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Re: nudity with elementary students

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RJD (drewyor)
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 03:54:57 -0500 (EST)

Interesting comments from everybody here.
This topic has a huge teaching potential that I see teachers and museum
guides continually missing while at the museum. Even when directly asked
by the kids the topic gets quickly changed or the teacher says "I don't
The answers are:
The human figure is hard to draw or paint. Artists feel if they can
master something hard then they will become better artists. (Perfect
lesson to the kids to not give up when they encounter something hard.)
Artists draw or paint the nude because they feel they can show a person's
inner beauty when they are nude. (This topic was done on the Simpsons when
Marge painted Mr. Burns nude. See, cartoons are educational too!) Artists
believe that people wear masks. By stripping the clothing and the mask,
they can show the real person inside. And lastly, artists draw or paint
the nude to shock the public. Does that surprise you? Everybody has a
naked body. Why are we so easily shocked by it? And as long as we are
shocked by it, artists will keep doing it.
Here's a funny story:
I have worked with many supposedly sophisticated college students who
get embarrassed when encountering a male nude for the first time (and
several times later). They either draw the guy from the waist up or they
omit his penis entirely. That experience always reminds me of Ken Doll.

the artist