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Care home goes the ‘full monty’ with nude life drawing class

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Would-be artists at a Care UK care home have chalked up a possible first by taking part in a nude life drawing class.

The talented artists, who recently took a trip to France to enjoy sketching and watercolour painting, jumped at the chance when given the opportunity of drawing a nude model.

Mollie Wheeldon said: “I spent my life interested in art – painting landscapes and I always wanted to draw from a nude model and never got round to doing it. It was a really interesting experience, I think we did our best.”

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When asked what kind of model they preferred, residents almost unanimously said a “nice handsome man”.  A professional model, who more than amply met the residents’ criteria, was hired for the afternoon session.

Rick Mayne, home manager at Sherwood Grange, said: “Most people expect life in a care home to be a certain way – but here at Sherwood Grange we’re keen to ensure that there are no limitations and every day can be different and fun. Life in our care home is all about helping people to enjoy more independent and fulfilling lives – and today that meant expanding people’s experiences and doing something out of the ordinary.

“It’s fair to say we’ve never had a nude model at the home before – but based on the response we may well do again!

The unusual activity took place to mark the end of a month-long festival that Care UK has sponsored, The Big Draw, which promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.

For more information about Care UK and The Big Draw, please visit careuk.com/care-homes/bigdraw

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