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Models Needed for Figurative and Portrait Sculpture
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Model Requirements: Raleigh Sculpture Group

Art models are needed on a regular basis for the Raleigh Sculpture Group, which is a small group of sculptors interested in figurative traditions and in creating sculptures that are in the style of classical realism.  Nude, semi-nude, implied nude and clothed models are used to advance skills in rendering human anatomy.  The group is devoted to the artistic interpretation and exploration of the human form through the medium of clay sculpture.  General sculpture sessions/classes/workshops are usually scheduled on weeknights, 6:30-9:30 PM or on Saturdays, 10 AM to 4 PM with an hour break for lunch.  Models are also occasionally needed for individual sculptors who want to sculpt solo outside of the group setting.  In acquiring models, an attempt is made to alternate between male and female models, various ethnic and racial groups, different body types, and different age groups.  Previous modeling experience, while helpful, is not a requirement.  The group members and individual sculptors usually decide on a general or compositional theme that will guide what is sculpted.  An attempt is then made to acquire a model that best fits that compositional theme.  It is obvious that the model needed to do a sculpture of a marathon runner would be quite different from the model needed to do a sculpture of a Sumo wrestler.

The most important qualities for figurative models are dependability, ability to hold a pose, and being comfortable posing clothed (portrait or clothed sessions)  or nude (figurative sessions).  Models need to report to sculpting sessions on time and be dependable in completing all the sessions agreed upon.  The same pose is used for all sessions and the number of sessions normally needed for completing a sculpture may vary from 1 to 10 sessions, depending on the scope of the artwork.

Figurative sculpture sessions are normally scheduled to be 3 hours in duration.  During a 3-hour session the model will pose nude for 20 to 25-minute time intervals separated by 5-minute breaks and a longer 15-minute break midway through the 3-hour session.  Models should be reasonably sure that they can remain in the agreed upon pose before the sculpting begins. Temporarily getting out of a pose to stretch or other necessity is acceptable.

For prospective models without previous experience as a sculpture model, an initial 3-hour modeling session is scheduled so that the model can determine if they are comfortable doing this specific type of modeling. This also allows an opportunity to determine what type of pose or compositional theme would work best for a particular model.  Pay for an initial 3-hour modeling session is $60.00.  Models used for additional sessions will be paid $75 per 3-hour session.

Sculpture sessions are held at Litmus Gallery & Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus Street, in Downtown Raleigh.

Additional questions: contact Jim Fatata at [email protected].  View previously completed sculptures at