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. 

Upcoming Autumn Extravaganza

The famous LMS Extravaganza is held twice a year and is an opportunity to draw multiple models, network with artists, models, and enjoy the overflowing snack table, champagne and music.

Due to COVID restrictions this year’s Extravaganza will be held at Gasworks Arts Park, in the Art and Crafts Room. Bookings are essential with COVID restrictions on numbers.

Models will cycle through, creating group and individual poses across the afternoon.

The first half models will be Sophia, Ingrid, Nicole and Bree-Anna. The second half models will be Belle, Tijana, Madelyn, Albert.

Date: 2 May 2021

Time: 2:00pm, (break at 3:30pm, second half start 4:00pm), finish 5:30pm.

Cost: $40.00 full, $25.00 concession.
Tickets can be purchased through TryBooking here.

In Memorium – David

It is with great sadness we acknowledge that David Peake, long time model member of the Life Models’ Society, has passed away early Sunday morning, 21 February 2021.

David was also an accomplished artist where his presence either modelling or drawing, was always welcomed, as his warmth and personality were infectious. He was a very popular model due to his exceptional poses and was a stalwart at the Whitehorse Artist Association’s life drawing sessions run by Rosemary Price where he drew and modeled. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him and those who drew him.

David battled motor neuron disease in his final months and passed away with his family by his side. The Melbourne life drawing/modelling community will be that little bit smaller and quieter without his presence.


March New Model and Member Workshop

Our next new member/model workshops (hosted over Zoom) is scheduled for 14 March, 14:00-17:30 approximately.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Life Models’ Society (LMS) must attend a workshop. This helps allow us to vouch for you as a responsible model, and to help you understand the modelling environment in Melbourne.

In the workshop potential model/members are tutored by very experienced life models who will show them through various poses; explaining what to expect at a modelling session for artists.

The workshops are a very good way to develop physicality and to get the good oil on what to do in front of your audience (usually made up of very grateful artists).

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 asked to work in the LMS salons, so artists can experience drawing models on the LMS list.

Anyone interested in registering for the March workshop should click the link here for more information.

In Praise of David P

We wanted to thank David who is a LMS life model and WAA artist for his wonderful work with us over the years by making this special presentation.

Below is the article and photos that were published in the January 2021 Whitehorse Arts Association Newsletter plus some of my drawings of David from the WAA Life Drawing workshops. Sadly, David has motor neurone disease and is rapidly declining. Our love and best wishes go to David and his family.

David has been part of our WAA Thursday afternoon life drawing family for ever.

He brings with him into our midst love, light and laughter. Working on either side of the drawing board as our model, or as a fellow artist David’s pursuit of art is dedicated and serious.

As our model, David’s unique signature poses are often (not always) an intricate tangle of bony arms and legs almost impossible for us to decipher. (David confesses he often includes extra arms and legs to confuse us!) With his most wonderful “Old Testament prophet’s face”, bony body and expressive hands and feet, these poses are the utmost challenge to our abilities and are always a joy and delight and inspiration to us. The one problem with these poses is David is not free to do a drawing of himself!

As a fellow artist David draws with dedication and love. The notable qualities of his drawings are their sense of gesture and movement, and particularly the varied and sensitive line quality they display. His drawings contain mark making at its very best.

As a friend David, with his generosity of spirit, simply by being David enhances our Thursday afternoons, and transforms them into an extraordinary shared art experience.

There are no words that are high enough praise to honour our beloved David and express what he means to us. We know he has inspired dozens of other artists all around Melbourne for years and years, but we still believe he is ours.

Thank you David.

Rosemary Price, Coordinator, Whitehorse Arts Association.

Masks for Life Drawing

In accordance with DHHS guidelines (from 5pm on 31 December 2020) you must wear a fitted face mask when you are in public indoor spaces unless you have a lawful reason not to.

This includes when visiting places such as:

  • shopping centres, supermarkets, retail outlets and indoor markets
  • hospitals and aged care facilities
  • restaurants and cafes, except when you are eating or drinking
  • churches and places of worship
  • libraries
  • indoor recreational facilities and gyms
  • indoor workplaces.
  • Life drawing and life modelling classes held indoors fall under this guideline and we remind all participants that masks are mandatory, this includes for the model.

    Let’s all make sure we can keep doing the things we love by following current guidelines.

    Any feedback on sessions held in Melbourne can be send to us directly, via email

    Further information is available from the Victoria Government:

    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.

    LMS Office Closures

    The Life Models’ Society office will be closed for the holidays from 5pm, 24 December 2020, until 9am, 2 January, 2021.

    We’ll get back to you as soon as we’re back after a well deserved break.

    We would like to thank everyone who has supported the arts, life models, and life drawing arts through 2020.

    I hope we can count on your continued support in 2021.

    Model memberships and artist subscription renewal are due 31 January. Enquiries around payments should be directed to our email address.

    Two new member/model workshops (hosted over Zoom) are scheduled for early January, 5 & 12, 5:30pm-9:00pm. Anyone interested in registering for these workshops should click the link here for more information.

    Zoom Life Drawing with Chiara

    The LMS Committee is now running regular, fortnightly Zoom Life Drawing sessions featuring our models.

    All artists are welcome to attend, feel free to pass these sessions on to your networks. These sessions are suitable for all ages 16 and over.

    Image: model Chiara, artist Karen Mai

    Our next session will feature model Chiara. Chiara describes herself as tall and lithe with long red hair. She is a creative and dynamic well over ten years experience.

    Date: Sunday 22 November, 2020 @ 2:00-4:00pm AEDT
    Prices are $18.00 full, $15.00 concession, $30.00 household (two or more artists using the same screen)
    Tickets are available from Trybooking: 

    LMS Models are entitled to 50% 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.