Becoming a life model

Standard information for all models:

We are only looking for more female artists’ models to pose nude for life drawing sessions. Applications from full-time students are welcome. At present we are over very subscribed for male models.

Here is all the information you might need if you would like to try life modelling.

There are never more than 6 people drawing and all are mature.

Sessions start at 1.30 pm and end at 4.30 pm. There is no teaching each person works on their own ideas. We are trying out a few monthly Saturday morning sessions at 10.30 am till 1.30 pm for which we will also need models. You are only likely to be called to work for a few days in the year. Our aim is to have a different person to draw each week. This means there is a rota of models who actually work for us. If employed you would be added to the rota and sent notice of when you would next work well in advance.

The venue is warm and friendly, there is a cubicle to change in and regular rest breaks every twenty mins for the model. All say they enjoy working for us and become regular models. We have been running for over 7 years now. Some models bring a dressing gown to wear during model rests, though most manage with the coat they arrived in. The pay is £15 per hour (£45 per session) Models are always paid immediately after each session. No previous experience is necessary. All models need to be punctual and able to sit or stand reasonably still for about 20mins. We only do poses where this is comfortable to do.

The venue is a photography studio in the garden at my house. Although I am a photographer, no photography is normally done while models are present . We use this building because it’s large and free! 

You can approach your first modeling session in a number of different ways:-

A. You are quite welcome to pay a visit to see the setup and meet the artists. Please inform us first by email.

B. Bring a friend with you when you the first time work for us.

C. On your first modeling session, if you have no previous experience of this type of work, you will be given the opportunity to arrive about 3/4 of an hour earlier and be told what to expect. You will be shown around the place, shown some typical drawings, work out some poses, and then start immediately to work.

Recently, we have tried to employ two people who simply did not turn up for work, wasting all of the group’s time. This usually happens when the prospective model discusses employment with friends and dire warnings are given about the nature of the work. Visit us and see for yourself. In forty years of art school work, I have never met a model who has complained about objectionable behavior from those drawing them.

Please reply if you wish to be added to our list of available models. Include a mobile phone number, your dress size, approx height, and age. We like to have a range of models to work from very different in appearance each week. If you would still like to work for us and have problems with children, employment, minding the dog, etc. you can still ask to go on our list for contact at a later date as circumstances often change. Our first model is still working for us.

It is very important that models are always punctual. If you think that you will be late for a session ALWAYS phone. If you are ill, or just cannot do the session you are booked for, please inform us as soon as possible so that another model can be found. Even with eight potential models, it’s difficult to contact a replacement at 3 hours’ notice. If a model fails to turn up we will have wasted £15 on heating the building and people might have driven to the session only to find nothing to do. The group is non-profit making. We just cover our expenses, so we cannot afford to have artists leave because booked models fail to turn up.

Studio at work

This is a good opportunity to make a little cash for a person who needs a lot of flexibility in the way they work. We are happy to work from people of any size, age, or ethnicity and welcome applications from mature women. Our present models range from dress size 8 to 18 and the age range is about 20 to sixty-six. Our models at the moment consist of two professionals who only do life modeling for a living. The others are young mothers at home with toddlers, full-time students, and health workers. They are a complete cross-section of society. In the past, we have employed a number of students from local universitys. Models only tend to leave when they have obtained full-time jobs that prevent them from working for us during the day or moved out of the area.

Letters from two new models:-

Model 1

.…..I very much enjoyed Wednesday. The studio is cozy and full of interesting things and it was a very friendly atmosphere.   It was a strange but also oddly and quietly empowering experience.  Not sure all this will make sense to you but I thank you for giving me this opportunity.  Also, I sent the pictures you did to my sister who said that she could tell it was me!  I would be very happy to do it again. Please do just let me know when you need a model.  

Model 2

…….. Sometimes it does you good to step out of your comfort zone and this was my motivation for becoming a model for a life drawing class at David’s studio in Stokenchurch. Although I am a reasonably confident person my experience of nudity in front of strangers is limited to occasional topless sunbathing so I was unsure how I would feel, or whether I could manage to keep still for 20 minutes. David and his wife were very welcoming and immediately put me at my ease. He chatted enthusiastically about his experience as an artist and photographer and the life drawing classes he runs each week. His studio was warm and an inviting mix of homely (couch, kettle, coffee cups) and utilitarian (easels, drawing boards, props, and materials). The artists included people who had trained at the best London art schools and had made careers using their skills and people who were developing their skills as a hobby. I felt completely safe and comfortable. The poses were easy to hold for 20 minutes and then there was time to move, stretch, socialize and refresh. It was a strange and pleasing experience being naked and looked at, studied, and really seen in a completely non-judgemental and non-sexual way.

I felt completely relaxed and at times meditative. For me, the most enjoyable part of the experience was witnessing the creative process. I felt privileged to observe the artists as they worked, noticing their concentration, the confidence and occasional hesitation of their strokes onto the paper, sighs of satisfaction and occasional frustration, and the conversation between them that was warm, appreciative, and encouraging. The artists kindly showed me their work and even I, who has no knowledge of art, could appreciate not just their skill but the differences in their styles.

It was interesting to see myself through others’ eyes and I was very happy with the results. So if you are considering being a life drawing model or are an artist or aspiring artist wanting the opportunity to practice, I strongly recommend David’s group.

If you would like to work for us please use the following link. Email link. models@lifedrawingstokenchurch.co.uk