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Re: nudity- interpreting themes in art

From: Bill Sechler (
Date: Wed Jul 26 2000 - 13:19:53 PDT

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    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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