LMS Summer Life-Drawing Salons

We’re back in person with our Summer Life-Drawing Salons

January 8-17 2022, two sessions each day

Morning 10:30am – 1:00pm (short poses)
Afternoon 1:30pm – 4:00pm (long pose)

Hosted at Princes Hill Community Centre, 5 Bagung Lane, Princes Hill

Tickets are available online here.

Email us for discounts available for bulk purchases

Attendees must provide proof of vaccination (or valid exemption) to enter this venue.

Expected behaviour while attending a life drawing session

Refrain from commenting on the models’ body

Do not use objectifying language around a models’ physical appearance/gender presentation. As tempting as it may be to comment, or compliment a model on their body, we recommend you refrain from doing this.

Don’t say:Instead, try:
Wow, you look great have you lost weight?Wow, you seem really happy.
I much prefer to draw models like you with a few curves, not like those skinny models.I enjoy drawing you. You’re so expressive/still/professional.
Are you a man or a woman?“Hi, my pronouns* are [e.g. she/her, he/him, they/them], what are your pronouns?”

*A pronoun is a word that substitutes for a noun or noun phrase. Generally they are used in place of a person’s name, e.g. she/her/her, he/him/his, they/them/theirs etc. Some models are trans or gender diverse, including non-binary (usually they/them). If you ask a model for their pronoun, please be prepared to honour them and use the terms the model has stated.

Never touch or approach the model when they are posing

Unless they have specifically asked you to, never touch a model when posing. Wherever possible, we ask you to refrain from walking around the drawing room while the model is posing. It is not only disconcerting to have people moving around, especially behind you, but can create drafts making it unpleasant to model.

No photography

In most cases, it is not okay to photograph the model, whether clothed or nude. Please refrain from taking photos of your work until the model is robed or no longer posing.

Be courteous and kind

Models and artists alike are human beings. A model is not a mannequin that can be posed in any which way. Being a life-model is a difficult job, and is influenced by many things including how well, energetic, creative, and safe the model feels in the class. Whatever you can do to create a sense of safety and professionalism is appreciated.

Be professional

Regardless of any relationship you may have outside of the drawing room, when posing, the model is there to do a job. As with any other professional service, try to keep interactions courteous, without being overly familiar.

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Common Art/Life Modelling Terms

Usually characterised by holding body weight all on one side of the body, causing the shoulder and hips on that side to be closer together. Can be standing or sitting.
Classical examples: Statue of David, Birth of Venus

Foreshortening refers to the phenomenon where parts of the body closer to the artist appear larger than parts of the body further away. Foreshortening depends on the point of view of the artist; a model lying on a bed will appear long, and all parts approximately the same size from a side view, while from the head looking down the body, the feet will be proportionately much smaller and the head much bigger.
Classical examples: The Mourning over the Dead Christ

Open pose
Open poses refer to poses with an open aspect, usually arms spread wide, head up. They frequently display a hopeful mood. Imagine giving an important speech.
Classical examples: Cicero Denouncing Catiline

Closed pose
Closed poses usually have a shrunken, curled, or compact appearances, the limbs often cross one another and sometimes the face is hidden. The mood of a closed pose if often sorrow, grief, shame or fatigue.
Classical examples: At Eternity’s Gate

Gestural Drawing
Many life-drawing classes and sessions will start with short, dynamic or gestural poses. Gestural poses usually display the act of doing something; e.g. running, dancing, swimming, playing tennis, etc.
Classical examples:
Degas’ Ballerinas, Matisse’s The Dance

Generally any art that is clearly based on something real, a scene, object or idea, that is representative of an actual thing. As opposed to abstract or surreal art, which do not always represent real objects.
Further information on Figurative Art.

Negative space
Everything that is not the model is characterised as negative space. If an artist requests ‘negative space’, usually they are looking for the spaces between the arms and body, or legs and ground or chair. It can be very useful for correcting proportions.
Classical examples: Discus Thrower

Classical pose
Generally speaking a classical pose will be a pose which brings to mind classical artworks, or classical positioning. It’s hard to be definitive about what a person might mean by classical, so best to ask for further clarification on what they mean.

Dynamic pose
Usually refers to an expressive pose with a lot of tension and energy. Poses of shorter duration, two and five-minutes, are much more dynamic than longer poses.
Classical examples: Lacoon and his sons, La Danse

Model Opening Address/Introduction
Many models take an opportunity at the start of all sessions to introduce themselves by name, and to reiterate the expectations of the session. In particular to emphasise their boundaries, such as not allowing photography, which applies to all life drawing sessions.

is determined by the position of the viewer (artist) to the model and room. the art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.
Further information on perspective.

Refers to the dimensions of a composition and relationships between height, width and depth. Proportion also describes how the sizes of different parts of a piece of art or design relate to each other. Often tutored art classes will describe techniques to get proportions right, something that is especially difficult with the human body.
Further information on Body Proportions.

The term medium in art can refer to the material(s) used to create an artwork, for example paper, canvas, charcoal, pastels, clay, oil paint etc. It could refer to the type of artwork, for example painting, sculpture, printmaking etc. In some cases, it can refer specifically to a thinner/solvent used to work with oil paints.

Plinth or pedestal
Generally a circular or square column, box or platform. Often used to display a statue or sculpture but can also be used for a model to pose on.
Further information on plinths.

The background of an artwork is everything that is far away from the viewer/artist. The foreground is the part of the artwork that is close to the viewer/artist.

Refers to a specific treatment of light and shade, often associated with the strong contrast in Renaissance paintings.
Classical examples: Bagglione, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Goya

New Model and Member Workshops

New Member/Model workshops are held several times per year.

To become a member of the Life Models’ Society (LMS) you must attend a workshop. This helps us to vouch for you as a responsible model, and provides all LMS models with a shared understanding of the modelling environment and expections in Melbourne.

In the workshop potential model/members are tutored by very experienced life models who will demonstrate various poses, explain what to expect at a modelling session for artists, as well as guiding participants through posing themselves.

The workshops are a great way to develop physicality, to test out being nude in front of strangers if you haven’t done this before, and get excellent guidance on what to do in front of your audience.

All the good, the bad, and the slightly awkward issues are covered here and will conclude with potential models ready to go out and get work within the art world. Some of the potential models are booked to work in the LMS salons.

Register your interest to attend by filling in the form, this includes further information on the sessions.


Six models in one afternoon

Presented by Hawthorn Artist Society and the Life Models’ Society.

Saturday 11 December, 2 – 4.30pm

The Basement, 360 Burwood Road,
Hawthorn, VIC, 3122

Featuring models: Adam, Isha, Sarma, Paul S and John Mc.

Bring your own materials; our easels and boards available as usual.

Proof of vaccination is required to attend. Booking through Hawthorn Artist Society website.

November Extravaganza Cancelled

The Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person LMS Extravaganza for 14 November 2021.

Despite Victorian goverment restrictions easing, COVD-19 case numbers are still concerningly high, and the committee is loathe to host an event in the current climate.

We are planning to hold out in person LMS Salons life-drawing sessions in January, 2022 for fully vaccinated people (as per venue vaccination policy). Tickets for the salons are available here.

12-hour Draw-a-thon Online

We are excited to offer you 12 hours of non-stop drawing! Or painting! Or sculpting!

Here’s what you get:
2 hours of life drawing per session with 4 professional and experienced models over the 12 hours.

  • Structured drawing tutorials, games and challenges with cool prizes
  • meet people from all over the world
  • create from the comfort of your own home via zoom
  • take breaks when you want
  • join us for one 3-hour session or all of them.

The life modelling component is comprised of short to long poses and are untutored.

The drawing activities have been designed by a professional tertiary educator especially for online classes, and are tailored for experienced artists and newcomers alike.

This is a friendly and low pressure environment and we welcome all equally. Have fun, learn some new skills, win prizes!

Session 1 and 4 suitable for ages 16 and over.
Session 2 and 3 suitable for ages 10 and over. Younger children may attend if supervised by an adult.

Here is a rundown of the sessions
Please note: times are AEST. If you are not in Australia, we recommend using to calculate your local times.

Session 1
9:00am – 9:30am – intro + drawing activity
9:30am – 11:30am – nude model Julia
11:30am – 12:00pm – drawing activity

Session 2
12:00pm -12:30pm – intro + drawing activity
12:30pm – 2:30pm – costumed model Tijana
2:30pm – 3:00pm – drawing activity

Session 3
3:00pm – 3:30pm – intro + drawing activity
3:30pm – 5:30pm – portrait of model Michaela (clothed)
5:30pm – 6:00pm – drawing activity

Session 4
6:00pm – 6:30pm – intro + drawing activity
6:30pm – 8:30pm – nude model Richard
8:30pm – 9:00pm – activity and closing ceremony

Art materials are not supplied.

Tickets available:

Screenshots or photos of the model are strictly forbidden. By purchasing a ticket you agree not to take screenshots or photos.

Life Drawing Online

The LMS Committee will be running Zoom Life Drawing sessions while Melbourne is in lockdown.

All artists are welcome to attend, feel free to pass these sessions on to your networks.

The session is suitable for all ages 16 and over. Materials not provided.

Sunday 26 October – with model TBC
2:00pm – 4:00pm (AEDT)

Prices are $18.00 full, $15.00 concession, $30.00 household (two or more artists using the same screen)
Tickets and dates for upcoming sessions are available from: 

LMS Models are entitled to a discount please email us for details. 

We can also provide custom sessions to your life drawing group at your convenience. If you are interested to engage our models and moderators or instructors please email us for rates.

In Memoriam – Megan Crowley

It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you the passing of Megan Crowley. Megan has been a life model for more than thirty years and was a member of a LMS in her early career.

A regular model for the Princes Hill Community Centre, the Art Room, Whitehorse Artists Association, Hawthorn Arts Society and Victorian Arts Society just to name a few, her bubbley personality was infectious and always made artists feel at ease.

Her working life included being a CRT teacher where she was involved with many schools but her greatest passion was working as a life model. She took part in one of my art projects and has been a dear friend of mine for many years.

I miss her and will always love her.

-Patrick Loverso

Winter Life Drawing Salons

Each year, in summer and winter, the LMS puts on a series of life drawing sessions called the Salons.
Our salons are designed to allow artists to immerse themselves as much as their life commitments permit. Bookings are strongly recommended due to reduced capacity with COVID restrictions. 

If you prefer the challenge of short duration poses, come in the morning. If you prefer the details you can draw with longer poses, come in the afternoon. Please allow 15 minutes to get yourself set up before the session.

26 & 27 June, 3 & 4 July, 2021
Morning Session: 10:30am – 1:00pm
Afternoon Session: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Cost $20.00 full, $18.00 concession. 
Hosted at Princes Hill Community Centre (assuming there are no changes to restrictions).

Book now through TryBooking here

Fleur, President.