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Re: Artists and Art Teachers

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Clair/Lily Kerns (CWKerns)
Wed, 13 Aug 1997 07:19:56 -0500

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> years. IMHO, being an artist is about process! Whether one sells,
> exhibits or just does art at home, never to be seen by anyone else,
> it's art! Because it completes something within the artist. I like
> to use the analogy of sports. How many people love to play sports,
> because it makes them feel good? How many of those people have
> serious thoughts about making a living by playing sports? If they
> aren't making a living at it or playing in exhibition sports, does

> doesn't necessarily have to be manifest on any tangible level,
> it only needs to make the artist feel complete. Teaching art is about
> showing students how to see their world in a different way. Are we going

> to say to our students that if they are not producing and selling art as
> that they can't say they are artists?

Well said, Alix. And I think you you have just said for me what has
bothered me--at a gut level--about DBAE (yes, I know--heresy!). It makes
some important points, but tends to minimize this area--which is what makes
art "real" and not just another subject for kids to learn.

Anybody else feel this way?


Lily Kerns CWKerns

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