Christopher Jobson (left) is the mind behind Colossal, one of Neatorama's favorite art blogs. In an interview by the National Endowment for the Arts, Christopher described an early encounter with art. His teacher, Donna Bryan Goetz, found him and his friends getting a wrong impression from classical nudes. Her response was brilliant:
In second grade my buddies and I went to the school library and found an old art history book. Flipping through the pages, we discovered large fold-outs of classical oil paintings that depicted nudes in various poses, and, as you might expect from a group of little boys, we started snickering and fighting over the book. At that moment, our teacher came over and caught us. Without saying a word, she grabbed the book and carefully removed several of the fold-out spreads. We were shocked. And embarrassed. And a little terrified. Apparently, it was okay to tear apart books with “inappropriate” images.
Later that day, when we came back to class after lunch, all the pages of nude paintings had been laminated and were now hung on the walls where they remained for months. That might have been the moment I truly began to recognize and respect creative expression. It was an extremely important lesson about art and context that made a huge impression on myself as well as all the other students.
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