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Students at a New South Wales high school have been left uncomfortable and distressed over a lesson involving a bizarre artwork.
Kids in Year 8 at Kurri Kurri High School were presented with the 'Wankerman', which is a drawing of a man that apparently can't control his urges.
The bald-headed caricature has 'swollen hands', a 'seeing eye dog for blindness' and a 'mental illness'.
According to another phrase on the artwork, the bloke has a 'permanent erection' and 'can't stop wanking'. This was presented to kids aged between 13 and 14 and it understandably left some confused and upset.
The artwork was apparently meant to frame the subject as a superhero with a strange power and it was created in 2001 with charcoal on paper.
The art teacher reportedly told the students this is an example of 'toilet humour' and they were told to recreate the image, according to the Daily Telegraph.
One student refused and was very concerned her protest would end up affecting her grade.
A state education department official told News Corp: "No student received a negative referral in relation to this matter. The choice of material for this Year 8 Visual Arts lesson was not appropriate and could cause offence."
NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the teacher has received a caution for the lesson and urged not to use material like this in the future.
"We have a policy in place which guides controversial issues in schools," she said. "It remains my expectation and the department's that teachers adhere to this policy, use their commonsense and use appropriate resources in the classroom.''
The New South Wales Education curriculum says art classes up until Year 10 are meant to introduce students to the world of creativity.
A statement on the website states: "Students learn about how art is shaped by different beliefs, values and meanings by exploring artists and artworks from different times and places and relationships in the artworld between the artist - artwork - world - audience. They also explore how their own lives and experiences can influence their artmaking and critical and historical studies.
"Students learn to make artworks using a range of materials and techniques in 2D, 3D and 4D forms, including traditional and more contemporary forms, site-specific works, installations, video and digital media and other ICT forms, to build a body of work over time.
"They learn to develop their research skills, approaches to experimentation and how to make informed personal choices and judgements."
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