When I model, I like to put as much of me as I can into the artist-model relationship – so I like to put talking and/or singing as part of the mix.
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There are two things that I want to stress in working with models, and I think that both are important. I want to recognize people when I have seen them before, and I want to remember them between sessions where they model.
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Maybe the only impossibility that is real is repetition. The only reality that is not new is newness. At the same time, “novelty” is not new, because doing something to-be-new is “old hat.”
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I have worked with many subjects, and with many students, from nursery school into graduate school. As I have studied “teaching people,” I have learned that the “who-being-taught” is always more important than the “what” that is being taught to them; and that the one result to look for, in all of us, at every point in the process, is delight.
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I got my first assignment as a teacher when I graduated from high school at sixteen years old and was asked by my pastor to prepare a ten-year old girl for her first communion. I was scheduled to enter St. Charles Seminary as a college freshman that fall. Maybe this was in some way a “suitability test,”
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A colleague wrote: “I am not sure what would motivate someone to participate in a workshop program based on modeling for art as the theme.” To me, the theme is more accurately described as “modeling for these artists.”
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Naturists, or people who practice a clothes-optional lifestyle, proved especially good as models (this comfort I had learned only after long practice), because we did not need clothes to make us comfortable.
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The third poem is one I especially like to use when posing along with a person I am particularly fond of. I have used this working with several different people in different situations, so the fondness is different each time. The poem is by E.E. Cummings.
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Over the past weeks my wife, Beth, and I have watched a few movies which portrayed relationships of various kinds. Three of these movies are classic triumphs: To Kill a Mocking Bird, with Gregory Peck; John Huston’s exposition of James Joyce’s The Dead, and Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn in The African Queen.
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Life-Modeling as a Business and an Art: Workshop Description
For many years, people who work as models for artists and for artist groups have been expected to rely on self-training. To be more accurate, models are expected to work purely from their “natural talent” for modeling. To be most accurate, neither training nor talent has been a consideration for models at all. These expectations are inaccurate, and offer disservice to art, to artists, and above all to models. Good modeling is a profession, and—as in other professions—the greater the talent and the fuller the learning, the better the modeling is.
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