- When I was a senior in high school I took drawing lessons at Herron Art School in Indiana. This meant I was drawing nudes at the age of 17 (Didn't turn 18 until August after I graduated). I was able to handle it quite well but part of it may have been that my dad was a town doctor and I was with him when some patients were brought in for emergencies and I witnessed him perform surgery.
By the time I was a college freshman and taking Drawing 101, nude drawing was "old hat." I recall sitting there drawing the first nude college model and then looking around the room at some point to see many students sitting stunned with their mouths open. Several guys hands were shaking so badly they could hardly draw. I figured I might have looked like that when I drew my first.
--- In email@example.com, J Pederson-Atkins <jpedersonatkins@...> wrote:
> As a Professional Artist / Art Teacher myself, "Yes, Of course she's too young!! I've gone to life-drawing for many years...LOVED it! I was a freshman in college the first time. Whew! The other students and I were trepidacious--were were ready for this? The drawing prof knew what he was doing. After a few times--it became 'run of the mill'. Everyday 'stuff'. We could take our drawings seriously and view this person more as something in a still life. Basically--an object.
> At 16--students are still growing. Mentally and the other. The 16 yr old is far from having the right mind set. None are ready. I know the point when it actually is helpful to an artist--and when it isn't. At 16--it isn't. I have friends who model--sometimes it's even an artist from the group--and we've talked about this many times.
> Why would a responsible person put the model through this--much less the student!! Talk about awkward and so stressful!!! For both! One of our models didn't return.
> The art student will have all the time in the world to draw a nude from life.
> I suggest this art teacher find out what the school might have to say about this...she/he could also find out what night the model will be clothed! THEN, I definately think your daughter go sketch/paint with the adult artists--she'd be able to pick up quite a few tips and advice that could help her in so many ways!
> It wasvery irresponsible of this art teacher to suggest this. He/she was wrong.