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Lesson Plans

Life Drawing

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Mark Alexander (mamjam)
Wed, 19 Nov 1997 18:16:49 -0500

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Sorry to duplicate, but I just noticed that in my haste I forgot to include
a descriptive subject heading on my last post. I frequently delete all
posts which have blank subject headings and subject headings with digest
numbers, especially on days that I get 40-50 posts. Since I feel my query
is important, I include it here, this time with a descriptive subject


I'm slightly surprised to find myself in this predicament, but I need a
little help. The local adult education director asked me to teach a drawing
class in the late winter this year. I agreed and wrote the following
proposal for a life drawing class:

Drawing the nude and clothed model with instruction in classic drawing
techniques. Informal personal and group critiques will be offered.
Beginning to advanced artists are welcomed, under 18 may participate with
parental permission.

A number of adults have already expressed an interest in taking the class
in February, and the local adult education director was ecstatic. When he
took the proposal to the regional adult education director is when the
problem began. The regional director is afraid of controversy. He wonders
if having nude models will be a problem in the high school, because there
will be students in the building while the class is in session.

I intend to use a classroom with window and door blinds, so that the only
people exposed to the model will be adult participants and students with
parental permission.

I am meeting with the Superintendent Thursday evening (TOMORROW!!!). I
thought if I got him to go to bat for me then the class would survive. I
know a lot of things to say in defense of drawing the nude model. I hope
you Arts Ed Folks could arm me with a few more persuasive arguments which I
might use to sway him.


Mark Alexander, 1-8 Art
Lee H. Kellogg School
47 Main Street
Falls Village, Connecticut 06031

"The object of education is to
prepare the young to
educate themselves
throughout their lives."
Robert Hutch

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