An “artist’s model”, also called a "figure model", a "life model" or a "fine arts model", is a performing artist who poses for artists to draw, paint sculpt, or photograph.
The Other Side of the Easel
Art of Modeling offers a variety of modeling opportunities to new or experienced art models. Art of Modeling provides models with the necessary training to be successful in the industry. All skill levels are invited to learn more about our modeling offerings. If you are new to figure drawing, we suggest you review our Model Code of Conduct to better understand what you can expect.
We pay our models $3-4 hr higher than the area average: $20/hr for the first 6 months, then $22/hr. Black and Native American models are exempt from the 6 month probation period and start off at the highest pay grade. Our clientele is growing to include several universities/colleges in the Boulder and Denver areas, as well as several accomplished area artists!
If you do not have previous fine arts modeling experience email me here to be added to the sign up list for the next model-training workshop.
We are currently seeking mature women and plus sized women of any age and ethnicity, and specifically NON-White models of all body types and genders, including genderqueer humans.
BECOME A MODEL MEMBER
Model Membership $75 / year
+$100 refundable deposit.
HOW TO JOIN
-You must be over 18 years of age.
-After your application is reviewed, you may be invited to become a model member depending on our current needs. Once you have been invited to become a model member, you will complete the sign up steps, below:
-Submit your Model-Membership fee (link below)
-Submit a $100 refundable deposit (link below)
-Complete online responsible cancellation agreement Model's Responsible Cancellation Agreement
-Provide a W9
email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or snail mail to:
2995 55th St Box 21501 Boulder, CO 80308
-Provide a copy of your Driver's License
-Provide a professional headshot (or non professional) & a clothed body shot
--Volunteer fine arts model for AOM for 3 hours/year. This will either be at a Figure Drawing Marathon, a Fine Arts Model Training Workshop, or at a modeling job
-All new model members must serve a six month probation period as a Provisional Model Member during which you prove yourself professional, reliable, & punctual. After surviving this initiation period, you will rise to the status of Model Member and receive the $2/hr pay increase
Art of Modeling is committed to providing developing fine arts models with the education and resources
necessary for success in this profession.
Art of Modeling founder, artist and former professional fine arts model Ellen Allen has written a book, The Other Side of the Easel specifically designed to help aspiring models learn more about the professional fine arts modeling exeperience.
Art of Modeling also offers Fine Arts Model Training workshops for aspiring models and model members. Learn more about the art of modeling from seasoned professional figure models
Must be 18 to attend.
Pre-Registration is required.
‘Ed’ by Taha Neyestani
“A tribute to all life drawing models, and to the passion
of the craft — exploring form, figure, life and all that lies within.”
Used with artist's permission
Additional Resource Links:
The Bulletin article by
Mark N. Taylor
(shared by Art of Modeling model, Dave Buffalo)
The Bulletin article by
Art of Modeling Model