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Lesson Plans

Nudes and elementary

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Stephanie Billingsley (teekart)
Thu, 09 Sep 1999 10:45:35 -0300

Dear Art Ed listserve,

Here is a problem I have had recently. I am fortunate to work in a
school system where I have two computers in my classroom, also have a
30" high definition television connected to computer. I like to use
CD-ROM's such as The Louvre for kids, Metropolitan Museum of Art and
Chicago art institute to elaborate and enhance the lessons that I teach.
This large tv set up is new this year. Was going through the Louvre disc
yesterday and it has a feature where elements of a painting or sculpture
can be enlarged. This is an excellent program BUT why do they feature so
many nudes? Of course I know any art museum would have as many or more.
I am not a prude. I do lecture my students about nudes and art-First
through Fifth grade. As I was reviewing the program yesterday and one of
the focal points was a close up of the male member of a sculpture, I
was wondering what would happen if the "right" parent walked in. Would I
be accused of showing pornography? Teachers have been fired for this. I
do not think that this will happen, but I am curious about how some of
the very astute art teachers in this group have handled this problem.

A plea to the makers of these excellent CD-ROM's, be aware of their
intended use. If in the home, it is fine. In the public school
classroom, be aware.


Stephanie Billingsley

Ohio, middle class socio economic area