Arcata Life Drawing Circle


Arcata Life Drawing Circle

$17.50 per hour plus tips

Models at the Arcata Drawing Circle enjoy a very supportive and encouraging atmosphere, as well as a physically comfortable setting. We are the best venue in Humboldt County for getting connected with figurative artists and developing into a skilled art model, even if you are starting from scratch. Previous modeling experience is not required; we can teach you everything you need to know, including "drawing room etiquette" and how to do dozens of poses in a very short time without being repetitive or boring. Models should possess the utmost self-confidence and an excellent body image attitude. If you have "issues" dealing with self image, body image or self confidence, consider getting those worked out before you try modeling.

If you would like to model for us, please follow these steps:

  1. Contact and let us know you are interested.
  2. Find Us: Most people get lost tring to find us the first time, so check out the contact page and read it carefully,
  3. Meet and Greet: come to the drawing room and introduce yourself in person. The best time is between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. on any Thursday, just prior to our Thursday evening session. The second best time is between noon and 12:30 p.m. on any Friday, just after our Friday morning drop-in session.
  4. Try-out: We can schedule the try-out during your meet and greet. The try-out is a one-hour, non-paid drawing session with Joyce Jonte and Steven Vander Meer. In this session we give you instruction and practice, and prepare you to model for our groups. It is a vital part of the process and even seasoned models have told us how much they appreciate this experience.

After the try-out session, we may or may not call on you to model for a paid, public session. This decision will be based on how you compare to our current list of active models, in areas such as communication, punctuality, enthusiasm, attitude, and of course your performance as a model. If no one calls right away, it doesn't mean you failed necessarily, it may just be that we have an excellent list of models who are available and eager for work.

Please email us with any

Other Resources for Models

Here are some web sites that answer questions about art modeling better than I could. The first one has lot's of really good info that is essential to the job - I highly recommend checking it out, especially for beginners.

Figure Drawing by Steven Vander Meer