Modelling For Us


We have an ongoing requirement for life models. If you would like to model for us on a part-time occasional basis send us a brief email (link below) describing yourself. Please include a mobile phone number.

Our models come from all walks of life. Many like the flexibility that this type of work allows. A lot of our models are students, health workers and, at one time, three mum’s (all friends) whose children were at the same school. Our oldest model is sixty-eight. Most models do other jobs as well and work for art groups on an occasional basis.

If you are interested and can work for us about one Wednesday afternoon or the occasional Saturday morning in every ten then please get in touch using this email address will only respond if we have a need for your services. More female models are urgently needed.

Our models work on a rota of one session every 8 to 12 weeks. Models have to be able to get to Stokenchurch by car or bus ( The No. 40 High Wycombe to Thame stops close by). Models must be able to sit still for 20 mins at a time. People of any ethnicity, size, or shape are welcome to apply. You do have to be punctual and not forget dates. Regular connection to email is essential. We now have new meeting hours from12.30 till 3.30 pm designed for parents who have to meet young children from school.

Venus-of-WillendorfArtists have been working from the human figure for at least 25.000 years. The Old Stone Age illustration on the left is only about 4ins high. It is in the Art Historical Museum in Vienna and is thought to be the earliest found nude human statue. The Greek, Roman, Hindu and European traditions have all used nude figures up to the present day.

Stripped of fashion, the great advantage of nudity is the lack of change in the human body over the centuries. What changes is the style with which the nude is it is depicted. Models are always amazed that a group of only five people can produce such a variety of images all from the same beginning point of the nude figure.

Life drawing is still amazingly commonplace. Even in the village of Stokenchurch, I can walk within an hour to three separate places where classes have been run with life models.  All models are interested in seeing images of themselves processed in various ways and often photograph our drawings. No one ever becomes a life model just for the financial rewards they are all interested in how a group of people depict them in their drawing

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

We are looking for more female artists’ models to pose nude for life drawing sessions. We are over very subscribed for male models.

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

Sessions start at 1.30 pm and end at 4.30 pm. 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 is large and free!

You can approach your first modelling 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 modelling session, 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 groups 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 behaviour 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 logistic 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.

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 modelling 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. 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.

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Studio at work