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Lesson Plans

re: child development and art

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Wed, 8 Jul 1998 17:19:58 EDT

Hi! I have taught elementary art for 9 years. I LOVE it! :) One of my very
favorite videos to show the younger students (1st & 2nd grades) is called
"Don't Eat the Pictures." It features the Sesame Street characters touring
the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the segments shows some ancient Roman
sculptures of broken nudes, while Oscar the Grouch sings about loving broken
old trash. It's GREAT! I find that the kids handle the brief peak at nude
sculptures best if I prep them prior to viewing the film: "Now, there is one
part in this movie that shows some very important art of people without all
their clothes on. I'm thinking that you are all old enough to watch it in a
responsible way. If you are not, I will just turn the movie off." I have
never had more than an occassional quiet, embarrassed giggle, and no parent
has ever complained. The movie is VERY fun, educational and always a big hit.

Along the same lines, this past spring one of our school library aides
brought me Eric Carle's book, Draw Me A Star. She wanted me to somehow "cover
up" certain parts of a nude illustration in the book. I told her that #1 - I
would never presume to deface the artwork of Eric Carle and #2 - that would be
censorship. She walked away rather sheepishly and that's the last I heard of