywine Court, Wellington Rd & Brandywine Ct, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
    Plein Air Figure Drawing offered weekly on Wednesdays
  • Figurative Exhibit
    Fri, May 07
    The Gallery @ Bus Stop Apartments
    May 07, 7:00 PM – May 29, 9:00 PM
    The Gallery @ Bus Stop Apartments, 4895 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304, USA
    Art of Modeling's first annual Figurative Exhibit group show
  • May Figure Drawing Marathon
    Sun, May 16
    May 16, 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM
    Boulder, 4847 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
    4 hours, 4 models in the Spark's open door theater
  • Instructed Portrait, Caricature & Aging
    Wed, May 26
    The Spark A Performing Arts Community
    May 26, 7:00 PM – Jun 16, 9:30 PM
    The Spark A Performing Arts Community, 4847 Pearl St B4, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
    A 4 session class providing a more in-depth study of portraiture
  • Instructed Fashion Illustration
    Wed, Jul 07
    The Spark A Performing Arts Community
    Jul 07, 7:00 PM – Jul 28, 9:30 PM
    The Spark A Performing Arts Community, 4847 Pearl St B4, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
    Learn the fundamentals of fashion illustration from a published fashion illustrator
  • 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
  • Daily Virtual Figure Drawing
    By Appointment
    Virtual Figure Drawing offered daily with various models at various times
  • Weekly Uninstructed Indoor Figure Drawing
    May 03, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    NoBo Art Center, 4929 Broadway #E, Boulder, CO 80304, USA
    Uninstructed, moderated figure drawing with a live model ​
  • April Figure Drawing Marathon
    Apr 17, 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM
    Boulder, 4847 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
    4 hours, 4 models

Interested in booking a live model?

We can help.


Thank you to our generous Sponsors & Affiliates

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