This was painted one evening when the model failed to turn up. This woman was a student who offered to sacrifice four hours painting for four hours sitting still. She got paid for it though. Whether I can remember her name or not goes without saying – she was Japanese if that’s any help.
In the last year of the painting class we had an Ofsted inspector come in to inspect us all. She asked people questions and ‘observed,’ as they do. She then took Geoff, the teacher, aside and told him that she couldn’t see any teaching going on, and that several of the students she’d spoken to had told her that they didn’t know what they were doing. He apparently then informed her that she was out of her depth and didn’t understand what teaching was, and that if students knew what they were doing they wouldn’t be in a position to learn anything. The next year the class was no more. One can only speculate as to why.