I'm slightly surprised to find myself in this predicament, but I need a
little help. The local adult education director asked me to teach a drawing
class in the late winter this year. I agreed and wrote the following
proposal for a life drawing class:
LIFE DRAWING STUDIO
Drawing the nude and clothed model with instruction in classic drawing
techniques. Informal personal and group critiques will be offered.
Beginning to advanced artists are welcomed, under 18 may participate with
A number of adults have already expressed an interest in taking the class
in February, and the local adult education director was ecstatic. When he
took the proposal to the regional adult education director is when the
problem began. The regional director is afraid of controversy. He wonders
if having nude models will be a problem in the high school, because there
will be students in the building while the class is in session.
I intend to use a classroom with window and door blinds, so that the only
people exposed to the model will be adult participants and students with
I am meeting with the Superintendent Thursday evening (TOMORROW!!!). I
thought if I got him to go to bat for me then the class would survive. I
know a lot of things to say in defense of drawing the nude model. I hope
you Arts Ed Folks could arm me with a few more persuasive arguments which I
might use to sway him.
Mark Alexander, 1-8 Art
Lee H. Kellogg School
47 Main Street
Falls Village, Connecticut 06031
"The object of education is to
prepare the young to
throughout their lives."