Code of conduct for modeling sessions

This page provides codes of conduct and suggested best practices for models, session facilitators, and artists for art classes and open draw sessions, in order to ensure a professionally run session.

Charon by Pierre Subleyras. Public domain.

Charon by Pierre Subleyras. Public domain.

Code of conduct and best practices for models

Session bookings and preparations

  • When you being considered for an upcoming model session, inform the session facilitator of any out-of-the-ordinary physical conditions and any noticeable tattoos you have.
  • For instructional sessions, determine what topics the class will cover and whether the instructor has any special requests for poses.
  • Confirm your session booking with the facilitator by email.
  • Maintain excellent personal hygiene for the modeling session.
  • Do not agree to model for a session if you do not have the physical conditioning required to model (such as the ability to hold standing, seated, and recumbent poses for at least 20 minutes).
  • Be prepared to come up with all the short- and long-poses for the session on your own.
  • If you are ever unable to work a modeling session, inform the session facilitator as soon as possible.
  • Do not find a replacement model on your own for a class or instructional session. The instructor should be the one to decide how to adapt the class schedule if you cannot model that day. A different model or a model with a different body type may not serve the instructor’s purpose.
  • Know the phone number for the facilitator, in case a last-minute emergency arises, and you need to contact the facilitator.

Model behavior during sessions

  • Always arrive for the modeling session early and be ready to begin modeling the moment the session is scheduled to begin.
  • If the facilitator is running late, be prepared to begin modeling the moment the facilitator arrives.
  • Always present yourself for your first nude pose by taking off a robe. Do not “strip” from street clothes in front of the class.
  • Do not speak when posing, even if the artists are freely talking among themselves.
  • Do not stare directly at an artist when posing.
  • Avoid any form of sexual arousal when posing. If involuntarily arousal occurs, politely request an impromptu break or discretely modify your pose until the situation has passed.
  • Do not change or “break” your pose before a scheduled model break unless there is a compelling reason.
  • Always wear a robe during breaks in modeling.

Interactions with artists

  • Do not interact with the artists at all, if the session has a rule against this.
  • Do not provide any feedback on how the artist should portray you in their artwork.
  • Do not criticize an artist’s work.
  • Do not attempt to view an artist’s work without the artists permission.
  • Do not take pictures of an artist’s work without permission.
  • Do not post or share an artist’s work for any purpose without the artist’s permission.
  • Always credit the artist’s work in accordance with the artist’s instructions.
  • Be aware that the artist owns the art work created from your session. and the artist can present this artwork in any public forum without your permission.

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Reclining Nude by Luis Ricardo Falero. Public domain.

Reclining Nude by Luis Ricardo Falero. Public domain.

Code of conduct and best practices for session facilitators

Session bookings

  • Inform the model ahead of time how much the model will be paid for the session.
  • If you plan to have multiple models pose at the same time during a session, inform the models of this and get their permission at the time you book them.
  • If you double book two models for one session, be prepared to pay both models in full for the session.
  • Do not require two models to pose nude in each other’s presence, unless both models agree to this.

Studio conditions

  • Ensure a safe and comfortable work environment for the model session.
  • Provide a private area for the model to change for the session.
  • Provide convenient rest room facilities for the model.
  • Provide clean sheets and pillows for each session, for use in seated and recumbent poses.
  • Adjust the room temperature for model comfort. Have a space heater available for cold weather and a fan for hot weather.

Proper treatment of models

  • Do not disclose a model’s full name before, during, or after a session to other artists without the model’s permission.
  • Ensure that the model cannot be seen by anyone other than the artists during the modeling session, including during breaks when the model is in a robe.
  • Be present whenever the model is posing. You are responsible for ensuring that everyone present treats the model with respect during the session.
  • Do not allow anyone to enter a modeling session other than participating artists without the model’s consent.
  • Immediately intervene if anyone at the session acts inappropriately toward the model.
  • Do not allow the model to be photographed at any time during the session, even during model breaks, without the model’s consent.
  • Do not allow the use of any electronic devices during the model session. Recognize that the model feels extremely vulnerable when posing motionless and and being unable to look around.

Interacting with the model during the session

  • Do not pressure a model to pose nude if the model is unwilling to do so or “chickens out” (although you are not obliged to pay the model if you informed the model in advance that modeling nude was expected).
  • Do not criticize the model in front of other artists while the model is posing. Restrict any necessary feedback to constructive comments provided privately and respectfully.
  • Permit the model to take an impromptu break without question if the model requests one. Recognize that the model may be experiencing an issue that the model may not want to disclose publicly to others.
  • Do not touch the model without the model’s permission.
  • Do not ask a model to wear a garment that is inappropriate for a professional art session.
  • Do not ask the model to assume a pose that is inappropriate for a professional art session.
  • Do not ask the model to assume a pose that would not be safe for the model (such as on an unstable platform).
  • Do not require a model to adopt a pose that the model considers professionally inappropriate, too physically demanding, or unsafe.
  • Be prepared to provide the model a break of at least five minutes after posing for twenty minutes, at the model’s discretion.
  • Do not “hit on” or ask the model out on a date.
Girl in the Loft by Anders Zorn (1905). Public domain.

Girl in the Loft by Anders Zorn (1905). Public domain.

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Code of conduct and best practices for artists

Interactions with the model during the session

  • Treat the model with respect at all times during a modeling session.
  • Do not make any disparaging comments or sexual remarks of any kind about the model.
  • Respect the model’s request to adjust your location if the model feels uncomfortable with where you are positioned (such as how close you are to the model or your position with respect a specific part of the model’s anatomy).
  • Do not photograph a model at any time during the modeling session, even during model breaks, without the model’s permission.
  • Do not use any electronic devices while the model is posing, even to take pictures of your artwork. Recognize that the model feels extremely vulnerable when remaining motionless and being unable to look around while posing.
  • If you must use a telephone while the model is posing, step out of the session before using your telephone.
  • Do not criticize the model in front of other artists while the model is posing. Restrict any necessary feedback to private comments to the session facilitator.
  • Do not “hit on” or ask the model out on a date.

Use of session facilities

  • Do not clean painting materials in the studio without permission.
  • Do not use fixative indoors in the studio without permission.

Displaying art work after the modeling session

  • Do not disclose the model’s first or last name when presenting your artwork without the model’s permission.

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Model in Backlight (1908) by Pierre Bonnard. Public domain.

Model in Backlight (1908) by Pierre Bonnard. Public domain.

 

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