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teaching and doing art

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kprs (kprs)
Thu, 05 Dec 1996 05:56:45 -0800


Hi everyone:
I agree with you all, we are artists, and we teach. For some of us
our art is teaching, for others we make art side by side with the kids,
and still others we find time to devote to personal statements in our
favorite medium. Just like the debate on feminism, it is all "right",
and it is all worth doing.

I have found that for me, I have directed my "visual" art into
poetry. Poetry is portable, I can "do it" anywhere at any time, still
be an artist, still "paint" pictures, make statements, and (hopefully)
make an impact. I joined a writer's cooperative, and meet quite regulary
at night to read aloud and critique. This venue has opened up another
creative side of me, and has allowed me to meet other "artists" and
share with them. It also has taken me out of the realm of "guilt" about
not "producing" physical art, and into the positive area of making art,
and discussing art, and reading art. The sidebar to this is, there is a
saying that says the shoemaker's kids go without shoes, well so be it
with the art teacher, after 20 years of doing art with students, I am
tired at the end of the day, but need another venue to express myself.
And to that end, I have also taken up the theater, and have acted,
designed sets, and built costumes, a far cry from my day job.

San D


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