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Lesson Plans

Re: Child development and art

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Tue, 7 Jul 1998 23:21:19 EDT

The Classical nude has been around for a long time and never shocked the
European culture until that "brazen bare lady" appeared on a picnic blanket
with fully clothed men. I am trying to educate my Elementary/MiddleSchool kids
that nudity in fine art is not bad but is considered an exaltation of the
beauty of the human body. Middle Schoolers have this unwritten code that they
must snicker when they see nudity in art. I tell them ,"Get over it!". I try
to explain that there is a difference between sexually implicit nudity and
art by the message it conveys.

Ironically, the same parents who complain about their kids being exposed to
nudity in Art can take their kids to movies that have sexual nudity on the
Big Screen without a qualm. This doesn't make sense to me!