Models’ Rights and Responsibilities

Open Figure Drawing extends the following rights to people who model. We adopt these rights to protect and support models and to prevent misunderstanding.

Open Figure Drawing is an equal-opportunity employer. Models have a right to fair and equal treatment, regardless of religion, age, gender, or sexual preference.

Models for unclothed drawing sessions have the right to wear some clothing, if their circumstances require it. During break, models must clothe themselves.

Models have a right to privacy. Open Figure Drawing will not release models’ surnames, phone numbers or addresses without consent. The group will ask models’ permission before sharing information with other artists and coordinators in need of models.

Models have a right to work without being photographed. Open Figure Drawing prohibits the use of cameras and camera-bearing cell phones during drawing sessions with a nude model.

Models have a right to a safe storage place for their clothing and belongings during drawing sessions.

Models have a right to prompt payment at the end of the drawing session. Open Figure Drawing will not postpone payment.

Models have a right to a clean, comfortable, and safe work environment. Open Figure Drawing will cover windows, provide heaters or fans, provide an area for changing, and not allow noxious art materials.

Models have a right to refrain from unduly difficult poses, and to break from poses that become unexpectedly difficult. Open Figure Drawing urges models to speak up about any undue discomfort, and to make the necessary adjustments. Hosts will be responsible for timing poses, and will keep poses to the agreed upon time. Models may also keep time.

Models have the right to respect and courtesy. Open Figure Drawing will eject people who disrespect or humiliate the model.

Booking & Cancellation
Models have a right to fair frequency of booking, with the following caveats. Frequency will depend on the total number of models in the booking pool. Also, models may receive more frequent bookings if they agree to be available for emergency substitutions.
Models must start on time. Tardiness of more than 10 minutes will cancel the booking. Otherwise, bookings are guaranteed. If Open Figure Drawing cancels a session, models will be paid half they payment they would have been paid if the session had happened.

Open Figure Drawing, since 1989