14. February 2017 · Comments Off on How to Find Work As a Live Art Model · Categories: Learning Resources · Tags: , ,

Drawing the lines, curves, and contours of the human figure is, for almost every artist, an important part of the creative process. It’s also an exercise done best from a live model — a live nude model who is a short distance away from the artist’s easel.

Who poses nude for these drawing sessions? Well, anyone, including you, if it’s a job that interests you. Working as a live art model is, for many individuals, a way to earn a decent hourly wage (often $15-$20 per hour) for work that is fairly low stress. Of course, to work as a model, you need to be comfortable with your naked body. This does not mean that you need to be in peak physical condition, however, since artists often want to draw all types of human bodies. You’ll also need to be able to stand still for long periods of time in specific poses, sometimes as long as three hours (with breaks, of course), and be comfortable with dozens of eyes carefully examining every square inch of your body.

How can you work as a live art model? Read on.

Colleges & Universities

Colleges and universitiesMany public and private colleges and universities have art departments, and those art departments offer life drawing classes for which live models are needed. If you’re a student looking for work as a live art model, you might visit the art department to inquire about live model jobs; if you’re not a student, call or email to inquire about positions. Larger institutions typically employ a model coordinator who hires and schedules models, and you will probably be referred to this person. While a resume is not always required for a model job, it’s a good idea to have one.

The great thing about live model jobs at colleges and universities is that art classes typically run throughout the year: fall, spring, and summer semesters. Plus, life drawing is a cornerstone of any art department, and at larger schools, several sections are offered each semester. Live models are always needed, which means working for a college or university art department could be a good and steady source of income.

Art Museums & Artists

Man drawing a woman's faceJust like colleges and universities, many art museums offer life drawing classes as well. Check with the education department of the art museum near you to find out if such classes are held. Or, individual artists and drawing groups often employ live models for their work. Photographers are another option, but only if you’re comfortable with nude photos of yourself being out in the world. (They are usually tasteful, but it’s still a photo of your body.) You can often get connected with these individuals and groups through your local art museum. Again, have a resume on hand in case you are asked to provide one.

Beware of Scams

Unfortunately, there are some jobs listings that advertise for live art models but are really just scams. Before you agree to take off your clothes for a modeling session, whether you’re male or female, go for a visit and make sure you feel comfortable in the environment. If an individual artist wants to hire you for a private session, ask to see some of his or her work beforehand. And finally, if you ever feel unsafe in a live modeling situation, then leave; your personal safety and security takes priority over getting paid.

Good Luck!

There are lots of opportunities to work as a live art model, and if you know where you find them, you might land a job quickly. Polish your resume, make some calls or some visits, and block out your availability. With some persistence and perhaps a little luck, you should find a live art model position soon.