So, about that video, referred to in the comment: Get Surreal with Salvador Dali is an award-winning half-hour video available for free to educators from the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg Florida. It is an educational video made for kids. It is narrated by two kids. By the end of the video the kids will be singing along with the Dali song. They love this video! A shorter version of it is also available on YouTube, though I personally use the full-length version. Yes, I admit it has some brief glimpses of nudity, which I referred to in my original post as 'giggle-worthy', and will describe here. First of all, at one point there is discussion of a double image in a painting, and there happens to be a part of a woman with her naked breast showing off to the side of the painting, though this part of the image is never discussed. But the most prevalent nudity in the video is the use of quick clips which show this statue (below) chatting with another piece of artwork as part of the narration of the video. The drawers open and close as she talks and it is very silly.
crutch' is spoken with a trill of the letter R. (crutches are mentioned in the video as a commonly used item for symbolism in Dali's paintings.) The kids thought the word spoken had been 'crotch', not crutch! Here's a Dali painting with a crutch. This painting is one that is discussed in the video.
|basic armature structure|
|adding plaster bandage|
And of course, adding paint and embellishment
Anyhow... I did consider introducing the artist Niki de Saint Phalle to my students, and using her work as inspiration for some projects, and while I adore her work, I decided against it because I was concerned someone might be offended by the overabundance of large colorful breasts. Here's a sample of her amazing, colorful, joyous work.
And I even edited some nudes out of the children's art books of Mike Venezia. But lets face it, the truth is, when we get out of the shower, we are all nude, are we not? So I'm back to the comment written by my reader, about my 'exposing such young souls to any sort of nudity'. I don't think what I showed them was really that damaging or provocative, or even previously unseen. What do YOU think is or is not appropriate for art class, and at what age? Would you show this particular video? I'd love your opinions, whether or not you agree with mine. By the way, here are a couple of collages done by my 4th graders based on a project they saw presented in the Get Surreal video.
|I call this 'Turtle Ballet'|