So you’d like to be a Life Model?


I have drawn and worked with hundreds of life models as a student, artist and teacher; teaching for many years at RMIT and now Swinburne University. I prefer to choose my models from Life Drawing Melbourne – one reason is their teacher, whose modelling experience and knowledge of the industry is extensive, invaluable and contemporary.

– Alan Marshall, Swinburne University Art Department


Life modeling takes us out of our comfort zone – into a new one.  While the thought of standing naked before a group of our peers might be the realm of nightmares, in a safe and supportive environment it becomes a freeing, and intensely rewarding experience – a revisit of your primal roots – as well as providing a handy supplement to your income.


LDM runs workshops about once a month where you can gain theoretical and practical experience in the art of Life Modeling.  You’ll leave with a Certificate of Completion and informative class notes, and with a new perspective on the human body.


Our instructor Rose is respected as one of Melbourne’s most experienced life models.  With the aid of an experienced assistant, Rose will take you through every aspect of the art and guide you through poses that suit your body type and flexibility.


Topics covered include:

Preparation and safety
Roles and responsibilities
Balance and pressure points
The artist’s perspective
Choosing and holding poses
When things don’t go as planned
Working conditions


For the practical part of the class, we’re all naked together as we start with simple, short poses and work up to more challenging and longer poses.  The environment is friendly and relaxed with a class sizes of around 20.  Classes are mixed gender;  male attendees are respectful and understand this is not a social event.


Are you male bodied?  There is much less demand for male bodied models and while you’re welcome to complete our workshop, we’re unlikely to be able to offer you paid work.


Workshop cost is $60 including GST.  Our workshops are not on a fixed schedule, but run about monthly – add yourself to our mailing list to receive notification of upcoming classes.

If we currently have a workshop scheduled and it isn’t full, you can use book via this link.

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Professional and so much fun!!

I attended the workshop in the hope to expand my modelling skills and become a life model, I have now been booked for several classes and love it! Rose and the team provided me with the skills, knowledge and confidence to obtain work and be efficient in my posing. 10/10 would recommend.

– Miss Louise

I was very excited when I learned about the life drawing workshop, as I have been considering modelling in Melbourne for a while and did not know where I start. Even so, I was a little nervous thinking about being naked with a group people I have never met before, until I stepped into the studio. It was a very warm, welcoming environment which put a shy girl like me at ease.  Our friendly instructors not only offered us a wonderful introduction to the industry, work on each pose with us from scratch,  but also did not hold back at all on their experiences. Professional, informative, patient, encouraging and supportive, they made me feel that I was finally ready to make a start.

Surprisingly, one of the instructors Rose contacted me for a themed modelling session a few weeks later which I of gladly did. I enjoyed every minute of and seeing the wonderful works by the artist felt truly rewarding! A sincere thanks and big hugs to Rose!

– Gia

The LDM model workshop was professionally run by LDM’s facilitator and experienced life model Rose. Any nerves I had before partaking in the workshop were quickly put at ease by Rose who ensured a comfortable and fun environment for all participants. A significant amount of time was dedicated to practicing different types of poses suitable for varying durations. Rose ensured that each model was provided with feedback and advice on their poses in addition to important information about OH&S and workplace standards.

I recommend this workshop to anybody interested in life modelling, whether you want to pursue it professionally, as a hobby or to gain a better perspective as an artist.

After partaking in the session I went on to model for LDM which was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I continue to life draw in my spare time and hope to model for more artists soon!

– Lalay

Thank you very much for the incredibly informative, educational, fun and enjoyable workshop that you and Tess ran last night. Well done to you both.

– Ian