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I always prepared my students with a lecture about what they were to
see...what they might see...and proper museum etiquette...this includes my
lecture on nudes...naked...and pornography. After this I use a modified
quote from O'Keeffe regarding what one sees in a painting is in the eye of
the beholder and is not necessarily the intention of the artist. Nude
figures are in all of my art books and subject to student viewing at any
time...students are allowed to use these books IF they are mature enough to
appreciate the nature of the nude figure in art. If not...they are no longer
allowed access to the art books for research. After awhile I usually get an
apology and a please may I use the art books for research.
I am in HS now and have found the phallic symbols drawn here and there really
annoying. We had a rash of them last year...almost to the point of
vandalism. I started a counter offensive with some comments about immaturity
and the artist's personal hang-ups. Stopped seeing them so frequently after
a few comments to this affect.
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