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Thank you for providing high school students the motivation to look up
stuff after school - and your topic should provide sufficient motivation! I
appreciate your offering the opportunity for extending the lesson, while
respecting kids' natural modesty about some topics. (And emember how much
fun it was to look up dirty words in the dictionary?) One of the great
things about art is how far you can dive into a topic, without ever really
seeing the bottom! This ought to give them something to think about for
years to come...as we are still thinking about it now!
I like the idea of clothing the nudes.
A funny aside about Mapplethorpe... after he finished art school,my husband
used to work as a bookbinder in Newport, RI. The company he worked for had
the job of making the portfolio cases for Mapplethorpe's "X" portfolio. The
man in charge of overseeing the production was such a devote Catholic that
he refused to look at the photos as they were put in the cases...and
crossed himself after he touched each one. Didn't seem to stop him from
completing the transaction, though!
To follow up on another posting...I'm thankful that students have this
opportunity to get feedback on their work...something we didn't get much
(any) of when we were students. I'm sure it will realy improve their work
as teachers. I admit I sometimes graon when I see very naive lesson plans,
but I can now acknowledge the benefits.