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Re: teaching and doing art

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Smurthwaite (smrthwt)
Thu, 05 Dec 1996 18:58:22 -0500

kprs wrote:
> 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