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Ashley, 20

My professor and I hit it off in tutorials. We’re both consenting adults and only eight years apart in age. Would a little extracurricular activity really hurt anyone?
I think our society fetishizes the student-teacher situation. It’s not necessarily as taboo as some people might think it is. If it’s a college environment, I don’t think it’s a big deal.

What’s sexier: photographing someone naked or painting them naked?
Painting is definitely a little more sensual, but if you see anyone working in the medium they’re most passionate about, it’s a huge turn on.

After I’ve come all over a girl, what’s the proper etiquette? Towel her off myself, or let her do it?
Let her do it. You getting involved makes it messier than it needs to be.

How can I seduce an art student?
As art students we don’t really have much time to even have a sex life. There’s this Facebook group called "I don’t need sex because RISD fucks me every day." We don’t really want to be bothered with the whole wooing party. Just be as straight up as possible.

There’s a guy that I like, but he’s in the hipster crowd while I’m not. How do I bridge the gap?
If that’s even an issue, I think then there are other underlying issues. Like, you want to be part of the scene more than you want to be in a relationship with that person.

My boyfriend and I are thinking about moving in together. We’ve been together for a year and have a stable relationship, but the main reason we’d do this would be to save money on rent. Does this make it a bad idea?
Fuck yeah, that makes it a bad idea. When two people move in with each other early on in the relationship it always seems to end badly. Find someone else to move in with you. You don’t necessarily need to move in with your significant other.

Using art supplies during sex: lots of fun or not worth the mess?
Gouache paint! I’ve been trying to bring it into mine and my boyfriend’s sex life, but he thinks it’s not worth the mess. Gouache is like a really thick watercolor, and I’m obsessed with it for some reason.

I have a cheerleader fetish. Should I buy my girlfriend a cheerleader’s uniform for some roleplay, or is that too creepy?
That’s not creepy at all. I wish my boyfriend bought me weird outfits to wear.

Megan, 19

How can I seduce an art student?
With marijuana and hummus and hippie music. That would do it for me. Pot and music.

My boyfriend just moved back into his mom’s basement so he can work on his art full-time. How can I tell if he’s a real artist or just a failure?
I think once they move back into the womb, it’s a dealbreaker. You don’t want him to live in your mom’s basement no matter how artistic he is.

My professor and I hit it off in tutorials. We’re both consenting adults and only eight years apart in age. Would a little extracurricular activity really hurt anyone?
I don’t think so. Not if it’s on the DL. That’s pretty hot actually. It’s one of my fantasies.

After I’ve come all over a girl, what’s the proper etiquette?
The proper way to handle that would be to find something clean — like a clean towel, not a sock off the floor. It’s just like if you spilled a drink on someone. You would assist them. And you can offer her a shower afterwards.

I painted a picture of my girlfriend and she thought it was awful, not cute like I intended. Should non-artists pick up a brush to express their feelings?
I think everyone should do art. It’s soothing and enjoyable. But if it’s horrible, don’t show it if you want to get laid later. Maybe try abstract art instead.

I have a cheerleader fetish. Should I buy my girlfriend a cheerleader’s uniform for some roleplay, or is that too creepy?
You should ask her if she’s into it first. Don’t make it a birthday present — that’s a present for you, not a present for her. And maybe she has her own cheerleading outfit.

Using art supplies during sex: lots of fun or not worth the mess?
Paint could be fun as foreplay, but I don’t know about paint supplies going INSIDE anyone. I mean, your body is a canvas, but not on the inside. Use non-toxic art supplies — oil paints can kill a person.

Hannah, 20

I’ve gained some weight, and my girlfriend has said a few things lately that make me think she’s becoming less attracted to me — hints about hitting the gym, not ordering dessert, etc. Should I try to get in shape for her, or should she accept me for who I am?
You should go to the gym. I don’t know about that whole thing of accepting people for who they are. I think you should try to be really hot so other people who are looking at you and your partner get jealous.

What’s sexier: photographing someone naked or painting them naked?
Photographing them naked. Painting takes so long that after a while, you don’t even see them as naked. You start to lose your sense of them as a sexual thing.

After I’ve come all over a girl, what’s the proper etiquette?
Get her a towel. Coming on someone can be a really aggressive act, so afterwards you want to show them you still care.

My boyfriend and I are thinking about moving in together. We’ve been together for a year and have a stable relationship, but the main reason we’d do this would be to save money on rent. Does this make it a bad idea?
Yeah, I’m doing that right now. There are tons of problems with it. I’m a really independent girl. I don’t like feeling financially tied down in any way, and that puts a lot of problems into the relationship. It doesn’t end up saving any money at all, and you don’t have as much room to break up, because you owe each other money.

What rule-of-thumb ensures an amazing experience in bed every time?
Being uninhibited. You have to be open to being really, really loud and obnoxious.

Steve, 22

My boyfriend just moved back into his mom’s basement so that he can work on his art full-time. How can I tell if he’s a real artist or just a failure?
Here are a few things to ask yourself: Was he creating a lot of art before he moved into his mom’s basement? Does he have a job to pay for his artistic endeavors, or will he be sponging off her for funds? Ask him what his plans and timetables are for his art career and for moving back out of his mom’s place.

My professor and I hit it off in tutorials. We’re both consenting adults and only eight years apart in age. Would a little extracurricular activity really hurt anyone?
To be on the safe side I’d check the school’s rulebook on teacher-student fraternization. I’d also mention something about it to your friends as a hypothetical scenario just to test their reactions. Be prepared for gossip if you do go through with it and the information leaks somehow. You should think about your reputation if you have an upstanding one.

What rule-of-thumb ensures an amazing experience in bed every time?
There is nothing better than someone who knows your body well and knows what buttons to push. Kissing is right up there, too. Knowing how to kiss definitely makes sex even better. Put those two together and you will get a slamtastic bedroom, kitchen, car, or wherever-you-please experience.

I’m a guy in my twenties who sometimes can’t get it up, so I take Viagra. Now I’m seeing someone and it’s getting serious. At what point should I tell her, and how should I bring it up?
Bring up this piece of information after a nice date when you feel the date will end very well for you. It may be tough, but it has to be done. If she’s a keeper, she’ll be able to handle it.

I’ve got a crush on the male nude model for my art class. How do I approach him?
"How’s it hanging?"