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Re: Wanted: Art teachers who actually make art....

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tnelson.us
Thu, 5 Dec 1996 12:03:49 -0600 (CST)


It's been very interesting reading people's responses to this issue. I
considered myself to be a teacher first when I started teaching in the
70's. I did do some of my own art in the summers, but when I taught
full-time, I didn't have the energy to do much work during the schol year.
I quit teaching when we made a move and my children were born, and at that
time I started getting more serious about my art, doing one-person shows,
etc . etc. Then I started teaching adult and children's art classes at
various art centers; where being a working artist was important to being
hired. I found that the teaching and crreating helped each other; but
anytime I started teaching too many classes, so that the balance between
artist/teacher started shifting to teacher/artist, I would start to get
crazy. I have been teaching art in a school district now for 4 years, and
I continue to do my own art; but I have a half time position. It is really
a very nice setup for me. I teach small children, and I do talk about
being an artist and bring in my work for them to look at and talk about.I
really enjoy showing it to them because of the marvelous insights they give
me. I think being a working artist makes me a better teacher, and that
teaching makes my work better. I know, though, that I would have a very
tough time doing my own work if I was teaching full-time; especially
elementary art, where one can see 700 students a week. I don't know if
making art only in the summer would work for me. But for now, I like where
I'm at.

Mary Holmgren
Orono Primary School
Orono, MN