Nudity in older works were generally reference to ancient Greece, "classic nude proportions", use a more modern approach and allow their Venus to be modern, today's fashion could be included. We do live in a beauty worshiping society and clothing can be a part of the new art your students create. Unfortunately our American society associates nudity with sex instead of the European belief that it is a comfortable way to deal with heat.
>>> michelle_h_harrell 07/22 2:51 PM >>>
Howdy fellow artsednetters!
A couple of days ago, I asked for pairs of artworks that artists interpreted
in different ways. After I introduce how artists how re-interpreted these
stories, my students will re-interpret their own choice. I've found lots of
great artworks to compare that depicted "Venus" because it was a popular way
to show a beautiful nude woman. What if my students want to create their own
'modern' Venus? I personally LOVE the idea but I'm concerned about how it
will be viewed by Joe Public. I know we've had the thread about how to talk
about works of art that have nudity but what about students creating images
that are nude? Am I pushing the limits- especially since this will be my
first year at this school?
Michelle H. Harrell
Southeast Raleigh High School
Center for Accelerated Studies
Raleigh, North Carolina
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