MODEL, MONITOR/TEACHER, AND STUDENT
Morean Arts Center, Eckerd college
Model Protocol and Information– (rev
In the great tradition of western
academic art, undraped (nude) models have been a central part of the teaching
process. Society at large has no understanding of the purpose, protocol &
process of drawing the undraped figure as a learning tool. In order to minimize
misunderstanding and the fact that many of the artists are of beginning level,
we strive to maintain as professional an attitude as possible. It is similar to
a Doctor/Patient relationship with strict, predefined roles and protocol of
behavior. This applies both to the model, the artists, and the
The following are rules for those attending the
open figure drawing session. Should you have any questions, please discuss with
of everyone in the room at all times. Failure to follow the rules could
result in being asked to leave the session by the monitor.
model in pose selection. The model has the right to refuse or modify a
pose if they feel it will be excessively uncomfortable.
can ask the model to change or modify their pose if they feel it will best
serve the purposes of the session or class.
is not appropriate
for the monitor to touch the model for any reason. The only exception
would be prearranged with the model (at the discretion of the model) for
teaching purposes (for example calipers or other measuring tools or water
based markers or tape to identify landmarks, proportions, etc.).
the model has to
return to a pose and tape references are needed, it is typically it is
done by the monitor, however if the model prefers, they can to do it
must adhere to the Morean Arts Center policies and procedures, including
the Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy.
will be covered during breaks. Model should have an opaque wrap that is worn
between sessions. The model should wear their wrap at all times except
when on the model stand. As soon as the pose is over and the model steps
off the stand, they must be appropriately draped. If the model remains on
the stand between the poses, they should be at least minimally draped.
the discretion of
the model, it is acceptable to utilize minimal privacy cover-up for the
genitals such as a bikini bottom, “g” string or jock strap. They should
not be decorative and be neutral or flesh tone.
the classes are
composed of artists of various levels of experience, skill, maturity and
dedication, please try to create your poses to be as discreet as possible.
For example, spread eagle poses blatantly exposing genitals are not
appropriate for this environment.
do not incorporate
direct eye contact with an artist when posing. It is very distracting for
the artist and can be misconstrued. Try to set your gaze above, below or
between the artists.
necessary before or after the pose should be done draped, again not to be
circulate among the students, but must be fully draped.
must be taken
when leaving the studio (to go to the bathroom, etc.) to be properly
attired as the children and general public may be encountered.
is recommended that
the model bring a towel or sheet to rest on. The studio may not always be
as clean as one may want.
of the nature
of the studio, walking bare foot is not recommended and is strictly at the
model's own risk.
may bring their
own cushions, stools, staffs and other appropriate props. These can be
used at the discretion of the monitor. The studio is equipped with a
minimum collection of props and pillows.
difficult to control the temperature of the studio, generally a portable
heater is available, or model may bring their own.
held for a maximum of 20 minutes (unless prearranged by the monitor).
There is a 5 minute break between poses. The monitor will time the poses.
However, if model chooses to bring their own timer, it eliminates any
uncertainty or error of the pose being miss-timed.
at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the class.
will be paid if
they show up for a class or session that they are scheduled for, even if
there are no students.
for any reason that
the model is uncomfortable with the behavior of the monitor, teacher,
students or studio conditions; they should let the staff know immediately.
to be respectful of the model, and there should not be excessive talking
while the model is posing. If artists are in an extended conversation and
the pose starts, it should be taken outside of the studio.
not talk or play
audible music during the pose. The monitor will select music for the room.
phones off, on silent or vibrate during the session. Leave the room to
take, or make, any calls when model is posing.
the model their
personal space during breaks as they rest.
not talk with the
model during the pose, or to make comments on the pose.
working artists are allowed in the room while the model is working. It
is expected that
while the model is undraped, everyone is either actively drawing or
teaching. Any exception must have the permission of the model and the
video recording of the model or room at any time.
session monitor is
always in charge of all activities in the room.
comments, suggestions or ideas regarding the model pose, room or other
artists to the monitor during breaks.
not move easels,
chairs, tables or horses during the pose, other than slight adjustments.
Move only during model breaks.
- Students under the age of 18 that are serious about their
art, are welcome and encouraged to draw. The Morean reserves the right to
require a letter of permission from a parent or guardian, at
solvents in the room. Do not use markers or other materials with a strong
odor. Relatedly, please refrain from strong perfumes or aftershaves since
we are often crowded in an enclosed space.
fixative and hair
sprays when the entire session is over, and then spray outside the room.
The strong smell remains on paper and in the air where sprayed.
materials such as charcoal, pastel or conte, do not blow or shake the dust
into the air. Work vertically with a collection tray, or carefully take
the surface to a trash can or outside to carefully remove the excess dust.