My experience of life drawing in Cambridge began during Freshers' Week, when I dragged my new acquaintances to a student-led class. I resolved that next term — after the freshers' anxiety had worn off — I would take on the challenge of life modelling, to experience whether I felt sexualised or liberated. For my first stint as a model, I choose a new class at ArcSoc. Strangely, as I cycle towards my fate, I feel calm. I would take on the challenge of life modelling to experience whether I felt sexualised or liberated. When I arrive at the studio, I meet the other models and we undress politely in the starkly-lit basement toilet — making small talk, putting on our robes.
My evening as a nude life model
My first time life modelling: an experiment in the nude | Varsity
Most people balk at the idea of stripping off in front of strangers — does doing it in the name of art make it any easier? Surrounded by dozens of artists eager to put charcoal to paper, I take a deep breath, remind myself to avoid direct eye contact and let my bathrobe fall to the floor. I strike a pose, pulling in my year-old stomach, and resist the urge to clasp both hands, fig-leaf style, over myself, praying that the blood rushing to my head rushes nowhere else. Even now, I am skilled at covering up in changing rooms and on beaches. But experience — and therapy — has taught me that the root of this anxiety lies not in a fear of physical exposure but in the fact that the choice had not been mine. So what better way to test this out than to strip off for a life-drawing class?
Naked and Proud: This Is What It’s Like to Be a Life Model
Buy Issue Picture this. It might sound like a nightmare scenario, but at life drawing classes across the UK, nude models are stripping off for up to participants at a time—all in the name of art. Life drawing, named for the study from life of the human figure, has grown in popularity in recent years, with classes taking place everywhere from nightclub venues like the Village Underground to the Royal Academy and National Gallery , alongside local community centres, schools and adult education centres. Life drawing encourages creative expression in a sociable atmosphere, where phones are put to one side for a few hours, and classes can offer respite from the distractions of modern life amidst a likeminded community.
We are always on the lookout for charismatic art models for life drawing and other artistic opportunities. We do not ask for modelling experience as we believe that a model should be themselves — able to hold an easy-going conversation with their audience and be confident when they pose nude. That said, some past experience is a plus. For figurative drawing, models do not only have great inter-personal skills but are also good leaders, as the model is the centrepiece of the event, ensuring everything runs smoothly. They work across a range of opportunities, from acting, to modelling, to video shoots.