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)
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum
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.
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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