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I have to tell you all about an awesome experience I had over the past couple weeks! I had the opportunity to model for a painting class held by the Willingboro Art Alliance. It was so cool to be a part of and such a unique experience.

A friend, who knows the teacher of the class, had passed my name along, and that’s how this all happened. This is also why I mentioned I had been wearing my colorful fall outfit so often. I went to multiple classes and needed to wear the same outfit for each (and I also just love that outfit, haha).

fall outfit
The outfit I was wearing while I was the painting model. 🙂

Now, I do not have an artistic bone in my body, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t appreciate the wonderful work these artists did! To see these artists bring my likeness to life was beyond incredible. And being able to see the artists at the different stages of their paintings was also very interesting to see.

The beginning stages of the portrait.
The beginning stages of the portrait.

How this worked was I would sit at the front of the class for 20 minutes and not move a muscle while the artists worked. Then, at the end of 20 minutes we would all take a 10 minute break, and this would go on for 3 hours. (And I went to two separate classes.)

Everyone in the class was so friendly, and had such a wonderful sense of humor! The hours just flew by (and now I wish I could return for more classes!).

See the chair at the front of the class? I spent a lot of time there. Haha.
See the chair at the front of the class? I spent a lot of time there. Haha.

Some of the artists finished their paintings during the first class, and others took my photo and continued to work on their paintings at home…and some continued working on their paintings at the next class (which is why I was supposed to look the same at all the classes). The artists who finished their paintings at the first class would do a different portrait from a different angle at the next class.

painting class

painting class

I’m going to share a couple photo galleries of the different stages of the paintings. The first one will show the beginning stages, and the last one will show the final stages. I didn’t get to see everyone’s finished product, as some took them home to finish up (but they still looked incredible to me!). You can click on any of the photos in gallery to make them full-sized.

Beginning of the Portrait photo gallery

Final Stages of the Portrait photo gallery

painting class

How talented are these artists?? I was blown away by everyone’s unique paintings! This is an experience I will never forget!

If you would like more information about the Willingboro Art Alliance, click here. And one of the artists, Joe, has a website of his works if you would like to see more paintings of his, click here. (Joe is pictured below.)

Is anyone out there artistic or enjoy painting? Let me know in the comments!

If you would like to see my outfit post on the outfit I wore for the paintings, click here.


  1. This was such a fun and unique post. You look fabulous in these paintings! I really enjoyed reading this post. Great job being a model for this class. Sounds like a fun class!


  2. I don’t feel comfortable when more than 5 people are paying attention to me at one time, so I don’t think I would like doing this at all! Plus, I’m a fidgeter. And I have to pee a lot. haha!

    I loved looking at all of the different artists’ paintings..so beautiful!

    1. Hahaha! I didn’t much like having a bunch of people staring at me at first, but they were a nice group and made me feel comfortable. 🙂 They do let you pee every 20 minutes, and you teach big classrooms – I bet you could totally do this! 🙂

  3. I was going to be an art major at one time so I had a class with male and female models (in the nude I might add) and it was an awesome experience. It’s the best way to learn to draw the human figure. Not sure how you sat still for that long! I especially love the first portrait. Looks like it was done in pastels. 🙂

  4. Those pieces of art are all so beautiful! I also am not very artistic, but I love how each of these is unique but still you!


  5. This is so cool!! I love how in an art class everyone makes the same portrait or still-life look so different. They are all so nice! I’ve been a model for some art classes and I actually had a really hard time staying still for so long! (Plus at my college most of the classes wanted you to be nude – NO THANKS! haha) I really enjoyed this post! 🙂

    Lee – leethrifts.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you, Lee! Oh I know – it’s so cool how everyone has such a unique perspective! And sitting still for that long is certainly a lot harder than it sounds haha. And this art group does have a nude class, but they seem to focus more on clothed people haha. I would not want to be nude either – I like clothing, thank you very much. Haha. 🙂

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