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question about Artists and Art Teachers

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Wed, 13 Aug 1997 10:28:00 GMT

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I want to begin by saying HI to everyone again, seing that this wonderful
list is going full force again. I have been away from participating for
awhile and the reason; a part of my answer to the question:> In your
opinion should art teachers be practicing artists? Yes or no? I have been
working on my art, prepairing for our annual summer exhibition that we the
teachers at my school have every summer. We also invite a couple of more
artists(not from the school) to be a part of it each time. I think the
answers I have been reading say many of the things I feel about this. Yes,
I do think it is important that an Art teacher is an Artist, what we mean
by practicing artist is another question. I feel that you are a better
teacher of what you know well by own experience and I mean hands on
experience(I guess that is practicing artist). I think it is not enough to
be a good teacher if you donīt know the trade you are teaching. Trying to
think about this from only my own experience, I know I would not be able to
teach the way I do if I did not do(practice) my own art. And more important
I donīt think I would do my art the way I do if I did not teach. For me it
is intertwined(probably not correct spelling) and I also think of teaching
art as creating art but maybe that is harder to explain so to that later.
Regards from the far north, Rosa

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