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RE: Nudity Elementary Art and 6th grade question

From: Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
Date: Sun Jul 23 2000 - 06:12:55 PDT

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    During our Heroes exhibit we had photographs of Greek and Roman statues. I
    had all my arguments ready for the adults, and my "look" ready for giggling
    or crude 5th - 6th grade boys. The only objection we had to the photographs
    was from the Fundamentalist Home School Group (as opposed to the group that
    hated the old administration). Their objection was not the nudity, but that
    we were teaching the stories behind the myths. They considered that to be
    teaching paganism. The giggles came from the girls not the boys. Those were
    easy to handle with looks. I think maybe one time the docent/staff member
    had to send a student to the teacher, because of bad behavior regarding the

    Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
    CAM Administrator
    San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Alasann1 [Alasann1]
    Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2000 11:53 PM
    To: ArtsEdNet Talk
    Subject: Nudity Elementary Art and 6th grade question

    I have found that nudity and 6th grade boys do not go well together. 5th
    isn't much better.
    But anything below that and this is the pat answer:
    I believe the human body and its appreciation are central to art. What
    environment than the art room to learn a mature and appreciative attitude
    toward an integral part of art history.
    So forth and so on.
    I believe it too.
    I also think there are a whole different set of rules for 6th graders.
    Any response?
    I am teaching them for the 1st time in 6 years this next year. How do you
    keep them on task? What interests this complex population?



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