CANCELLED 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.


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.

Expected behaviour while attending a life drawing session

Do not comment on a model’s body
It is highly inappropriate to use objectifying language around a model’s physical appearance or gender presentation. If you would like to express your gratitude to a model, do not do so by complimenting their body. Instead, thank them for their time or tell them what you enjoy about their work. For example:


“You have a beautiful body.”

“Wow, you look great, have you
lost weight?”
“I much prefer to draw models
like you with a few curves, you
look like a real woman.”

“Are you a man or a woman?”


“Your poses are so

Never comment on weight.
“I enjoy drawing you because
you’re so expressive/

“Hi, my pronouns are [she/her,
he/him, they/them, etc.].
What are your pronouns?” *

*Pronouns are widely used in place of a person’s name in a sentence, eg. “Drew is our model for today, they are a member of the Life Models’ Society”. Some of our models, much like the general population, are transgender or gender diverse. We encourage you to introduce yourself with your pronouns, ask the model what theirs are, and then refer to them by the pronouns they state. It is impolite to refer to someone by the wrong pronoun

Never touch the model or approach when they are posing
It is never appropriate to touch a model. When placing tape or charcoal markings
around the model as reference points for a long pose, care must be taken to avoid
contact with the model’s body, and we recommend that the markings are placed by an artist of the same gender as the model. Consent must be gained before approaching.
Please also refrain from walking around the room while the model is posing, as it is
disconcerting to have people moving around, especially behind you, and can create
uncomfortable draughts.

No photography
Unless explicitly agreed upon prior and paid appropriately, it is not okay to photograph the model, whether clothed or nude. Do not take photos of your work until the model is out of their pose, robed, and outside of the photo boundaries.

Be courteous, kind & professional
Models and artists alike are human beings. A model is not a mannequin to be contorted in any which way, and no two models can perform exactly the same. Being a Life Model is a difficult job, and is heavily influenced by how safe, energetic, creative, and comfortable the model feels in the class. Whatever you can do to create a sense of safety, comfort and professionalism is appreciated. As with any other
professional service, keep interactions courteous, without being overly familiar.

Click here to download a printable version.

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

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.