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
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.