Nudes vs. Prudes

Discussions, and what is 'acceptable' I recently had a conversation that reminded me that even in my school, which I considered to be fairly enlightened and progressive, there are corners of old-fashioned, conservative and conformist thought. The discussion was about our regular figure drawing workshops for DP visual arts students, and it clearly made this person uncomfortable. Of course, if my school was located in a more conservative culture, this attitude would be predictable and understandable. But my school is located just outside ...

THE SHOCK OF THE NUDE

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 ...