life drawing modeling

life drawing modeling

14 posts
19 March 2013
TravellingToast
Photographer
TravellingToast
Hi all,

I've got a friend who's not a model but has wanted to be a life drawing model once - it's one of those bucket list things. It seemed like an interesting thing and since it's on her bucket list I thought I'd ask around...

Does anyone know who to contact or how she'd go about doing this?

Posted 19 March 2013
NATKINS
Photographer
NATKINS
She might like to find out if there's a local art college or art group and approach them in the first instance.

Nick

Posted 19 March 2013
JeromeRazoir
Photographer
JeromeRazoir
Local Education Authority may well run life-classes.

Posted 19 March 2013
Lisaliz
Model
Lisaliz
If it is something she only wants to do once, then it won't be worth approaching colleges or other institutions and having to fill in loads of forms.

I'd suggest trying to find a local art group which is run privately. Good places to look for these are art shops, libraries and of course, online. The other good way of finding a one-off sitting would be to ask an existing art model in her area.
Posted 19 March 2013
TravellingToast
Photographer
TravellingToast
Thanks all... Yeah it'll only be a one of thing for her
Forgot to add that she's in London

Posted 19 March 2013
I used to life model regularly, she could try 'artmod' or 'lifeart' or 'spiritedbodies' amongst others. Amanda

Posted 19 March 2013
Spiritd Bodies would be a good organisation to contact. They run classes specifically for people to try out life modelling in a group, with a strong emphasis on positive body image and life modelling as a tool for wellness. Most of women who model through Spirited Bodies do so once, at the event, and don't continue to do so afterwards, but if she does want to continue life modelling after that first session, the women who run it will normally be happy to help you out. You don't get paid for it but it's an awesome experience. If you PM me I'll send you the appropriate contact details.
Posted 19 March 2013
TravellingToast
Photographer
TravellingToast
thanks Amanda... Tansy, PM sent
Posted 19 March 2013
_Maz_
Model
_Maz_
I used to model for my local college, which then led to work from independant artists, so maybe worthwhile to check with colleges nearby offering art courses.
Posted 20 March 2013
Paulspics21
Photographer
Paulspics21
I did a shoot with a model the other week who said she also does life modelling and is a member of the Register of Artists Models (RAM). Never heard of it myself but probably worth a look if interested.

Posted 20 March 2013
Amber6
Model
Amber6
Try Cziiki on here - Malcolm Mellon, he runs evening art classes that she can life model for. Know Malcolm for ages and modeled for his classes since I began modeling they're 2hrs and easy going

Posted 20 March 2013
Paulspics21
I did a shoot with a model the other week who said she also does life modelling and is a member of the Register of Artists Models (RAM). Never heard of it myself but probably worth a look if interested.
You have to do an unpaid audition for RAM and pay to be a member so not worth while for a one off - unless she counts the audition as her 'one of'. Amanda
Posted 20 March 2013
Serena
Model
Serena
Over the years, when I've had time to lifemodel, I've found lifemodelling very easy to find. You just find local colleges and library evening classes etc. and offer. It's rare for them to not need new models. It's not easy to do and it's poorly paid but they will welcome you with open arms if you can stay still - harder than it might seem. 45 minutes in 1 position for about £12.50 an hour? MUCH harder than photographic modelling.

Posted 21 March 2013
Victoria_Howard
Make Up Artist
Victoria_Howard
I worked as a life model for 8 years until I started to get back problems.

Its just a matter of approaching the local colleges and unis, asking them if they need a model, filling out a form, going to a interview, going on the colleges mandatory health and safety lecture, turning up and working, sending off a pay claim, waiting to get paid. - Sometimes it can end up not being worth it, as the college might give you as few as 2 4 hour session over the course of a year, other times you can get heaps of hours.  You can also end up on short contracts, which give you few long term employment rights or benefits, It also depends a lot on the tutor, I've worked with some really nice tutors and students and I have also ended up having to work in a freezing cold building with no heating and dirty floors covered in drawing pins. 

Same with artists, I tend to find once you know one artist, they will then recommend you to their friends and it just grows form there. You can also respond to gumtree, Craigslist jobs, I met some really great artists doing this and some weirdos.  One artists I worked for every month for 5 years.

Its much harder on the body than photowork, you need to warm up before you start and be able to hold a pose for long periods of time, even after a short break. 

The pay £10-£20.00 a hour usually. However bear in mind if you end up doing short sessions, then you have to factor in travel time and travel costs, tax, insurance, pensions, union fees,  the take home pay can work out to be a lot less.  You will need a dressing gown, a matt or a cushion (amazing the number of places that dont have a cushion).
Posted 26 March 2013
Edited by Victoria_Howard 26 March 2013
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