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Re: [teacherartexchange] nudity in art


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon May 29 2006 - 12:02:18 PDT

First and foremost, you have to know your community and what they will
accept. Yes, you can try educating the public, but I have a hard enough time
getting my parents to come to conferences. And just how young do you start?
I don't even teach "artists" to my primary, because they just weren't
getting it. Instead, I introduce them to great children's illustrators. I
also do not take my elementary students to museums, mainly because the
museums are all quite a distance away, and the trips would all have to come
out of my budget. However, I do take my high school students, and I do show
nudes with them. There are so many thousands of great artworks to share that
not showing nudes at the elementary has never been an issue. I have a hard
enough time narrowing down what I do want to teach in that one hour a week
not to worry about the nudity issue.
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher

> For those teachers who do not show nudity in the art room, what do you do
> when you take your students to an art museum? Do you run in and cover all
> the nudes. I think a discussion about nudity in art and the beauty of the
> human body can solve many of the problems. I do not teach elementary, but
> I did teach Jr. High and I explained the use of the nudes in art and the
> fact that it is not done in the manner of Playboy. I once had a
> superintendent who asked me if I were giving a slide presentation would I
> pull the nudes or leave them in and I said I would leave them in. I have
> no idea why he asked me that question, but I am still working in the same
> school system 25 years later. We cannot take nudes out of the museum so
> why should we take them out of the classroom they are an important part of
> art history.

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