For artists, one of the best ways to study the lines of the human body is to draw it from life, with a model posing in front of them. It's a centuries-old tradition that was recently disrupted, when the coronavirus shut down art classes and live drawing sessions. But artists have been finding ways to adapt by moving online and outside. An Kent Van Dusseldorp keeps them busy by taking off his clothes. A couple weeks ago, Van Dusseldorp hosted a Zoom session on his computer in the living room of his south Kansas City home. To set up the call, he wore a light blue robe and red-framed glasses.
The Naked Truth About Nude Drawing Classes
The Naked Truth About Nude Drawing Classes - Washington City Paper
Not all of the Facebook live sessions will make their way onto the website although all will be stored in the Resource Library , but this one is too important to leave out. Here is the video from the live session on April 26, followed by an outline of my notes and resources from the session. Our Western culture is filled with taboo about bodies. We are taught to view bodies as dirty, shameful, and imperfect. Nudity in art is almost always about the power and beauty of the human body.
I posed nude for an art class and now I see my body for the work of art that it is
Melissa Stanger. Save for intimate partners, I hate being naked in front of other people. My own mother hasn't seen me naked since I was about seven or eight. Even when I'm in a bathing suit at the beach or in my underwear in the gym locker room, my mind immediately goes to what other people might be thinking about my body — how they might be judging or scrutinizing it. And, as body positive as I strive to be, it does bother me.
Our free newsletters give you daily updates on local news and we recommend things for you to do twice a week. I took off my robe and tossed it on the floor, and all eyes were fixed on me. My first foray into figure drawing was in high school when I wanted to build a portfolio that I could use to apply to art colleges. So my mom signed me up for a class at a local university. I was as nervous about the situation as any awkward teenager would be, and even more so when I arrived to find that the model was an old man.