Not every school art department is able to offer life (or figure) drawing classes for its students, for a variety of reasons. Some schools are located in countries where the culture prohibits (or ‘frowns on’) nudity, and even if the culture of the country permits it, some art departments have to contend with a conservative administration and/or parent body. Then there is the financial side – not all budgets are sufficiently generous to pay for the services of a life-drawing model.
However, drawing from the unclothed human form can be both a challenge and a joy, and I would strongly encourage all IBDP visual arts teachers, where possible, to provide their students with some classes that focus on drawing and painting from the human figure.
The images provided here are examples of my own recent figure drawings.