BOSTON FIGURATIVE
ART CENTER

BFAC Studio Etiquette

This is a community that only works if everyone pitches in and helps keep things going.  We have no paid staff, only volunteer help to run all the sessions and classes.  For this reason, please:


1.  Be respectful of the studio.  Wipe down your easel after use, don’t leave trash, pencil shavings, razor blades, wet paint, or empty beer bottles and wine cups around when you leave…  There are trash cans provided.  If the host requests it, please return easels and painting tables to wherever you found them at the end of the session.

2.   Be respectful to models.   If you’re trying to help the model relocate themselves in a pose, you MUST NOT TOUCH THEM, their clothes, or their hair.   Ask them to make adjustments.   Please be aware that comments you make, even when not directed at the models, can be overheard and can give offense.   Being naked is a vulnerable state; please err on the side of caution and consideration.

3.   Be respectful to other artists in the room.  Please keep talking and noise to an absolute minimum during the poses. (The breaks in between are a great time for socializing.) If you don't like the host's choice in background music, feel free to make suggestions or bring earbuds for your own device.  If there’s an issue relating to easel positions or lines of sight, feel free to gently mention it.   Please direct other questions to the session host. Finally, please try to be on time or even ahead of time. The studio is usually open 15 minutes before the appointed hour, and it will assure you get a good easel spot, as well as not being a disruption once people have started to work.


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