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.

-Ellen Allen,

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.


Model Membership $75 / year

+$100 refundable deposit.


-You must be over 18 years of age.

-Complete our Online Application, where you will be asked to provide two professional art modeling references OR to attend a one time model training workshop 

-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 (button below) 

-Submit a $100 refundable deposit (button below)

​-Complete online Model's Responsible Cancellation Agreement

-Provide a W9  and a copy of your Driver's License...

email to:

-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.

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‘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.” 

Thesis film by Taha Neyestani made at Sheridan College, 2015. Animated in Photoshop. Winner of the Annie Award for best student film, 2015.

Used with artist's permission

The Challenging, Lasting Career of the Artists’ Model

Naked Ambition by, William Hageman

Musings of a life model, by Ruby Magic

The naked truth about life models, by The Guardian

Life models by The Guardian

Figuring it Out by Gage Rabideaux

Zen and the Art of Art Modeling by Josh Max

Longmont artists group bares itself in public, by Quentin Young

Drawing the human body continues to challenge artists, by Marianne L. Hamilton

Nude models are crucial figures in CSU art class, by The Coloradoan

6 Art-Historical Poses You Should Know, by Sarah Gottesman

“Modelling felt liberating”: ten life models tell us about their experiences of baring all for art by Rebecca Fulleylove

Figure drawing brings personality to class: Tyler School of Art offers figure drawing classes, which model Jennifer Hermann said she enjoys by Claire Sasko

FAQ about nude modeling for art classes by Melinda Tichelaar

The naked truth about nude art modeling by ROBIN EILEEN BERNSTEIN

Night at the Figure Drawing Class BY DANYA RUBENSTEIN-MARKIEWICZ

Artists Go Back to School for Will Cotton’s ‘Take Home a Nude’ Drawing Party by Sarah Cascone

The Dos and Don’ts of Working With Nude Models: 6 Steps for Keeping Things Professional by Sarah Cascone

Message behind nude modeling for art: 'There is no one way to be beautiful' by Michael Greenlar

For Artists' Models, It's All in a Day's Work by SYDNEY LADENSOHN STERN

Life drawing artists and nude models tap into creativity at pub venue by  Luke Wong

Naked ambition: Why do people become nude life models? by  Hannah Reich and Barbara Heggen

The bare facts: Exploring nude modelling and life art classes in Adelaide by Brett Williamson

Nude models, despite initial awkwardness, essential to artist development by Daniel Wheaton

The Nude Art Model by Daniel Peters

How To Become A Life Drawing Model

How to serve as an artist model

The Art of Figure Drawing, The Science of Modeling

Art Model Tips, by Charley Parker

Art classes that pay for your naked ambition, by  Rebecca Katherine Hirsch

How I Earned $20 an Hour By Getting Naked — Without Getting Arrested, by Susan Sh


Life Modeling Undraped, by Amy Stoltenberg​


Additional Resource Links:

The Bulletin article by Mark N. Taylor
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The Bulletin article by

Mark N. Taylor

(shared by Art of Modeling model, Dave Buffalo)

The Bulletin article by

Dave Buffalo,

Art of Modeling Model


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