Well, Ruth, that's an interesting question. I've wondered about that too. I
think you can combine the artist and teacher by doing one thing at the time.
When teaching be a teacher (the artist will always be there in the
background) and be an artist when you have time to yourself. Of course,
inspiration comes at any time no mater what you're doing at the time. The
second point, I do think that if I would teach eg. oil painting that I would
have to look up how and what to do because I am not an oil painter. So, as
far as technique and material knowledge are concerned I feel that I would
have to learn before I could teach. Here in Australia I will be able to
teach any kind of art because the principles of art are the same no matter
what media are used.
From: Ruth Wilson [mailto:Ruth.Wilson@dcsdk12.org]
Sent: Sunday, 3 August 2003 2:00 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: arist first or teaher first? hs graphic ideas
just one of those food for thought questions
do you think an art teacher should be an artist first, teacher second
or teacher first, artist second?
and should a teacher who teaches painting have to have a degree in
(high school level)
and so on? just collecting input
also, thanks for the posting about getting slammed down for posting an
it is sad because i know of people who have left
this fantastic group because of this.
just a few hs commercial art ideas:
get kids to bring in products (ie: their favorite soda, game box, etc)
let them take digital photos of it and then create a poster add using
PhotoShop, Illustrator (whatever you have)
i also show my kids a video tape i make every year of commercials (esp
SuperBowl (watch content), they watch and critique them, digitize them
(run them frame by frame writing down what they see and why it is there)
target audience, etc. Then they use AppleWorks slide show Office Power Pt
or iMovie and create their own commercial for a product. I later put them
on tape and we group critique them.