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The Art of Modeling is a proponent for

increasing the accessibility of figure

modeling to community members who

identify as underrepresented in fine arts.  


Art of Modeling offers a variety of fine arts modeling opportunities at a range of venues to new or experienced art models.  


Art of Modeling provides models new to the profession with the necessary training to be successful in the industry. 

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Podcast by Courtney Blacker-Reynolds


Life Drawing class
 Art Model Aficionado Membership

The basic Model Membership + an AOM item:


Model Membership $175/ year
*this equals less than 50 cents/day

HOW TO JOIN/Colorado

-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 purchase the fine arts training manual using the purple payment button below (not through Amazon)(then email me your mailing address and I will mail you a manual and provide you with instructions for your next steps)

-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 (purple payment button to the left).  While full payment at one time is preferred, we do have a financing option available.

-Submit a $100 refundable deposit (purple payment button to the left)

​-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​ that shows your body type

-Previously inexperienced model members (who either attended our training or who took the manual/audition route) serve a six month introductory period as a Provisional Model Member during which you prove yourself professional, reliable, & punctual  After surviving this initiation period, you will receive the $2/hr pay increase.


Model Resources

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.  

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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.

The Other Side if the Easel
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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

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Links to articles about fine arts modeling:

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The Bulletin article by Mark N. Taylor

The Bulletin article by

Dave Buffalo,

Art of Modeling Model

*this article features an AOM model

The Bulletin article by

Mark N. Taylor

(shared by Art of Modeling model, Dave Buffalo)

"Why I draw from live Models", Louis Guidetti

The Psychology of Nude Art Modeling: From a Naked Guy Named Dave  *this article features an AOM model

The Nude Art Model by Daniel Peters *this article features an AOM model

Meet Andy Pollock | Artist & Figure Model, Shoutout Colorado *this article features an AOM model

The Challenging, Lasting Career of the Artists’ Model

Naked Ambition by, William Hageman

How To Be A Great Life Model, by Memphis

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

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​  (scroll toward the bottom of the page)

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