Information for modelling at The Drawing Room Studio
IMPORTANT: The studio is located in Ottawa, Ontario. I don’t know anything about Toronto, Edmonton, or any other city you might live in. Emails asking me these questions will be deleted and not responded to.
We are looking for a diverse range of models – all shapes, sizes, ages and colours, and genders. Models who prove to be reliable and professional will happily be hired again.
I hire for both morning and evening classes during the week, and long pose weekend sessions that are typically 10-12 hours over 2 days.
I do not hire beginners for either classes or long pose sessions. Experienced models only please. (Beginners: click here for how to access resources to get started.)
Pay is $25/hour. You are a freelance contractor and there is no guarantee of employ and no other benefits provided. This is not a way to make a quick buck, as I hire weeks in advance and competition is fierce for spots.
NB: All figure drawing classes and long pose sessions are nude, and no underwear or bathing suits or shorts will be permitted as it obscures the lines of the body and makes it difficult to teach or study from.
Portraiture classes are clothed. If that’s all you’re comfortable with, please make a note of this when you get in touch.
We have a fully equipped model stand with plenty of furniture, props and supports, including pillows, yoga mats, and yoga blocks. We use tape to mark poses so that it’s easy for you to come back into the same pose. Pose checks will be held at the beginning of each 25 minute session to help you get back into the same position.
Treating our models well is of utmost importance to me! Without you, we’d have nothing to inspire us. I value the hard work that you do and I work hard to create a safe, respectful and supportive environment for you to work in.
Currently looking for:
Diversity in the models I hire is something that’s very important to me. If you are a person of colour, “plus size” (for lack of a better term), or trans, please definitely get in touch! If you don’t have any experience modeling, but are interested in this, please still do get in touch. I can help you get started and build experience before coming to work at my studio.
I get a huge amount of emails, so it may take me several weeks to respond. I will get to you.
The interest from models has been overwhelming. It may be that I can’t hire you for quite a while, so please be patient.
If you’ve never modeled before and are interested in modeling at my studio, you can email the address below to automatically receive tips on how to get experience. As one experienced model said to me, “Doing a 12 hour pose with no prior experience is like writing your PhD before finishing your bachelors.”
I require models have worked at least 10 other life drawing sessions before applying here.
Please do not send unsolicited photos of yourself. I will delete them automatically as I do not require them. Please do not mail me photos of yourself either.
Important! For males who would like to start art modelling but have never done it before:
- This is a mixed gender group of all ages from early 20s up to mid-70s. You will not be posing just in front of women.
- I don’t care about your penis. Don’t send me pictures of it, don’t talk to me about it, don’t try to impress me with the size of it. Your penis is completely irrelevant to the work that we do here. Proportionally speaking, it is a minuscule part of your body and has no bearing on the kind of art we make.
- In case it’s unclear, please do not send me photos, period.
- This is not the place for you to “feel sexy” while people draw you. This is about the art. If you can’t leave your ego at the door, then there is no place for you here.
This email address is not monitored regularly. You will automatically receive an email with details about how to get started modeling in Ottawa, with plenty of resources.