An art model poses, often nude, in front of the class, as students draw them. How do I know? I work as an art model.
T he first time Dominic Blake took his clothes off in front of an art class was, as you might imagine, a daunting experience. There were about 40 people and I was looking at the doors and windows for escape routes. If you have an image of what a life model might be like — someone with a toned physique, perhaps, and an exhibitionist streak — then think again.
Stripping down in front of a stranger. For some, that happens after a right swipe and a couple of cocktails. For others, it's a way of life.
Andrew Crayford and his companions can hold their gymnastic poses for up to 45 minutes. Posing in the nude while being sketched by a bunch of strangers for life drawing classes wasn't extreme for model Andrew Crayford. Now he's launched Life Drawing Gymnasia where artists sketch as he and two female companions perform a series of eye-watering poses while completely naked. He is also the front cover of the Irvine Welsh novel A Decent Ride and worked extensively with renowned 3D photographer Scott Eaton and posed for the storyboard of the film Legend of Tarzan.
Yet these men and women — old and young, all shapes, sizes and ethnicities — whose bodies are exposed from every angle, whose nude images grace my walls, remain unknown to me. I rarely know their names. Who are these people who bare all to a room full of strangers?
With some very interesting classes on offer, our favourite has to be the ELSC, who are a bunch of feisty, articulate, fiercely independent women, who also happen to be strippers. This is life drawing with a twist. The event will be fun, creative and there will be a party atmosphere in a venue with a copper-topped bar, wooden benches, and stripped ceilings.
Courses in nude art are common in traditional art degree programs. Explore what you can learn from these classes by reading the following descriptions of widely offered topics. Nude art classes are offered through certificate, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs in art and illustration.
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