I just do not let them use any copy written or registered trademarks. I
find the kids are more creative, rather then using a familiar symbol,
they have to come up with something unique. There is quite a bit of
moaning and groaning at first, but eventually, they just get used to it
and don't argue with me anymore.
Brookings Middle School
From: Jackie Brewer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2007 11:20 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] familiar images
What I am curious about in many examples I see using technology with art
is the use of familiar images, such as the Nike symbol or Bart Simpson.
Are teachers having students write for permission to use these symbols
in works or art, or do they just let them do it. I am aware of one
situation in a state competition that a student used Spiderman mixed
with a self portrait. For all purposes, the artwork would have been
disqualified but on the back of the work, along with the intent form,
was a letter giving the student permission to use the work. In the long
run, the person with the copyright,wanted a sample of the finsihed
piece. I know that there are many views on what is permissible and what
is not. As a teacher who does have Art and Technology use in the
classroom, a lot, I try to make it a habit that if a student does wish
to use a familiar icon, such as Spiderman, then they have to get
permission to use it. Yes, it does take time but I feel in the long
run, it also gives the student the chance to have contact with
companies, artist, etc. and also provides insight into doing what is
With all that being said, how do you as a teacher handle this.
Me - students must have permission to use any familiar icons.