I think art teaching chose me....I always knew I wanted to do something with art. From the time I could hold a crayon, I was busy making things. It seemed natural to be making, doing art and I guess I just fell into teaching it. I knew I could do it better than my hs art teacher did it!
As part of my speech when I was Indiana Middle Level Teacher of the Year, I talked about how the art teacher HAS to continue to create their own art work. That taking time for ones own art keeps the fire burning and ignites the fires for the students.
It is difficult with family, teaching and just life experience; but mandatory for sanity.
A few months ago, I asked pretty much the same question to this group for a masters class, and received some wonderful answers that I have written up in a journal. I am also creating a mixed-media work that I will probably title "Ode to the Art Teacher"
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In a message dated 04/29/2002 3:44:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Tajd0291@aol.com writes:
.....if you will. How did you choose to become an art teacher? And, when the
school day or year is over, what do you do for yourself, artwise.
I'm an artist who loves kids so it felt natural to become art art teacher. I have a BFA in Art Education and a MA in Communications plus 75 credits.
Artwise when the school day is over I am involved with Long Island Art Teachers' Association activities, coordinate art workshops for the art teachers on Long Island for personal and professional growth in art and art ed. On the week-ends I paint. Non- artwise: I hit Gold's Gym after school for serious working out, play with my 15 mo. old granddaughter, and sometimes go shopping for therapy. I also socialize with my friends and party a lot!
In the summer I always do some kind of personal art enrichment- finding an interesting way, and especially an exciting place, in which to paint or create art. I do a lot of travelling out of the country in the summer and this always includes plein air painting for me!
Susan on Long Island ---