Nursing home residents are treated to a life drawing session from the comfort of their armchairs

Better than afternoon bingo! Nursing home residents are being invited to a life signs session from the comfort of their armchairs after asking for a “nice, handsome man” to pose for them

  • Nursing home residents were pictured grinning as they took part in life drawing
  • The amateur artists squinted to focus on the male nude model
  • The course was so successful that residents were promised more for the future

A group of women living in a nursing home had a wonderful time honing their artistic skills in a nude drawing session with a nude male model.

Members of Sherwood Grange residential home in Kingston Vale, west London, sat down for their life drawing class on Wednesday – and photos show residents were very happy with their subject.

Rosemary Lester, one of the residents in the session, was pictured closing one eye so she could properly focus on her subject as he posed with one leg up on a stool and a ski pole.

Another resident, Mollie Wheeldon, was pictured with a subtle grin on her face while one of the care home’s staff put her arm around her.

Residents at Sherwood Grange care home in Kingston Vale, west London, spent the afternoon taking a life drawing class. Pictured: Jenny Proudlove, who seems completely unfazed by the nude model

Aspiring art student Rosemary Lester closed one eye to get a better look at her subject and make sure she was producing an accurate work

Aspiring art student Rosemary Lester closed one eye to get a better look at her subject and make sure she was producing an accurate work

Pencil in hand, Rosemary watched the model pose on a stool with a ski pole and one leg raised

Pencil in hand, Rosemary watched the model pose on a stool with a ski pole and one leg raised

Stay there and don't move!  Rosemary had to make sure the angle she caught was perfect

Stay there and don’t move! Rosemary had to make sure the angle she caught was perfect

When Mollie was later asked what she liked most about the session, she replied, “I can’t answer that!”

She added, “It was great fun doing something different – I found it very relaxing.”

To keep things professional, budding art prodigy Jenny Proudlove was pictured diligently getting on with her drawing – while a well-placed glass in the shot covered the model’s privates.

The art students, all women, proudly displayed their artworks at the end of their session.

Resident Mollie Wheeldon grinned as she took a closer look at her subject while a member of staff gave her a knowing look

Resident Mollie Wheeldon grinned as she took a closer look at her subject while a member of staff gave her a knowing look

Mollie (pictured second from right) said she found the session

Mollie (pictured second from right) said she found the session “relaxing”.

The artistic wonders appeared highly focused as they focused on creating their masterpieces

The artistic wonders appeared highly focused as they focused on creating their masterpieces

At the end of the session, the students proudly displayed their artworks in front of the camera - and they were promised that they would soon be able to take another life drawing course

At the end of the session, the students proudly displayed their artworks in front of the camera – and they were promised that they would soon be able to take another life drawing course

Sherwood Grange manager Kristina Jacunskiene said the afternoon was “memorable” for residents and staff alike.

She said: “Life in our care home is all about helping people live more independent and fulfilling lives – and today that meant doing something extraordinary and creating an unforgettable experience.

“Sadly the session had to end – but based on the feedback we’ve had from residents and the fabulous drawings they’ve created, we’ll certainly be welcoming more models in the future.”

Sherwood Grange, operated by Care UK, has received an excellent rating from the Care Quality Commission.

According to the website, residents “enjoy a truly wonderful lifestyle full of diverse and enriching creative activities and experiences.”

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