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My students are amazed that "this old lady" is still excited about
setting aesthetic goals and reaching them, and I think that is what we
should be 'role modeling' to them, that art is forever, although the
'product' may be temporary.
Myrna Packard wrote:
> Good to see you are able to juggle several balls in the world of higher
> ed. I've found an ideal situation and pass it along to all.
> I'm now teaching in a small, progressive, private, Catholic girl's
> college in Milwaukee. I've incorporated my interest in crafts into
> courses for both majors and non-majors (primarily ele. ed. majors) but
> have begun branching out in other ways. We now have a group of
> students, staff, and faculty who join in our commons for lunch and
> knitting or crocheting every Tuesday at noon. In addition, there is a
> group similar in make-up who meet once a month for lunch and quilting.
> I've just begun teaching weaving again since I discovered some looms
> buried under the nursing building. And I'm working on finding a
> permanent space for a crafts center sort of on the same order as our
> exercise room. Of course, all this means I'm busy doing my own stuff
> at home two blocks from Lake Michigan on Milwaukee's trendy east side.
> But wait, there's more. I've just put a line of bead work in the book
> store here at Alverno. I'm not looking to make much of a profit, just
> enough to afford to replenish my supply and a bit more for exotic
> pieces I'll enter in the faculty biennial art show this year.
> The beauty of this setting is that I'm valued first as a teacher, then
> for the work I'm doing designing a new Integrated Arts curriculum for
> our Master's Program. So you see, while people enjoy my other
> contributions and support my work--there is no pressure to produce.
> It's just up to me. No more guilt that I haven't been cranking out art
> or research. And so I just keep cranking it out!!!
> Such a difference from UW-M and OSU,
> --- John Antoine Labadie <labadie> wrote:
> > > I am currently doing research and collecting data
> > regarding the triumphs and
> > > tribulations of those individuals who juggle two
> > careers: Artist AND Art
> > > educator. I would like to hear from those who do
> > both. How do you do it? What
> > > is the most challenging and difficult in your
> > pursuit of both careers? Do you
> > > feel that you compromise one or the other at
> > times? What keeps your
> > > motivation up?
> > > You may respond to the list or write me directly
> > at:
> > > wizzlewolf
> > In K-12 art teaching the horrendous scheduling and
> > lack of serious
> > studio facilities made it very difficult to produce
> > work in any
> > meaningful way. In K-12 art education, teaching and
> > the output of
> > my students was nearly everything. At the university
> > level i teach
> > what i do in studio. My studios are professionally
> > equipped and much
> > of my teaching, beyond coverage of basics, involves
> > taking students
> > along creative paths i now travel. Additionally, my
> > raises and
> > professional evaluations depend, in great part, on
> > my "creative and
> > scholarly work", aka: art production. Teaching is
> > obviously important
> > but creative output recognized by my peers is
> > hyercritical to
> > professional success.
> > I can't see two careers here as much as differences
> > between what is
> > expected at different levels in art education.
> > Regards, John
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