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Many schools across the country do not allow the study of nude drawing in an art curriculum even at the university level. The restriction on this subject of education in many cases can be harmful to an artist’s experience and knowledge of a subject. It has always been an issue about what is considered “trashy” versus what is considered “art.” In our society, the media constantly shows material that twenty years ago was considered provocative and inappropriate. So where do we draw the line? Can anyone not claim his or her work to be “art?” There is a way to positively display the beauty of the human body, and there is a way to abuse it. The study of nude models is an appropriate topic at the university level because it is an important basic to art education and students should be mature enough to deal with it. It should not be a school’s right to limit an individual’s education. It is the student’s decision what he or she wants to study. A handful of private universities, specifically Christian oriented, do not allow this subject in their classes. Some have, however, in recent years changed their curriculum. On the contrary, most public universities, Texas Tech for example, have entire courses dedicated to the study of nude sketches and the human form. Professors use it as a teaching tool, and when used as such, it is beneficial to the student. It is an important subject because in every aspect of art. Human anatomy can play a key roll in sketching, painting, sculpting, even design. Whether an artist finds it necessary to exactly replicate a person or warp the figure, they must understand what they are working with first. It is a base technique, almost as important as still life. One university that previously did not offer these courses was Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Baylor is a Baptist based university. Typically Baptist have very conservative views which might contribute to the
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reason for their decisions in the curriculum. Beth Brubaker, an art teacher at Houston Christian High School in Houston, Texas, attended Baylor University. When she attended, the figure drawing they covered required clothed models. Later she says she, “went to [the University of Texas] for their life drawing class, 2-D, and a couple of Art History classes. If the human body is shown with the greatest of reverence of God's
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