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Re: Art Teachers/Artists


Date: Sat Feb 09 2002 - 11:59:07 PST

 "Karen Chilman" <> wrote:
> I am currently researching for a masters course and am
> wondering how many art teachers really wanted to be
> artists

  As for "wanting" to be an artist, I am one. I am an
 artist who teaches and that too is my art. (I also costume
 shows, write poetry, make puppets and do puppet
 productions) Could I live on my other "art?" I have worked
 as a commercial artist, and have done three commissions of
 puppets, two for theater, and one for a speech therapist,
 and have costumed shows and received honors for it. But to
 prove my point that I am a teacher first, I am teaching in
 3 different departments this year, Social Studies (Gifted
 program is under this heading), English (Diversity
 Studies-literature Class) and Art (One Advanced Art, and 2
 Beginning classes). I have been known to cockily say that
 I could teach anything provided I had a clue about the
 subject matter. I probably could feign everything if I had
 to but calculus (got a D in that in college~although I did
 enter college as a math major). As I would any other art,
 I continually question, hone, critique, add to and
 subtract from, my art-teaching. I hang it out there for
 all to see, and NEVER do it the same way twice, but may
 pick a "theme" and run with it. My teaching, as is with my
 other 'art', is not formulaic but a living breathing
 entity that grows as I do. As with all art, I have truths
 to share, and proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with all
 others who have taught and made art through history.

San D