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Too few nudes 'expose' art class
Nude drawing by artist Alison Ludlow
Artists look at the shape and forms of nude models
Sitting naked in a room full of people staring at you is not the sort of job usually advertised, but that's just what is on offer in Newport.

And unless people come forward for the work, council-run art classes in the city could close.

An appeal has been made after a pool of 12 nude models for life drawing classes has slowly reduced to two.

Models can earn 7.65 an hour for their time and unless more are found three classes are likely to stop running.

Artist Alison Ludlow and her brother Jonathan Sherwood run the classes for Newport Council.

"I've got two models for my classes but my brother has no-one and it's getting to the stage where the classes could be closed," said Ms Ludlow.

"We desperately need more models to come forward to save the classes.

"The students absolutely love it and the models we do use seem to love it too.

They don't look at the model as a naked person, they look at them in terms of shapes and forms
Alison Ludlow, artist

"The students are always asking when we are having the next model but at the moment we are really struggling."

She said life drawing was an important part of mastering how to draw.

"Life drawing is a fundamental part of art - once you've mastered that, you've got everything. It's a very difficult thing to do but the students really enjoy it," she said.

"They don't look at the model as a naked person, they look at them in terms of shapes and forms.

"I think the hardest thing for the model would be the first time they take their dressing gown off because the students are used to it and even the students who've never done it before are concentrating on getting their drawing right."

If you have an itchy nose or something, you have to put it out of your mind
Glyn Mitchell, model

And her plea for more models to come forward is being supported by Glyn Mitchell who regularly sits for life drawing classes.

The 43-year-old from Newport took up the challenge after seeing a poster at the centre where he was learning English.

"I just thought to myself, why not, I'll give that a go - it's something I can do so I'll give it a try," he said.

"I've never done anything like it before but I have to say the first time wasn't so bad.

"I didn't know the artists which helped because if I had seen a face I recognised then I don't think I'd have done it.

"I find it relaxing and calming although it can be hard work sitting in one place - if you have an itchy nose or something, you have to put it out of your mind.

"It is a great way of meeting people and making friends - the artists are always so pleased to see a new model.

"It would be such a pity if the classes had to close.

"I'm 43, have had neurological problems and am no Sylvester Stallone so if I can do it anyone can."

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